Tips and Information on Healthy Living

Celebrate you

It's the time of year for merrymaking and gift-giving. You may be focused on what you can do to bring holiday cheer to loved ones. Take a moment to think also about what makes you happy. And celebrate the things you've accomplished, big and small.

Grab on to the good things. Before you wrap up the year, make a list of the activities that bring you joy. Now think about ways you can build on that happiness next year. Keep on striving for the good things in life.

Celebrate the small stuff. The everyday wins in life make you who you are. And they are worth getting excited about, too. Treat yourself to something special.

Everday wins worth celebrating
Taking a brisk walk around the block.
Climbing four flights of stairs.
Donating blood.
Having a good conversation with someone new.
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Know yourself. Be yourself.

You bring distinct strengths and personality traits to everything you do, both at work and at play. When you put your talents to good use, there's a domino effect: Enthusiasm, Passion and Positive energy.

Let yourself be yourself. Focus on your best qualities for greater happiness and work satisfaction.

Size up your strengths. Ask yourself: are you creative, organized, a risk-taker, thoughtful, outspoken, a quiet leader, dependable, caring, quick to adapt? Take note: write down your strengths. Keep your chin up: remind yourself of your strengths and seek opportunities. Watch and learn: find ways to combine your strengths with others.


Sweet and Spicy Nut and Pretzel Mix

Yield: serves 16 (serving size: 1/3 cup)
Total: 34 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup blanched almonds
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups tiny unsalted pretzels
  • 1 cup crispy rice cereal squares (such as Rice Chex)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Combine brown sugar, 1 teaspoon thyme, salt, cinnamon, and red pepper in a small bowl.
  3. Combine pecans and almonds on a jelly-roll pan. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until the nuts begin to brown. Combine the pecan mixture and butter in a medium bowl, stirring until butter melts. Gently stir in pretzels, ceral, and syrup. Sprinkle the sugar mixture evenly over pretzel mixture, toss gently to coat. Spread pretzel mixture in a single layer on jelly-roll pan. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes, stirring once. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 teaspoon thyme. Cool completely.


Stay ahead of the game

Between crunching on that project for your boss, scrolling through endless social media posts, and shopping online, it's easy to lose track of time in front of a computer screen.

Your eyes take a beating from those long hours, which could lead to Computer Vision Syndrom (CVS). Symptoms include eyestrain, blurred vision, headaches, and back pain. Fortunately, there are certain things you can do to minimize the effects of extended time in front of a computer.

  • Take a time-out. Every 20 minutes, give your eyes a 20-second break, and look at something at least 20 feet away. make a habit of giving your eyes frequent breaks.
  • Sit up straight. /strong>Keep your feet flat on the ground, back straight, shoulders back, and neck vertical and not jutting forward.
  • Shape up your specs. Talk to your eye doc about computer glasses, which are made to give you maximum computer-viewing clarity when you sit three to four feet away from your computer, and help eliminate screen glare.

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