Why does Lent have 40 days?

Lent has 40 days, have you ever wondered why?

Lent is the 40-day penitential period in the Catholic Church, immediately before the Paschal Feast (Easter), the largest feast in the Church. Eastern Catholic churches call this period Great Lent.

There is a solid biblical basis for observing a 40-day penance and / or anticipation period. The Scriptures are full of the meaning, perhaps only known to God, of the number 40.

In the Old Testament, God punished humanity by sending a flood over the earth for 40 days and 40 nights. The people of Nineveh repented of their sins with 40 days of fasting. The prophet Ezekiel lay on his right side for 40 days as a precursor to the siege and destruction of Jerusalem. The prophet Elijah fasted and prayed for 40 days on Mount Horeb. Moses fasted forty days and forty nights while on Mount Sinai. Moses and the Israelites wandered the desert for 40 years of penance until they entered the Promised Land.

In the New Testament, the Lord fasted for 40 days and nights in preparation for the beginning of His public ministry.

We model our 40-day Lenten season today on this holy tradition, established throughout the History of Salvation, the history of God’s relationship with humanity. The most important thing is that we observe these 40 days of Lent imitating Our Lord, the example for all of us.

Very early in Church history, the practices and length of Lent became more regulated with the Church Fathers encouraging the practice of the 40-day fasting period before the most intense fast of Holy Week. By the end of the fourth century, it was well established in the Church that the duration of Lent was 40 days and that prayer and fasting constituted its main spiritual exercises.

To this day, we observe 40 days of penitential practices, typically of prayer and fasting because we take Jesus as our model, to prepare for the paschal feast, that is, Easter. The Catechism tells us “In the solemn forty days of Lent, the Church unites each year to the mystery of Jesus in the desert.” (Catholic Catechism # 540).

Mowing Tips for a Healthy Lawn

If you want a lush, green lawn, maintaining your lawn through proper mowing is the key to your success. Here are some tips to help you:

First of all, it is important to understand how to cut the grass correctly. Make sure to always use a higher setting, especially during the hot summer months. Never cut grass too low, as this can cause scalp, which is the number one reason grass grows unevenly.

Never remove too much grass when mowing; This is another big mistake that many people make. Never cut more than a third of the length of the grass blades. However, if you think your lawn is growing fast and cutting 1/3 of the blade doesn’t seem to have the desired effect, you can wait a few days and then mow again. Sometimes you need to mow your lawn twice a week to keep your lawn looking beautiful.

It is also important to keep the cutting blades very sharp. Cutting the grass with a dull blade will rip the ends of the grass instead of cutting them. This creates ragged edges that tend to turn brown and make your lawn appear dry. You can also cause fungal problems and lawn diseases if you cut with a dull blade.

Always cut in different directions. For example, one week cut diagonally, the next week cut horizontally, and the next week cut in a vertical pattern. Changing the direction in which you mow is an effective method of mowing because it prevents blades of grass from tipping over your lawn.

Never make sharp turns when mowing. If you avoid turning the mower sharply, you will get better results. The easiest way to make a smooth turn is to use a walkway, patio, or driveway to turn the mower. Another option is to make header strips that rotate the mower at the end of each row upon reaching the header. Doing this will give you a nice even cut – the quickest twists always end up creating a bumpy look.

Do not cut the grass while it is still wet. If it has rained outside or the grass is damp from the morning dew, wait until the grass has completely dried and then mow it. Never mow in the early morning or after a rain. And of course, never mow after you’ve watered your lawn. This will only cause uneven cuts and encourage fungal growth.

When mowing a new lawn, you will need to be a little more careful. Wait until the blades have grown to about 1/3 taller than the recommended height to cut the type of grass you have planted. Mowing the lawn before the blades have reached a certain height will only put stress on the lawn. Use a light mower until the grass grows stronger. Use very sharp blades, not only to ensure a good cut, but because in young grass a dull blade will pull the leaves from the roots.

Attractive offers for Big Wheels

I just got off the phone with a colleague who is talking and wants to have an online presence. He spent two hours with a marketer who tried to hook him into search engines and search engine optimization. I suspect you may fall into the trap.

SEO, pay-per-click advertising, and search engine optimization all have their place in internet marketing. But they shouldn’t be at the forefront of your marketing efforts. Rather, they should complement or complement your other marketing strategies.

You can hire an SEO expert to put you on the first page of a search engine keyword phrase, but by the following week, your competitors may have tampered with your website a few pages. For days in a row, it may not even appear on the first five pages. You never know from one moment to the next what position you will be in.

It’s like rolling the dice …

And with click fraud, hijacked affiliate links, and the ever-changing unknown world of algorithms, what worked well one month can bombard the next three. And then you are left holding the bag.

Four years ago, an insurance agent I knew received at least five calls a day from his online presence. He even showed me his fat bonus checks. Today, you are lucky to receive one call a week and you are feeling the rush.

But it does not have to be like that …

One of the safest and most consistent methods of building your database and making money is through joint venture agreements. You partner with another business owner to grow your customer base, grow your base, or both.

Let’s face it: it takes a long time to build your list of prospects, customers, members, or subscribers. You don’t have much time. You want to build your list quickly.

With joint ventures, you can leverage your time because your JV partner has spent their time and money building, maintaining, and servicing your list. You have the opportunity to build on their past efforts.

Why does it work so well?

Your partner’s customer base believes you. They trust her. They have progressed, enriched their lives, and made more money from their tips or products.

When she backs you up, it implies that she believes in you too. You are not an overnight opportunist. You are worthy of their trust. And this says a lot to establish your credibility.

Another reason …

Depending on your offering, your response rates can double, triple, or jump the scale with the support of your JV partner. If you send a promotion to a cold list and you typically get a two percent response, the same promotion can generate a four to six percent response rate with an endorsement. It is similar to pumping race fuel into your car. You will reach your destination faster.

Let’s look at three types of joint ventures you can activate:

1) Cooperative treatment. This is where you sell a complementary product or service. Or they co-promote each other’s business.

It is not unusual to see a real estate agent, a mortgage broker, and a title agent working together for a home buyer. Each of the three supports the other to provide faster service to the end consumer.

But be careful with your partner …

I was referred to a mortgage partner and a team member did not keep his word or returned my calls. When the other member called me back, I told him I didn’t want to have anything to do with his company.

And do you know what his lack of experience showed the world? She kept sending me prospecting postcards for the next six months. And finally the other partner broke out alone.

2) The competitive deal. Can Your Woman’s Magazine Partner With Another Woman’s Magazine To Take Advantage Of Hidden Assets? Will your igloo factory benefit from working with the Frosty the Snowman igloo factory?

Of course.

People saw Frosty the Snowman on TV and ended up in their database. For whatever reason, they never made a purchase. Or they bought a toy shovel and were never heard from again.

Maybe their igloos were too expensive. Maybe their igloos were cheap. Maybe they didn’t like his hat.

You can approach Frosty with the idea of ​​marketing your “dead leads” or “expires” with your igloo products. You probably have a product that Frosty doesn’t have. In this way, both parties benefit from the partnership rather than letting the names sit idle.

3) The unrelated deal. The possibilities are endless with these arrangements. In many cases, partners don’t care what business they partner with, as long as there is money to be made. It sounds artificial, but this is how some people work.

A marketing consultant and a printer can join forces to promote each other’s services. The consultant may write a marketing copy for the printer in exchange for a low-cost or no-cost print. Or the printer can send out a promotion using the consultant’s client list.

As with any action that requires a partner, you need to do your due diligence. Take a good look at the other part. You may need to step back to request business references, check if they are creditworthy, and ensure timely payment.

Avoid rushing into any deal if you don’t know who you are dealing with. A little extra caution goes a long way when working in a joint venture.

Tommy Yan helps entrepreneurs and business owners make more money through direct response marketing. Publish Tommy’s Tease weekly e-zine to inspire people to succeed in business and personal growth. Get your free subscription today at www.TommyYan.com.

When learning is not easy

From the moment we discover that we are expecting a child, our minds and hearts are overflowing with hopes and dreams for them. My son will be the most beautiful, brilliant and talented little person who has ever walked the Earth, right? And they are that for each of us!

But sometimes, we discover that there is a “problem”. The last thing we want to admit is that there is something different or wrong with our child. It is a difficult thing to do. It’s not that we love them less! But let’s be honest, we prefer to sit down with other moms and share how our 4-year-old can read a chapter book, do multiplication at 6, and paint like Rembrandt at 7. Not to mention, they are also on their way to the Olympics in two different sports. Or at least it seems so when you are the one who silently listens to all the achievements of other people’s children!

So, let’s get a few things straight … Chances are, those other moms are exaggerating a little bit! And nothing happens to your child! Even if your child has a learning disability. She or he just learns differently than the mainstream! And really, that’s great!

However, I didn’t always feel that way. After struggling to teach my daughter to read for 3 years with little progress, I was getting quite frustrated and so was she. Every school session ended in tears and some days began in tears at the mere mention of reading. She had always loved books and being read to, and was excited to learn to read on her own. So why was it so much fighting? Was she just a bad teacher? Was he too easily distracted and not motivated enough?

We finally decided to do the test at the age of 7. He had noticed a lot of inversion of letters and words when reading and writing, as well as in math. He complained that his head and eyes hurt when reading (and a vision test found that he had 20/20 vision). I needed to know what was holding us back. I knew he was extremely smart in many ways, but we were hitting a brick wall. Since we studied at home, we decided to have her examined with a private therapist. It took 4 hours to complete and when we finished we were told that she had auditory and visual processing disorders.

So I went into mom’s research mode! And as I read and searched the internet and in the library, I became increasingly confused and overwhelmed! There didn’t seem to be any really useful books or websites and the ones I found seemed to tell me different things! We decided to go to vision therapy, which of course is not covered by insurance, are any of us surprised? But we felt it was worth a try and worth the money. In therapy, she worked on relearning phonetics using A Time for Phonics. We also did assigned therapy at home. After 6 months it was over and I could definitely see a lot of improvement! We did not do auditory therapy with the therapist due to cost, but I did use a program called Earobics at home. I also found the book The Out of Sync Child and When the Brain Can’t Hear very helpful.

My search continued to find other ways to help her learn in a way that fits her learning styles. You see, processing disorders and dyslexia don’t have to be an obstacle. There are so many ways to learn. The point where I realized this was when I came across a Ben Foss book, The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan. I encourage everyone to read it! Check out their website too! I hate the word accommodations. It seems that you need additional or special help, as if you are allowed to cheat. It shouldn’t be embarrassing to learn differently. Find out what your child’s strengths are and take advantage of those skills. Don’t focus on the standard way most children are taught to read. I am incredibly grateful that I chose homeschooling because my daughter did not have to compare herself to others or be labeled in any way. But even if your child is in a public or private school, remember that your child is not broken, but the system can be. Advocate for your child to have the resources they need to excel and feel connected.

What resources can you use? Oh, there are many! This is where I was overwhelmed! I’m going to list some of the resources that I felt were the best. But look further and explore the options available!

-Audiobooks are your friends! Don’t be left behind in learning because you can’t read the material fast enough! If your child learns well by listening, try Audible. Amazon also has audiobooks and so does your local library.

-A reading focus card. You can make your own or buy one. Also try printing your pages on yellow paper or try colors other than the usual white.

-Use a text-to-speech application such as Speak It or Talk to Me, and also a speech-to-text application such as Dragon Dictation. Another useful application is Prizmo, users can scan any type of text document and have the program read it aloud, which can be of great help for those who have difficulty reading.

-I love the Snapwords to learn the words of the site! There is also an app for Snapwords now!

-Fonts and background colors: Software that is used regularly in schools, such as Microsoft Word, is a good resource for fonts and background colors. Changing the background color to green, for example, can help with reading, as can wearing green glasses. Fonts can also allow for reading and comprehension; Teachers can download free specialized fonts, such as OpenDyslexic, which are free and can run on Microsoft software.

-All about spelling, this curriculum is great for all kids, but the multi-sensory approach based on the Orton-Gillingham methods clicked with my daughter! We haven’t tried All About Reading, but I bet it’s a good option.

-We use Rocket Phonics after finishing vision therapy. It was developed by a dyslexic man, and it’s fun! There are many games involved and interesting stories to read, not the usual boring books that are the typical easy read.

-Mathematics has been a struggle for us as well as reading. Memorizing facts is challenging. I found a math program that uses association learning, using fact and process mnemonics called Semple Math.

-Let’s do it! Use clay, paints, blocks, magnets, etc. practice letters, spelling and sounds. Learn to write letters correctly first in the sand with your index finger, then move on to writing with a pencil. Make it fun! Use all the senses!

-Play games! Some we’ve used and enjoyed are Sum Swamp, What’s Gnu ?, Scrabble, Very Silly Sentences, Boggle Jr. even card games like summation war (put two cards in each and add), or Alphabet Go Fish (has to say letter sounds), look on Pinterest and the Internet for fun games to practice math facts and letter sounds or spelling and sight words. Even if your child is older, there are practical ideas that are fun and multi-sensory.

Moms (and dads), my point in writing this is to give you some starting points. And let you know that you are not alone! I know it can be disappointing at first to learn that your child is struggling in some way. But it can also feel like a weight has been lifted by knowing how your child learns and that there are ways to help and empower your little one. I know that if you are in a school setting, you will have to explain to your child why he may go to a special class or take tests differently from other children. You have to trust yourself to know how to talk to your child. There are children’s books that talk about dyslexia and learning disabilities in a positive way, such as Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco, The Alphabet War by Diane Robb, and for older children May B by Caroline Rose or Niagra Falls, OR Does it? By Henry Winkler (yes, Fonzie from Happy Days!)

Try to emphasize your strengths and affinities and don’t just focus on your weaknesses and difficulties. Remind your child that he can indeed learn, but that he learns in a unique way, and that’s okay! We are all unique and have our own strengths and weaknesses. Love your child for who he is and hopefully you will find the right tools to make learning soar!

I never thought the day would come when my daughter’s favorite activity was reading! Go ahead, keep connecting, rejoice and make it fun, and love them no matter what!

How Your Posture Is Affecting Your Acid Reflux

Although there are many types of antacids and other medications that you can take to help relieve acid reflux symptoms, did you also know that correct posture can have a positive impact on the way you digest food, thus preventing reflux from occurring? acid?

That’s right, the postures you adopt while eating food and directly after eating are important, because they can make digesting food easy or difficult for your body. For example, sitting in a hunched-forward position while eating and lying down directly after a meal puts extra pressure on the stomach and can promote indigestion or heartburn.

Also, wearing something tight around the waist (belts, tight pants, corset, etc.) while eating puts pressure on the stomach. Tight clothing prevents your belly from expanding and moving freely, which is a natural process during feeding and digestion.

When you put excessive pressure on your stomach, it takes longer for your stomach to digest food. The longer it takes for your stomach to digest food, the greater your chances of developing indigestion and / or acid reflux. Therefore, improving posture during and after meals can help or prevent heartburn symptoms.

Proper posture that promotes good digestion.

Sit down at meals: When you eat, you should be sitting at a table. You should not eat while standing, walking, lying down, or while driving.

Sit down – don’t hunch over or hunch over the table to eat your food. Sit near the table and bring the utensil to your mouth, rather than your mouth to the utensil. To ensure proper posture while sitting, follow these tips:

o Sit in a chair that supports your back (i.e. high back, firm cushions, etc.)

o Keep your knees level with your hips and sit as far back in the chair as possible. To keep your knees level, your feet must be flat on the ground.

Note: If your lower back is bothersome when sitting, place a round cushion or towel between the chair and your lower back for support.

Take your time and eat – don’t rush to eat. Eating too fast also causes digestion problems. You must give your stomach time to register the food you have eaten.

Do not lie down: Although you should allow your body to rest after eating, make sure you are sitting or standing. Do not lie down as this slows down digestion.

How can I improve my posture?

1. Exercise: Regular back and abdominal exercises (eg yoga, Pilates, etc.) will strengthen your muscles and help you maintain good posture without causing discomfort.

2. Firm mattress and sleeping position: Sleep on a firm mattress that supports your back well. Sleep on your back and keep your legs straight or put a pillow under your knees, or if you sleep on your side, keep your legs slightly bent and make sure the upper leg is straighter than the lower leg. Don’t sleep on your stomach.

3. Constant awareness – Always be aware of how you are sitting or standing. That way, you can correct your posture if your body falls into its familiar bad habits.

Good posture improves your health and your overall appearance. When you stop slouching, you will find that this will not only aid digestion, but will also help alleviate and prevent other problems that may occur involving the neck, shoulders, and back. Straightening and strengthening your back muscles does wonders for your well-being. Give it a try!

2 Hot Tips For a Big Splash With Live Cam Sex

Live Cam Sex

So you want to try your hand at hot live cam sex, and you’ve come to the right place. Here you will find all the basic information you need, as well as some great tips for using your cam properly, and turning your partner on in no time. Enjoy!

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First things first, you should know that one of the major advantages of camming is the fact that you are under no obligation whatsoever. You can have sex as often and as discreetly as you like. However, there is something you should keep in mind: you want your partner to be fully satisfied with the experience. Therefore, make sure that you are giving her the best time possible, by setting a time limit for yourself, and going slow if you feel she isn’t getting what she wants. This is also important from your point of view – if you screw up, you’ll be able to simply re-start the cam, and this will save you a lot of embarrassment!

The second tip to help with hot live cam sex is to know exactly how to use your cam. There are some major differences between real live video and cam shows, mainly in the production value (i.e. audio, graphics, etc.) Also, there are two different types of cam formats available, which means that you need to know which one is going to be best for you.

2 Hot Tips For a Big Splash With Live Cam Sex

So how can you really determine what format to use? To begin with, most people use the Windows Live movie file format. If you’re using this method, make sure that you have the correct software installed on your computer. Also, it’s best to use Windows since it is the most compatible system, and there is also an application program that will allow you to view all your cam files on your PC. This is much better than trying to transfer them to a new computer!

If you want to have hotter, more intense sex, then you should try using a “cam flash” application. These programs are similar to live web cams, but they allow the user to turn up the graphics until the person’s face starts to melt. They also offer other features like recording multiple streams and allowing you to upload them to several different websites. This hot live cam trick gives the person doing the act almost limitless possibilities.

Another way to really spice things up is to try out a “camshow”. A “camshow” is basically a live show where many people are acting and interacting on stage. If you can find someone who can perform improvising magic tricks for your live cam show, this is a great way to add some excitement to the act. A “camshow” will give you the perfect opportunity to show off your skills and get others excited about trying out the new things that you can do in bed! !

Traveling to Disneyland with Candida

If you have Candida Albicans, a yeast overgrowth that can wreak havoc on your health and affect your lifestyle, you know how difficult travel can be. Hopefully following a strict candida diet while on vacation at an amusement park would be the hardest place to be, and you’d be right. It turns out that Disneyland is quite accommodating for people with allergies or other health-related dietary requirements, but managing Candida requires such a strict diet that it’s not easy to follow in the park.

Because many people follow a gluten-free and dairy-free (GFCF) diet as a result of autism, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel disease, or a host of other reasons, Disneyland offers gluten-free and dairy-free options. For example, at Tomorrowland, you can get gluten-free pizza with tofu. If you’re going for a character breakfast or dinner, there will be gluten-free and dairy-free options. However, finding food in the park without yeast, vinegar, fruit, sugar, and grains, as well as being gluten-free and dairy-free, is another story.

If you’re pushing a stroller or have another way to easily transport it, it’s a good idea to bring your own water. You can also buy water, but, like most things at Disneyland, it’s not cheap.

If your Candida Albicans is under control before you go on vacation then don’t deviate at every Candida control diet meal and take the good supplements for your gut such as psyllium, digestive enzymes and probiotics, you will have a much easier diet. time to check your health once you get home. You will most likely have a recovery time where you follow the Candida Diet to the letter, but it will be a lot easier if you don’t constantly cheat.

Summer meetings

When summer rolls around, there is nothing better than inviting a few people to an impromptu summer party. People can sit back and relax, cook burgers, enjoy a cold beer, watch the kids splash around, and play in the pool. What could be better? It doesn’t seem like much!

Summer parties are what summer is all about and you don’t need a backyard pool to have a fun time for everyone. If you have a pool, the party can happen around it, and once night falls, you can put cute floating lights in the water to create a bit of atmosphere. If you don’t have a pool, don’t worry, you can rent an inflatable waterslide for tons of fun. They inflate in minutes, just connect the hose and you’re done.

You don’t like the topic of water so much? Okay, there are lots of other ideas, like a Luau. Each guest can wear a lei and you can make fun drinks with little umbrellas. Simply filling kiddie pools with sand lets you pretend you’re on the beach, and flashing Christmas lights on the deck, patio, or umbrellas add a pretty touch.

As for the food, if you don’t want to cook, you can rent a hot dog machine and / or a nachos machine for the guests to help themselves and have fun with them. There are also mobile ice cream carts that everyone will love, popcorn machines, and machines for guests to make their own cotton candy, all of which can be easily rented, easily set up, and make your job as a host much easier. .

If you were looking to go all out and make the next gathering more of a full-scale party, how about renting a mobile petting zoo or a pony for the rides? These just get a little better and add to the fun. Clowns, wizards, and superheroes / princesses are also a great addition to a party if there will be a lot of kids present.

Whether you’re planning a laid-back party, come whenever you want the kind of party, or a total invite, a themed party, nothing says more summer than hanging out with friends. Very soon cold weather will be upon us once again, but we will have the memories of summer to last all year.

Christmas Olympics! Let the games begin

Our daughter Shanna believed in Santa until she was 9 years old. It seemed to represent everything related to Christmas, but Shanna felt sorry for him. She was sure a jolly old man like him would feel sad because the mail only came in December, so until he was 9 years old, he began corresponding with Santa every January for 11 months, deliberately excluding December and asking only for his friendship.

She inspired me. After years of trying to find a way to change our superficial model of Christmas to a more meaningful one, surely I could follow my young daughter’s lead to create a Christmas tradition that takes the main focus away from gifts.

My criteria were not complicated but I needed to cover the things that were important to our family:

1. Make it more about family and bonding than about gifts.

2. Include everyone of all ages.

3. Fun

4. Memorable!

Our family has come to know this unpretentious event as the Christmas Olympics.

It begins just after lunch on December 25 with the gong of a bell that makes last year’s Olympian run through the house with the cheap plastic olive leaf wreath on his head while carrying the makeshift torch (a stick of wood with a hand-drawn flame). …. happily donated when our three children were still carrying crayons.

The Christmas Olympics are a great way to ensure that the young and old stay as involved in the occasion as everyone else because they also pick a game that they are good at.

While many people spend the 5 days before Christmas shopping, my family is very busy gathering “stuff” for their game or researching “party games” on the internet, and that’s half the fun!

The game that each person chooses remains top secret until the moment they are designated to begin their game. Each person’s playing time is indicated simply by where their name is found on the paper that records the points of the game. After all, the Christmas Olympics are meant to be fun with few rules!

If you have 5 family members, each game gives a player a score of 1 to 5, depending on their position in a game.

The following is a small sample of some of our Christmas Olympics;

or Poop the Potatoe, which actually means jumping around a table with a potato between your legs and facing everyone, placing it in a bowl on the floor.

o Orange peeling contests. The longest unbroken shell wins and everyone gets a break from the fiber in candy and chocolate.

o Snow golf … one or two holes on a short course (use food coloring around the hole)

o Glance contests

o Memory games. Read a meaningful or funny short story and ask questions later. It is truly amazing how well adults do NOT listen!

o Guess how many pieces of candy, nuts, or quarters. The winner gets points and the jar!

o Spin the coin. The longest spin wins.

o Card or dice games of chance.

o Find the Apple Pot. Blindfolded, he crawls across the floor tapping a wooden spoon to find a pot full of water and an apple. Retrieve the apple with your mouth. This is timed. You can get creative using a soft tomato or marshmallows (if someone has knee or back problems, put it somewhere on the counter)

or Guess what’s in the sock? Each sock contains an item from a family member. Contestants get a single 10-second feel, 1 hint, and just 2 guesses.

At the end of the day, we laugh, create memories and crown the Olympian with the coveted but sticky plastic head crown and surprisingly everyone is always proud to wear it.

We all thank Shanna for seeing things differently from the rest of us and for having the courage to act accordingly.

Our children, although now young adults, are just as excited about the afternoon of December 25th.

Let the games begin …

8 tips to deal with panic and anxiety

Do you suffer from panic and / or anxiety attacks? Here are 8 proven tips to help you cope and overcome them.

1. Sleep – Try to make sure you get a good night’s sleep. Sleep is very important so that your body is fully rested for the battle ahead. It is hard work to suffer from an anxiety disorder, and fatigue can occur frequently. When you are fatigued, you let your guard down. Try to get 8 hours of sleep each night, if you can achieve a good sleep pattern and schedule, you will be preparing your mind and body in the best possible way.

2. Eat Right – Make sure you eat a good variety of fruits and vegetables every day, as well as complex carbohydrates and protein. These foods are known to increase the levels of serotonin (the happy chemical) in the brain and to improve your mood. You should try to eat a lot of foods that contain B vitamins, such as vegetables, beans, eggs, and lean meats such as chicken and fish. I always start the day with a large glass of smoothie, store bought ones are great, but you can have fun making your own too! As an added boost, I sometimes add a couple tablespoons of flaxseed.

3. Exercise! – I cannot emphasize the importance of exercise to overcome anxiety. Light to moderate exercise every day doesn’t have to be strenuous. 30 minute walk, swimming, jogging, sports. It’s totally up to you, but it’s something you enjoy. Exercise improves your mood and also helps you sleep.

4. Hobbies – The key to overcoming harmful anxious thoughts is distraction. There is nothing worse for someone with anxiety than sitting on the couch and reflecting. Find something to distract yourself and something that grabs your full attention, but is also fun to do. Arts and crafts, pets (I have 4 cats and I love to play with them) Photography, cooking, whatever you like to do. It makes you feel good just realizing for an hour or so that you didn’t think about those nasty ‘what ifs’

5. Write a journal – Write down your thoughts, fears, anything that worries you can be very therapeutic. Many of our anxieties are repressed within us and we ponder them. You may experience physical symptoms of anxiety, write them down as well. Keeping a journal is like keeping a record of everything you felt and feared, all the symptoms, all the worries, all the things on your mind that you wish weren’t there. Write them down and get them out of your head.

6. Sun: Vitamin D is crucial and there is no better way to get it than through the sun. 15 minutes a day is very helpful. Feeling that sun on your skin, that sensation of heat, summer and pure air. It is a great mood enhancer. Of course, always remember to wear suitable clothing and sunscreen if necessary. But do yourself a favor and take 15 minutes out of your day to sit in the sun, relax, read a book, whatever you want, but let the sun shine on your lids.

7. Breathe! – We often don’t even realize it, but when we are anxious, we often don’t breathe well. Shallow breathing through the chest doesn’t provide enough oxygen and you can easily hyperventilate, and we all know what happens then, panic! The answer is slow, pleasant abdominal breathing. Inhale through your nose, exhale through your mouth, and watch as you breathe in as your belly rises and falls. Go smooth and slow and you will feel calm. You can find breathing exercises online that suit your needs.

8. Relax! – Take 30 minutes to an hour every day just to relax, just for you, ‘ME time’ Whatever you want it to be. Yoga, meditation, a good bath with lavender oils and candles. Read a book, play a game, paint your nails, video games. This part is personal for you and is to give you a reward at the end of the day, or starting whatever you choose, the point is that it is for YOU. Because you’ve earned it.