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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

So appropriately named, I am now SAD!  Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as winter depression, is a mood disorder in which people who have seemingly normal mental health throughout most of the year and then experience depressive symptoms in the winter.

According to the US National Library of Medicine “some people experience a serious mood change when the seasons change. They may sleep too much, have little energy, and crave sweets and starchy foods. They may also feel depressed. Though symptoms can be severe, they usually clear up.”

It seems rather early for it to be hitting me this year.  Living in the Northwest, the sun seems to go down earlier then in most places.  I get up in the morning and it is dark, I come home from work and it is dark…. boy that makes me SAD!

There are many different treatments for classic (winter-based) seasonal affective disorder, the most widely used are light therapies with bright lights, some times anti-depression medication is prescribed, some try cognitive-behavioral therapy and carefully-timed supplementation of the hormone melatonin can also be used.

I’ve added links for several items that I have found at Amazon that would be very good if you also suffer from SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder.

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5 Time Management Tips For Work At Home Mom’s

Wahm’s are a different breed, I have said that for years.  We have so many things on our plates that sometimes it all seems overwhelming.  I read this great article on time management and wanted to share it with all of you.

Five Time Management Tips for Your Home Based Business by Yvette Mason

We’ve all heard the saying “Time is money”. When owning a home based business that saying rings true every day. In order to effectively run your home business, you must first learn to manage your time between home and office. Here are a few tips to help you take control of your time:

1. Set Your Priorities. Your family, business and volunteer work all are important. But sometimes you may have to make sacrifices in some of those areas to compensate for other areas. For instance, if you volunteer regularly, you may have to cut back your volunteer hours to have extra hours to work on your business. If you are particular about your house, you may have to settle for a not-so-perfect house. Only you know how much time you need to spend in certain areas. It’s all about choosing and setting your priorities to what works for you, your family and your home business.

2. Include and Delegate Help from your Family. Your family is part of this journey, too! Sit down with your family and let them know what you are doing and why. Let them know how much you love them and that you are going to be busy starting your new business. Let them know what you expect of them and let you want them to help out around the house. If you include them from the start, they will be understanding and want to help you. By including them in the beginning, they will feel like they are playing an active role to helping your business succeed.

3. Be a Goal Setter. Set daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals for your business. Write them down and be accountable for achieving the results you want. By having your goals in writing, you will be able to revisit them and adjust accordingly.

4. Be Realistic and Flexible. We all have grand visions of the perfect home based business arrangement. Let go of it! You have to be realistic and flexible at all times. There will be interruptions, sick children, and various other unexpected events. By setting your goals and realizing you can make adjustments, you will be able to get back on track when you have an unplanned event.

5. Get Organized. Organization is a whole topic to itself! We will just touch on the basics. First, keep one calendar that contains both your business and family events. By recording all your commitments on one calendar, you will be able to keep from having scheduling conflicts. Keep your office as tidy as you can. Always return items to the same place you got them from. Establish a filing system so that you are not rummaging through papers to find what you need.

Time management is essential to a successful home business and a successful family life. By integrating these five tips into your home, you should be able to take back control of your time and move forward to an outstanding home based business!

© 2008, Yvette Mason

Yvette Mason, is a wife to a supportive husband, a stay at home mom to 2 terrific kids and an entrepreneur! She has a beautiful daughter who is 11 years old and a spirited little boy who is 6 years old. Like many other mothers, her family is her focus in life. She has a successful home based business in a network marketing company. Her mission is to encourage and assist other mothers in creating a successful WAHM lifestyle. You can learn more about Yvette and sign up for her E-series at http://www.BeyondTheCandle.com.

Article Source: Lady Pens

Great information I think we can all use to make our lives run just a little smoother, wouldn’t you agree?

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7 Surefire Weightloss Tactics

If you work from home like many WAHM’s or people in the home party plan industry, then you know one of our hardest daily tasks is eating right!

Latest Scientific research says there are 7 surefire things you need to do to lose weight,  I thought I would share this with you.

1)  Use a food diary.   Write down what your eating each day is reported to help women lose up to double the amount of weight they would if they did not keep a food journal.

2)  Cut Fructose.  This form of sugar can turn to fat in your body very quickly.  This means limit processed foods and beverages sweetened with fructose.  Fruit of course is okay.

3) Have soup.  Studies show girls ages 5 to 10 who regularly eat vegetable soup are at less risk of being overweight, reported a Portuguese study.  Also at Penn State they did a similar test and found that adults who at vegetable soup before a meal at 20% fewer calories at the meal.  Simply, soup makes you feel full.

4) Eat slowly.  Women who eat slowly are shown to consume 70 fewer calories per meal and feel more satisfied after eating a meals.

5) Beware of Saturdays.  Most people who overeat do so on Saturdays says researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

6)  Drink Water.  Tests have shown that drinking 2 cups of water before breakfast will help you cut your caloric intake by 13%.  German researchers say that water burns calories!  Drinking 2 cups of water revved metabolism 24% in overweight subjects in just an hour.

7)  Grab Breakfast.  They have been saying it for years but Greek researchers are saying kids who eat breakfast cereal daily are less apt to be overweight.  Go for high-fiber, whole grain cereals. 

Also, research done at St. Louis University showed that overweight dieters who at two eggs a day lost 65% more weight than those who ate equal calories in bagels. 

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Magnets for Your Pets Health

Awhile back I talked to you about how magnets have really changed my life.  The carpal tunnel is almost non existent at this point.  The constant stiffness in my neck from working on my computer all the time, is gone.  I can not say enough about how magnets have helped me.

Now comes the stranger part of my experiment with magnets.  I was laying on the couch the other night and looked down at my poor old dog Teddybear, who was looking back at me with those loving eyes that she always looks at me with.  And suddenly I just thought I would take off my magnetic necklace and try it on her.

teddy-and-toys.jpg  Teddybear is 13 years old, mixed Border Collie and Australian Shepard, sweet as can be, but she is falling apart.  She has cataracts, can not hear well, has severe arthritis in her hind legs and as of this year has seizures.

Anyway, I took off my necklace and placed it on Teddybear to see what if any improvements in her health I would see.  I will tell you the improvements were very quick.  Now, I know, you could say that I was just wishing there were improvements but even my neighbor noticed that Teddy was not having as many seizures and they were not nearly as severe as they had been.

I would say that Teddy was probably having 3 to 4 seizures every hour and they would last about 8 to 10 seconds.  Now, she has one seizure every couple of hours maybe and they are only a couple of seconds long.  This is marked improvements.  She seems a lot more alert and peppier.

Of course this is great news and I am very happy to give up my necklace if it will make my dogs life a little better and it is.  Anyway, it gave me an idea for a new business, why not make pet collars with magnets in it!  Yeah…. great idea!  Everybodies doing it! 

Even the place where I got my last bracelet, Energetix has magnets for your pets collars.  So, much for my million dollar idea, but the good news is you can get magnets for your pets at Energetix Magnetic Jewelry.

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Hold Hands To Help You Calm Down

According to Neuroscientist James A. Coan at the University of Virginia, if you are stressed out there is a simple way to help you calm down.  He says you should hold hands with someone.

Brain scans of women under stress show they get calmer when holding a man’s hand even that of a stranger.  Stress reduction was even greater when the woman held the hand of someone she was close too.

The greatest impact was seen by women who married and holding the hands of their husbands.  It is thought that hold hands may also lower a woman’s perception of pain.

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