Have you ever looked around during the wintertime and noticed that people seem depressed and dismal? Perhaps you have felt that way yourself. Often people feel down and out during the winter months and chalk it up to the fact that they are cold or spending too much time indoors. However, the fact of the matter is that many people have a mood disorder that only occurs during winter months. Seasonal Affective Disorder (often abbreviated as “SAD”) can impact people who feel fine the rest of the year. However, suddenly when winter hits, they find that their mood changes dramatically.
The kids are screaming and yelling at each other, the washing machine is on the blink, a pile of overdue bills covers the kitchen counter, dinner is burning on the stove and your company just announced another downsizing which could put your job in jeopardy. Our daily lives are filled with problems, frustrations and demands that can overwhelm us and stress us out. While some stress is beneficial because it can motivate and energize us or alert us to impending danger, too much stress can take a serious toll on our physical and emotional health. Left unchecked, chronic stress can
Winter weather can wreak havoc on your complexion and leave you with dry, lackluster skin. Extremes of temperature, gusty winds, space heaters, central heating and fireplaces all contribute to low humidity levels. As a result, many people experience skin that flakes, chaps or feels “tight.” Fortunately, there are many natural remedies for dry skin and some of them are as near as your kitchen. Olive oil has long been heralded as an antidote for dry skin. It can be used to groom dry cuticles and sooth and condition itchy, dry skin all over the body. Try putting a thin layer
According to medical statistics, winter is your heart’s worst enemy. The National Registry of Myocardial Infarction reports that Americans experience 54 percent more heart attacks in winter than in summer, with January as the leading month for heart attacks. Winter heart attacks also tend to be more serious, with a 9 percent fatality rate. Medical researchers note a variety of reasons why heart attacks are more common during winter months. Cold temperatures cause arteries to tighten, restricting blood flow and reducing the oxygen supply to the heart, all of which can set the stage for a heart attack. Experts say