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Does Diet Affect Your Mood? Five Tips for a “Happy” Diet

When you’re depressed, you  don’t stop to think about things, let alone the mundane everyday tasks you’ve always done, like eating. You might not realize that vitamins and hormones dictate our emotions, and serotonin plays a huge role in depression. Serotonin is a chemical that your brain produces when it’s feeling genuinely happy and content. Depression often comes from situational turmoil in one’s life, but it can also come from inadequate serotonin production, which means a person can feel depressed even if he or she has a great life. Other vitamins influence our moods as well, so it does make sense that the foods we eat play a role in how we feel.

Here are some foods you can eat to help improve your mood on the “bad days”.

  • Eggs, fish, lean beef and chicken are all rich in Vitamins B-6 and B-12. These vitamins help promote chipper and relaxed moods.
  • Nuts and seeds, like almonds, are magnesium rich. Magnesium is a big one if your depression is from a chemical imbalance because it promotes serotonin production and it increases natural energy levels. Opting for sugary or salty nuts won’t work as well as the unsalted or unsweetened brand.
  • Complex carbohydrates like strong grains take longer to digest, and that helps regulate blood sugars. When blood sugar isn’t spiking, irritability isn’t either.
  • Green tea contains an amino acid L-theanine that diminishes the appetite, which prevents overeating and the subsequent remorse, and it naturally increases happiness.
  • Opt for complex fruits, like pineapples and pomegranates. Foods that are rich in Vitamin A and C as well as copper and fiber all help you feel and look better. A good theory is that if it’s hard to eat, and if it takes effort to chew, it will probably take longer to digest, and it improves blood flow, serotonin production, and weight loss.

What to Do if You Have a “Problem Child”

A Problem Child will take his or her toll on family, teachers, and anyone who may have authority over the kid.  Mostly, kids in general have trouble expressing their emotions and in some cases, kids may feel like they can’t be honest about feelings or they might be in trouble. Now, add any other stress to a child, and they’ll probably lose it and act out. It’s hard to blame them; kids can’t handle pressure the way we can, it takes years of building emotional strength to handle life’s largest challenges. When you’re challenged as a child, with anything from a divorce to a death, it changes you.

Here’s what you can do if your child is acting out:

  • Identify if it’s medical, psychological or emotional issues causing your child anguish
  • Gather all of your information about what sets the behavior off
  • Consider that it may be a learning disability
  • Think about the home ife; has anything major happened?
  • If necessary, seek counseling; many behavioral problems are easier to treat when they’re not treated early enough. If you’re unsure, just contact us for advice.

How to Get through an Argument with Your Mate

Okay, so maybe that’s easier said than done. Each of us reacts to anger in our own, unique way. Some people can let the little things go, while others get lost in their emotions, seeing only red, and often acting unreasonable.

First, it’s hard, but try to understand what is making you unhappy, so that you can have a rational, adult discussion with your mate. Even simply reflecting before you respond shows a great deal of respect.

Then, ask yourself how severe your problem is. Was it unforgivable, or was it something minor than you can let go? If it’s the latter, try letting your guard down. In a battle, someone has to back down; it doesn’t work well if both parties are overly combative. If the issue isn’t that huge in the grand scheme of things, try hard to let it go.

It’s like the infamous professor story:

  • A professor picked up an empty mayonnaise jar and filled it with golf balls.
  • He asked the students if the jar was full. They said that it was…
  • The professor picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly.
  • The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.
  • He asked the students again if the jar was full. They said that it was…
  • The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. The sand filled up everything else.
  • He asked once more if the jar was full. They said that it was…
  • The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.

‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.

The golf balls are the important things—your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.

The sand is everything else; the small stuff.

‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Take care of the golf balls first—the things that really matter.

Set your priorities; the rest is just sand.

(Read the full version here- http://www.biz.colostate.edu/mti/tips/pages/MayonnaiseJarandTwo-Beers.aspx)

How to Indetify Learning Disabilities in Children

Identifying learning disabilities in children

Counseling for Adhd Dyslexia and other learning disabilitiesLearning disabilities in children often go unnoticed. Many people, even good parents and teachers, can miss a few signs, as they are often cloaked under what most consider “poor behavior”. Adults expect a certain level of attention and success out of a child, based on his or her peers, and when a child does not perform up-to par, people often assume that he or she simply isn’t trying. Not only is that very far from the truth, but it’s offensive to the child, making them feel frustrated and alone. Identifying learning disabilities early on helps a child accept that he or she learns differently, and it can help their confidence.

Children with learning disabilities often struggle with self-esteem and loneliness, which can actually kill their mood and exacerbate their disorders. Take ADHD for example, kids with ADHD often do things in a unconventional way, which frustrates others.

The key to helping a child with a learning disability is an understanding that they are not lazy or unmotivated.

Watch for problems with motor skills. If your child struggles with putting letters or numbers in order, it may coincide with his or her inability to organize toys and clothes. Poor coordination while walking, talking, or writing is a big sign of motor skill problems.

You can also look for developmental delays. If your child appears to do many things slower than his or her peers do, he or she could have a developmental delay, or your kid may be struggling with only one thing that holds everything back. This is why communication is important with your child, you have to be able to identify what the setback is.

Watch your child’s interaction with schoolwork. If he or she never touches it, your child may be unmotivated or lazy. However, if you often see your son or daughter often start work but they never finish it, that’s a big sign of ADHD and other frustrating things.

Check their emotional levels. Does your child get angry when you mention his or her performance? Do you notice depressed or irritable moods for no particular reason? High peaks of mania and motivation, followed by low moods are also a big sign of learning disability.

Look for frequent confusion in your son or daughter. If he or she is always losing belongings or focus, it may be a learning disability. 

Relationship Advice: Men and Women Communicate Differently [INFOGRAPHIC]

Making a relationship work is all about communication, love, and respect. First, understand that men and women behave and converse differently, which means they sometimes interpret body language and actions contrary from the true message. Women handle their woes and emotions differently from men, and a lack of proper empathy is often the downfall to many couples.

Helpful tips for communicating with the ladies:

  • Sometimes, women have a hard time asking for help. She may be aware that you’re not a mind reader, but she still may feel too weak or proud to admit it. Sometimes, simply asking if there’s anything you can do to help is the best gesture.
  • Don’t size-up your finances unless she specifically mentions it, you may worry more about your income than she does.
  • Even if it’s a small lie, it will make everything so, so much worse when she finds out.
  • Women… just… cry. She may not know why or when, but it’s a natural thing and it happens to many women. Crying doesn’t mean she’s mad or sad, it simply means she’s feeling emotional, and it could be about anything.

Helpful tips for communicating with men:

  • Playing shy or unavailable is one thing, but when a girl plays excessively hard to get, it can cause him to lose interest, so be careful. Avoid serious head games at all costs.
  • He’s sensitive about his looks too; if you expect compliments from your guy, be ready to give some too.
  • If you don’t want him to judge your clothing size, don’t judge the size of his bank account.

 

Both genders should always avoid harsh words and name calling during arguments, as those wounds are sometimes the hardest to heal.

For an in-depth look at how different the two genders really are, browse over this intriguing infographic: 

Relationship facts revealed: Men vs. Women

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