• By Dana Sparks

Monday's Housecall

December 8, 2014

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THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Sleep tips: 7 steps to better sleepcouple in bed with woman suffering from insomnia and sleep problems
Work, family, holiday stress — they can all interfere with a good night's rest. Consider these simple sleep tips to help you get some shut-eye.

Weight loss: Feel full on fewer calories
Healthy eating plans such as the Mayo Clinic Diet use the concept of energy density. Learn which foods are filling, yet low in calories.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Flu symptoms: Should I see my doctor?
If you're at high risk of flu complications, see your doctor if you have signs of the flu.

Electric toothbrush: Better than a manual toothbrush?
Using an electric toothbrush might help you remove more plaque from your teeth and improve your gum health.

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PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Recognizing and treating anaphylaxis when you have food allergies
Metabolic syndrome
Aerobic exercise: Top 10 reasons to get physical
Burns: First aid

HEALTHY RECIPES
Braised chicken with mushrooms and pearl onions
Potato-fennel soup
Irish brown bread
Apple-fennel slaw

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Say no, to say yes to less stress
Is your plate piled too high with deadlines and obligations? Are you trying to cram too many activities into too little time? If so, you may find stress relief by learning how to say no to others and yes to yourself. Don't make up reasons to get out of an obligation. The truth is always the best way to turn down friends, family members or co-workers. But let them down gently. Compliment their effort while saying that you're unable to commit at this time. It'll soften the blow and keep you in good graces.

NOW BLOGGING
Stress: Holiday survival tips
The holidays are a time of heightened stress for many people. If you're one of them, try these tips for surviving the season.

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