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Dear Red Hot Mamas Experts,
I get very little sleep due to the frequency, length and intensity of night sweats. I take Remifemin daily and the one made for night. I prefer not to take hormones.The daytime hot flashes don't seem to be a problem, but the night sweats are killing me! Help! What can be done to alleviate them?
“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it. "
Just like we savor a meal, we should enjoy the feast of life and what it has to offer. Loving, laughter, and not running scared to experience new adventures may open up more opportunities to gain happiness. On a personal note, I’ve never been a cheerleader, nor have I been a mentor, but these have been my personal ingredients in creating happiness in my life.
Some other pearls of wisdom: focus on being grateful and appreciative for all you have in life. This may create a richer life. Give more of yourself to others. By doing so, you certainly can raise endorphin levels. I’ve seen this firsthand when attending Red Hot Mamas programs across the USA. The bonding, sharing and camaraderie of women have been magical. These women benefit from helping one another and suddenly they are not focusing in on what they are lacking, they are finding pleasure in being with others.
I’m just not a fan of merciless workout routines. For me, winning the war on weight loss has been an uphill battle. I also have to admit that I just lack the motivation necessary to adhere to an exercise routine. Unfortunately, staying fit is so important and it has a lot of lifesaving effects on our health. To find motivation, I must continually remind myself to make it a priority, not just a chore.
Father's Day is right around the corner. It's estimated there are 70.1 million fathers across the nation. It's when we get to tell our dad how much he means to us and how lucky we are to have him in our life. This year, don't wait until Sunday morning and buy him a horrible tie he'll never wear or itchy socks that never make it out of the drawer. Instead, consider giving him something that might make him feel better, either physically or mentally.
I never thought this would happen to me. Just picture this; I’m walking down my driveway to my mailbox. Suddenly out of the blue, my left ankle turns taking the rest of my body down with it. I quickly try to avoid the fall, but instead I fall onto my left knee. I lay in my driveway and could bring my body to an upright position.
The blunt force of the trauma to my knee was excruciating and brought tears to my eyes. After about five minutes of lying on the driveway, I finally garnered enough energy to block out the pain and was able to rise and wobble into my house. Luckily, my husband was home and off we headed to the emergency room. By the time I arrived, I had severe swelling in both my ankle and knee. Needless to say, I couldn’t put pressure on either my foot or knee.