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February 2007


As we move into 2007 we continue to be faced with choices about how to live our own lives. For some, they feel the winter blues hit and I have some tips on how to create a positive attitude in Dealing With Those Winter Blues.

Renewing and revitalizing are always important to sanity saving so to help you find ways to treat yourself well, particularly if you are a single woman, my Sanity Saver, Treat Yourself Well as a Single Woman, should certainly help.

During the month of February there is a lot of focus on love. To that end, I hope you enjoy A Good Daily Habit and remember to let those in your life know that they are important to you and that you love them.

This month, on February 20th, Sanity Savers: Tips for Women to Live a Balanced Life will be in bookstores. If you would like to contact me to speak to your group or organization, please do so by contacting me directly or the Speakers’ Bureau at HarperCollins.

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Wishing you health, peace and balance.


In this issue
  • Sanity Savers: Tips for Women to Live a Balanced Life
    In Bookstores Feb. 20th!
  • Sanity SaversTM
    Treat Yourself Well As a Single Woman
    As seen in Dr. Dale's new Sanity Savers book!
  • Happenings
  • Sanity SaversTM
    A Good Daily Habit
  • Sanity SaversTM TIPS
    Dealing with the Winter Blues
  • A Thought

  • Sanity Savers: Tips for Women to Live a Balanced Life
    In Bookstores Feb. 20th!
    SS Book Cover

    No matter what you're dealing with in your life, my new book SANITY SAVERS: Tips for Women to Live A Balanced Life is filled with suggestions to save your sanity every day of the week.

    A must for any woman seeking to find her balance!

    Sanity SaversTM
    Treat Yourself Well As a Single Woman
    As seen in Dr. Dale's new Sanity Savers book!

    Think of how much more interesting your life will be if you make daily decisions to live it fully.

    Whether married or single, it is better to depend on yourself to do what interests you rather than wait for others to invite you to participate in something that may or may not suit you. Sometimes single women feel as if they are 3rd wheels and are uncomfortable being with married friends. And some of their married friends don’t ask them to join them for events that are family oriented but fun for all. And let’s not even talk about those dinner parties where if you don’t have a partner you are excluded completely.

    Stop waiting for the phone to ring for the next date, delay plans to buy your own place or look to others to fill up your social calendar. It’s your life to live, so enjoy the independence that many would be envious to have.

    1. Don’t Wait for “Him” or Anyone Else - If you would like to meet someone, do not put your life on hold while waiting for “a partner” to show up. Become involved in living your life. Plan a fun vacation to an exotic and interesting place. Spend at least part of a holiday with people you enjoy and who value you in their lives.
    2. Create Community - Become involved in an organization that you believe in and connect with a network of other people who are dedicated to its mission. Become immersed in doing what you like. Volunteer.
    3. Buy Yourself Gifts – If you see a nice necklace, art, something special, and you can afford it, buy it. You deserve it.

    It’s up to you to fill your life up so it’s a fulfilling life to have.


    TODAY Show (NBC)
    February 22, 2007
    Dr. Dale's New Sanity Savers Book

    Naomi’s New Morning (Naomi Judd)
    Feb 18: Reinventing Yourself
    Feb 25: Body Image
    Hallmark Channel, 11:00am (10:00am CT)

    The Lisa Birnbach Radio Show
    Every other Wed., 9:20-10:00am
    Feb 7: Children Who Lie
    Feb 21: To be announced

    The Lisa Birnbach Show airs LIVE Mon-Fri 9am- Noon EST

    National Charity League
    February 8, 2007
    Balancing Mother-Daughter Relationships
    Glendale, CA

    MORE TIME (The radio show of MORE magazine)
    Feb 20th: Tuesday (4:00pm EST)
    Feb 24th: Saturday (3:0pm EST)
    Feb 25th: Sunday (11:00am EST)

    SANITY SAVERS interview
    TAKE 5 RADIO at 155 on the dial on XM Satellite Radio

    Sanity Savers Featured Author Talks
    March 1: Borders*, Fairfield, CT 7:00pm
    *Benefit Day for CancerCare (10% discount donated to charity)
    March 6: Barnes & Noble, Westport, CT 7:00pm

    Sanity SaversTM
    A Good Daily Habit

    In honor of Valentine's Day, tell someone you love them ... or you are grateful for their presence in your life.

    Don't regret tomorrow what you can say today.

    It's nice to let people in your life know you are thinking of them and that you care.

    Sanity SaversTM TIPS
    Dealing with the Winter Blues

    If you feel a little gloomy this time of year, you’re not alone.

    The “winter blues” affect many of us when it’s cold, wet and dark outside. If you feel you are particularly low during the winter months -- dealing with a bit of depression, sleeping more than usual, experiencing decreased energy, difficulty when concentrating, avoiding social situations, impatience, desire to eat sweet foods and gaining more weight than normal -- you may have a case of the winter blues.

    SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder is getting a lot of press lately as more and more people claim to suffer emotionally during the fall and winter. People who have S A D usually begin feeling these symptoms in the mid to late fall, through the winter and well into the beginning of spring. It is worse if you work in a place without access to sunlight (cubicles without windows, basement offices etc.).

    More women than men have S A D and often they begin to have the symptoms after they are in their 30s. Light therapy may help people who suffer from this disorder and they should be assessed to see whether they, indeed, have it and also if light boxes will help.

    • Get Outside as Much as Possible - Even if it means bundling up and taking a walk at lunchtime just so you get some exposure to fresh air and natural sunlight.
    • Let There Be Light - When indoors, sit near a window as much as possible. If a light box is recommended by a doctor, use it for about ½ hour each day (or more, depending on what is prescribed).
    • Engage with People – Interaction with people is a must. So engage with people you enjoy being with and do things that you enjoy doing together.
    • Live Healthfully - Eat nutritious food and have a regular exercise routine (best to do this at a gym where you will encounter other people so you can socialize as well as raise the endorphin level.)

    Get out of the Winter Blues rut by getting a new perspective from being outdoors, with other people and living a healthy life.

    A Thought

    If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

    -Mother Teresa

    DALE V. ATKINS Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, lecturer and commentator in the media who appears on the Today show.

    She has more than twenty- five years of experience and focuses on living a balanced life, parenting, aging well, managing stress, life & work transitions, family connections and healthy relationships.

    Dr. Atkins is the author and/or co-editor of several books including:

  • Sisters
  • From the Heart:
    Men and Women Write Their Private Thoughts about their Private Lives
  • Families and their Hearing-Impaired Children
  • I'm OK, You're My Parents
    How to Overcome Guilt, Let Go of Anger and Create a Relationship that Works
  • Wedding Sanity Savers
    How to Handle the Stickiest Dilemmas, Scrapes and Questions that Arise on the Road to Your Perfect Day.
  • And her new book . . .

  • Sanity Savers: Tips for Women to Live a Balanced Life
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