what can you do to feel good this winter?
Exercise – Not only does it help you stay fit and healthy, it’s also a great stress reliever. When you exercise, your mind is able to release “feel good chemicals” that help improve your mood. Exercise gives you a boost of energy that lasts all day long.
Eat a Healthy Diet – Eating right has a big effect on your mood. Stick with lean meats, fruits and veggies. Carbs are important for energy, but instead of choosing bad ones (such as soda, candy and sugar) opt instead for more complex carbohydrates that are better for you (such as whole wheat bread, brown rice and sweet potatoes).
Treat Yourself – Add motivation by giving yourself a reward at the end of your week, such as a family outing or spa visit.
Sit Back and Relax – Slow down! Don’t let an overwhelming schedule take over your life. Put on the brakes when you need to.
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Take Advantage of Hot Summer Nights
Summer’s here, the weather is warm, the kids are out of school – it’s the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors with cookouts and barbecues. Of course, when the sun sets, you may not be ready to move the party indoors.
That’s why outdoor lighting is a great way to take advantage of the summer…and deter burglars year-round.
But what exactly should you know about lighting? It may be simpler than you think:
Uplighting – Use this technique to bring out the drama in lawn features, like trees. As darkness falls, the lighted areas take on a sculpture look. If you use two or more lights, you can create a 3-D effect.
Downlighting – This kind of lighting is great for activity areas, especially areas designated for cooking or seating. Downlighting illuminates large areas, allowing use of more lawn space. Plus, the lights can be mounted on almost any tall structure, including trees.
Path Lighting – One of the most widely used forms of path lighting is mushroom lights. These are small lights with hoods on top. The hoods cause the light to shine downward, making the path easier to see. Lighting both sides of the path is also helpful.