lyme-disease-preventionHow Do You Get Lyme Disease

Warmer months bring outdoor activity.  And with that comes the reminder to pull out the bug repellent and sunscreen!  As much as we love the sun, the flowers blooming and the greenery, the irritating reality is that the bugs and ticks that spread lyme disease are coming too.  And some of them can pose a threat to our health if we are bitten.  The blacklegged tick is one of the insects we should be on the lookout for, because it can spread Lyme disease.

synthetic-marijuanaStudies Show Synthetic Marijuana is Just Dangerous

Fake marijuana products are gaining in popularity because most of the time they don't show up on a routine drug test.  And the manufacturers claim that this "pseudo" marijuana is made of 100% organic herb mixtures, leaving our children to think they are safe and natural.  But that couldn't be further from the truth.  None of us wants to imagine our teen trying marijuana, let alone synthetic versions.  We try hard to ingrain the natural law of taking care of our bodies and being responsible.  But the reality is we never know what can happen when they are with their peers. And there is rising concern as we see more and more of our teens in emergency rooms with elevated heart rates or even having heart attacks from marijuana.

ins-and-outs-of-stressStress.

We are all humans. Thus, we are faced with stressful situations day to day. This kind of stress can ruin a whole day if not dealt with properly. Being a college student, I experience times of stress on a regular basis, the kind that makes me want to rip my hair out! But I do try and practice some strategies that help minimize its affects. 

My Stress Remedies

Prior to spring break, I was faced with midterms and papers that seemed I’d never be able to tackle. The amount of stress I was experiencing was normal for a college student balancing school and work, but I had enough. Usually when I experience an overwhelming amount of stress I try and sort through my daily activities and find that they are all small stuff. You know that saying, “don’t sweat the small stuff”? That is a mantra that everybody should live by. We are all faced with feeling like there aren’t enough hours in the day, or that what is demanded from us is unrealistic. But, the key is realizing that you are in control of your life is the foundation of managing stress.

stress-and-overeatingStress Leads to Emotional Overeating

There is nothing better than a big bowl of ice cream, some chocolate or even a large bag of salty potato chips to make us feel better when we are stressed or feeling sad.  After all, Bridget Jones of "Bridget Jone's Diary" pounded down bowls of ice cream to make herself feel better regularly as we all laughed! Truth is, food has comforted us from the time we were babies, satisfying our little stomachs and preparing us for long naps. But now that we are older, overeating can become a bad way to deal with stress.  This is not a healthy way to deal with the tension, but it is very common. Studies show there may be other reasons why we reach for "comfort foods" while stressed.

what-is-autismHow Do You Get Autism

We all hope and pray that our children will grow up healthy and happy, and without a disability like autism.  We work hard as moms to nurture and raise up our children in the best way we can.  But there are times when our intuition tells us there is something wrong; something a bit "off" as we see our child faltering developmentally, like autism.  It could be a hearing problem, it could be a learning disability or something else. And no matter what it is and how much we worry about it, the truth is, any "red flag" we see in our child's behavior is pause for us to check it out.

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