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Let’s face it, no matter how lathered up you are or how cautious you are this summer, at some point you may slip up and end up with a pretty nasty (and painful) sunburn.  Here are some easy ways for you to soothe the painful effects of sunburn:

  • Take some aspirin to reduce redness and ease some pain.
  • Cortisone creams, if applied within 6 hours of the burn, provide some relief.
  • Pure aloe Vera gel can help cool down your skin and relieve discomfort.
  • Avoid additional sun exposure while your skin heals.
  • Chill and blend cucumber slices to create a cucumber paste to apply to your burned skin.
  • Apply an ice compress, but not directly to the burned area to help constrict your skin’s capillaries.

Continued from Part I…)

 

  • Look around — notice those areas that need a make-over. We often get stuck in habitual patterns of behavior. Life is constantly evolving — things that used to work may no longer. Adjust accordingly.
  • Avoid wearing all-grey clothes to work as this color is associated with passivity, low involvement. and a lack of energy.
  • Make Sunday your personal-care day: get a massage, a mani-pedi, extra sleep, a delicious brunch, or catch up on leisure reading.
  • Wake up 15 minutes earlier than normal during the week. Moving slowly and purposefully sets you up for a calm, peaceful day where you are in control. Not the other way around.
  • Leave drama where it belongs: On Broadway or at the movies. Your central nervous system will thank you.
  • Steer clear of jerks. And while you’re at it, don’t be a jerk yourself!
  • Think faster. As counter intuitive as it may seem, mulling, over-analyzing, and delaying decisions doesn’t help. Trust yourself and decide, already.
  • Remember that happinessis a habit. You can rewire your emotional template every day. Let these tips guide you.
  • When distraction interferes with productivity, try the Pomodoro Technique: Work for 25 minutes, then take a break for 5 minutes. Repeat this sequence two more times. On the fourth round, take a longer break. Having an egg timer or mobile device helps keep track of time.
  • Dance, skip, tell a joke, or do something you normally wouldn’t do that adds whimsy, spontaneity, and fun to your day.
  • Focus on solutions rather than problems.

Humans are complicated beings with complicated minds. According to one Science journal, we have anywhere between 12 and 50 THOUSAND thoughts per day.

With that many thoughts coursing through our heads each day, it’s no wonder that many people struggle with managing their mental health.

In this two-part article, we offer some psychological hacks to help you maintain more positive thoughts throughout your day. 

  • Recognize all the times you got it right. Rather than wake up each morning anxiousabout what didn’t get done on the to-do list, focus on what’s going well.
  • Protect your emotional well-being day with the Big Three: Quality sleep, lots of water, and slow, deep-breathing.
  • Consider your options when catastrophic thinkingthreatens to derail your mood. Close your eyes (this helps to block out stimulation) and fill in the blanks: I am afraid of ________. The worst-case scenario would be ________. On a scale of 1-10, the likelihood of this happening is ________. If this happens, I can do ________ and ________ and ________, instead of worry, feel helpless or stuck.
  • Talk less.You don’t need to explain yourself as much as you think you do.
  • Share your talents. When things don’t go your way it’s easy to think you’re a failure. You’re not. Switch the dial and notice your unique gifts. Find someone to help out.
  • Hug your family, friends and pets Don’t forget yourself — you need hugs, too.
  • Spend a few extra minutes in bed each morning to focus on the day ahead and all the opportunities that await.

 (Continued in Part II…) 

The Fourth of July brings food, picnics, swimming, fireworks and so much more.

 

 

Why not kick off this Fourth of July with a bang and not just end it with one?

This month we offer you this “Firecracker Frenzy: Fourth of July Workout Challenge”.

 

Start off with these warm-ups:

*30-second march in place

*20 glute kicks

*20 squats

*20 jumping jacks

*30-second march in place

 

And the workout:

 *25 jumping jacks

*20 side lunges

*25 jump squats

*15 push-ups

*10 burpees

*20 crunches

*20 sit-ups

*30-seconds to 1 minute plank

 

Repeat full circuit one time.

 

Cool Down:

*30-second march in place

*Stretch

 

Have fun and Happy Fourth of July Everyone!

  • We consume about 25 pounds of bananas per person each year.
  • There are more than 1,000 varieties of bananas.
  • Bananas don’t grow on trees – trees have bark and banana plants don’t have bark.
  • Bananas are low in saturated fats, cholesterol, and sodium.
  • A large portion of the calories in bananas come from sugars.

 

 

Recipe: Classic Banana Bread 

2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup butter, softened

2 large eggs

1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 bananas)

1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cooking spray

Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk. Place sugar and butter in a large bowl and beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add banana, yogurt, and vanilla; beat until blended. Add flour mixture; beat at low speed just until moist. Spoon batter loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 1 hour. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

 

Recipe: Banana Chia Pudding 

1 ½ cups vanilla-flavored flax milk

1 large banana cut in chunks

7 tablespoons chia seeds

3 tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon sea salt 

Put milk, banana, chia seeds, honey, vanilla extract, and sea salt in respective order in the blender; blend until smooth. Pour mixture into a bowl and refrigerate until thickened, at least 2 hours. Spoon mixture into small bowls to serve