It’s Cold like we haven’t seen in a while and it’s producing cold conditions plus rain, sleet, freezing rain, maybe snow.
Now that winter’s here or at least it’s cold, my reluctance to get out of bed in the morning has mounted exponentially. It’s much easier to snuggle deep into the covers when my alarm goes off, and I’m constantly oversleeping when I know that I should get up. In an attempt to curb this bad habit, I’ve compiled some tips for making waking up a bit more manageable. Click “more” to go to 10 Tips.
Bitterly Cold Weather in the Forecast: Be Safe When Heating Your Home
With windy conditions and extremely cold temperatures in the forecast, officials remind residents to take safety precautions when heating their homes. Malfunctioning heating equipment is the leading cause of home fires in January and February. Winter storms can also interrupt electrical service, causing people to turn to alternative heating sources, further increasing the risk of fire.
By following these fire prevention measures, you can greatly reduce the risk of fire in your home and enjoy a safe winter season.
• Keep children and combustibles at least three feet away from all heating equipment, stoves and fireplaces.
• If you use an electric heater, do not overload the circuit. If you must use an extension cord, choose one that has a built in surge protector and that the cord is rated for the amps the appliance will require.
• Always remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
• Make sure your fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room.
• Before going to sleep, ensure the fire in your fireplace is completely extinguished. Never close the fireplace damper if hot ashes remain in the fireplace. The fire may reheat and force toxic carbon monoxide into your house.
• Always let ashes cool before putting them in a closed metal container. Keep the container outside, a safe distance away from your home.
Is your glass half-empty or half-full? How you answer this age-old question about positive thinking may reflect your outlook on life, your attitude toward yourself, and whether you’re optimistic or pessimistic — and it may even affect your health.
Positive thinking doesn’t mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignore life’s less pleasant situations. Positive thinking just means that you approach the unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. You think the best is going to happen, not the worst.
Positive thinking often starts with self-talk. Self-talk is the endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head every day. These automatic thoughts can be positive or negative.
Health benefits that positive thinking may provide include:
Increased life span
Lower rates of depression
Lower levels of distress
Greater resistance to the common cold
Better psychological and physical well-being
Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress