Kick the Winter Blues: Home Improvement Tips to Avoid Seasonal Depression

According to Medline Plus, depression affects more than 20 million Americans.

For many people, winter complicates the issue by bringing about yearly battles with Seasonal Depression (also referred to as Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD). A three decade-long study by the experts at News in Health, indicated that between one and 10 percent of the U.S. population suffers from SAD, but there’s hope. Light therapy helps ease symptoms. Fellowship with other people also helps, as does behavioral changes. If you’ve been diagnosed with SAD, focus on staying social and take on a home improvement project to your channel your focus.

These three household projects will crank up your interaction with others, while allowing multiple benefits along the way:

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What’s the Least Expensive Diet?

diet-advice-thermometerWith more than a third of Americans being obese, the US diet industry is booming.

However, many of the diets out there are not only precarious in terms of ethics, they can also pack a financial punch. Fad diets have taken over and stuck expensive price tags all over an industry already full of mixed messages.

One diet in particular, which involves consuming large amounts of protein and fat, can cost several dollars per meal. However, with diets such as this being lorded as a positive step in the journey to weight loss and a ‘better you’, it’s difficult for those new to the weight loss industry to decipher what the most affordable diets may be for their budget.

Some diet regimes may seem cheap at only a couple of dollars per meal. However, added costs such as subscription fees are often forgotten and can get expensive if your weight loss stutters. This puts an already stressed dieter under yet more pressure, potentially resulting in failure.

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Pocket Motivation: The 5 Best Weight Loss Apps

girl - weight lossNow that you’re addicted, ahem, acclimated to your smartphone, you’ve undoubtedly started downloading a multitude of apps. Glorious, glorious apps! And studies have shown that keeping track of your food intake is one of the easiest ways to achieve your weight loss goals, and what’s easier than using a device you already keep on you 24/7? But, as you’ve undoubtedly also heard, it’s just an important to stay active. Staying healthy or losing weight is hard work, so here are five of the best apps for exercise, healthy eating and weight management.

1. Lose it!

By inputting both your current weight and goal weight, the app calculates an estimated number of calories to eat per day and helps you stay committed to small healthy habits that lead to big results. Finding and logging said foods is also as easy as scanning bar codes to pull nutritional information from a massive food database. This nifty feature helps you stay accurate when grabbing snacks on the go. [Read more...]

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Can Self-Sabotage Drive You to Personal Growth

red_bombWho could possibly imagine that a thing like self-sabotage can actually drive you to personal growth?

Moreover, addiction to drugs (believed to be a kind of self sabotage) can also help in self expression and personal growth. You will have your eyebrows raised at that. Don’t get me wrong, I am not promoting narcotics. It’s just a scientifically proven fact that some drugs turn on the switch to imagination.

There was this woman who became addicted to drugs because it gave her the feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction. Her doctors tried to explore the reasons behind the drawing force and they found that she was alone and felt bored most of the times. This feeling turned her more anxious and she dreaded the pressure in her job. She once had a chance to go on a vacation with her friends where she had a great time.

There was no pressure and no worry in the world while she was on this vacation. By the end of the vacation, she started to feel low again so she took the drug to get that timeless experience once again where she had no responsibilities and can let her imagination fly free. Nevertheless, drugs including sleeping pills will always have some side-effects. Knowing that, she took the drug because that imaginative feeling of being free will always return.

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Video: Use Gratitude to Build a Better Life

Thank you signIf you want to build a better life, being grateful for the one you already have is a great place to start.

That’s the message Dr. Robert Emmons delivered recently through his work with the University of California-Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. Emmons, an expert in the field of positive psychology, stressed grateful people empower themselves to construct ever more positive and happy lives.

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