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Thursday, July 9, 2020

A Few Reward Apps

What favorite reward apps do you use? No they are not get rich schemes, but they are apps that with persistence pays off over time. I like that I can upload my receipts at my convenience. If I do not feel like doing it that day then I don’t. Some of the apps allow you 7-14 days to upload the receipts.

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Possibly you have a long receipt and do not want to take the time to upload it, then you are not obligated to do so. Now this just shows how fast technology is moving. These type of apps were not available before the internet. The amazing thing about this is that new apps are being developed daily. There are so many available to choose from. Maybe you feel you do not have time for this, but this is something that can be done in your spare time. You pick the time and hour. Those that have cellphones can have the app available at the touch of your fingers 7 days a week. It is your choice. Should you decide to try the app and discover that it is not for you, just discontinue use and delete the app.

1. My Points

MyPoints is a free reward app that rewards you for opening a few emails a day, doing surveys, or participateing in a daily poll vote, and doing so many simple things. No this is not a quick get rich app, but it pays you over time when you are consistent with it. There are numerous ways to earn. I have been with My Points since 2008. Yes I have received numerous rewards.

2. Receipt Hog

Receipt Hog previously offered referral rewards, but stated they have reached maxi mum capacity and no longer offer that.

I have been with Hog Receipts for a couple of years. I have received several cash payments from them when redeeming my rewards. You may ask what does Receipt Hog do with all the receipts that you snap a picture of and send to them. They are used for marketing research anonymously. There are several ways to earn at Receipt Hog which include taking a picture of your receipt on your cellphone and sending it to them, taking surveys, connecting your amazon account, and linking your email account. There is also a weekly sweepstakes drawing where you can earn up to $5,000 coins to redeeem. Although I have never won the $5,000 coins. It is incentive. You may submit receipts at any time.

3. Fetch Rewards

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I like this reward app and have received several gift card rewards. There are numerous participating retailers that you may choose from to receive your rewards. You may choose visa cards, office supplies, restaurants, electronic, entertainment, and so much more. Receipts from stores such as Meijer, Target, Publix, Convenience stores, and many more. It is so simple to scan the receipts. You may scan up to 14 receipts within a 7-day period. The rewards add up very quickly. There are numerous ways to earn with Fetch Rewards such as e-receipts, referral program, sweepstakes and contests, and much more.

I have been with the above 3 reward apps for several years. I just love them. I highly recommend them. Now for a few more reward apps for you.

4. Checkout 51

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I have been with checkout 51 for several years now. You will receive points for uploading your receipts from your favorite store. It works fairly the same as the above apps. There are many stores to choose from such as Dollar Tree, Kroger, Meijer, Aldi, Family Dollar, Rite Aid, Sam’s, and many more. They have daily offers to you. They even have a prescription savings pharmacy card to help you save u to 80% on your prescriptions. When your account reaches a balance of $20 you can request a check to be sent to you. Yes I have received a checked from them. I can honestly say this.

5. Chase Freedom Visa Card

If you are going to charge something be sure to do it with a credit card that will reward you for charging. This Chase Freedom card does that. There is no annual fee. Yes I have received gift card rewards for this type of visa card. Just remember to charge sensibly and pay your account balance off the end of each month. Find the credit card that is right for you.

6. Inbox Dollars

You can earn various ways by paid surveys, paid video and TV. You get rewarded for playing video games and cashback for online shopping. Also, just like MyPoints, you can receive points for reading emails. You can also print and redeem coupons.

7. Google Opinion Rewards

Do you like to give your opinion or complete surveys? Then this may be the app for you. You will get notified when surveys are available. The rewards are in the form of google play or for those that love cash PayPal credits are available. This app is available on iOS 4.7 or Android 4.

8. Slidejoy

Now this app is slightly different than some of the other apps. Each time you unlock your android screen you earn points. Each time you will see different cards with content that is relevant to you. You can donate your earnings or receive cash with PayPal. Just think you can earn $5-$15.00 per month for just unlocking your phone.





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Friday, July 3, 2020

Bloggers Meet and Greet July 2020- Happy 4th of July

Hello everyone. Today at this Meet and Greet we will be talking about Independence Day. July 4th is a day of celebration.

                                       Declaration of Independence


On Independence Day you will see various types of celebrations such as fireworks, parades, picnics, and much more, but we must always remember how it is that Independence Day was started. Because of the Pandemic you might not see any parades and the Fireworks have been cancelled in our city, but there have been many personal fireworks going on for several days.   As a child I  always remember the 4th of July as a day that we ate barbecue. I really love barbecue. I would look forward to that day all year long. I was not thinking about the Independence of the Country that I lived in. I remember sometimes doing a count down until the 4th of July day was here.

I recall my first time barbecuing on the holiday as a teenager. I thought I was helping my Aunt out. That was when I realized that that was something I enjoyed doing at the time. Besides eating it, I loved to help grill. Now there are many restaurants that have taken advantage of selling barbecue near the holidays. You will see many vendor trucks selling barbecue as well. Now since we are in a Pandemic you might not see vendor trucks.    They could have made  a handsome profit I am sure doing this time. Why who does not like barbecue?

1. Juneteenth, June 19, 1865

Before Independence Day was another great day called Juneteenth. According to Union General Gordon Granger led thousands of federal troops to Galveston, Texas to announce that the Civil War had ended and the slaves had been freed. They also add that there were 250,000 Texan slaves that had no idea that they were free. As I listened to an interview on television one day, the lady being interviewed mentioned that some of the slaves had no idea what they would do or where they would go since they were free. Many of them had lived in slavery most of their life. This is so sad to imagine going through life like that. Juneteenth is still celebrated yearly by many. It is an awesome part of History that should never be forgotten.

2. History

According to,  On July 2, 1776 Congress voted in favor of American Independence from Great Britain and took it a step forward to become a Federal Holiday in 1941. So regardless of the problems that we have in America, we are somewhat better off than other countries as far as freedom. Have we arrived? Certainly not. There is always room for improvement in our country. Thank goodness for activists and others that have fought for the rights of Americans in this country.

3. America

Have You Ever Thought About how America got it’s name? According to America was named after Amerigo Vespucci and Italian explorer.

4. Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus sailed across America in 1942. I was even taught in school that he discovered America and it has been declared a National Holiday, according to Christopher had been considered to play a role in the violent colonization, including racial equality, at communities expense.

5. American Flag

There are those that have the American Flag in the front yard, some have the flag on their house, some have the flag on their cars, and on Independence Day you definitely will see a lot of flags flying. Have you ever thought what the American Flag represents? What about those stars, stripes, and red, white, and blue? According to, the 50 stars represent the 50 states, and the stripes represent the 13 colonies; the colors are significant in that the red symbolizes hardiness, the white purity, and the blue represents justice.

I have observed that the flag is very significant in military funerals and you will see it folded very neatly. There is a certain way and technique to fold the American flag.

How to Fold the American Flag


6. Flag Burning

According to, flag desecration is a violation of flag protocol. They also add that in some countries burning the flag in public is prohibited. What is your view on this? There are those that go to extremes believing that they have the freedom to do this in America. Maybe the flag does not mean anything to them. What does the flag mean to you?

7. Parades

As a child I loved the parades. I remember when my aunt was in the Mason’s we would go to Canada where she would March in the parades. I loved how colorful the parades were. I thought parades were ever so exciting.

8. Fireworks

Something that I have observed is that many people are not waiting until the 4th to start the fireworks. In my neighborhood I can hear and see fireworks weeks in advance of the 4th of July. I guess it has happened so often that I have become accustomed to it. I definitely looked forward to the fireworks. I always thought the bigger the better. I loved going to the beach and downtown to see the fireworks, but I also recall being able to see them from my house. I thought that was neat. I still love to see the fireworks. There is something about the big bang and all the bright colors. Beside the fact that fireworks have become traditional for the 4th of July according to fireworks can be traced back 2000 years in China and even 600AD to 900 AD. They can be expensive too. It is commonplace to see selling of fireworks before Independence Day. You may see sellers at various corners displaying their products. Now with the new age of the internet many products as well as decorations can be bought online.

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Pandemics (What You Might Not Know)

 Although you are living right now during the history of the Coronavirus Pandemic, pandemics have existed throughout time. Although this particular type of pandemic is new, pandemics are not.




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1. Plague

In Exodus 7:14-11:10 the Bible talks about God instructing Moses to strike the water of the Nile and it will change into blood, thus the fish will die, the water will stink, and Egyptians will not be able to drink its water. Plagues have existed for years.  Speaking of water, this reminds me of Flint, Michigan. The water was poisoned with lead and then there was a cover-up so that the people would not find out, but thanks to Dr. Mona the coverup was exposed.

2. Prehistoric epidemic: Circa 3000 B.C.

According to about 5,000 years ago an epidemic wiped out a prehistoric village in China. They added there were no proper burial but bodies of dead young and old were stuffed inside a house that was later burned down. This does sound very cruel, but this apparently was how they dealt with the epidemic.

3. Plague of Athens 430 B.C.

According to this epidemic describes as violent heat in the head, redness and inflammation in the eye,  throat or tongue.  This lasted 5 years killing an estimated toll of 100,000 people. They further add that overcrowding caused by the war increased the epidemic.

4. Flu Pandemic 1968

According to mphonline this flu has been referred to as the (Hong Kong Flu).They further added that this flu spread to Singapore, Viet Nam, the Philippines, India, Australia, Europe, and the United States. Making the death toll 1 million.

5. HIV/AIDS Pandemic

According the mphonline this pandemic first identified in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1976. They further add that the death toll is 36 million.  There are those still living with it and new treatments have been developed even though the annual deaths dropped from 205-2012.

6. Caronavirus (Covid-19)

According to the Government some of the symptom of Covid-19 are fever or cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat,, congestion or runny nose, vomiting, and diarrhea. They further suggest wearing a mask and staying at home, and distancing. Now the wearing of masks and distancing are suggested for everyone young and old because there is no way to determine who carries this (invisible enemy).

7. More Thoughts

Although it was thought Covid-19 only affected the elderly, you hear daily about younger people being affected now. This invisible enemy has no respect of age, gender, or race. Another thing about the Covid-19 is that there is no known vaccine yet. This is all the more reason to take precaution. Something to think about is that you know to wear a mask in the hospital especially when disease is rampant why not take this same precaution outside of the hospital? No nothing is guaranteed, except that we all eventually will die on earth, but why not take all necessary measures to promote the best health that you can have?

But to those that say they don’t want to wear a mask and want to live their life the way that they want, what would you say to a friend or relative’s family that has already died of covid-19? What would you say to your family or a family member that died of Covid- 19? Do you have empathy at this time to put yourself in the mindset of another? How is the other family feeling? How is the other family grieving? It was heartfelt to see Sandy Brown loose her husband and only son from Covid-19? It could have been you or me? Have you put yourself in the mindset of the Governor? Do you think any governor enjoys announcing stay at home orders when they they themselves have family members also?

8. Wear a Mask

Did you know that wearing a mask is a true sign of respect of others? That is according to Dr. Mark Smolinski, a public health physician. I agree because this invisible enemy, covid-19 can be carried by anyone and we surprisingly cannot see who carries it. It could be you, your mother, daughter, friend, pastor, or co-worker. At this point nobody knows until they become ill or are tested. I have, however, observed from past Pandemics that mask were worn and that distancing, seemingly, worked.

9. Creativity

Although you are living during the history of Covid-19, God gives creativeness in the spirit. Things could be worse. Because of the internet many are able to see, talk, and text to friends and loved ones. Just think how upset many get when the internet is down and you are not able to connect to it. Before the internet your creativity would be of a different mindset.

Now during Covid-19 staying at home involves board games, talking with each other at the dinner table, and inventing new and better ways to entertain yourself as a family. Families are taking the time to let each other know how much they are valued and not taken for-granted. Possibly those that would exercise at a gym are now rethinking how to continue exercising even though you do not go to the gym while it is shutdown. Many are having to rethink how to get things done, but yet they are still getting them done. I like that there are many exercise programs on utube. Utube has many “how to” videos. Just think there was a time that did not exist. I can’t count the number of times I have resorted to utube because I thought I knew how to put something together with given instructions only to find out from utube there was a better way to do it. Remember there is always a bigger and better way for many things.

10. Games from the past

I remember when I was growing up before the internet I just wanted to play outside all day long as a child. My friends and I would play kickball, dodgeball, baseball, hide and seek,play jacks, play marbles, race against each other, talent shows, and ride our bikes. I would love to go bike-riding daily. I dreaded when the evening came and I was told, “It is getting dark time to come in.” I even recall being told. “ If you are not in the house  before the street light comes on you are getting a whooping.” I got to the point that I thought, “ I will take a whooping just to stay out longer and play.” That is how important playing outside was to me at the time. I remember racing with my friends so much that I had fallen and both my knees were a bloody mess.  That did not deter me.  I continued to want to run.

So remember just as past pandemics have passed, this too shall pass. What are your thoughts on this?

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Friday, June 19, 2020

What Act of Kindness Will You Give Today?

Acts of kindness is one of the greatest way to show love for another. It does not hurt to be kind. It does not have to be something huge, but rather some small gesture of kindness to another. You never know what someone else might be going through.

Go be kind

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What Acts of Kindness Looks Like:

When an act of kindness is performed you will know it when you see it. It is an action of compassion and empathy for a human being.


 Power in the Acts of Kindness

Did you know there is power in kindness? According to, Random Acts of Kindness and senseless acts of beauty was written by Anne Herbert on a place-mat in Sausalito, California, in 1982. Her book was published February 1993 speaking about true stories of acts of kindness. Since then seemingly more people have caught on to the idea of Random Acts of Kindness.


Random Acts of Kindness actually started long ago. There are different kinds of kindness. Think about it all throughout History there have been those that needed help and if it was not for the kindness of others where would mankind be now. What about the person that gives the waitress a $500 or $1,000 tip? I have seen those that have donated cash money to Cancer patients to help them. They did not have to do this. They did not have to do it but they did. Acts of kindness is contagious. When you help someone then they usually will turn around and try to help another.

A. Example of kindness

I recall during the winter. There was a big snow and our neighbor’s young son went throughout the neighborhood snow-blowing the sidewalks. I was very grateful, but I do not think his father was very happy. His father had told him to do their sidewalk not the entire neighborhood.

B. Another Example of kindness

I can never repay the many random acts of kindness that has been shown to me over the years. I recall as a teenager while at my first baptist convention all of the young people were asked to wear white dresses and white shoes that night. I went shopping and found the dress, but I was out of town and there was no time to try to go back to the house I was visiting so I went directly to the venue. As I changed clothes in the bathroom I told my new girllfriend that I met, I do not have any white shoes. Another girl heard me and asked what size shoe did I wear? It was the exact same size as mine. She said, “I will be in the audience you can wear mine, but give them back to me afterwards.” I was so thankful, because she knew nothing about me.

C. How Kindness Affects Others

According to healthfacts,pdf kindness decreases endorphins in the brain that decrease pain. They further add that kindness produces serotonin (the feel good chemical that makes you happy and calms you down). So giving kindness to others is as good for you as it is to those that you give it to. Kindness is important to our communities and to the entire world. Everyone can benefit from the kindness of others. The good thing about kindness is that it can be performed in so many different ways. There is no certain pattern, path, or particular way to show kindness. There is no certain rule to show kindness. When kindness is given, the receiver will know it and feel it. The receiver will have no doubt about it.

D. Kindness Gives Hope

According to, kindness gives hope. How many times have you seen those that gave up on life? How many times have you heard someone say that they did not have anything to live for. A small act can greatly influence another.

A Few Random Acts of Kindness that you could do:

1. Do something for someone without them asking

2. Pay for the person’s grocery in line ahead of you

3. Cut your elderly neighbor’s lawn

4. Grocery shop for a friendly

5. Babysit for free 1 day

6. Be intentional and say thank you

7. Pay for someone’s morning coffee

8. Run errands for someone.

9. Toiletry bags (water soap lotion, etc} for the homeless. This is something you and

    your children can work on together.

10. Work at a soup kitchen for a day

11. Bring in donuts for co-workers (Be careful about bringing in candy) I had a

     co-worker that brought in lots of candy so she would not eat it at home. She

     was diabetic.

12. Give away a free lunch (this is what a friend of mine is doing). She has drawings

     and gives away free lunches though cash-apps

13. Give a random gift card

13. Holding the door open for someone else (I was amazed when I went south, the men

    would hold the door open for me). I have seen it in the North, but not as much as I

    did in the South. Also, I was amazed as my husband (a Viet Nam Veteran) and I

    went into the store, he held the door open for a woman to walk through. She 

    grabbed   the door handle and replied, “No you go through, thank you for your

    service.”He was presently surprised and a proud veteran he is.

14.Tip generously. When you receive good service. Let the server know. You never

     know how a generous tip will help another family.

15. Even though you are in a hurry in traffic or at the store, allow another to go

     ahead of you just because. There does not have to be a rhyme or reason, just be


16. Look for opportunities and ways to show acts of kindness throughout your daily


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Saturday, June 13, 2020

How to Change Your Lifestyle

You do not need to wait for a catastrophic event or a health crisis before changing your lifestyle. You can have a thriving lifestyle. You can start today making changes bit by bit.

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Have you thought that by changing your lifestyle you might be missing out on something? Possibly you have said to yourself,” I do not want to stop smoking because I will gain weight” or “I enjoy smoking because it relaxes me.” Well even though you feel it relaxes you it may be harming you as well. I recall asking several friends, “ Why do you smoke and what do you get out of it?” Their response was, “I enjoy doing it.”

Now smoking is just one habit that can be changed if you decide to do so. Smoking is just one example that I am using. I realize it is your choice to smoke if that is what you want to do. Possibly there are other lifestyle changes you want to make in your life. It can be done because you have the control to make wise choices. Now will it happen immediately maybe not but over time it probably will happen.

Whether it is a bad habit you want to change or possibly improve on healthy eating some of the suggestions that I am about to make will help you achieve the lifestyle that you want in life.

1. Change Your Way of Thinking

How you think and what you think is so very important for making change. If you think that you can’t you probably can’t. What you say to yourself is just as important as to what others say to you. This is very true, “if you keep on doing the same things, you will get the same results.” So change even though difficult may be necessary for what you hope to achieve. When your change becomes your lifestyle, over time it should not feel painful, but rather come naturally as a way of life. You will be able to do the changes naturally without giving it a second thought. Remember it takes times. Renew your mind Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- his good, pleasing and perfect will.

2. Focus

Keep your eye on the prize. Remember what it is that you are attempting to change. Do not waver or become distracted from that.

3. Intentional

Base your movement on being intentional. Think about the reason that you are choosing to do something. Think about how it will affect you and others also. Develop a daily, monthly, and yearly goal. Think about what or where you want to be in 5 years, 10 years, or 15 years from now. Think big. Dream big. Although I attempt to eat healthy I realize I always have room for improvement. I realize I have my guilty pleasures such as cotton candy and soda pops are things are not beneficial to me. I could go on and on about my guilty pleasures, but I won't.  I must have balance in my life. How may of you go to extremes at time? Myself is included also. Sometimes you want what you want when you want it, but is it beneficial to you.

4. Marathon vs Sprint

Remember it may take time to change. Find those mini habits that are good. All habits are not bad. Think about a marathon vs a sprint. Change takes times and it occurs over time.

5. Are you Consistent

Never give up, but be constant with your endeavor. You may fall down, but get back up. Some people may take longer to achieve their goal, but that is okay. Some people might get there faster than you, but that is okay too. Some days you may just need to rest or take a break, but stay consistent.

6. Help

Sometimes you are not able to do it by yourself. There is no shame in seeking help. Seek the help and advice of others that have gone through what it is you are tying to change. What better way than to learn from someone that has actual experience in what you may be going though. If you feel professional help is needed, there is nothing wrong with getting that help. The problem comes when you neglect to seek help knowing that you need help. There are so many available who what to help others. There are those that want to see the best for you. There are those that want you to succeed God wants you to succeed. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. “

7. Education

Become educated regarding what you want to change. There is so much self-help today on the internet. There is utube “how to,” podcasts, and much more. Knowledge really is power. Your knowledge that you receive is for you. I believe you never arrive, because there is always room for improvement. What was new yesterday may become old and of no use today. Although you may know a lot, you can always learn more. You are never to old to learn as long as you have breath. You can always learn something new everyday.

8. Support

There is no shame in seeking support. Have a group or someone that can be support for you. There may be times you are questioning the direction you have taken, there is nothing wrong in seeking the support of trusted friends that can assure you or possibly tell you the truth even though you may not want to here it. When you can find a friend s or friends that you can trust in that way, then you have found faithful friends. Faithful friends are not always easy to find.

Have Faith and know that you can change your lifestyle.


Romans 12:2

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Friday, June 5, 2020

Incredible Sleep Tips for You (Update)

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Did you know that sleep is vital to maintain your body? Lack of sleep can be harmful to your health causing irritability, hallucinations, lack of focus, stress, and hormonal problems as well. Here are a few tips to help you get better sleep.

natural sleep aide

Are you having trouble sleeping? A sleep guide can be very beneficial to you. Who doesn’t want to sleep well? There are various natural sleep aides that you can take advantage of.

Have there been times when you were so excited about projects or some things that you were anxious to start working on? Do you sometimes become so excited that you forget to take time to rest or to even sleep? Are you staying up late and suffering the consequences as a result? Possibly you are so excited about your project that you just want to complete it as soon as possible. Remember the saying, “Rome was not built in a day?” Well possibly you are trying to run a “sprint” as oppose to a “Marathon.”

Do you take time throughout the day to take a break from whatever you are working on? Remember your body is not a machine even though you may treat it like one. Possibly you feel rest is not necessary. Just like food and exercise are vital to the body, rest is vital to the body, because it helps the body calm down. It helps the body calm down mentally and physically. No you do not have to take a long break. It may vary for each individual. Possibly 10 or 15 minutes. Maybe others may need only 5 minutes.

1. Bath/Shower

Some may like to take a bath or shower before bedtime. There is something about water that can be very relaxing to the body. Beside the fact that our body is made up of water, water is just so beneficial to us. Those that live near a beach or lake can take advantage of that water. You don’t even necessarily have to go swimming but just to be near it can have a calming effect on your body. There are those that just love to stroll along the beach. There are those that just enjoy lying on the beach. Be sure to use sunscreen. Sometimes you may have been worrying about problems or circumstances and it just helps to relax.

2. Snacks

Although a light snack is okay, try not to eat a large meal before bedtime. Also, limit your liquid intake so you are not constantly getting up through the night to use the bathroom. Bananas or a small bowl of low-sugar cereal is helpful to induce sleep. I find there is something about cereal before bedtime. It seems to relax every muscle in my body. Pretzels are a low-calorie, source of carbohydrates, that will make you feel sleepy, and they taste good too. Also, popcorn about a half an hour before going to bed. The carbs will cause your body to produce serotonin, a petrochemical that will relax you. Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks.

3. Deep-Breathing

I have mentioned this before. Deep-breathing can be very relaxing to the body. Taking about 10 deep breaths before bedtime will do wonders to relax your body.

4. Warm Milk

Trying drinking warm milk or warm cocoa before bedtime. This can be soothing and relaxing. The milk has the hormone melatonin which aides in relaxation resulting in natural sleep. I have tried this and it definitely works for me.

5. Reading

Have you observed that when you read a bedtime story to a young child before going to be that it may help them to go to sleep? Reading before you go to sleep may be helpful to you as well. Some might want to read their Bible or possibly a novel that you really like. Reading can be relaxing to you and your body. Why not treat your body well?

6. Bedtime

A. Try to make bedtime about the same time every night, so that there is a regular routine. Try not to indulge in a lot of activity before bedtime.

7. Electronics

Put away that cellphone, iPad, television, and computer. Remember you may need time to wind down. I recall having to wind down at least an hour before bedtime. Sometimes I would need about 2 hours, especially when I had a long day at work. It just depends. I also discovered some cellphone apps would really activate my brain and I would be thinking of so many different things that I wanted to do.

8. Bedroom.

Attempt to make the bedroom conducive for sleep by making sure your room is dark. Make sure the television is not on.

9. Soft Music

Depending on the type of music you prefer, soft music can be relaxing. I recall there were times I would listen to smooth jazz before bedtime.

10. Temperature

Make sure the temperature in the room is adequate. Some people cannot tolerate too much heat. Usually temperatures of 68-72 degrees are good. If you and your spouse differ regarding temperatures, you may try a heating blanket for the one of you that is not warm enough. Also, now there are some mattresses that will adjust temperatures for you and your spouse individually. That is just awesome.

11. Exercise

Be sure that you get enough exercise during the day. When weather permit’s the outdoors is perfect, because you will know that you are getting fresh air. Even though you work daily, find a time to exercise. Make it a priority at least once or twice a week. I still emphasize walking as one of the best exercise and it is free. It does not cost you anything. If you are walking outside you are sure to get plenty of fresh air too.

What do you do to help you sleep? Please share with us.

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