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September 19, 2018
I am sure that sometimes you wake up and feel you have so much energy that you can change the world. lol Or with such lack of energy that you simply cannot face another day. That might have been influenced by getting enough sleep or not. Then I read an article about all the surprising health benefits of having a good nights rest. Have a look at the following advantages.
1. Improve memory - You’ll perform better after sleeping.2. Live longer? - Sleep also affects quality of life.3. Curb inflammation - people who get less sleep (six or fewer hours a night) have higher blood levels of inflammatory proteins than those who get more.4. Spur creativity - Get a good night’s sleep before getting out the easel and paintbrushes or the pen and paper.5. Be a winner - If you’re an athlete, there may be one simple way to improve your performance: sleep.6. Improve your grades - In another study, college students who didn’t get enough sleep had worse grades than those who did.7. Sharpen attention - A lack of sleep can result in ADHD-like symptoms in kids8. Have a healthy weight - If you are thinking about going on a diet, you might want to plan an earlier bedtime too.9. Lower stress - Sleep can definitely reduce levels of stress, and with that people can have better control of their blood pressure.10. Avoid accidents - Sleeplessness affects reaction time and decision making.11. Steer clear of depression - A lack of sleep can contribute to depression.It is wonderful to know that there are health benefits without having to medicate. And I thought that my parents chased me early to bed for their health. lol
If you are interested in this article, feel free to read it here: https://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20459221,00.html#improve-memory-0
Have a wonderful week and make sure you get enough sleep to get your creativity in great shape.Happy stitching and take careAnnemarieannemarie@astitchahalf.com
December 04, 2018
I have wonderful memories of the family making jam when the peach season was at its height. We had many Yellow Cling Peach trees in our garden and they would yield buckets full of delicious peaches. And this is where my trip down memory lane begins.
On a specific day the family would pick these bucket fulls of peaches and take them to the veranda. There we sorted the peaches for jam or to be laid into Mason jars. The peaches for jam had to be peeled and sliced. Then it was off to the pots to boil for hours.
November 29, 2018
We all face hard times at one stage or another in our lives. And it is very difficult to be positive when you are negative. So why not create a "Gratitude Journal" to help you change negativity into a positive attitude when you need it most? A gratitude journal is a diary of things for which one is grateful. Gratitude journals are used by individuals who wish to focus their attention on the positive things in their lives.
November 16, 2018
Sybrand and I recently took a road trip to visit our parents. We stay about 12 hours drive from Sybrand's folks and about 12 hours drive from my folks. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing them all again. It is true that family members can stay in contact via email, social media but if possible, having a cup of coffee together, having a meal together and sharing good old memories are simply the best way to stay in contact. Ask us, we experienced it.
We must been having a good time when most of our sentences started with "... and do you also remember ..." Good old memory lane. We experienced first hand the wonderful benefits of visiting our parents.