November 2016 Hot Flashes

4 Ways to Kick Off Your Weekend Mindfully

Life would just be too easy if Friday at 6 (or 5, or 4) P.M. meant that all of your work for the week was done and you could set off to enjoy the weekend or days off without thinking about anything except happy hour spots and brunch plans. Disconnecting from the hustle and bustle, and even taking breaks from technology, do a lot to both physically and mentally reset us. It is as important for our mental health as it is for our relationships and jobs to master the art of truly stepping out of office. Try some of the following tips to help smooth the transition from work to weekend much more mindfully.

1. Leave your workspace organized.
As the end of the day is approaching, start to prioritize the leftover tasks. Physically organize the workspace so it is extremely clear and straightforward what needs to be completed on Monday morning. Leaving a clean and efficiently arranged workspace will offer the right amount of closure for the days off where any uncompleted tasks and to-do list items are acknowledged and left waiting in a neat line, so you can feel confident that they won’t be forgotten.

2. Practice post-work meditation.
It is always a calming practice to sit silently, close your eyes and take in a few breaths. This can be done almost anywhere: at your desk before you leave work; in the elevator; on the commute home; or outside of your door before entering your home. Even 30 seconds will be enough to provide a little refresh and mark the end of one part of the day and beginning of another.

3. Don’t bring work home—literally.
Having tasks in mind is one thing, but keeping a tangible pile of work in your living space is going too far. The likelihood of completing said work is already minimal when faced with much more exciting plans or personal errands. It also helps if you set time boundaries for responding to work emails or even texts from co-workers relating to work. Being too available for work when you’re off of work means you’re less available to actually enjoy it.

4. Set aside time for happiness.
After a long day of working hard, it’s important to take time to do something that brings you joy and sends your body the signal that you are officially off-duty. This could mean heading straight to the gym or a class to sweat for an hour, playing with a pet, cooking an amazing dinner, or listening to great music loudly while getting ready to go out. Whatever it is, it’s important and you deserve it!

(, 2016)

Prevent Your Cold Today

All the signs are there: your throat is scratchy, you've been sneezing one too many times, you feel a headache coming on... Yep, you're getting sick. Don't give in to your illness just yet! These four easy prevention methods can help you ward off that pesky cold—or at least ease the symptoms.

ZincYou may shave two days off a cold, per a 2012 review. Look for lozenges with zinc acetate or zinc gluconate and take one every couple of hours while symptoms last, says Lisa Cuchara, PhD, professor of biomedical science at Quinnipiac University, in Hamden, Conn.

Chicken Soup: It's not just an old wives' tale: This staple can help relieve symptoms of a cold, according to a study from the University of Nebraska.

Vitamin CIt likely won't prevent a cold, but a review of 29 trials found that taking vitamin C daily as soon as you feel that first symptom may reduce your downtime by about 8 percent.  You need about 1 gram (1,000 mg) a day.

Sleep: During sleep, your immune system releases proteins called cytokines that combat infection. Getting enough shut-eye consistently will also help you prevent more sniffles in the future.

(, 2016)

Does Your Child Have Dangerous Friends?

Teens these days are often confronted with adult situations far beyond their years – the fact is that drugs and alcohol are just the beginning of the issues teens face today. From peer pressure, to becoming the victim of cyber bullies or online predators, children face a lot of issues they can’t totally handle alone.

According to a Kaiser Family Foundation study, kids spend an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes a day connected to some type of electronic device. And yet, swept away by the newfound independence that a cell phone brings, teenagers often withdraw from their parents and share less with them about their lives.

That makes it hard for you to know when it’s time to intervene.

Enter child safety website TeenSafe, which lets parents discretely view and monitor the text messages their child sends and receives on their smartphones – both current AND deleted texts. In addition, with TeenSafe you can see their Tinder activity, find your teen's device location, monitor call logs and browser history, monitor Instagram, WhatsApp, Kik messages and more.

The program allows parents to view all of this information from the TeenSafe login page, without the child even knowing. It works on the iPhone without needing to “jailbreak” the device or violate the Apple warranty, and no icon appears on the child’s phone. They won’t know about TeenSafe unless you tell them.

All you need is your child’s Apple ID and password to install TeenSafe on the iPhone. The process is slightly different, but just as simple for Android users. 

One bad apple can ruin the bunch, as they say, so it’s important to learn about your child’s friends. This service can help you stay informed of your child’s activities and feel at peace about their safety. 

(, 2016)

Pumpkin Pancakes

Who doesn’t love a little pumpkin in the fall? You don’t have to wait for the heavenly pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving to get your fix today. Whip up these tasty pumpkin pancakes to satisfy your craving.  


  • 2 
cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 
tablespoons packed brown sugar

  • 1 
tablespoon baking powder

  • 1 
teaspoon salt

  • 1 
teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4
teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/4
teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 3/4
cups milk

  • 1/2
cup canned pumpkin

  • 2 

  • 2 
tablespoons vegetable oil

  • Maple syrup, chopped nuts


In a large bowl combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. In a small bowl stir together milk, pumpkin, eggs, and oil. Add pumpkin mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened (batter should be slightly lumpy).

For each pancake, pour about 1/4 cup of the batter onto a hot, lightly greased griddle or heavy skillet. Spread batter, if necessary. Cook over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until pancakes are golden brown, turning to second sides when surfaces are bubbly and edges are slightly dry. Serve warm. If desired, serve with maple syrup and/or nuts.

(, 2016)


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