Dealing with upset family members

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Do you have someone in your family you always butt heads with? No matter what’s being discussed – or what the situation is – they find a reason to get mad. Clinical psychiatrist Dr. Mark Goulston says what they have is called “impotent rage.”

It’s anger that results from feeling powerless. They feel like they don’t have control over their life, so they lash out at whoever is around. Or they feel they were dealt a bad hand in life – so they take out their feelings of frustration on others. So how can you deal with them? Listen to them. Really try and understand what they’re saying and rephrase it back to them. Once they feel like they’ve been heard, they’ll calm down. Because it makes them feel they’re being treated fairly.

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Get up and move throughout your day!

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Just because someone runs marathons doesn’t mean they aren’t sitting all day. On workdays, people who run marathons and half-marathons sit for an average of nearly 11 hours! That, of course, raises their risk of heart disease. So get up and move throughout the day – even if you’re sore from your last marathon or morning run.

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Feel happier with just one whiff!

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When you’re cooped up inside – or your cubicle is making you feel trapped and stir crazy, sniff some rose essential oil. According to neurologists at the Smell & Taste Treatment & Research Foundation, one whiff of rose oil can help you feel calmer and happier for 90 minutes straight. It works by calming the brain’s anxiety center and increasing production of alpha waves, which promote relaxation. So remember, one whiff of rose essential oil and you’ll feel better for the next 90 minutes.

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Don’t give up on your goals!

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If you’ve already abandoned your New Year’s Resolution, it may be because you only made ONE. Try again right now, but make FOUR resolutions and start them all at once. A study from UC Santa Barbara found people who vowed to eat better, exercise more, sleep better, AND find time to meditate, were more likely to succeed with EVERY goal. It’s because complementary goals feed off each other. For example, it’s easier to eat healthier when you sleep better… and you’ll sleep better if you exercise and meditate. Bottom line: Making four resolutions at once makes you much more likely to succeed.

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The benefits of a scalp massage

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One of the best parts about getting your hair cut is the head massage in the shampoo bowl, right? Well, here’s why you may want to get a scalp massage more often. It could help your hair grow thicker!

Dr. Robert Dorin is a hair-restoration specialist and he says a vigorous head massage can boost blood flow to the scalp, which nourishes follicles. It can also counteract stress. And Mayo Clinic studies have shown that chronic stress can send follicles into a dormant state – also known as the resting phase – which is when hair falls out.

But by reducing stress, follicles can be revived and go back into a growth phase. But you don’t need to schedule extra hair salon appointments. You can get the benefits from giving yourself regular scalp massages – or using one of those flexible wire hand-held scalp massagers.

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Bad weather driving safety!

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Now that rain, sleet, and icy roads are forecast in some areas, here’s how to stay safe behind the wheel:

First: If it’s rainy, snowy or foggy, use your LOW-beams. Automotive engineer Peter Leiss says high-beam lights bounce off water particles in the air, causing a glare that makes it much harder to see.

And if you’re stuck in the snow, put your car’s rubber floor-mats under the wheels! It’ll give your tires a couple of dry feet to grab onto and pull your car out of the snow.

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If you have diabetes, and you’re going out for Chinese food…

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skip the white rice!

The Harvard School of Public Health found that the daily consumption of white rice makes people 1.5 times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes. That’s why registered dietician Jill Weisenberger recommends brown rice. It contains fiber, so it digests more slowly. Plus, it has magnesium, which helps your body use insulin more efficiently.

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Here’s a quick way to snap out of a blue mood.

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Look at the last loving text you were sent and blow up the font like you’re majorly farsighted. According to German research, reading upbeat, positive messages can lift us out of a funk. But by blowing up the font to 28 points or larger, we can make those positive feelings last 20% longer! That’s because our brain interprets larger words as more important. So those loving text messages will have a more powerful effect.

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A brisk walk is better than hitting the gym…

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for keeping the weight off! London School of Economics researchers found women of all ages who walked for over 30 minutes most days weighed less than those using treadmills or stationary bikes. Walking women also had lower BMIs and smaller waists than those who regularly played sports. The researchers speculate it’s because walking is free – and you can do it anywhere, anytime – which means people are more likely to do it, than making the effort to hit the gym or play a sport.

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Are you thinking of trying high-intensity interval training?

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If you’re thinking of trying high-intensity interval training, like Cross Fit or Orange Theory, be sure to listen to pumped-up workout music. You’ll enjoy it more! The University of British Columbia had exercisers new to interval training work out either WITH music – or without. The result: Those exercising with music enjoyed it more and were more likely to try it again, than those working out in silence. That meshes with previous research showing music can make exercise feel easier. So if you’re trying interval training to shape up in the New Year, be sure to include a great playlist. You’ll be more likely to stick with it.

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