Health Tips

Rainy Day Blues: The True Reason You Feel Down

When it comes to “rainy day blues,” it’s not just a case of our moods being affected by feeling irritated at the rain, or being joyful on sunny days just because it means you can get out and about – it goes deeper than that. The real influencers here are the changes in weather and sun rising/setting that comes with seasonal changes. Our bodies respond with that sensation of “rainy day blues” on colder, darker days – prevalent in winter and cooler climates and regions of the world.

 

We all have a natural body clock (circadian rhythm) which regulates our sleep/wake cycle, and in turn, this regulates our moods. The winter season can throw off our natural rhythms with the changing times of the sun becoming brighter later in the morning and darker earlier in the evening. Our sleep patterns are adversely interrupted, which is a major factor for how our moods are affected, as our bodies naturally want to adjust to the rhythm of the sun (in its creation of melatonin – the sleep chemical) though oftentimes, with our pace of life, we go about our lives as if nothing has changed. The affect is that we ignore our natural body signs, which affects our sleep, and ultimately, how bright and shiny we wake up.

 

If it’s not available to you in your lifestyle to adjust your sleeping schedule, then there are other ways you can support your body in balancing its circadian rhythms when the seasons change. The more time you spend outdoors – particularly when the sun is rising or setting, the quicker your body’s rhythms will adjust.

 

Also, light therapies are on the rise in modern times. Studies reveal that people who deal with depression during the darker seasons, or regions that don’t see much sun (namely, the U.K), can expose themselves to ‘light boxes,’ which may help to regulate your mood.

 

Generally, your body will balance itself out, after a mild run in with seasonal mood changes. If you do notice that you have longer, recurring instances of low mood, then also look into other treatments, and again, consult your doctor to ensure it is not more than just feeling the winter blues.

 

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Health Tips

Motivate Yourself To Workout

In the modern world of fast paced, high stress lifestyles, coupled with efficient systems of transport and technology, there’s no wonder that the general trend of the number of those who opt for ditching workouts to live more sedentary lives is increasing. The number of the general population taking part in physical activity on a general basis has declined, and continues to do so as there are now, more than ever, a multitude of reasons to not move our bodies. Busy jobs, accessible public transport, the rising cost of gym memberships – the excuses are infinite. In truth, with 24 hours in all of our days, it is about how we are prioritising our time and our real reasons for not making physical activity part of our lives.

 

It is an obvious fact that physical activity is necessary for overall good health and well being. Reducing the risk of chronic disease, supporting healthy functioning of our brains and organs, aiding in mood regulation and promoting an ease of being in our bodies. Here we offer some useful tips to increase motivation to work out.

 

Plan for it

Having a workout scheduled on your to-do list is important to keep yourself accountable. Instead of making that snap decision in bed that you’ll get up earlier and workout (how often does that work?), plan it in your diary and in your work with specific allotted time to work out.

 

Motivate yourself

Read about, or watch, motivational movement sports books and videos to get yourself jazzed up and in the mood to move your body. Listen to music that makes you want to dance. Working out to music is a great way to keep the motivation throughout the session, and distract yourself from any tiredness.

 

Get a buddy

Working out with another person is great for accountability. If you have a date set, you’ll be less likely to ditch it. Also, having another person by your side during the challenge of a workout can be a great motivation, and overall, an enjoyable experience.

 

For more fitness help, weight loss or nutrition advice, contact your local chiropractor.

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Home & Garden

Detect Leaks And Save Money

Whether a business or home environment, the plumbing system of any building requires maintenance and regular checks to ensure that the system is running smoothly, and is especially free from leaks. Leaking pipes and valves can not only be a nuisance for water and dampening the surrounding area, but can also lead to greater energy costs and water wastage. Save yourself some money by detecting and ultimately preventing future leaks.

 

Water leaks can be easily visible and easy to fix, such as a dripping tap or over-running toilet. However, the many pipes of the plumbing system are hidden in the home in walls or under concrete slabs. It can be years until noticing a leak that has been happening for a very long time, and adding to your water and energy bill unknowingly.

 

What to do to ensure that this isn’t happening? Check your water meter. Turn all water appliances off and check to see the indication. Return after 30 mins to an hour (with everything still off and no water used between this time) to see if there has been any change in level. If so, then you have a leak. Another telltale sign could be simply checking your water bill, if your bill has gone up recently, but your water usage has remained relatively the same, then this could also point to a leaking system. There are some other simple ways to check your building to see whether it is showing signs of leakage, such as water spots on the ceiling, the sound of running or dripping water, paint that is peeling, a musty smell or blistering wallpaper. If you come across any of these signs, then it is necessary to get in touch with a plumbing professional to assist in finding and preparing the leaks to save you money in the long term, as well as aid in the environmental conservation of water.

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Home & Garden

Checklist: Roofing Maintenance (what the professional will do) 

When you call on a roofing contractor in Orlando to perform roof maintenance one of the things they’ll do first is an inspection. They will look for all of the following. If you already know about some of this you can feel free to point it out.

* Are shingles broken or missing?

* Are shingles buckled?

* Is the roof coping broken or missing?

* Is there a pooling of water anywhere on the roof?

* Are there obvious signs of unprofessional repair jobs?

* Is fascia molded or rotted?

* Are there signs of water damage inside the house?

* Are there leaks around any sky lights inside the house?

* Is the seal around the sky light in working order?

* Are gutters clocked or in need of repair?

* Are trees too close to the roof?

* Is there debris on the roof?

* Are there signs of fungus, algae or mold growth on the roof?

Usually, your roof inspector will carry with them a clipboard to mark down anything wrong with the roof that they find. Then they will explain it to you thoroughly after their inspection often giving you a full report along with a bid of what it will cost to get it replaced or repaired and their opinion on whether an all out replacement or a repair is needed and why.

Together you and your professional roofer will discuss what can and should be done. If you’ve done your due diligence and checked out the professional roofing contractor in advance then you can usually trust them to know what is best. If you’re unsure you can always get a second opinion from a different contractor.

Some roofing contractors offer automatic yearly inspections of each roof they’ve installed, if you had a new roof installed be sure to ask about yearly inspections to keep the roof in good working order. Sometimes this is a very small price to pay to ensure that the roof is always in working order. Some of the repairs needed may even be covered under their warranty.

Be prepared with your warranty information, as well as realizing that not everything will be covered under the warranty. If damage happened due to a storm it’s important to call your insurance provider the moment you know. Some roofers offer post storm inspections immediately but you probably need to call your insurance provider to make sure that is covered and who they want you to use.

If you live in an area prone to inclimate and harsh weather especially rain, storms and snow you may need repairs more often, which has nothing to do with your 15 or 30 year roof warranty. The important thing is to be aware of the things that can damage your roof and have a plan in place to keep it in good repair. Whether that is asking a contractor to inspect and recommend repairs yearly, or whether you do it yourself.

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Money Savings Tips

10 Simple Ways To Start Saving Money

Saving money and budgeting can seem basically unreachable when there appears to be an expense every way we turn. How do people do it? How do they stay committed enough? Well, budgeting can be moderately simple. That is, as long as you are truly committed.

 

These budgeting and savings tips are ones that you can start doing today to bring you a stable financial future. We’re not telling you to merely eat one meal daily and sell all your possessions. These are realistic and attainable saving methods that you’ll undeniably want to commit to if you’re saving or planning a budget.

 

  1. Sit Down With Your Money

 Update yourself weekly on your spending. Did you spend more than you wanted to on food or entertainment? Are there areas where you didn’t expect to spend? Informing yourself on your financial status weekly will help keep your budget on track. Keep your spending on a mapped out, goal-oriented course.

  1. Cut Out Cable

 With countless economical streaming services available, such as Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime, cable seems to be an additional expense you could live without. Cable prices are only growing and expected to increase to an average of $123 per month or $1,476 per year. That’s a rather large amount of money that can be saved for other financial objectives.

  1. Save On Food

 Food is an essential you can’t cut out. Nonetheless what you can cut is unnecessary spending. There are several ways to save on food that you just perhaps hadn’t considered or really committed to. For example, plan your meals for the week and cook at home, have a potluck with friends instead of going out, or drink your coffee at home. Dollars spent on a meal here and there can add up quick, so it’s all about strategy.

  1. Travel Financially Smart

 With modern leverage lodging rental websites like Airbnb, Travelmob, or Housetrip, you can frequently locate a place to stay for vacation at a portion of the hotel price. Additionally, you can rent a place with a kitchen that you can cook in (to save more money) and you could even choose to rent out your place at the same time (more money!).

  1. Work More

This one seems apparent, but if your job permits it be certain to do it. Or get a side job or freelance. This also makes for less time for spending. 

  1. Wait 48 Hours Before You Click “Buy”

Stop your impulse buying. Especially in the age of digital shopping, try to wait at least 48 hours before purchasing. You’ll might just realize that extra jacket isn’t a necessity.

  1. DIY

 You can find numerous “do it yourself” instructionals online to help you either fix things, make presents, create household beauty treatments, and more. Save money while learning a lifelong skill.

  1. Impress Yourself, Not Others

 You can change your mindset to be impressed with your savings progress rather than trying to keep up with other people’s spending behaviors. Just because someone has a fancy car or purse doesn’t mean you need to buy one. Impress yourself with your money saving abilities.

  1. Chill With Your FOMO

The same concept pertains to the “fear of missing out” or FOMO. Just because someone can afford to go out for drinks everyday, doesn’t mean you can/have to. You’ll be happier in the end with your savings achievements and won’t even be upset you missed that party.

  1. Don’t Get Discouraged

Even if your savings don’t appear to be increasing exponentially, that doesn’t mean you should quit. Begin by taking small steps and quickly you’ll make a habit and then a lifestyle out of saving. Saving one percent more than previously is better than nothing, so try your hardest and stick it out.

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