14 Unforgettable Ways to Show Yourself Some Love

Married or single, women need to feel loved and adored. February is the month we celebrate love, generally of the romantic kind, but I suggest we show ourselves some love. Being kind to you is the one way you can be kind to others, right? The best gifts are the ones we know how to receive. Make your medical and dental appointments for the entire year. Buy yourself some flowers or a plant; buy something that you’d normally wish to receive from someone else. Cook one meal that is healthy but good and one of those recipes you’ve been waiting to try. Make loving yourself that occasion. Take yourself out on a date. It doesn’t matter where or when, just go by yourself and be determined to enjoy the experience. Give yourself a pep talk before beginning your day. Take advantage of a free trial of Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu Plus and watch some movies all by yourself on your laptop or TV. Dance by yourself. Take an exercise class that is challenging or do something like wall climbing. Excuse yourself from the family dinner and take yourself out to the nearest coffee or tea shoppe for one or the other and some dessert. Steal away to hear your own thoughts. Go have a therapeutic massage. Re-frame yourself by making an appointment to have new head shots or a portrait taken at a photography studio. Have a makeover and take selfies, then dare yourself to post them on Facebook. Talk to yourself about you and share all of the ways that you’re proud of you. Tell yourself how...

Your Heart in the Right Place?

There are so many great initiatives tied to National Heart Month. I love the diversity in audiences some of the organizations address, such as Go Red for Women and Power to End Stroke, a joint effort between the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. The resources and tools to prevent heart attacks and heart disease are almost endless. Let’s look at those tools and resources that will help you determine if your heart is healthy. Power to End Stroke Tools My Life Check Assessment Family Tree (Health) History Personal Risk Assessment Go Red for Women Tools Know Your Risk Assessments Go Red Pin, Go Red Plan (Check Home Page for Prompts) Is your heart in the right place? If not, then you would do well by you and your loved ones to (1) receive clinical assessment (2) know your family’s heart health history (3) make lifestyle changes and (4) show some love to yourself and take great care of the one thing that keeps you going – your precious...

14 Unforgettable Ways to Show Your Children Some Love

February 14 is the big love day. People will give cards, candy, flowers and other gifts but there are more opportunities to show some ‘healthy’ love for your children. Here are 14 ways that will enable you to do simple yet loving things your children will remember and maybe even share with their own children later. Dance with them. “Happy” by Pharrell Williams is the most infectious and happy song. His website 24 Hours of Happy provides dancing and clapping moments of happy to share with your little ones. Dance with them. Clap with them. It’s the greatest exercise. Sing with them. Do they have favorite children’s songs or hymns? Stage a good old-fashioned sing-along with them. Be loud too. Wake them up gently. If they are accustomed to the mom alarm (yelling), give them an alternative. Here are a few gentle wake-up calls. Create one of your own. Have them choose their favorite fruit and veggie in the produce section. Give them a say in making healthy food choices. It also gives them something for themselves that they are free to share. Go for a walk with them. Walking is a great form of exercise but it also is a great time to show them how to enjoy simple pleasures and to chat. Show them how make their own healthy snacks. Do an in-home cooking demo. Create a goodnight ritual. Turn off the devices, yours too, and anything that is distracting. Snuggle with them and maybe enjoy a glass of milk and a cookie before bedtime. Create a Valentine’s Day craft with them to give to someone like...

February is National Heart Month: Is From My Mother’s Heart to Yours: 5 Tips to Rethinking Wellness

Moms, it is too easy to desire healthy lifestyles for our children yet even harder to remain consistent in promoting those desires. Here are a few tips that I hope will help you in instilling healthy lifestyle choices in your children. Forget “Do what I say and not what I do” when trying to get children to eat well and live well. Home wellness begins with you and what you do. If you make eating well and exercising look like fun, then they will adapt the same good attitude. Children mimic what they see and hear. Treats are a privilege. Most of us growing up received sugary treats as a part of ritual like Sunday dinner desserts or the occasional candy bar. These days, treats are used as rewards and sometimes given to kids just because. In truth, treats are a privilege that children living in poverty or in third world countries with a lack of food resources will never know. Treats bear little to no nutritional value beyond fresh fruit. I am a nurse who has seen one too many child burdened by diseases exacerbated by horrible diets. Children with great diets and who have diseases like Sickle Cell or diabetes have great survival rates and even the habits they need to take into a healthy adulthood. Poor food choices affect the effectiveness of medications. Change those diets and tell your sick child “I want you to live and live well.” Exercise is not complicated activity. If you are not sports-oriented or interested in calisthenics, then it’s okay because there are activities that are simpler: Like walking. Don’t...

Introducing: The Coalition to Prevent Sports Eye Injuries

Are you the parent of a student-athlete? Or are you athletic? Protecting our eyes is important daily but sports eye injuries are more and more pervasive. Thank goodness for The Coalition to Prevent Sports Eye Injuries, an organization that seeks to educate and advocate eye health through their membership of physicians and other eye care professionals. Visit their site for the following resources: Fast Facts – Here’s a fact I found interesting. “The following sports are considered a high-to-moderate risk of eye injury: Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Hockey, Tennis, Soccer, Volleyball, Water Polo, Football, Air Rifle, BB Gun, Paintball, Boxing, Martial Arts, Cricket, Squash, Racquetball, Fencing, Badminton, Fishing and Golf.” Sports Eye Prevention Center LOCATOR Check out the Coalition but in the meantime here are some tips to follow: Identify CERTIFIED safety eyewear for your sport of choice and make a purchase. HERE is a list. If your child’s team has not done so, work with the coaches to schedule an eye safety clinic. Find an eye safety specialist in your area that can give you helpful information on protecting your eyesight during sports activity. Read over The Coalition’s site and use that LOCATOR to find sports eye injury specialists in your area. Oh yes, please read over those facts in order to become better...

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