Weekly Tips for March 7, 2011

Posted on 06. Mar, 2011 by in Uncategorized

How is March treating you? Like a lion or a lamb? March can be a very stressful, mundane and trying month, so take some time break out of your routine and mix things up a bit.  Instead of drinking coffee, try herbal tea or a tea latte.  Tired of the same cardio routine, mix it up with a jump rope, hula-hoop and some head banging rock music.  Work those legs, while doing dishes or checking out at the store, do calf raises.  Instead of plopping down at the computer, stand and Facebook, instead.  This week’s tips are Nice, Green, Healthy, Food and Exercise. Check them all out and leave your comments and thoughts.

NICE THINGS:

Keep track of birthdays of friends and send a card or telephone them. I like to call and sing “Happy Birthday.”

Have cards on hand (and stamps) to send for any occasion, so when you want to send a card, you can. Keep about 25cards filed in a shoe box with index cards separating them into categories: birthdays, sympathy, thank-you, get well, hospital, baby, wedding, miscellaneous and have some blank cards in which you can write your own message. There is something lovely and gracious about a handwritten note, personalized to fit the situation. You might also send a funny card for no reason, just to let your friend know you are thinking of her.

GREEN: REDUCE, REDUCE, REDUCE

Reduce the heat bill in your home by turning it down a notch or two to save money and energy.

Reduce your energy consumption by using the “shut down” feature on your computer instead of the “sleep” mode.

Reduce your shower time by 1-2 minutes to conserve water.

Reduce the amount of time and energy spent cooking by making two meals at once in the oven.

HEALTH: WOMEN NEED SLEEP

Sound slumber results in increased energy and productivity, improved heart and immune system health, a better mood, even a longer life. And hey, you just feel so much better after a satisfying 8 hours of rest. But chances are, you’re not getting it. “Sleep issues are epidemic among women today,” says Michael Breus, PhD, clinical psychologist and author of The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan.

Not surprisingly, women tend to get less sleep than men do overall, says Marianne Legato, MD, FACP, director of the Partnership for Gender-Specific Medicine at Columbia University. Pregnancy can keep you up; along with the hormonal imbalances, you may lie awake with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and nasal congestion.

Here are some insomnia fighting ideas:

Stick with a consistent sleep schedule. 

Keep a sleep diary.

Review your medications.

Exercise, exercise, just give yourself at least 4 hours before bedtime.

Cut out caffeine after 2:00 pm.

Write down your worries, stressors and fears. Seeing them on paper makes them less fearful.

Give yourself time to wind down.

Sip milk, not a martini.

If you must snack, eat cheese and crackers and leave the brownies for the kids.

Keep your room temperature cool and comfortable and get some white noise going.

For more tips, ideas and suggestions, go to Insomnia Solutions.

FOOD: ANOTHER MEATLESS MONDAY

These cakes look great and with zucchini in them all you need is a salad (edamame) to add and dinner is done. Check out Zucchini Cakes with Mushroom Ragout on FOOD tab.

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