January 2017 Newsletter

 

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January 2017 Newsletter

 

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Included in this Month’s Newsletter is the following:

1. Tips for Setting and Keeping New Year’s Resolutions (Goals)

2. Tips for Staying Healthy This Winter

 

I hope all of you had some real nice Holidays! December is frequently a time when family and friends get together and enjoy each other’s company, not to mention all the great food.

Then comes January, which can be somewhat like the after effects of a great vacation. We begin by rehashing the memories of the events which have recently taken place, reenjoying some of the special moments, as well as sometimes making promises to ourselves to do it again real soon. Then, the slow transition back to reality and the present, which can often trigger the creativity in us to begin making plans for the year ahead.

The beginning of a New Year can be an exciting time. We begin contemplating on the changes we will make in ourselves and our surroundings, as well as how me will spend our free time during the upcoming year. Statistics show that nearly half of us make New Year’s Resolutions (set Goals), yet less than 10% of those actually succeed at keeping them. Here are a few Tips to get you into that elite %:

 

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1. Tips for Setting and Keeping New Year’s Resolutions (Goals)

 

Tip 1:  Make Your Goals Realistic and Specific

Make Your goals:  Realistic, Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound.

Realistic:  This may take a little research on your part, depending on what your goal is. If your goal is to lose weight for instance, do a little research on what the average weight loss is common within a given time frame, and for someone of your gender, age, weight, etc. Do NOT believe in the hype of a couple of weight loss sites. Do some real due-diligence and see what doctors have to say. When your research is complete, set yourself some Realistic goals.

Specific:  Be Specific when outlining your goals. Saying that you are going to keep in better contact with out-of-town family members and/or friends is not enough. You need to commit to how often and perhaps to whom this contact will take place. You could say, that at least once a month, that you will call or visit one of these people or families on your list.

Measurable:  You need to be able to Measure your success or failure in reaching your goals. This can be by way of keeping a record or a chart of your successes and failures. ‘If you can measure it, you can change it’ is a fundamental principle in psychology.

Achievable:  Make your goals Achievable, by setting reasonable expectations. Remember, anything is better than nothing. If you do NOT have a full hour on any given day to go to the gym for your scheduled workout, make it the best 15 or 20 minutes that you can, or exercise at home that day.

Relevant:  Make sure that your efforts and time spent are Relevant to your goals. If you are on a quest to start saving more money, do NOT spend your evenings perusing the sale papers. Instead, spend your time analyzing where you are currently spending your money, and come up with areas where you may be able to cut back, or reduce your expenses.

Time-Bound:  If you set a goal, you need to be able to set aside the Time to complete it. Schedule your time on a calendar, in your events section on your phone, or by using any method that helps you remember the Times and days that you need to schedule your commitment to your goal.

Tip 2:  Be Patient

Some people will see rapid gains in progress at the onset, only to hit resistance later in their efforts. For others, initial progress may be painfully slow, but then they suddenly achieve rapid breakthroughs. Making lasting changes takes time.

Tip 3:  Share Your Goals with Family and Friends

Social support is sometimes critical. It may take some personal courage to share something with others that you might actually fail at, but you can dramatically increase your odds of success if you have the support from those around you. In some cases, one of the most effective things you can do is to get an ‘Accountability Partner’. This is someone who checks in with you regularly. It’s easy to break a promise to yourself, but far harder to admit it to a family member or a friend. This may be the extra motivation that you need.

Tip 4:  Schedule Time for Completion

Want to declutter? Schedule the time to clean out your closet or garage on your calendar. Treat this scheduling like you would for a doctor or dentist appointment. You would rarely reschedule these, so you should treat this time the same way. That which is scheduled will usually get done.

Tip 5:  Get Up when You Get Knocked Down

It is NOT whether you get knocked down that really matters, it is whether you get back up that counts the most. Resiliency is paramount. Do NOT turn temporary failures into total meltdowns or excuses for giving up. Instead, just acknowledge the mistake and recommit to the path towards the goal.

Achieving your goals is NOT so much about willpower, but more about developing the right skills, executing strategies, and having the patience that inevitably lead to success.

 

2. Tips for Staying Healthy This Winter

 

Tip 1:  Get Warm and Stay Warm

This sounds rather obvious, but I have chosen to include it. Reduce your intake of foods and drinks with caffeine, such as coffee, tea, and chocolate. Caffeine constricts the blood vessels. Do NOT smoke. Nicotine constricts blood vessels as well.

Do NOT drink alcoholic beverages. Alcohol Interferes with the body’s ability to regulate body temperature. Alcohol can cause blood vessels in the skin to dilate. This increases heat loss and reduces your ability to sense cold because it depresses the nervous system.

Do NOT wear tight clothing. Avoid wearing tight, constrictive clothing, shoes, and socks. The tightness around your hands or feet can actually contribute to the constriction of your blood vessels, leading blood away from fingers and toes. Dress warmly in layers, particularly around your core, to keep more blood in your fingers and toes. Avoid doing too much activity and sweating. Sweating increases heat loss through evaporation so you will feel cold.

DO wear a hat when you’re outdoors or somewhere chilly. You’ve heard the age-old advice to wear a hat to keep warm because you lose heat through your head. Turns out, it’s true—you do lose a lot of body heat through your head.

DO use Hand Warmer Packs to help prevent cold hands and toes. These disposable packets produce heat when opened and can last for hours. You can use them inside gloves and socks, and larger packs can even be placed inside jacket pockets for extra warmth.

DO try Deep-Breathing when you’re feeling cold. Discomfort might be causing you to feel stressed, and Meditation and Deep Breathing will help.

DO blow warm air onto cold hands. Place chilled fingers in an armpit. Cup cold ears with warm hands.

DO put cold hands, feet, or ears in warm water [104°F-108°F (40°C-42°C)] for 15 to 30 minutes. Do NOT use water above 108°F (42°C).

 

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Tip 2:  When to Use a Humidifier

Humidifiers are devices that emit water vapor or steam to increase moisture levels in the air (humidity). If you use Humidifiers, be sure to monitor humidity levels and keep your Humidifiers clean. Humidity in your home should be between 30 and 50 percent. The best way to test humidity levels in your house is with a Hygrometer. This device, which looks like a thermometer, measures the amount of moisture in the air.

Humidifiers can ease problems caused by dry air, and can also help ease symptoms of a cold, or other respiratory condition, but they need regular maintenance. They can actually make you sick if they are NOT maintained properly, or if humidity levels stay too high. Dirty humidifiers can breed mold or bacteria. If you have allergies or asthma, talk to your doctor before using a humidifier.

Low humidity can cause dry skin, dry sinuses, irritate your nasal passages and throat, cause bloody noses and cracked lips, and make your eyes itchy.

High humidity can make your home feel stuffy and can cause condensation on walls, floors and other surfaces that triggers the growth of harmful bacteria, dust mites and molds. These allergens can cause respiratory problems and trigger allergy and asthma flare-ups.

 

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Tip 3: Eat Healthy to Stay Healthy

Eating Healthy is always important, but especially so in the Winter, when viruses and flu run rampant. Make sure that your diet includes a variety of fruits and vegetables, and it usually never hurts to take a Multi-Vitamin that has all of your daily requirements.

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Tip 4: Keep Your Hands Clean

Washing your hands regularly always helps to prevent germs. Avoid touching ‘community’ items, such as: pens in banks, door knobs in public places, and shopping cart handles. ‘Tis the Season for Giving’ and people will pass on the germs that they have to others. Always use a Sanitized Wipe to wipe off handles and other items that have been touched by others. It will help you from getting a ‘gift’ that you really do NOT want. 

 

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I hope these simple Tips will help you avoid getting sick, and help you to Stay Healthy and Happy through the Winter Months.

 

Best of Luck in All of Your Projects!

 

CJ Dodaro

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