Getting to Sleep – Part II

Plan your bedtime so that you will get 7 to 8 hours of sleep.

Eat a healthy diet during the day.

• Some people need a healthy snack after dinner to make it through the night without being woken up by a hungry metabolism.
• Less simple sugar and more complex carbohydrates before bedtime keep blood sugar stable.
Regular exercise helps to promote better sleep.
• Workout early in the day if possible, as evening workouts can keep you awake ...

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Getting to Sleep – Part I

1. Limit the amount of caffeine you consume during the day.

• Turn off the television at least one hour before bedtime.
• Avoid watching the news after dinnertime.
• Begin getting ready for bed 30 to 45 minutes before you plan to be asleep.

2. Do relaxing activities in the hour before going to bed.

• Write in a journal
• Take a bath
• Listen to quiet music

3. Develop a nightly bedtime ritual.

• Note in ...

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Are You Caring or Caretaking?

Taking care of others may appear to be a noble cause. Caretaking of children, elders, those who are ill and/or unable to take care of themselves falls upon us at different stages in life.

However, we rarely take the time to stop and pay attention to the difference between an act of caring and caretaking. Many of us were trained as children to take care of everyone else. As adults we get caught in the caretaking habit. After a while resentment ...

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Sex, Chocolate & Other Cravings: 5 Tips for Enhancing Sexual Satisfaction

Valentine’s Day and throughout the year, we turn our attention to love, chocolate and sex. Walking through stores full of red hearts, pink greeting cards and specially wrapped boxes of candy, our cravings for closeness and chocolate intensifies.

Since the time of ancient civilizations, there has been a connection between, sex, love and chocolate. In Central America, cacao was being used by the Mayans and the Aztecs. The Mayan word for chocolate, “xocolatl” means “bitter water”, which describes how they consumed ...

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Welcome to the World of Calm

In these fast-paced times, almost everyone is living with underlying tension. When anxiety occurs most people try unsuccessfully to think their way out of it, which only increases their upset feeling, sometimes leading to panic.

Find a sense of well being in our anxious world. Take a one-minute vacation in the midst of deadlines and hectic schedules. Step into a parallel universe leaving your stress and worries behind.

As you read this, put your feet on the floor, your hands on your ...

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