Charlie's Early May newsletter also includes information on where to currently find Charlie (podcasts, TV, and in-person), how to grow Peonies and Celeriac, information on Kohlrabi, and a link to a new website created by Susan Harris (of Garden Rant fame) filled with good garden videos (www.GoodGardeningVideos.org)! To view the most recent newsletter, click here.
Charlie's Late April newsletter also includes information on where to currently find Charlie (podcasts, TV, and in-person), advice on how to grow carrots and climbing honeysuckle, and features on delightful dill, companion planting, and a new system (the Big Bug Hunt) for gardeners around the globe to report pest outbreaks so others can warned. To view the most recent newsletter, click here.
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Investing in Your Family
Families are busier than ever before, so it's important to consciously make an extra effort to let your spouse, children, parents and other special people in your life know how important they are to you. There are lots of ways to do this. Here are some to get you started:
Be careful to keep family activity schedules from becoming a burden. It's important to have time for some of the little things that create the best memories.
You can see that most of these ideas for busy families do not cost a lot of money but they do require an investment of your time. Children grow up fast, and the best thing you can give them is an armful of memories to look back on. They will stay connected to you because you took the time to connect with them!
Most people can gauge how much stress they're under by the amount of physical and emotional tension they feel. Too much tension can be unhealthy as well as uncomfortable, which is why relaxation is so important. Relaxation provides a way for you to reduce some of the tensions developed as a result of stress-which in turn helps you to function more efficiently.
One of the ways the body copes with the effects of stress is by "powering down" every night when you sleep. During sleep, your body becomes very relaxed and your heart rate, pulse, respiration, blood pressure and body temperature decrease. This gives your body and mind a chance to renew themselves and allows you to face the next day's stress with a fresh supply of physical and mental vigor. And while relaxation isn't sleep, of course, it does produce many of the same benefits of a good night's sleep:
In effect, relaxation does the opposite of what stress does, giving the body a break and helping to counteract many of the long- and short-term physical problems that stress can produce. Relaxation can also be a powerful tool in managing pain. It can help to reduce the muscle tension that often accompanies injury or illness, and can provide a distraction from pain and worry. Finally, even a brief relaxation exercise can provide a quick energy boost or give you a time-out from concentrating on a difficult problem or project. Often, when you return to a challenging problem after a short relaxation break, you're able to focus better and generate new solutions.
Learning to relax is like learning to play golf: It takes practice to relax, especially if you're used to being under a great deal of stress.
Understand relaxation is part of a healthy life.
Relaxation may sound like another term for goofing off, but it can be beneficial to your health. Research shows relaxation training can help alleviate the symptoms associated with many medical and psychological disorders, including: