Fitness & Wellness

Wellness Wednesday: Caring for Yourself Helps You Better Care for Others

Caring for yourselfSelf care consists of the actions that you use to take care of your physical, mental, and emotional health. Self care is unique for everyone. Good self care is a challenge for many people and it can be especially challenging for survivors of interpersonal violence and abuse. When you have a lack of self care it can lead to other problems. Problems like burnout. Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed and unable to meet constant demands. As the stress continues, you began to lose interest or motivation that led you to take on a certain role in the first place.

Burnout reduces your productivity and saps your energy, leaving you feeling increasingly helpless, hopeless, cynical, and resentful.  Eventually you may feel like you have nothing more to give. Also without good self care it can also bring about compassion fatigue. Compassion Fatigue is a state experienced by those helping people or animals in distress, it is an extreme state of tension and preoccupation with the suffering of those being helped to the degree that it can create a secondary traumatic stress for the helper. While the effects of Compassion Fatigue can cause pain and suffering, learning to recognize and manage its symptoms is the first step toward healing. Continue reading “Wellness Wednesday: Caring for Yourself Helps You Better Care for Others”

Finance

Money Saving Monday: Summer Electricity Bill Are Almost Upon Us

Summer Electricity Before your know it summer time will be upon us. With summer time comes running the air conditioner which means elevated electricity bills. With a little preparation this summer can cost you less electricity-wise than last summer. First would be to contact your electricity company to see if they have programs that may balance your billing for the summer months. Lots of electricity companies give a balanced billing rate if you enroll before summer officially starts. During the winter you may have noticed a few cold drafts in your home, whether they were near windows or door those drafts are also locations where heat will have the opportunity to enter your home. Now is the time to make sure proper weather stripping is in place. If you have rooms that will not have lots of activity you may also want to look into insulated curtains. Just as you want to keep the heat out of your home, you also want to keep the air conditioning in. If you use timers on various items such as lighting be sure to adjust them. Lights do not need to come on as early in the summer since we have more hours of daylight. If you are not using timers I highly recommend them, they are a great way to have items run for a limited amount of time rather than all day. No matter the time of year if you can replace your older appliances with energy efficient one, you will see the pay off in the long run. What’s you summer saving tip? We wanna hear from you. Happy Savings!! Happy Health!!

Finance · Kids and Family

Money Saving Monday: Don’t Break the Bank on Eye Glasses

None eyeglass wearers may be clueless of how much a pair of glasses can cost. The rest of us that either wear glasses or purchase them for family members know how expensive glasses can become. For many, new glasses are purchased every other year, and others may wait even longer to delay the expense. Whether… Continue reading Money Saving Monday: Don’t Break the Bank on Eye Glasses

Fitness & Wellness · Kids and Family

Wellness Wednesday: A Slow Yes is Best When You are Tired

Turtle Don’t make future decisions based on how tired you are at this moment it will only lead to regret. This is something I have to fight often. I have become quite infamous for turning down an invite, not just due to being busy, but for how I feel after I completed a million task. Make your decisions about invitations and future planning at whatever point in your day that you are most energized. If its first thing in the morning or the evening then that’s the time to plan. It almost never fails that someone asks me to do something during the moment that I am day dreaming about a day to sleep in and later binge watch some Netflix. Of course any invite sounds horrible in comparison to some needed rest and relaxation. When you are tired your brain is in the mode of thinking about rest, the last thing you want to do is commit to doing something else. You are likely to say no or feel grumpy about giving a yes answer if you answer while tired. Half the things we are asked to do, are not as bothersome as our preoccupied minds lead us to think. However when we are fatigues taking on any extra tasks seem like they are going to be so laborious that we make ourselves more tired just thinking about them. I am sure you guys have experienced times in which you declined an invite or some other request well in advanced. Then when the day of the event finally came around you felt fine and full of energy and realized that you could have attended what you previously declined. The easiest way to avoid this is to give a slow yes rather than a fast no.  Let the person know you want to check your planner so you make sure it is best fit. If you don’t use any kind of planner, I highly recommend you do. Planners not only keep you organized they are great way to buy you time to give a well thought-out response. Try it out today!! Happy Savings!! Happy Health!!