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Life's Too Short

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Life's Too Short... so make the most of it! Try something new, eat something healthy, grow something beautiful, hug someone you love, move around a lot, and be kind to yourself.

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Life's Too Short... so make the most of it! Try something new, eat something healthy, grow something beautiful, hug someone you love, move around a lot, and be kind to yourself.

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Great podcast

By Cjh83 - May 23 2017
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This is a excellent podcast! I loved the content featured the AFI content

Great information about living better provided in a fun way

By DavePlays - Jan 11 2017
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Just to the point information about how to live a better life. Sounds great! Take a listen.

iTunes Ratings

18 Ratings
Average Ratings
17
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Great podcast

By Cjh83 - May 23 2017
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This is a excellent podcast! I loved the content featured the AFI content

Great information about living better provided in a fun way

By DavePlays - Jan 11 2017
Read more
Just to the point information about how to live a better life. Sounds great! Take a listen.
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Life's Too Short

Latest release on May 07, 2019

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Encore Episode: Empty Nest Syndrome

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It can be tough when your children move away. You're not alone.Parents can feel an emotional upheaval when their children venture off to find their fortunes. Empty nest syndrome is legitimate.

From the moment the child is born, the focus of a parent becomes the best survival of that child. While watching out for the next milestone, personal activities and relationships can fall away.

Start asking yourself what you’d like to be doing. What is fun for you? Re-engage with those things. Find time for yourself before your child leaves the nest so you can start to reclaim friendships and discover new interests for yourself.

Listen as Samantha Lewis joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss how to prepare yourself for and survive empty nest syndrome.

Apr 02 2019

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Rank #2: How to Apply for SSI Disability & Get It Right

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Find out how to apply for Social Security disability and improve your chances for approval.In 2017, 68.5 percent of applicants for Social Security disability who applied on their own were denied benefits. The process and paperwork is complicated and overwhelming for many.

Eligibility Requirements for Application

  • You must have worked five of the last ten years.
  • During that time, you must have paid FICA taxes on your pay.
  • You are between ages 21 and 65.
  • You have medical evidence of physical or mental illness and confirmation from a physician that shows you can no longer work.
  • Your disability must last twelve months or longer, or will contribute to your death (i.e., ALS or stage-4 cancer).
  • Visit www.ssa.gov to check your eligibility.
If you are able to return to work, there are incentives to aid your return. Receiving Social Security benefits isn’t necessarily lifelong. Some situations just require a boost to help get you back on your feet.

Apply as soon as it’s clear you can’t work for twelve months or longer. If you are still working, you will be denied. There is a five-month waiting period before your benefits will kick in. About 34 percent of those who apply for benefits are approved without appeal. Appeals can take years.

Listen as Mary Dale Walters joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss how to improve your chances to receive your Social Security disability benefits when needed.

Jul 24 2018

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Rank #3: Empty Nest Syndrome

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It can be tough when your children move away. You're not alone.Parents can feel an emotional upheaval when their children venture off to find their fortunes. Empty nest syndrome is legitimate.

From the moment the child is born, the focus of a parent becomes the best survival of that child. While watching out for the next milestone, personal activities and relationships can fall away.

Start asking yourself what you’d like to be doing. What is fun for you? Re-engage with those things. Find time for yourself before your child leaves the nest so you can start to reclaim friendships and discover new interests for yourself.

Listen as Samantha Lewis joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss how to prepare yourself for and survive empty nest syndrome.

Dec 11 2018

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Rank #4: "Remodeling" Your Body

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If you're looking to drop a few pounds or do a little sculpting, this is for you.Most weight loss and fitness advice in the media focuses on making a major change. 

But, many people just want to drop a few pounds and make smaller improvements.

“Remodeling” is perfect for those who want to get into better shape and lose five or ten pounds. Start with strength training, focusing on building muscle instead of building fat. Don't worry -- you have to lift a lot of weight for a long time to get bulky muscles.

Diet and exercise should support replacing fat with muscle. Cardio burns calories, helping shed fat.

Focus on getting good calories. Stick to proteins over carbs, and cut back on sugar consumption. It’s not about calorie counting but getting nutrient-rich calories. Look at when you eat, how you eat, and what you eat.

Remodeling means taking changes in areas that you know you need to fix. Start by removing sweetened drinks from your diet and skipping the afternoon snack. Get up from your desk and move around if you find yourself glued to the chair.

High-intensity interval training is an efficient way to start remodeling. Find an exercise you enjoy and do that. Consider getting an app or joining a community if you benefit from that form of motivation. If you’re leery of working out on your own, take a group class or hire a personal trainer.

Listen as Dr. Brian Parr joins Melanie Cole, MS, to share how to get started remodeling your body.

Oct 09 2018

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Rank #5: Are You Spiking Anxiety in Your Kids?

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Are the stresses in your own life affecting your kids?Children are very attentive. They pick up on parental stress, even when you think they’re too young to notice.

Kids see how you deal with your problems and use that as a model for their own lives. 

Stressed kids often have physical symptoms that could be confused with other conditions. Symptoms of childhood anxiety include stomachaches, headaches, difficulty sleeping, changes in school and social behavior. They may be unable to express what they’re feeling. Watch for physical manifestations of stress and anxiety.

Look at your lifestyle and pump the brakes. Take one thing off the table to reduce the stress. Spend time enjoying life as a family.

Food is medicine. Sneak in snacks that have extra magnesium and potassium. Carrot and celery sticks have a stress-reducing crunch. Small portions of dark chocolate can help release seratonin.

Listen as Dr. Mark Menolascino joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss signs of childhood anxiety and how to reduce stress for everyone in your household.

Aug 28 2018

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Rank #6: Creativity Brings Happiness

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Embrace your creativity to make your days more enjoyable.Finding a creative outlet can ease the difficulty of daily living. Creativity can lift mood, aiding with depression and anxiety.

Creativity is a physical and psychological action. Cooking, gardening and knitting are wonderful ways to implement creativity in your regular life. Insights arise while your mind has freedom during creative periods.

If you work in an oppressive or mundane situation, it’s a challenge to feel creative. Work to make peace with the mundane and engage in your work in the present. Allow yourself times for meditation and mindfulness. Take advantage your work being the means to the creative end that you pursue outside of the workplace. Make a genuine human connection with someone at work to make the days easier to bear.

Listen as Dr. Carrie Barron and Dr. Alton Barron join Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss how to improve your resilience through creativity.

Oct 02 2018

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Rank #7: Leaving Your Abuser

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Aside from personal safety, a significant concern when leaving an abuser is financial well-being.Victims of abuse (physical, sexual, verbal) are often fearful of leaving the abuser for a number of reasons. Aside from personal safety, a significant concern is financial well-being. Many times, the "bread winner" of the household is the abuser, making it problematic for the abused to leave the relationship. 

Rosemary Lombardy is a financial advisor with over 35 years of experience. Although her professional expertise is in financial matters, her perspective on marital abuse, divorce, and recovery is deeply heartfelt and holistic, having gone through her own abusive situation.

Rosemary has some helpful tips for anyone who is in a dire situation and needs to seek help:

  • Personal safety is the number-one priority. If you believe physical abuse is imminent, you have to protect yourself and your children.
  • Never leave your children behind. This could be considered abandonment or be perceived as the abused falsifying accounts of the abuse.
  • Before you leave or alert your partner you're filing for divorce, set aside cash and get a credit card in your name only. Transfer half of any jointly-held funds to another account, and have those bank statements sent to a PO Box or an address that is not your home.
  • Make copies of bank statements or any other important documents. Store this "evidence" somewhere safe outside the home.
  • Prepare a go-to bag, with cash, driver's license/passport, clothes, toys for kids, birth certificates, marriage certificate, medical and immunization records, prescriptions, insurance information, legal documents, and a restraining order if you have one.
  • Document the abuse, take photos, and write down the name of any law enforcement officers you speak with. Keep "incriminating" emails, such as threats from your abuser or evidence of infidelity.
If you're unable to afford legal help, shelters often provide a lot of assistance, such as free or reduced cost legal counsel, therapy, and job assistance if you've been out of the workforce. If you can, Rosemary suggests getting the advice of a financial expert in addition to your attorney.

Listen in as Rosemary joins host Melanie Cole, MS, to learn more about the "right" way to get out of a bad situation and additional resources for those who are suffering abuse.

Mar 19 2019

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Rank #8: Encore Episode: Enduring Difficult & Toxic People

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Find out how to endure difficult and toxic people in time for the holidays.It’s not uncommon to have at least one person in your life who stresses you out. Holidays can force interactions with toxic family members.

First, don’t take their toxicity personally. It’s often not about you. They may misdirect upset from other aspects of their own lives. You don’t have to have this person in your life regularly.

If you are upset with someone, acknowledge the different viewpoint. “Interesting point-of-view; I have this point-of-view.” Unexpressed to the source of stress, this can help you handle their opinions. Repeat to yourself until you don’t feel as charged up about it.

Additionally, you can be a kind and caring person without a toxic person in your life. It is a kindness to let them go. Be good to yourself and live your life without this person as a regular participant in it.

Listen as Doris Schachenhofer joins Melanie Cole, MS, to share how you can interact with toxic individuals... or not.

Mar 26 2019

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Rank #9: Enduring Difficult & Toxic People

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Find out how to endure difficult and toxic people in time for the holidays.It’s not uncommon to have at least one person in your life who stresses you out. Holidays can force interactions with toxic family members.

First, don’t take their toxicity personally. It’s often not about you. They may misdirect upset from other aspects of their own lives. You don’t have to have this person in your life regularly.

If you are upset with someone, acknowledge the different viewpoint. “Interesting point-of-view; I have this point-of-view.” Unexpressed to the source of stress, this can help you handle their opinions. Repeat to yourself until you don’t feel as charged up about it.

Additionally, you can be a kind and caring person without a toxic person in your life. It is a kindness to let them go. Be good to yourself and live your life without this person as a regular participant in it.

Listen as Doris Schachenhofer joins Melanie Cole, MS, to share how you can interact with toxic individuals... or not.

Nov 06 2018

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Rank #10: Safely Aging in Place

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Seniors want the independence of aging in their own homes. What steps can be taken to ensure their safety?Aging in place is a way for seniors to live in a familiar environment while growing older. While it’s an ideal option, it can be very stressful for the loved ones of these seniors.

Striking a balance between their independence and familial confidence in senior safety is the trick.

Reasonable Risks

  • Assess the dwelling for safety. Change handles and add grab bars as needed. Eliminate tripping hazards.
  • Ensure frailer individuals have protection when falling. Walkers help but are a bit unbalanced. Clothing should be protective, especially where damage is likely.
  • Adequate escalation. It isn’t always necessary to escalate immediately to emergency services.
  • Behavior monitoring devices can track when a senior doesn’t move through the home predictably. This can help detect a fall.
Listen as Philip Regenie joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss new technology to aid those aging in place.

Jan 08 2019

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Rank #11: Encore Episode: Dealing with Loss

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How can you help a grieving loved one?Losing someone is incredibly tough. However, we tend to run away from grief situations. It’s easier for things to be happy and light.

We need to process our own sadness instead of running from it. Don’t push friends to move past that grief. Feelings can build up from traumatic losses that aren’t discharged.

Helping Your Mourning Friend

  • Don’t say “I know how you feel.” Everyone has a unique grief journey and healing process.
  • Ask “What can I do to help now?” The bereaved may not have the energy to make a request. Instead of offering to share a meal any time, ask when you can dine together. See when and how you can help.
  • They may feel worse a few months later than when the loss initially occurred. Check in a few months later. They need casseroles and love beyond the first few weeks.
For The Grieving

  • Grief changes over time. 
  • Take breaks from grief to find some happiness as the marathon of feelings continues.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Nurture your immune system.
  • Exercise to elevate mood.
  • Push yourself to be social.
  • There is hope.
Listen as Dr. Sherry Cormier joins Melanie Cole, MS, to share tips for the grieving and how you can help your loved one after loss.

Feb 05 2019

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Rank #12: Muscle Mass: A Factor in Healing

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Improve your healing by building your muscle mass.Muscle mass may be a reliable factor in evaluating current health and predicting future wellness.

Those with low muscle mass are at risk of more difficulty healing, longer hospital stays and lower physical function after surgery.

Body mass index (BMI) is a better indicator of body volume. The problem is that it doesn’t differentiate muscle from fat.

It’s critical to build strong muscle mass. There is a correlation between your grip strength and your overall muscle health. Slowed movement suggests you may be losing muscle. Resistance exercises at least three times a week benefit muscles and bone density.

Listen as Dr. Suzette Pereira joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss the importance of improving your muscle mass.

Nov 27 2018

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Rank #13: Helping Yourself Get Over Trauma

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Find out how to help yourself heal from trauma.Trauma is subjective. It’s hard to measure and understand. Its effects can be physical or mental.

Yoga has been proven to assist in healing from trauma. It promotes mindfulness and can help people let go.

A simple start you can do anywhere is focusing on your breath. Put your hand on your belly and concentrate on your breath.

Your diet impacts your mental health and ability to heal. Eat foods that support gut health. You may notice some of the physical symptoms associated with trauma subside.

Listen as Liz Arch joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss how to help yourself heal from trauma.

Feb 12 2019

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Rank #14: Encore Episode: The Value of Wasting Time

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Wasting time is good for you!The busy modern world makes it seem like you shouldn’t have a chance to get bored.

However, there’s no shame in allowing yourself some downtime. Letting your mind roam enables more effective problem solving, creative thinking and productivity.

It is imperative to carve out time for personal reflection.

Tips for downtime:

  • Take 20 to 30 minutes per day without your cell phone.
  • Encourage your child to take some quiet time if it is unavailable at school.
  • Turn off devices during mealtime.
  • Make sure your quiet time is not goal-oriented.
  • Eliminate the guilt you experience when you take quiet time.
Listen as Dr. Alan Lightman joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss why we all need to learn to waste time.

Jul 31 2018

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Rank #15: Benefits of Midlife Yoga

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Yoga is a fantastic way to improve mobility while taking it easy on your joints.When you reach a certain age, finding the right low-impact fitness can be a challenge. Yoga is a great option for middle-aged individuals to strengthen muscles and maintain mobility.

Mid-life is roughly defined as ages 45 to 65. It’s a peak time for career-minded individuals, and the hustle and bustle of running a household is also a challenge. Yoga encourages stress reduction and mindfulness.

Listen as Dennis and Kathy Lang join Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss how yoga can benefit you in mid-life.

Jan 22 2019

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Rank #16: Encore Episode: Financial Literacy & Retirement Planning

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No matter your age, it's time to start planning for retirement.Money management is a tough subject. It’s difficult enough for many to meet their monthly bills.

How much money do you need to save? You have to look at your lifestyle and see what it would take for you to save the equivalent of what you require for how you live.

To save for retirement, look at how much you’re spending and the source of your retirement funds. Where will the money come from that supports you? The older set wishes they had started saving earlier.

It’s a hard pill to swallow, but you can’t prioritize your children above yourself. They are equal. You have to take care of you so you can take care of your children. Don’t wipe out your life’s savings for your kid’s college degree. Newer resources may help you address college costs.

Listen as Julie Jason joins Melanie Cole, MS, to share how to get started saving for retirement, how to plan for your child’s college expenses, and where to get your financial advice.

Aug 14 2018

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Rank #17: Encore Episode: Holiday Eating: Make Smart Choices

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Gain strategies to smartly enjoy all the treats the holidays have to offer.Holidays are full of so many amazing treats and delicious foods. It can be a tough time if you're trying to achieve or maintain health goals.

Cocktails
There are calories in most beverages you consume. Alcohol has more calories than carbohydrates or protein, but you can get more bang for your buck with hard alcohol, requiring less of it to get a buzz. Beware of calorie-filled mixers.

Beer has more calories than hard alcohol. Wine typically has about 120 calories for four to six ounces, but who drinks only six ounces of wine?

Sip a glass of water between cocktails. If you imbibe too much alcohol, you may get the munchies. Be kind to your waistline and monitor your alcohol consumption.

Family Feasts
Feel free to taste everything. Take a fork or spoonful of each dish. Fill one plate and stick to what's on that single plate. You want to have room for dessert.

If you can't resist a second visit to the buffet table, consider using some white kidney bean extract up to 30 minutes before your meal. A supplement like Phase 2 (white kidney bean extract) inhibits the absorption of starchy carbohydrates by up to 65 percent.

Consider having just an au jus gravy instead of adding starch to thicken. Enjoy the flavors from the cooked meat.

Don't fast or eat right before heading to a feast. Have some yogurt in the morning. If you know there won't be enough vegetables at the meal, have a salad early in the day.

Make sure you don't fill up on all of the amazing appetizers.

Office Treats
Use willpower when you can and moderation when you can't. Know there will be candy bowls and treats your co-workers share.

Exercise
Get moving to fight off seasonal depression. It's good for your joints, cardiovascular system, bone health and waistline. Go to shopping centers or museums to get some casual exercise. Outdoor sports with the family are a great way to burn off those feasts.

Chef Satisfaction
If you're preparing the meal and tasting everything, you may not be very hungry when you sit down for the meal. Limit yourself to a smaller vessel for tasting if you can't resist going back for more.

Wear comfortable shoes when cooking to avoid strain. Use your kitchen for lunges, calf raises and counter push ups to integrate some fitness into your cooking day.

Listen in as Dr. Felicia Stoler shares her best advice for navigating the holiday festivities.

Nov 13 2018

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Rank #18: Empathy: Is Stress Contagious?

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Does someone else's stress make you feel stressed?When someone else is stressed out, are those stressful feelings contagious?

People who are empaths are emotional sponges, taking on other people’s stresses. Watching the news can really bring someone down.

The trick is to learn how to not adopt other people’s stress.

Tips for Empaths:

  • “No” is a complete sentence. No need to give reasons.
  • Set boundaries.
  • Meditate to center and ground yourself.
  • Learn self care so you can re-calibrate from the stresses you see.
  • Make sure you address your anxieties so you’re not affecting your children with it.
  • Stop using electronics two hours before bedtime.
Listen as Dr. Judith Orloff joins Melanie Cole, MS, to share how you can protect yourself from other people’s stress while remaining empathetic.

Nov 20 2018

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Rank #19: Menopause: Happy Endings

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What happens when you enter menopause?Women of a certain age go through a transition from child-bearing possibilities to menopause. Menopause is declared when one has gone a full year without a period.

Menstrual irregularity is common, but when related to perimenopause it kicks in between age 35 and 60. Hot flashes, night sweats and sleeping disturbances are normal American female complaints during perimenopause.

If it’s been a year since your last period and you experience vaginal bleeding, contact your gynecologist.

Make sure you feel comfortable with your health care provider so you can discuss your menopausal concerns openly.

Listen as Dr. Mary Jane Minkin joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss what to expect when you reach menopause.

Feb 19 2019

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Rank #20: Rest = Happiness = Productivity

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Rest improves your productivity.Our society uses “busy” as a badge of honor. We multi-task our way into exhaustion. We may get a lot done, but how much are we actually enjoying?

Neck pain, headaches, irritability, and difficulty sleeping or concentrating may send the stressed person to the doctor.

You need to get rest in the areas where you’re depleting yourself. There are seven areas where you may need rest:

  • Physical
  • Mental
  • Spiritual
  • Emotional
  • Social
  • Sensory
  • Creative
A nap won’t restore your creative stores. Going to bed early won’t ease a strained neck.

It’s hard to stop activity. Interject rest throughout the day to help your body in all of your activities. In fact, people work better when they take little rest breaks throughout the day.

Listen as Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss how to improve your productivity through rest.

Oct 16 2018

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