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1 January 2019

Painting Pottery Can Help You Lose Weight

Let’s face it, stress is part of our lives. Unfortunately, it can also contribute to poor eating and other habits that keep us from feeling our best. “Even if you usually eat well and exercise, chronic high stress can prevent you from losing weight—or even add pounds,” explains Dr. Pamela Peeke, author of Body for Life for Women.

Lose WeightAs it turns out, our bodies respond to all types of stress in exactly the same way.  Every time we have a stressful day, our brain instructs our cells to release potent hormones. We then get a burst of adrenaline, which taps stored energy so we can fight or flee. At the same time, we get a surge of cortisol, which tells our body to replenish that energy even though we haven’t burned many calories.  This makes us hungry, and we eat.  Typical stress-eating choices such as sweet, salty and high-fat foods stimulate our brains, which releases pleasure chemicals and reduces our tension. We continue to repeat this cycle over time, increasing the production of cortisol. This interferes with our muscle building hormones, and we burn even fewer calories. It doesn’t take long for our bodies to start storing fat. Even worse, it loves to store visceral fat. (You do NOT want visceral fat. Yuck!)

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2 December 2018

Ten tips to handle the holiday hustle and bustle

Isn’t this time of year supposed to be fun and relaxing? Instead, for many of us, it’s hectic and crazy. If you’re a college student, you’re probably preparing to take your final exams. If you’re in sales, you’re giving it one last push to meet your goals. If you work in health care, everybody’s coming in with what ever happens to be going around.

On top of what’s going on in our work lives, we also have decorations to put up, Christmas cards to send, and cookies to bake.

Here’s a list of tips to hopefully make this time of year more enjoyable and stress free.

  1. Create a “to-do” list. Write this list on a piece of paper or put the info in your smartphone. Then prioritize it. By making a list, you’re able to clear your mind and focus on things that need to be done now. Crossing things off a list can also create a sense of accomplishment.
  2. Chose your holiday events wisely. If you have kids, the annual Christmas concert is a must. Everything after that should be chosen carefully. It’s impossible to attend every event so select the ones that will be the most meaningful and enjoyable for you and your family.
  3. Exercise, exercise, exercise. For many of us, cutting out exercise during this busy time of year seems like an obvious way to free up some time. On the contrary, exercise is the last thing you should eliminate from your daily routine. Exercise produces endorphins which can help you relax and cope during this time of year.
  4. Breathe. Do you ever pay attention to how you breathe? Many of us are shallow breathers which means we don’t completely inhale or exhale. Deep breathing is beneficial because it sends a message to our brain telling it to “chill out.” When stressed, deep breathing can help reduce your heart rate and blood pressure.
  5. Rally the troops. Ask your family or friends for help. It’s not possible to do everything yourself. For the past several years, I’ve been responsible for putting up and taking down the Christmas tree with my daughters. This is a nice opportunity for us to bond and it frees up a good two to four hours for my wife.
  6. Budget for holiday spending. My bank has a holiday program that withdraws a specified amount of money out of our paychecks. The caveat is that we’re only allowed to withdraw the money when the holiday season arrives. This helps eliminate some of the financial worry of the holiday season.
  7. Make time for yourself. Don’t eliminate things from your life that help you relax or that you enjoy. If you like to read a good book by the fire with a glass of wine, read it. If you like to play racket or basketball with your friends, play. If you’d like to get a massage, do it. Don’t forget about your well being during this busy time of year.
  8. Turn off your Smartphone. How can you enjoy a holiday party or dinner with friends if you’re constantly looking at text and email messages? Enjoy the people you’re with. The messages will be there later.
  9. Look for new traditions. If you’ve experienced a significant change in your life, such as the loss of a family member or pet, look at creating new traditions instead of dwelling on those of the past. Old traditions make nice memories, but so do new ones.
  10. Get plenty of sleep. Like exercise, now is not the time to skimp on sleep. A lack of sleep and increased stress can lead to illness. If you have trouble falling asleep, try listing to soothing music or background noise. I have an app on my iPhone called “White Noise.” This app has a variety of soothing sounds, like waves on the beach and bird song. You can even create your own sound list.

Source: Scott Stueber, posted on West Bend Insurance Companys website

15 November 2018

Kids Holiday Parties at You’re Fired

Having FunMark your Calendars! Our Annual Kids Holiday Parties will be held Monday, December 10th and Wednesday, December 12th from 3pm – 8pm at all Studios.

Children 12 and under will not be charged a Studio Fee, and they can paint a free ornament (while supplies last) with any other purchase. We will supply hot cocoa, juice, and Holiday Treats.

3 September 2018

Sep “T” ember – Wear a “T” promotion.

Wear a “T” and paint for Free!  All September, wear a shirt with a You’re Fired logo to any studio and receive a free studio fee.  We like to call it our Sep “T” ember promo.  Staff shirts, Camp Fired Shirts, Sports Sponsor Shirts they all work! Don’t have a shirt?  They are available at any You’re Fired Studio, or better yet make your own!  Just be sure to include a You’re Fired logo, and wear it to the studio.  

Wanna show off your YF tee and enter to win our Sep-T-ber contest?  Simply take a picture of you at one of your studios wearing the tee, then upload it and your information here.   

Winner to be announced October 1st, 2018.

Offer can not be combined with any other coupon or regular event discount.

31 August 2018

Back To Cool

Growing up, the marketing slogan that I used to hate was called “back to cool,” as a way to get teens on board with leaving their summer activities to return to school. It’s a tough sell, getting kids and teens back to school from a summer of fun, but there are a few things families can do to help ease the transition.

  1. As a parent, be mindful that the first few weeks of any transition can be stressful. New schedules, new responsibilities and sometimes depending on the ages of your children, new social situations, can all be stressful. Help your teen problem-solve any areas causing stress right off the bat, like a complicated academic schedule or suddenly finding themselves in too many school extracurricular activities. Teens like to try and solve problems on their own, so let them. Teens are more likely to reach out when they want help or support, and then parents can assist with any issues that come up.
  2. Go ahead and talk about family vacations months in advance. It’s nice to have something to look forward to and to remind your teen when they’re struggling that a break is right around the corner! Go ahead and put on the calendar any holiday-related activities, spring trips, college visits for older teens or summer trips.
  3. Be flexible with the transition back to your family’s school-year schedule. It takes most people about 2 weeks to transition to a new routine, so allow for some grace if it’s difficult for your teen to transition fully back to an earlier curfew or more restrictions on their social events.
  4. Use weekly family time to keep doing ‘summertime’ activities–hang out in a park, go to a state fair or stay up late on the weekends stargazing. Most schools begin in August and the weather can still be ‘summer’ weather for months into the school year! Doing fun, outdoor activities as a family continues to build quality family time and doesn’t end the summer fun once school starts back!

Source: Grow Counseling, Sarah (Brookings) Connor, LPC

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