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Crafting = Quality Family Time

September 19th, 2017 | Posted by Creativelysouthern in Design Resources - (Comments Off on Crafting = Quality Family Time)

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Crafting = Quality Family Time

Some parents are skilled crafters. Others are doing well to cut paper in a reasonably straight line. No matter which group you fall into, crafting with your kids can be beneficial for all involved.

Few things bring families together like crafting. Here are some of the good things that come out of crafting with your kids.

* Crafting builds creativity. Developing minds need a creative outlet, and crafting provides the opportunity for kids to use their imaginations. It helps them learn to solve problems, and it could lay the groundwork for a lifetime of interest in art. For parents, getting creative can help reduce stress and promote using the brain in ways that we don't have a reason to use it every day.

* Crafting teaches kids to follow directions. This seems like a very basic skill, but we all know adults who can't seem to follow directions. When kids craft, they learn the consequences of not following directions when their projects do not turn out as expected. This instills in them the importance of doing things the right way the first time.

* For young children, crafting is fabulous for learning basic skills. Almost any type of craft promotes hand-eye coordination. Kids can also learn to use scissors, measure and do lots of other things they will eventually do in everyday life.

* Parents and children have a chance to talk. In our busy lives, it seems that we know less about our kids than previous generations of parents did. Passive activities such as watching TV do little to encourage conversation. But when you're crafting together, talking comes naturally. You can seize the opportunity to discuss such things as your child's interests, his concerns, and how he's doing in school.

* Crafting is a great way to wind down. It's wonderful for kids to be active, but there are times when they need to calm down. If you find your child getting agitated or exhibiting an overabundance of energy near bedtime, try bringing out the craft supplies. Crafting engages kids' minds, giving them something to focus on and a good reason to sit still for a while.

* Creating things is a confidence booster. Parents who craft regularly know the feeling of accomplishment when a project is complete. Multiply this feeling by ten, and you have a pretty good idea of how your child feels when he makes something. For kids, crafting can help build positive self-esteem.

* Working on a project together is a great way to teach your kids teamwork. This will help them develop skills needed to resolve disputes peacefully and effectively. It will also help them discover their strengths and teach them that doing their best will make the entire project turn out better.

* Crafting creates treasured family memories. The finished product will serve as a reminder of the fun you had making it together.

Crafting as a family provides opportunities for us to interact with our children. It is also a valuable learning experience for them. Don't worry if you aren't the world's greatest crafter. Simply being willing to try anyway, is a lesson to your kids in itself.

Scrapbooking for Beginners

Scrapbooking has been around for ages, but it has recently experienced a surge in popularity. People from all walks of life have discovered the joys of creating albums to showcase their treasured photos and keepsakes. But with all the elaborate scrapbooking techniques and myriad embellishments available, getting started is intimidating.

The truth is, anyone that can use scissors and glue can scrapbook. And you don't have to spend ridiculous amounts of money to create attractive pages. With some basic supplies and a little imagination, you can create lovely scrapbooks that will become a source of enjoyment for years to come.

What You Need

You can get started scrapbooking on a small budget. Here are the things you'll need.

* An album - Scrapbooking albums come in all shapes and sizes. The most popular are 8 1/2" x 11" and 12" x 12". They are found at most craft supply stores if you don't have a scrapbooking supply store nearby.

* Paper - Scrapbooking paper is found in a variety of solid colors and patterns. This will be the basis for each page. You may also use scrapbooking paper for journaling and to create your own photo mats and embellishments.

* Cutting tools - You can easily get by with just a good pair of scissors. But an Exacto knife might make photo cropping easier. And if you're no good at cutting straight lines, you might want to invest in a paper-cutter.

* Adhesives - There are all sorts of adhesives to be used for scrapbooking.  Glue sticks and double-sided tape are quite popular. Most scrapbookers also use rubber cement or glue dots for certain applications. But when you're getting started, just use what you're most comfortable with.

* Photos - Beginning scrapbookers often start out with old photos that they've accumulated over the years. This makes for a nice, nostalgic album.  Of course, you can also take new pictures for your scrapbook. A digital camera and photo printer are two modern conveniences that make scrapbooking easier, but they are not necessities. Photos shot by a film camera work just as well.

When purchasing scrapbooking supplies, it's important to make sure they are acid-free. This will keep them from harming your priceless photos.

Basic Techniques

You don't have to know a lot about scrapbooking techniques to create an attractive album. Just a few simple techniques will suffice.

One of the first things many scrapbookers learn is how to mat photos. This can be accomplished by simply cutting a square or rectangle that is about a half inch longer and wider than the photo you want to mat. Then glue the photo to the center. To make a photo really stand out, double mat it by cutting out a shape a half inch longer and wider than the first mat, and center the matted photo on it.

Journaling gives scrapbook pages a nice personal touch. Simply write a note about the photos on a page, telling what was happening or sharing your thoughts on the subject. Use paper that coordinates with the background, and be sure to write with an acid-free pen.

There's no need to throw in the towel if you don't have the time, money or know-how to create elaborate scrapbooks. Just start simple, and learn new techniques as you go.

Make Your Own Cards – Fun and Easy!

Instead of giving out a store-bought card for the next special occasion, try your hand at making your own cards. Making your own cards don't require a lot of hard work, but rather a bit of creativity and the right materials.

To start creating your cards visit your local arts and crafts store to search for materials. Most arts and crafts stores have big scrapbooking sections. This is where you will be able to find the materials to make your own cards. Let your inspiration guide you as the possibilities are endless. You can create various themed cards such as Christmas, birthday, Valentine’s Day cards and much more.

Rubber stamps are widely available and you can buy virtually any color ink to go with the stamps. There are several stamping methods that you can use when making cards including embossing. Embossing is the process of creating a raised image on the card and it can give the card an elegant appearance.

There are several die cuts and die cut machines available as well. Die cuts allow you to punch a shape out with ease. They come in all different shapes and sizes and are very useful in achieving a layered look. Die cuts that are punched out of different color papers to display a colorful card.

Scrapbook papers come in all different colors, textures, and themes.  The patterned paper is available in many styles, as well as glitter paper and pre-scored card kits. Card kits come with the note cards already made and ready to decorate. The kits come in different sizes and often different colors to meet a variety of needs. During seasonal periods, such as Christmas, card kits come out with note cards, envelopes and die cut shapes.

Stickers are available, both regular and 3D types which are available in various themes.  Disney stickers are available, as well as licensed characters and many 3D designs. Adding stickers to your cards can help to foster even more creativity when matching colors and themes. You can further enhance your handmade cards by adding ribbon or brads. Ribbon comes in a plethora of colors, shapes and textures. Brads are used to hold items such as die cuts on the card without the use of an adhesive.

Simply put, making cards is a creative process that only you can foster. Cards are created with a variety of items found in your local arts and crafts store. You can play around using different methods to decorate the cards and have fun at the same time!

A Success Mindset

August 22nd, 2017 | Posted by Creativelysouthern in Blogging | Design Resources - (Comments Off on A Success Mindset)
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All successful people have at least one thing in common: A success mindset.       
It doesn’t matter if they are a businessperson, an artist, a successful athlete, or an inventor. They all have the attitude and qualities to rise above their own personal troubles and to see things others can’t or don’t see.
Why is it that some people are more successful than their peers are? They may be average in looks and come from backgrounds with various struggles and little money. Yet they become very successful.

Your lot in life isn’t what determines what you can or cannot achieve. Having the right state of mind is a key factor to being successful in business and life in general. The way you think about succeeding can help you move ahead or keep you stagnant

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Many times our thoughts are what hold us back from succeeding at something. We second-guess ourselves. We have doubts. We have negative thoughts or opinions. We tell ourselves that we aren’t good enough, smart enough, talented enough, or whatever fits the situation. This is all self-sabotaging behavior, which can be changed.

There are many reasons why we do this. It could be fear of the unknown. It can come from the action being outside our comfort zone. It might be we were raised to think in a certain way. Whatever the cause, the mindset has a profound effect on how we succeed in life.
Anyone can develop a success mindset and harness the power it has to change your life. One of the first things you need to realize is that to be successful you have to be prepared for it in your mind.

What is the mindset and why does it profoundly affect how we see things?
In this report, we will look at what mindset is and how the wrong mindset can be sabotaging your success. The reasons behind this behavior will be discussed. Finally, we will give you tips for developing a success mindset.

What is Mindset?
Everyone has heard of the law of attraction and positive thinking. Mindset is these and more. Mindset is the way we perceive success. It is the negative, fear induced thoughts that hold you back versus positive, self-supporting thoughts that help you grow.

Your mindset has three basic parts - your IQ, the behavioral patterns you’ve learned, and your abilities or skills. Your mindset is your beliefs about yourself and your most basic qualities. It’s what you believe about your intelligence, your talent, your personality, and your abilities. It’s the belief of whether you believe these traits are fixed traits that can’t be changed or if they can be learned and improved upon throughout your life.

Succeed– intelligence, skills, talent,. They believe they are guaranteed success simply because of the characteristics and talents they already have. They seldom try new things, take chances, or look at things from a different perspective.

People with a fixed mindset often worry about their mindset traits and their suitability. They often feel that they have to prove things to themselves and others. Yet, they only do what they feel comfortable doing. They can achieve some success but more often than not, they reach a ceiling that keeps them from moving any further up the success chain.

Growth Mindset
People with a growth mindset believe anyone can achieve success with hard work and a believer’s attitude. They don’t believe in quitting. This allows them to strive while others run into roadblocks.
These people believe everyone is teachable. They are willing to learn what they need to in order to grow to the next level. People with a growth mindset believe they have some natural abilities in certain areas but it must be cultivated in order to take full advantage of it.

They know there is always room to improve on what they know and they’re not afraid to fail. They know trying and failing are important parts of learning and achieving. They are willing to put in the effort to succeed by taking action that moves them toward their goals.

There are two kinds of mindsets: fixed mindset and growth mindset.   Fixed Mindset
People who have a fixed mindset believe they were born with everything they need to
Your mindset is made up of your skills, your intelligence, and your behavioral patterns. Some believe they are fixed and cannot be changed or enhanced.

Others see them as the starting point to growth and change. Why do You Have Self-sabotaging Behavior?
Self-sabotage is when part of your personality acts in conflict with another part of your personality. If you want to succeed, why do you sabotage it with your behavior?

Bad habits, negative self-talk, and other self-defeating behaviors can come from many sources.
Self-sabotage is often associated with poor self-esteem, low self-worth, and no self-confidence. You can suffer from this type of behavior pattern because you can’t effectively control your emotions. You react to circumstances or people in ways that prevent you from reaching your goals.

Self-sabotage is used to cope with difficult situations or times when you feel like you are not capable or worthy.
Here are four causes of self-defeating behavior:

1. Anticipating failure. You may be accustomed to situations failing or not turning out as you hoped. Dysfunctional or negative people may be pulling you down. You could be afraid to try something different because you don’t want to risk failing.

2. Bad habits. Unhealthy behaviors or thoughts like excessive drinking, smoking, uncontrolled anger, or overeating can cause you to stick with what is familiar. You tell yourself you can’t change these habits so why try.

Internalized negative thoughts. If you grew up with a parent who always saw the negative side of everything, worried about what could go wrong, or how they looked to others, you may have taken on a similar attitude without even knowing it.

1. Listening to your critical inner voice. This voice is formed from experiences early in our life. You internalize the attitudes of others directed toward you. Because others may have seen you as lazy, you may have grown up feeling useless.

Your self-sabotaging inner voice might tell you not to try. For example, “Why bother? You’ll never succeed anyway.” Self-sabotage is often an unconscious thought or behavior that is in direct conflict with our desire to succeed.

Avoid Self-Sabotage now that you know why you are sabotaging your success, you need to learn how to avoid these thoughts and behaviors to achieve the success you desire. To do this you need to be aware of when you are in this state.

Change your habits

Develop A Success Mindset

How About Your Passport?

August 6th, 2017 | Posted by Creativelysouthern in Health - (Comments Off on How About Your Passport?)
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Before You travel check it out

 Are you planning a vacation out of the United States? You will need a passport.  Pay attention to make sure your passport is ready.                                                                             Go to your favorite pharmacy and have them take Passport photos. Once you have the photos, go to the Post Office to obtain  an application.                                

You will have to provide proof of identity and proof of citizenship at this time.              Be sure to allow about three weeks for processing                                                               Make 2 Xerox copies of your passport before your trip. Take 1 copy with you and leave the other copy with a family member or trusted friend.                                                                                             Keep the copy stored in your baggage, or as suggested, the copy be scanned into your phone, Having this Digital copy will help speed up the replacement process.                          
*Suppose you already have a passport? Be sure to check when it was issued.                      It may  need to
be reissued. Follow the procedure   above to do this. Once again, allow three weeks for  processing.

* Has your name changed since your passport was issued?  You need to take a valid passport,
 a copy of your marriage certificate, or divorce documents, or a court order to have your passport reissued.                                      
*Has your passport been lost or stolen? You will need a statement regarding your stolen passport.                                                  
                                        You will need to file DS-11 passport application. You will also have to provide
proof of identity and citizenship. This also requires a recent passport photograph. Report it as soon as possible.
                                                     Make an appointment with the local US Embassy if you are in a foreign country.  Most times  a temporary replacement  is issued in  2 days. You will need it for any border crossings or for identification.                                                                   You will have to complete a declaration that your passport has been lost or stolen   lf you happen to find it, you cannot  travel on it.  Once it is reported stolen, you have to get a replacement.                            
You must be age eighteen, or older. The  requirements
for a first time passport remain the same.                          
*If you are traveling with a minor child, they must use their own passport (even if they are a newborn)
 when traveling internationally by air.                     
Once they reach eighteen they must present
the most recent passport and a recent photograph. If the previous passport was issued
more than fifteen years ago, it must be reissued,                                   
When you apply for a passport, consider ordering a passport card ($30) at the same time.                                            
It is not valid for international travel, but could simplify getting a replacement passport.                                               
*A final note to mention is that if you wanted to receive an expedited passport, it can be processed
 for an additional fee.                              
Enjoy your vacation.

 

 

 

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Avoid Computer Scams

July 19th, 2017 | Posted by Creativelysouthern in Design Resources - (Comments Off on Avoid Computer Scams)
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An empty house denotes no meaning. It shows no distinction. It does not recognize the individuality of the homeowner. Thus, pieces of furniture have become a necessity in any house. Furniture comes in different types. Some opt for glass-made furniture while others opt for furniture with wood surfaces.

If you have wood surfaced pieces of furniture at home, it is important to take extra care of it since wood entails extra special care compared to non-wood home furnishings. Thus, cleaning is an important measure in order for you to take good care of your things. Onlycanistervacuum has prepared some helpful cleaning tips that may be handy:

Identify the type of wood finish
Wood finishes come in different types. It varies from hard to soft finishes. Some comes in clear or painted finishes. Proper identification of the type of wood finishes will help you recognize appropriate cleaning methods.
Observe regular dusting

For all types of wood finishes, it is a must to observe regular dusting. You can use a clean, fur-free permeable cloth for dusting. Dusting should be done more than a few times a week. As a result, you suspend fast accumulation of soil and other dirt on the surface.

Protect it from direct heat of the sun
The pieces of furniture you have should be displayed in areas where it cannot be reached by the direct heat of the sun. Too much heat from the sun will make your wood furnishings dried out. On extreme cases, it can remove the color of the wood.

If however, your home furnishings have been exposed to sunlight and is susceptible to drying up, it is recommended for you to use a dehumidifier or humidifier. It helps to keep the wood surfaces from drying up.
Use protective materials

There are accidental circumstances that make you scratch your wood furniture. Hence to avoid it, it is important to use protective felt. Use tablecloth runners on wood surfaces such as a nightstand or middle tables. On the other hand, use appropriate plates for items being placed on wood surfaces. Coasters are used for glasses while vase plates are used for flower vases or indoor plants.

Polish it for further protection
To polish wood surfaces is a good cleaning measure to attain optimum protection for your home furnishings. You can use natural or commercial polishing materials. You can use linseed oil and turpentine as ingredients for polishing materials. For commercial uses, there are a lot of polishing materials sold on specialty stores.

 

 

Wash your wood furnishings
One important cleaning tip for furniture is annually washing your wood furnishings. Mild soap and water should be used as washing solution. Use a soft cloth as your washing gadget. It is a must to immediately dry your wood furnishings right after you wash them. This is done in order to prevent moisture build-up.
Watch out for damage

Cleaning is the best time to spot pieces of wood furniture that has damage. Early detection of damage can save you from major repairs or the possibility of abandoning important items in your home.
A house is a good place to stay if it is equipped with useful and well-taken cared home furnishings especially home materials made up of wood.

Hence, it is important that after you purchase such items, you are also knowledgeable on how to preserve it.

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4 Reasons You’re Not Sleeping

June 19th, 2017 | Posted by Creativelysouthern in Health - (Comments Off on 4 Reasons You’re Not Sleeping)
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Are you not sleeping well?  That depends on how much sleep you need.  Some people require less than others.  The amount of sleep you need is the ability to think clearly through the day, feel consistent energy throughout the day and not have anxiety or depression, or impatience which often accompanies insufficient sleep

 

Sleep is important to refresh the central nervous system.  Thus, the need for sleep is important for brain function.  Recent research reveals that the brain has a system of its own.  The glymphatic system elears  out international fluids  during sleep.

 

When you don’t get enough sleep, these fluids accumulate and impair functional ability and memory.  The day after a lack of sleep can feel lack of alertness, impaired memory function, slurred speech, mood swings and fatigue.

 

Long term sleep loss may lead to irreversible health conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular and circulatory illnesses and degenerative problems such as A and Parkinson’s.

 

So, what’s keeping you awake?

 

  1. Anxiety, stress, and other mental/ emotional discomforts?
  2. Physical causes such as pain and medical illness?
  3. Environmental factors. Like noise?
  4. Poor sleep habits?

 

What to do.

1, If it’s anxiety, see a professional and seek to manage stress.

 

  1. If it’s pain or illness, check with your physician.
  2. If it’s poor sleep habits, make your bedroom like a cave, turning off all              lights, digital devices at least 1 hour before bedtime.   
  3. Stick to a consistent sleep/ wake schedule.
  4. Good sleep is vital to how you look, feel and perform.
  5. Good sleep can improve your relationships, including your sex life,   decreased body pain, and weight control.

 

Too much sleep could lead to increased risk of obesity.

 

You are  reading this post looking for 5 ways to improve sleep as the title indicates, so stay with me because those are next.

 

What you can do to reclaim the sleep you need.

 

  1. Consuming large amounts of sugar can cause insulin resistance and inflammation.  Adding a soda to a fast-food meal like a burger and fries is a perfect recipe for not sleeping.  Go for the greens, fruits and vegetables.  A recent study recommended lowering salt intake can reduce midnight bathroom calls.
  2. Chronic pain makes it difficult to stay asleep at night.  Insomnia can lower your pain tolerance.  Talk to your doctor about ways to relieve pain without drugs.  You can start by using a heating pad, an ice pack, acupuncture, or drinking tart cherry juice twice a day.
  3. Research says sleep medicines just provide an extra 84 minutes of sleep.  Add that to the fact that you still may not feel refreshed.  Sleep med.s can have dangerous side effects such as addiction,  ,or falling.  The doctor may prescribe them on a short-term basis if the patient is going through a major life crisis.

            You might try Melatonin in small doses.

  1. Certain medications tend to keep you awake, such as beta blockers

            f or hypertension, Propranolol for asthma, Corticosteroids,        SSL antidepressants can cause sleepless nights.

 

  1.  If you have sleep apnea, which is interfering with your sleep.  You’ll feel especially tired during the day.  Once diagnosed, it is treated using a CPAP machine.  Weight loss can improve the situation..

Insomnia causes nighttime to feel endless and exhausting.  Expert advice is to turn off all digital devices, keep the bedroom dark and cool, avoid alcohol and caffeine.   These - methods are commonly used.

However, insomnia  that does not respond and continues  interrupting,  sleep needs  different types of treatment from  those listed  above.

 

 

 

 

Are You Suffering From Too Much Stress?

June 14th, 2017 | Posted by Creativelysouthern in Health - (Comments Off on Are You Suffering From Too Much Stress?)

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Are you suffering too much stress?

Natural Ways to Reduce Stress

Often people suffering from anxiety want a natural way to reduce stress. They don’t want to use pharmaceutical drugs for treatment due to their considerable side effects.

Here are five natural ways to reduce stress.

  1. Relaxation techniques

-        Deep breathing or breathing exercises. With this method you consciously pay attention to your breathing. Begin by slowing your breathing and focusing on taking regular, deep breaths.

-        Guided imagery method. With this method, you focus on pleasant images in place of the stressful or negative feelings

-        Progressive relaxation or Jacobson’s progressive relaxation method. Here you focus on tightening and relaxing each muscle group.

-        Aromatherapy, is a process where you use essential oils to promote relaxation.

-        Meditation, which is a technique where the mind stops focusing on stress and instead focuses inward towards calmness.

-        Emotional freedom technique. With this form of therapy, you locate and tap pressure points your body.

  1. Stretching and exercising

-        Cardio exercises, helping you release good endorphins to relieve stress.

-        Strength training with weights or body weight.

-        -        Walking. A 2D or 30-minute walk around the block can help you get your emotions in control.

  -        Yoga, an exercise that is also a relaxation technique. It gives you the coping skills you need to combat stress.

 -        Tai chi, which is a form of low-impact, weight-bearing, and aerobic exercise that began as a martial art.

  1. Nutrition changes-        Eat a healthy, balanced diet to help build up the immune system and lowering blood pressure.

-        Eliminate processed foods, especially fast food.

-        Choose foods that give you energy like raw foods such as oranges or spinach.

-        Eat Omega 3 fatty acid foods such as fish.

-        Drink soothing herbal teas.

-        Use natural herbs.

-        Don’t skip meals.

-        Eliminate mindless eating.

-        Steer clear of simple carbs like candy and sweets.

         Activities that enrich your daily life

-        Attend comedy shows or watching comic movies. Laughter is a tremendous stress reliever.

-        Listen to your favorite music. Classical music has been shown to soothe emotions. Dance, sing and have fun.

-        Volunteer. Give your time helping others.

           Just don’t fill your calendar to overflowing.

-        Take a day at the spa. Give yourself permission to get a spa treatment to help relax your muscles.

-        Read a good book. Not a book you need to read but one that is purely for enjoyment.

-        Express yourself with art.  

      Find hobbies you enjoy and that keep your hands and mind busy.

-        Take up gardening. Plant flowers or vegetables. Tending plants can be a peaceful way to put your mind at ease.

-        Take a soothing bath. Light candles. Add calming bath beads like lavender or chamomile.

        Put on an eye mask and just relax.

-        Watch the sunset. Or sunrise.

-        Play like a kid or play with your kids. Let go. Run. Giggle. Just be silly.

-        Say “no”. You don’t have to do everything for everyone all the time. Your family can take care of themselves occasionally.

Socialization to get rid of stress

Be around friends (the right friends).

Call or spend time with them when you feel stress overwhelming you-     

Get out of the house if the stress is there. Go to a movie or a new restaurant.

-        Spend time doing things you enjoy like taking a walk in nature or visiting a museum.

Take a break now and then. Spend time alone when you need to. Find other ways that help you relieve stress.

You can fight stress in natural ways without the use of pharmaceutical remedies that may have harmful or unwanted side effects..

Pharmaceutical Remedies and Their Potential Side Effects

Sometimes a natural approach to relieving stress isn’t enough. You’ve tried everything.

The next option is to talk to your doctor about the pharmaceutical remedies available to you and their possible side effects.

There are several different medications available for controlling anxiety and stress.

  • Xanax, Xanax XR, Niravam
  • Blue-green algae (Cyanobacteria Spirulina)
  • Fragmin
  • Ginseng (Eleutherococcus and Panax sp.)
  • Valium
  • Kava
  • Ativan
  • Paxil
  • Schisandra
  • Zoloft

These pharmaceutical drugs often come with side effects that can be bothersome.

The higher the dosage the more noticeable the side effects become. These side effects can cause problems with work, , or even everyday activities like driving.

Common side effects of anti-anxiety medicines include:

Drowsiness, lack of energy

  • Clumsiness, slow reflexes
  • Slurred speech
  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Depression
  • Dizziness, light-headedness
  • Impaired thinking and judgment
  • Memory loss, forgetfulness
  • Nausea, stomach upset
  • Blurred or double vision

 

Antidepressant side effects can also cause:

  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Headaches
  • Sleepiness
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Dizziness
  • Stomach upset
  • Weight gain

 This post explored many ways to combat stress.  The final post in this series about managing stress will continue to explore stress related issues and ways to manage it..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find Your Tribe Online

May 2nd, 2017 | Posted by Creativelysouthern in Design Resources - (Comments Off on Find Your Tribe Online)

Find Your Tribe Online Build up your email list.

This is the course that
clients are using to triple their traffic using both Facebook and Pinterest. Their results truly are amazing and inspiring! The cool thing about this course is that it doesn't take hours and hours to work on or months and months to see results. If you spend 30 minutes a day working on the ideas, you will see an increase in your traffic and your engagement overnight. The results people are getting from this course are pretty incredible!

MODULE #1: Know Your Niche:  Discover your people, your readers!

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How to Avoid Stress and Find Peace In Your Life But you can try to avoid at least some of the situations that cause it and you can control how you react and respond to it. Begin by knowing how you cope and your coping strategies. Keep a journal to record stressful events and how you responded and coped with the stress. Once you know what causes your stress, begin making changes in your life to help you avoid those situations as much as possible. Try these ideas: Manage your time so you have time for more of the things you want to do as well as the things you need to do. Keep a time management log to help you decide which items are urgent and what can wait. Change a part of your lifestyle. The choices you make about how you live can be contributing to your stress. For example, maybe you spend a big part of your time trying to juggle family, friends and work obligations. Look at how you spend that time. Could you get rid of some of your obligations? Maybe you could get your family to help out more at home? Or just see your friends once a week or so. Live a healthy lifestyle. Eat healthy foods, limit your alcohol consumption and don’t smoke. Exercise daily, even moderate exercise. Get enough sleep so your body can recover from the stress of the day. Keep a notepad or your cell phone by your bed to record what you are worrying about if your problems are keeping you awake. Build the support network in your life, including family, friends and people in your community. Changing your habits to healthier ones, getting enough sleep and emotional support and learning to manage your time efficiently can go a long way in helping you to avoid stress. How to Embrace Peacefulness in Your Life Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you’re doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you. ~Joel Osteen How we deal with stress can make a big difference in how peaceful our life is. Everyone has stress. It’s a part of life. The trick is to embrace ways of finding peace even when you are under stress. Here are some ways to do that: Choose to be happy. Learn to do away with the negative thoughts. Optimism is a positive outlook on your future, on how you view yourself and the world around you. Try to find the good in every situation. Practice being grateful. Gratitude means saying thanks for everything good in your life. Be thankful for the blessings in your life right now. Accept what is. We can’t change everything or control everything. Those things shouldn’t concern us. Don’t worry about the things you can’t change. Spend time meditating and listening to your inner self. Meditate for 20 minutes every day. Learn how much a smile means. Take the time to enjoy the little things. Don’t stress over breaking a dish. Instead, laugh it up. After all, it’s just a dish. Think beyond your life. Read about other countries and cultures. Realize the world doesn’t care about your problems. When you begin comparing your problems to bigger problems like tsunamis and earthquakes, you’ll begin to understand how small your problems are. Accept what is. We can’t change everything or control everything Care about others instead of being self-consumed. When you genuinely care about others, you will feel at peace. Show acts of kindness and goodwill to family and strangers alike. Keep hope that things will turn out for the best for you. Hope gives you a path to peace. Problems and difficulties are only temporary and will in time be just fine. Embrace whatever your beliefs are. Follow your faith 100%. Having a solid, healthy faith is essential to finding peace and wisdom. Research has shown that those who are deeply devoted to their faith have a higher life expectancy because they experience a greater amount of inner peace. Continue learning. Stress can come from our worries about not having all the answers. Accept you don’t know everything but you can always learn what you need or want to know about. Learn from others who have gone through what you facing. Have a mentor who can guide you, even if it’s just through their writings. Be in the present. Don’t continue to worry about something that happened in the past. That’s over with. And don’t worry about what is going to happen. It hasn’t occurred yet. Living in the present moment means there are no problems or concerns. You aren’t worrying about what might happen. Learn to forgive. Forgiving others can lift a weight off you that you didn’t know you were carrying. Not forgiving can lead to bitterness that is like a poison. It accumulates and builds within you. It’s impossible to be free and at peace when you are bound to a past mistake. The incident is long gone. Get over it. How you think has a huge impact on how peaceful your life will be. Follow the previous steps to embrace peacefulness into your life. What to Do Next People who are stressed need a wide variety of ways to deal with it and to find ways to avoid being stressed. Stress can cause many emotional and physical problems if not dealt with quickly. Whatever the cause of your stress is, the key is learning how to cope with it. You need to find out how you handle stressful situations by keeping a journal of how you feel and react. The next step is to get support from others you trust. Deal with your stress by using one or more of the natural remedies suggested throughout this report. Finally if the stress is too much for you to handle, get professional help. Talk to your doctor about what is going on in your life and get suggestions on how to combat it. Consider your pharmaceutical options and the many side effects before you say yes as a way to relieve your stress. This is the final post on managing stress in your life.

April 22nd, 2017 | Posted by Creativelysouthern in Health - (Comments Off on How to Avoid Stress and Find Peace In Your Life But you can try to avoid at least some of the situations that cause it and you can control how you react and respond to it. Begin by knowing how you cope and your coping strategies. Keep a journal to record stressful events and how you responded and coped with the stress. Once you know what causes your stress, begin making changes in your life to help you avoid those situations as much as possible. Try these ideas: Manage your time so you have time for more of the things you want to do as well as the things you need to do. Keep a time management log to help you decide which items are urgent and what can wait. Change a part of your lifestyle. The choices you make about how you live can be contributing to your stress. For example, maybe you spend a big part of your time trying to juggle family, friends and work obligations. Look at how you spend that time. Could you get rid of some of your obligations? Maybe you could get your family to help out more at home? Or just see your friends once a week or so. Live a healthy lifestyle. Eat healthy foods, limit your alcohol consumption and don’t smoke. Exercise daily, even moderate exercise. Get enough sleep so your body can recover from the stress of the day. Keep a notepad or your cell phone by your bed to record what you are worrying about if your problems are keeping you awake. Build the support network in your life, including family, friends and people in your community. Changing your habits to healthier ones, getting enough sleep and emotional support and learning to manage your time efficiently can go a long way in helping you to avoid stress. How to Embrace Peacefulness in Your Life Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you’re doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you. ~Joel Osteen How we deal with stress can make a big difference in how peaceful our life is. Everyone has stress. It’s a part of life. The trick is to embrace ways of finding peace even when you are under stress. Here are some ways to do that: Choose to be happy. Learn to do away with the negative thoughts. Optimism is a positive outlook on your future, on how you view yourself and the world around you. Try to find the good in every situation. Practice being grateful. Gratitude means saying thanks for everything good in your life. Be thankful for the blessings in your life right now. Accept what is. We can’t change everything or control everything. Those things shouldn’t concern us. Don’t worry about the things you can’t change. Spend time meditating and listening to your inner self. Meditate for 20 minutes every day. Learn how much a smile means. Take the time to enjoy the little things. Don’t stress over breaking a dish. Instead, laugh it up. After all, it’s just a dish. Think beyond your life. Read about other countries and cultures. Realize the world doesn’t care about your problems. When you begin comparing your problems to bigger problems like tsunamis and earthquakes, you’ll begin to understand how small your problems are. Accept what is. We can’t change everything or control everything Care about others instead of being self-consumed. When you genuinely care about others, you will feel at peace. Show acts of kindness and goodwill to family and strangers alike. Keep hope that things will turn out for the best for you. Hope gives you a path to peace. Problems and difficulties are only temporary and will in time be just fine. Embrace whatever your beliefs are. Follow your faith 100%. Having a solid, healthy faith is essential to finding peace and wisdom. Research has shown that those who are deeply devoted to their faith have a higher life expectancy because they experience a greater amount of inner peace. Continue learning. Stress can come from our worries about not having all the answers. Accept you don’t know everything but you can always learn what you need or want to know about. Learn from others who have gone through what you facing. Have a mentor who can guide you, even if it’s just through their writings. Be in the present. Don’t continue to worry about something that happened in the past. That’s over with. And don’t worry about what is going to happen. It hasn’t occurred yet. Living in the present moment means there are no problems or concerns. You aren’t worrying about what might happen. Learn to forgive. Forgiving others can lift a weight off you that you didn’t know you were carrying. Not forgiving can lead to bitterness that is like a poison. It accumulates and builds within you. It’s impossible to be free and at peace when you are bound to a past mistake. The incident is long gone. Get over it. How you think has a huge impact on how peaceful your life will be. Follow the previous steps to embrace peacefulness into your life. What to Do Next People who are stressed need a wide variety of ways to deal with it and to find ways to avoid being stressed. Stress can cause many emotional and physical problems if not dealt with quickly. Whatever the cause of your stress is, the key is learning how to cope with it. You need to find out how you handle stressful situations by keeping a journal of how you feel and react. The next step is to get support from others you trust. Deal with your stress by using one or more of the natural remedies suggested throughout this report. Finally if the stress is too much for you to handle, get professional help. Talk to your doctor about what is going on in your life and get suggestions on how to combat it. Consider your pharmaceutical options and the many side effects before you say yes as a way to relieve your stress. This is the final post on managing stress in your life.)
How to Avoid Stress and Find Peace

How to Avoid Stress and Find Peace

Peace at Last

How to Avoid Stress

Stress is a part of everyone’s life and can’t always be avoided. But you can try to avoid at least some of the situations that cause it and you can control how you react and respond to it.

Begin by knowing how you cope and your coping strategies. Keep a journal to record stressful events and how you responded and coped with the stress.

 

Once you know what causes your stress, begin making changes in your life to help you avoid those situations as much as possible.

Try these ideas:

  1. Manage your time so you have time for more of the things you want to do as well as the things you need to do. Keep a time management log to help you decide which items are urgent and what can wait.
  1. Change a part of your lifestyle. The choices you make about how you live can be contributing to your stress. For example, maybe you spend a big part of your time trying to juggle family, friends and work obligations. Look at how you spend that time. Could you get rid of some of your obligations? Maybe you could get your family to help out more at home? Or just see your friends once a week or so.
  1. Live a healthy lifestyle. Eat healthy foods, limit your alcohol consumption and don’t smoke. Exercise daily, even moderate exercise.
  1. Get enough sleep so your body can recover from the stress of the day. Keep a notepad or your cell phone by your bed to record what you are worrying about if your problems are keeping you awake.

 

  1. Build the support network in your life, including family, friends and people in your community.

 

Changing your habits to healthier ones, getting enough sleep and emotional support and learning to manage your time efficiently can go a long way in helping you to avoid stress.

 

How to Embrace Peacefulness in Your Life

Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you're doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you. ~Joel Osteen

How we deal with stress can make a big difference in how peaceful our life is. Everyone has stress. It’s a part of life. The trick is to embrace ways of finding peace even when you are under stress. Here are some ways to do that:

 

  • Choose to be happy.

 

  • Learn to do away with the negative thoughts. Optimism is a positive outlook on your future, on how you view yourself and the world around you. Try to find the good in every situation.
  • Practice being grateful. Gratitude means saying thanks for everything good in your life. Be thankful for the blessings in your life right now.
  • Accept what is. We can’t change everything or control everything. Those things shouldn’t concern us. Don’t worry about the things you can’t change.
  • Spend time meditating and listening to your inner self. Meditate for 20 minutes every day.
  • Learn how much a smile means. Take the time to enjoy the little things. Don’t stress over breaking a dish. Instead, laugh it up. After all, it’s just a dish.
  • Think beyond your life. Read about other countries and cultures. Realize the world doesn’t care about your problems. When you begin comparing your problems to bigger problems like tsunamis and earthquakes, you’ll begin to understand how small your problems are.

 

   Accept what is. We can’t change everything or control everything

 

Care about others instead of being self-consumed. When you genuinely care about others, you will feel at peace.  Show acts of kindness and goodwill to family and strangers alike.

  • Keep hope that things will turn out for the best for you. Hope gives you a path to peace. Problems and difficulties are only temporary and will in time be just fine.

 

  • Embrace whatever your beliefs are. Follow your faith 100%. Having a solid, healthy faith is essential to finding peace and wisdom. Research has shown that those who are deeply devoted to their faith have a higher life expectancy because they experience a greater amount of inner peace.
  • Continue learning. Stress can come from our worries about not having all the answers. Accept you don’t know everything but you can always learn what you need or want to know about.
  • Learn from others who have gone through what you facing. Have a mentor who can guide you, even if it’s just through their writings.
  • Be in the present. Don’t continue to worry about something that happened in the past. That’s over with. And don’t worry about what is going to happen. It hasn’t occurred yet. Living in the present moment means there are no problems or concerns. You aren’t worrying about what might happen.
  • Learn to forgive. Forgiving others can lift a weight off you that you didn’t know you were carrying. Not forgiving can lead to bitterness that is like a poison. It accumulates and builds within you. It’s impossible to be free and at peace when you are bound to a past mistake. The incident is long gone. Get over it.

 

How you think has a huge impact on how peaceful your life will be. Follow the previous steps to embrace peacefulness into your life.

 

What to Do Next

People who are stressed need a wide variety of ways to deal with it and to find ways to avoid being stressed. Stress can cause many emotional and physical problems if not dealt with quickly.

Whatever the cause of your stress is, the key is learning how to cope with it. You need to find out how you handle stressful situations by keeping a journal of how you feel and react.

The next step is to get support from others you trust.

Deal with your stress by using one or more of the natural remedies suggested throughout this report.

 

Finally, if the stress is too much for you to handle, get professional help. Talk to your doctor about what is going on in your life and get suggestions on how to combat it. Consider your pharmaceutical options and the many side effects before you say yes as a way to relieve your stress.

 

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Are you living with too much stress?

April 4th, 2017 | Posted by Creativelysouthern in Health - (Comments Off on Are you living with too much stress?)

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Banish Stress from Your Life: Your Guide to Living More Managing Stress Peacefully

Are you living with too much stress?   Do you have days that you feel so overwhelmed you don’t know what to do or are so out of control you just want to hide?

Are you spending more time screaming... crying.... pacing the floor... pulling your hair out... or lying awake at night worrying than actually enjoying life?

Are you spending more time screaming... crying.... pacing the floor... pulling your hair out... or lying awake at night worrying than actually enjoying life?

One person might deal with the same type of stress more effectively than another. Knowing your stress limits and how you cope is important so you can avoid the serious health effects

The percentages below show that people feel stress in a wide variety of ways:

Fatigue                 51 %

Headache             44 %

Upset stomach         34 %

Muscle tension         30 %

Change in appetite 23 %

Teeth grinding          17 %

Change in sex drive 15 %

Feeling dizzy            13 %

Irritability or anger    50 %

Feeling nervous       45 %

Lack of energy         45 %

Feeling as though you could cry     35 %

It seems in this day and age everyone is affected by some form of stress.  Once you learn what causes your stress and learn ways to reduce it and deal with it, you can begin to embrace living a more peaceful life.  In this report we’ll delve deeper into stress causes and ways to reduce it.

The Causes of Stress

Stress is a normal part of life.  And it does serve a purpose in the right form.  It can motivate you to go for that promotion or complete a marathon run.  On the other hand, if you don’t take care of your stress and it lingers on long term, it can interfere with your family life, your health and your job.

More than half of Americans say stress is the reason they fight with loved ones and friends.

What causes stress? Is it the same for everyone?  The answer is no.  Everyone has different stress triggers.   Work stress is one of the top stressors for many.

Sressor is the name for a situation that causes stress.  It can come from a rocky relationship, an exhausting work schedule or anything that puts big demand on you.

This might be something as wonderful as getting married, buying a new home or going off to college.  It could be changes in a family situation or the loss of a loved one.

Stress can come from internal factors such as worrying excessively about something or having a negative outlook on life.

The causes of stress depend on how you perceive it.  Some things may stress you but never faze someone else.  One example could be that your morning commute makes you tense because you are afraid you might be late, while someone else may enjoy the commute, viewing it as time to enjoy music

.Causes of work stress include:

        Not being happy in your job

        Having too much responsibility

  • Working long hours
  • Dealing with poor management, with unclear expectations of your work
  • Working under dangerous conditions
  • Being insecure about your job
  • Having the responsibility of having to give speeches in front of others
  • Facing harassment at work

Life stressors include:

  • The death of a loved one
  • Getting married
  • Moving into or buying new home
  • Dealing with a dysfunctional relationship with a spouse or child
  • Chronic illness or injury
  • Being the caretaker of an elderly or sick family member
  • Traumatic events, such as a natural disaster, theft, rape, or violence against you
  • Divorce or separation
  • Increase in your financial obligations

Internal factors that can lead to stress:

  • Emotional problems such as depression, anxiety, anger, grief, guilt or low self-esteem
  • Uncertainty
  • Unrealistic expectations of yourself
  • Fear of changes
  • Constantly worrying about something that may or may not happen

The causes of stress will be different for each person based on your personality and how you respond and deal with situations. Some people are able to let everything just slide off their back while others have to work at keeping stress away so they don’t worry themselves sick.

The Harmful Effects of Stress

Stress doesn’t just affect your daily thoughts. It can cause harmful physical and emotional problems as well.Our bodies cannot distinguish between a physical threat and a psychological one.

If you’re stressed over problems at work, an argument with a friend or a ton of bills, your body reacts in the same way as it does when facing a life-or-death situation.

Having a lot of responsibilities or problems you worry about all the time may mean your body’s stress response is always on, making it harder to deal with.

When you are in a stressful situation, your body will have some type of physical response. Your nervous system releases hormones to prepare you for the “fight or flight” response. You’ll notice your heart rate increase; your breathing speeds up, you begin to sweat and your muscles tense. This is just the immediate short-term reaction to the situation. This is known as acute stress.

If you are exposed to stress over a long period of time, it’s known as chronic stress. This can lead to very serious health problems. This type of stress can put a lot of wear and tear on the body, causing it to age prematurely and be more prone to illnesses.

Short-term stress signs include:

-        Headaches

-        Neck pain and other body aches

-        Fatigue

-        Difficulty sleeping

-        Difficulty concentrating

-        Upset stomach

-        Irritability

Long-term stress, when not addressed, can lead to serious health conditions like:

-        Depression

-        High blood pressure

-        Autoimmune diseases

-        Abnormal heartbeat (arrhythmia)

-        Hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis)

-        Heart disease or heart attack

-        Heartburn, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome

-        Upset stomach - cramps, constipation, and diarrhea

-        Weight gain or loss

-        Changes in sex drive

-        Fertility problems

-        Asthma or arthritis flare-ups

-        Skin problems such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis

Taking care of yourself and managing your stress can make a huge difference in how stress affects your health.

Find ways to reduce stress, including by natural means. Talk to your doctor about ways you can manage your stress and what your options are.  It seems in this day and age everyone is affected by some form of stress

Once you learn what causes your stress and learn ways to reduce it and deal with it, you can begin to embrace living a more peaceful life.

This begins my series about dealing with stress,  Watch for the next post that offers advice on managing stress.

 

 

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