Tips to Preventing Skin Cancer

Tips to Preventing Skin Cancer

More sun and increased time spent outdoors can mean more risks for skin cancer. May is National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, so there is no better time to cover tips for preventing skin cancer. Who doesn’t love a bright, sunny day? I’m sure there is a scientific reason why we feel better and happier when the sun is shining and there is not a cloud in the sky. However, while the sun seems to be good for our minds and spirit, it can also be a danger to our bodies if we’re not careful. Here are some tips to play it safe while enjoying the sun-filled days: If you are planning to be outdoors, always apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to going out—even on cloudy days. It is recommended to use sunscreen which has a sun protective factor (SPF) of at least 30. Reapply water or sweat-proof sunscreen every 2 hours if sweating or swimming. Cover up. Wearing protective clothing, hat and sunglasses will provide an extra layer of protection between UV rays and your skin. Don’t burn. It is reported that a Melanoma risk significantly increase after sunburns. Seek shade. If you are not able to limit time outdoors between 10 am and 3 pm, stay in shaded areas if possible. Between those times is when the UV rays are strongest. Don’t use tanning beds. If you’re looking for a golden glow, check out a sunless, self-tan spray. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more than 419,000 cases of skin cancer in the U.S. are linked to indoor tanning and the risk for skin cancer is...
How to Help the Older Generation

How to Help the Older Generation

When it comes to our roots and how we got to a particular moment in time, we have no choice but to look back at the previous generation. They laid the ground work (literally) and established everything we have leading up to now. If there were people who were entitled to anything, it would be our elders. They are deserving of our respect. Here’s how to help the older generation by simply investing in them the way that many of them have invested in us. Not to be a “Debbie Downer,” but no matter how much we want to wish it away, we are all gradually going to lose some abilities as we age. It’s just a fact that the aging process slows us down cognitively and physically; however, our desire to be needed, significant and loved never leaves. So even though someone may not be able to do all they used to do or at the same level as in their younger years, it doesn’t mean they should be forgotten. Not only do we have a lot we can learn from our wiser citizens, but they could use extra time and a hand when offered. While not all seniors have limitations, many are not able (or interested due to decrease in energy level) to get out on a daily basis as they used to. If they are unable to get out and they live alone, the isolation and lack of social interaction is not a healthy situation for them. We are social beings and all need brain stimulation and conversation—yes, even the introverts. So, here’s some ideas to...
9 Ways to Stay Mentally Alert and Focused

9 Ways to Stay Mentally Alert and Focused

We all have too much to do and not enough time to do it. It’s important to remember that in the hustle and bustle of our busy days, we need to keep our minds focused and alert. Here are ways to stay mentally alert and focused so we are able to handle everything we need to throughout the week: Sleep. Sleep plays a significant role in the production of our lives. Without it, we aren’t able to function well. Eating Healthy. Healthy eating is good for our bodies as a whole. Not only do we feel better physically, we have a better perception of ourselves on a psychological level. It is also said that there are certain foods that actually improve our brain function. These “brain” foods include blueberries, caffeine and fish. Here’s a list according to WebMD. With exercise, we feel better and our mood and emotions are enhanced. Daily Quiet Time. No distractions. No noise or notifications. Just you in deep thought, focusing all your energy on one thing—whatever that may be to you. Social Activity. We need social exchange. Card games, charades and checkers are examples of mental stimulation with others. Mental Challenges. Sudoku, crossword puzzles, word games—these require flexing the mind muscles. Vitamin B12. One of the tests generally conducted by neurologists to determine cause for memory loss is for a B12 deficiency. Low B12 can cause less than optimal brain function. As long as you’re eating fish and chicken, you should be getting enough B12 naturally. For vegetarians, try a fortified breakfast cereal. Listening to music can do a multitude of things, depending on...
5 Helpful Tips to Prepare for the Coming Week

5 Helpful Tips to Prepare for the Coming Week

It can be so stressful when you are rushing around in the morning. Whether you’re trying to find clothes to wear, figuring out what to take for lunch or gathering up everything you will need for the day—mornings can be chaotic. Here are 5 helpful tips to prepare for the coming week. Update your schedule. Have all your tasks entered on your smartphone or email calendar and set reminder notifications within a reasonable time to prepare, but not too far out that you will forget. Wall calendars or dry erase boards are great if there are others in the home that need to be included in a particular event or tasks too. Do all the laundry before the week starts. Having all the laundry completed (to include the dreaded putting away) helps tremendously when you are figuring out what to wear. You can see what you have and know that it is clean. Line up the outfits. With all the laundry clean and put away, you can try on and set out the clothes you plan on wearing (weather forecast appropriate) for the week. This way, you are not spending an hour in the mornings looking for, trying on and taking off clothes. Prepare meals in advance. Grocery shop over the weekend and you will have everything you need for the week’s meals. Depending on what you plan for lunches, at the least, you can prepare lunch for the next day. For dinner, plan on a crockpot or freezer meal for those busier days. Start the week refreshed. Don’t try to cram too much into a weekend. I know...
7 Ways to Pamper Yourself on a Budget

7 Ways to Pamper Yourself on a Budget

We are always go, go, go these days and rarely do we make time for ourselves. Between work, personal lives and school—the juggle is real (along with the struggle!) Whether you get too wrapped up in deadlines or it’s a financial reason, don’t sell yourself short. You need YOU time and we got you covered. We’ve listed 7 ways to pamper yourself on a budget—so no excuses. Before we begin, a couple of points. If you’re like me, you live by calendars and agendas—once it’s scheduled, it’s a go. So, the first thing you need to do is schedule your “me time”. Every week, block out a couple of hours or a day on the weekend to pamper yourself. Also, make sure to budget a weekly “pamper allowance” into your budget. It can be included in your “entertainment” envelope if you use the budget envelope system. Now here we go. Bath soak. At under $10 (and depending on which kind, one purchase could last a week or more) for a good bath soak, this could be a nightly or every other night type of thing. For those DIYers, there are also home recipes for making your own bath bomb. One night could be a muscle ache soak, the next night you may opt for a soothing fragrant one, then a luxurious bubble bath; the possibilities are plentiful. Massage. Check out area trade schools for deals. Many have a working massage clinic for students nearing graduation. It gives them experience and additional training and you a time of tension relief—a win/win. I have seen schools offering chair massages starting at...
Tips to a Smooth Holiday Visit

Tips to a Smooth Holiday Visit

If you are like most people, around the holidays is a time for getting together with family and close friends. There are people you may not have seen in a while, many different personalities and the normal family tension—it can be stressful. Here are some tips to a smooth holiday visit that should help during your next family gathering. Tip #1: Expect Nothing. I know, I know, it seems harsh to say but the simple fact is that if we have no level of expectations going in, there’s no disappointment. Tip #2: Forget Past Disagreements. This is easier said than done, especially if you were really wronged or hurt. However, a family get together may not be the best time to “get things off your chest”. It is best to write a letter or email to express the hurt or wrong you felt or called them at another time. For the sake of the occasion, avoid stirring up anything that would cause chaos or strife for the family. You never know, your adult behavior may rub off. Tip #3: Pour on Extra Patience and Charm. Anytime there are people with different personalities and viewpoints together, someone’s going to get rubbed the wrong way. Enjoy the moment, visit with those you enjoy time with the most and know when to move on from those you don’t particularly “mesh” with. But make a point to go out of your way to be extra sweet—it’s only for a little while. Tip #4: Don’t Overstay Your Welcome. This can be tough for “people pleasers”. You stay and stay until you are the last...