Flu Shot Side Effects And Misconceptions, According To Doctors BY SARAH BRADLEY AND CASSIE SHORTSLEEVE

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Definitely don’t mean to sound like your mom here, but…did you get your flu shot last year? Follow-up question: Have you gotten yours this year?

Just asking because, you know, the flu can be deadly. Up to 61,200 people died from it last season alone (between October 2018 and May 2019), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Just as a baseline, the flu can cause 12,000 deaths per year during a mild season, and anything over 56,000 deaths per year is considered a more severe bout, per the CDC. Eek.

What’s more: Experts are predicting that this year’s 2019-2020 flu season will be pretty bad, reports The New York Times, based on a recent flu outbreak in Australia, which can sometimes predict what the flu virus will be like in the U.S.

In 2017, Australia had its worst outbreak in 20 years, and the 2017-2018 flu season in the United States (which comes

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https://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/a18708943/flu-shot-side-effects/

18 Simmering Potpourri Recipes To Make Your Home Smell Heavenly BY VANESSA BEATY

One of my favorite things about fall is simmering potpourri. I use potpourri throughout the year but the scents of fall and the holidays wafting through my home just really set the holiday mood. If you don’t simmer potpourri for the holidays, you should and I have found 18 wonderfully scented recipes to get you started. These range from smells of Christmas to just a clean fresh fragrance that you are going to love. They are all really easy to put together and are much less expensive than store bought sprays and candles. And, they fill your entire home with fragrance.

18 Simmering Potpourri Recipes To Make Your Home Smell HeavenlyWhether you enjoy the scent of cinnamon and orange for Christmas or you prefer cranberry, apple cider or something floral, you are going to find the perfect simmering potpourri recipe to fill your home with wonderful scents this holiday season. Homemade potpourri is really easy to make and can be done with things that you likely have on hand. And, you can upcycle things like orange peel and apple cores to make them. If you really love creating your own scents, you should be sure to check out these fabulous DIY scented oil mason jar candles.

These room scents are wonderfully strong – not too strong – and they’re easy to simmer. You can do these in simmer pots or you can simply put them on the top of your stove and let them simmer in a regular pot. I love how easy they are and how wonderful they make your home smell. These are perfect to leave simmering throughout your family gatherings or just anytime you want the wonderful scent of the holidays to waft through your home. And, if you want to add to your festive décor, you can add a few of these 15 decorative candles and votives. You can make these for

READ MORE HERE:  https://www.diyncrafts.com/31281/home/18-simmering-potpourri-recipes-to-make-your-home-smell-heavenly

 

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

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Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is only experienced at certain times of the year, usually in autumn and winter, has an negative impact on your mood. Treatment can often make a big difference.

What is seasonal affective disorder (SAD)?

SAD is a type of depression that comes and goes according to the season. People with SAD have symptoms of depression or mania at roughly the same time each year.

SAD usually develops in autumn and winter, then disappears in spring and summer. In some people, the symptoms develop in spring and early summer.

People with mental illness might find their symptoms change at different times of the year. For example, some people with bipolar disorder find they are more likely to experience mania in spring and summer and depression in winter.

What are the symptoms of SAD?

Symptoms usually start out mild and get worse as the season progresses. When the season changes, people normally become completely well again.

Symptoms of SAD in winter include:

  • lack of energy
  • sleeping too much
  • finding it hard to wake up in the morning
  • feeling very tired all the time
  • overeating and craving carbohydrates
  • gaining weight
  • losing interest in normal activities

Symptoms of SAD in summer include:

What causes SAD?

SAD is thought to be caused by changes to the body’s circadian rhythms (its ‘body clock’) at certain times of the year. It may also happen because in winter the body produces less of the

READ MORE HERE: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/seasonal-affective-disorder

 

 

THE MAGIC OF AUTUMN. LITERALLY. RITUALS INCLUDED By Sarah Jenks

THE MAGIC OF AUTUMN. LITERALLY. RITUALS INCLUDED.

Autumn is the number one reason we moved to Massachusetts.  When temperatures dropped in July in San Francisco to the high 60s and the sunny afternoon was cut off by a blanket of cold fog every day, I felt so depressed.  But when the temperature climbed back up to 85 in September and left my beloved flannel shirts hanging in the closet, I felt like dying.  The kids would get sun burnt apple picking, there wasn’t a red leaf in sight and hot cider was the last thing I ever wanted to drink.

It’s also my birthday next week, so I have an even deeper connection to this incredible season.

You see, Mother Earth has an intelligence, and every physical shift and change is a message on how to be in the flow, to embrace our natural power and be more ALIVE.

Fall starts with the harvest, a time when farmers pull food from the ground, harvest the wheat and the corn and get busy prepping and storing it for the winter.  The animals are following suit gathering acorns and building winter proof homes.  It’s a time of great activity, business, and organization.  No wonder we’ve naturally chosen this time to go back to school.

We’ve been in the sign of Virgo for almost a month now which carries that same energy of business and organization.  My Annabelle is a Virgo and I see her organizing her toys, crayons, spoons, and clothing all the time, totally naturally in her free time.  She carries a part of this fall energy with her everywhere.  Virgo is also the sign of the Great Mother.  In early September, I felt myself wanting to shirk my motherhood responsibilities after a whole summer of being with the kids.  But Marshall was having the hardest time adjusting to his new school (probably because he could feel my exhaustion and pulling away).  So I had to sink into the natural rhythm of the season and recommit to how I wanted to mother him through this transition, while also honoring the natural energy of my own work, it was a lot to hold!  When I was in the middle of unraveling this dance between wanting to go into my red tent and create and being fully present for Marshall, a Mother Deer and her Baby walked through my backyard. Message received.

The 23rd is Mabon or the Fall Equinox, the day that measures equal hours of light and dark; night and the day are the same length – balance. It is also when we move into the sign of Libra, whose symbol is the scales – again, balance. Traditionally in the Northern Hemisphere, it is a time to have a great Harvest Festival, to really celebrate all of the hard work of the year and rest after a month of the hard work of harvesting.  

I define Magic as aligning with the natural power of what’s happening around us.  The Goddess/God/Divine (doesn’t matter what you call it) has created a world that moves in a certain pattern (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) which also corresponds with the moon phases (Waxing, Full Moon, Waning, New Moon), which also corresponds with our menstrual cycle (Follicular, Ovulation, Luteal, Bleeding).  This is the rhythm.  We can’t stop it, we can only ignore it.  But when we align our own energy and intentions with that of the seasons or moon cycle or menstrual (or all of them) we have double the power backing us up.  It’s like getting on the moving sidewalk in the airport, if you get on the one going the right direction, you get to where you’re going twice as fast.

This time in autumn is telling us to celebrate, to be grateful of what we have created in our life and to contemplate balance.  The magic of this is that when we are grateful for the abundance in our life, it multiplies and puts us in a high energetic vibration open to receiving more.  And in a few weeks, we are going to start seeing the leaves fall off the trees and have more darkness than light – a message to release, simplify and start to go in.

In my own life, I have found that just by paying attention to the messages of the season and doing very simple rituals to root into the lessons and align myself, crazy shit happens.

Here are two rituals you can do this week to connect with the Magic of Autumn:

Divine Dinner Party

Consider gathering a few friends on Mabon (Autumn Equinox) or a night near to it for dinner at your home.  Create a centerpiece with seasonal fruits and vegetables (lots of orange and red) and some orange and red candles (or any candle you have laying around, don’t over complicate it).  Ask your friends to bring a dish (we are celebrating balance after all).

Set sacred space around your table.  This can look like

READ MORE HERE: https://sarahjenks.com/blog/autumn-magic/

Take that damn mask off! By The Silver Sage Witch

Hello lovely people.  Do you put on a mask sometimes, like everything in your life is going great, but in reality, your soul is crying because the darkness is closing in around you and you’re lonely?  A lot of people are like this, and they refuse to admit it.

Most of the time we put on that brave, smiling face that we show the world and refuse to show our real feelings for fear of being hurt…that’s understandable.  But what can we do when it gets too bad?

Here are a few tips:

  1.  Take off that damn mask!  You certainly don’t need to wear it 24/7.  It’s not necessary to be everyone’s rock, everyone’s savior.
  2. You are allowed to be YOURSELF! It’s a bad idea to try and be someone that everyone wants you to be.  Trust me, it may work for a while, but in the long run, you are the one who will come out the worst for wear in this situation.
  3. Try and make wherever you are living as cozy and comfy as possible. Now, this should go without saying, but a lot of people kind of forget that they can and should do this.  They get so used to how their surroundings look and don’t realize that they can change things to make it more appealing to their liking.  I’m not saying that you need to buy a lot of things to achieve this change, but I am saying that you can move your furniture around or perhaps paint a wall or two.  Get a plant that you love or paint a few pictures (abstract painting works well if you don’t think you are a good painter), and hang them on the walls.
  4. Take up reading, if you haven’t already.  When I lived in America, I used to love to go to the library, check out a pile of books that moved my soul, and read till my hearts’ content.
  5. Meet up with friends for something nice to eat or drink together.
  6. Cook a meal, using a new recipe.
  7. Take a hot shower (or a long hot bubble bath, if you’re lucky enough to have a bathtub).  Afterward, take the time to spoil yourself by rubbing on some deliciously scented oil or lotion.
  8. Go for a walk….doesn’t matter where.  Just get yourself out of the house and go for a walk to clear your mind.  Trust me, you will feel better afterward.
  9. Meditate. It’s really not such a bad thing ya know. It will raise your vibration, which there, in turn, will make you feel better.  Meditation isn’t always just sitting in the lotus position with nothing in your head. There are all different types of ways to meditate.  Try some of them…you might figure out that you really like meditation. 🙂
  10. Make a list of all the things, people, and situations that you’re thankful for.  Be sure to make it as detailed as possible.  Really get into your mind and think about the little things that you have, or have happened to /for you and write them down.  I find that it’s always a good thing to have some kind of a journal so you can do this every day…or as often as you possibly can.

Please note that YOU DO NOT NEED TO WEAR A MASK ALL THE TIME.  It’s important to remember this because sometimes we forget.

You are human, and we all have feelings.  Remember this and above all,

be true to yourself.

Blessed Be

 

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40+ HOMEMADE HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS! By Jill

We gathered up Over 40 of the BEST Homemade Halloween Decorations to share with you today! These Spooky ideas are very easy to make and you will have the scariest house in your neighborhood! We always love decorating for every Holiday. Halloween is one of our favorites. You can get creative, sloppy, and neglect the dusting to fit with the “theme”…it’s wonderful!

Over 40 of the BEST DIY Halloween Decorations & Craft Ideas!

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https://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.com/homemade-halloween-decorations/