Ok, now it’s dark at 5:00 pm thanks to Daylight Savings Time expiring for most of the country. It’s getting cold and you are having some trouble finding the energy to get up and go for your workout routine.
No more bathing suits at the pool to keep you motivated. Now, you just want to stay covered up in bed and keep snoozing away. And the worst part – here come the holidays! The huge meals, the buffets, the parties, the drinking…
How are you going to stay motivated?
Psychologist Dr. Jim Taylor offers these nine pointers for you to keep moving (or get moving) even during the cold, dark days of winter.
Taylor is a specialist and consultant in many aspects of sports, from the recreational “jogger mom” to the world’s most elite athletes. He has written extensively about the psychology of sports, business and parenting.
Here are his tips:
Finally, Taylor points out feeling a little blue in the winter is very common. There is even a psychiatric designation called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) associated with these feelings.
Taylor says about half a million people a year are affected by SAD and the vast majority are women. Symptoms include lethargy, sleepiness, weight gain and craving comfort foods. The good news is that SAD only happens seasonally and goes away as soon as spring returns. If you cannot shake the feelings, though, Taylor recommends seeking professional help.
About Dr. Jim Taylor
(from his website) Dr. Jim Taylor is internationally recognized for his work in the psychology of performance in business, parenting, and sport.
Dr. Taylor is the author or lead editor of ten books, including Positive Pushing: How to Raise a Successful and Happy Child, Your Children are Under Attack: How Popular Culture is Destroying Your Kids’ Values, and How You Can Protect Them, The Triathlete’s Guide to Mental Training, and Applied Sport Psychology: Four Perspectives, the Prime Sport book series, Psychology of Dance, Psychological Approaches for Sports Injury Rehabilitation, and Comprehensive Sports Injury Management.
Learn more about Dr. Taylor and his work at www.drjimtaylor.com.]]>
The upcoming holidays can be crazy if you are hosting dinner.
A houseful of people, food, drinks, football, chaos.
How do you make sure you keep everything running smoothly and safely for everyone?
Safety expert Debra Holtzman gives us her tips for keeping your family and your guests safe with everything going on during holiday gathering.
Holtzman stresses that holidays are for being together as family and celebrating traditions. She says these tips can help make your time together safe but enjoy your time. Don’t worry about calories – take a family walk together or shop it off on Black Friday!
With these tips, your holidays can be fun and sickness-free. To check out her other safety tips for all over the house, please read Holtzman’s book “The Safe Baby: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Home Safety and Healthy Living” (Sentient Publications, 2009) and her website at www.thesafetyexpert.com.
About Debra Holtzman
Debra Holtzman has a law degree, an M.A. in occupational health and safety (OSHA) and is an award-winning parenting author and a mom. In addition to practicing law, Debra has worked as a safety and health consultant and has inspected numerous plants and factories for hazardous working conditions and practices. Debra also teaches infant and toddler safety and CPR at a regional hospital and is a certified child passenger safety technician.]]>
With just a little over two weeks until Halloween, the Fall party season is getting going. Time for costume parties and pumpkin carving, Thanksgiving get-togethers and Christmas, Hanukah and New Year’s feasts!
Safety and health expert Debra Holtzmanoffers us these safe food tips to keep anyone from picking up some kind little bug and ruining their holiday. Holtzman is also the author of “The Safe Baby: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Home Safety and Healthy Living” (Sentient Publications, 2009).
According to her data, almost a quarter of the American population will suffer some form of food-borne illness in any year with approximately 5,000 people dying from their illness.
Here are her 11 tips to keep your entertaining fun and safe for friends, family and even your pets.
About Debra Holtzman
Debra Holtzman has a law degree, an M.A. in occupational health and safety (OSHA) and is an award-winning parenting author and mom. In addition to practicing law, Debra has worked as a safety and health consultant and has inspected numerous plants and factories for hazardous working conditions and practices.
She has been featured on NBC’s Today Show, Weekend Today, Dateline, ABC News, Discovery Health Channel, and Martha Stewart Living Radio. She was named an “Everyday Hero” by Reader’s Digest and a “Woman Making a Difference” by Family Circle Magazine . Her empowering new book, The Safe Baby: A Do-it-Yourself Guide to Home Safety and Healthy Living” (Sentient Publications, 2009) provides lots of money savings tips and easy-to-implement solutions to create a safe, healthy, and green-living lifestyle for children and pets. It also shows you how to get back to the basics of childrearing.
Debra also teaches infant and toddler safety and CPR at a regional hospital and is a certified child passenger safety technician. Visit her site at www.thesafetyexpert.com.]]>