Don’t know if there’s any science behind these exercises, but they appear to at least warm up the body in ways that could send more blood to the extremities. Let us know if they work for you!
To help you manage the chills this time of year in Minneapolis, we wanted to make you aware that Warm Skin, a cold protection cream manufactured by one of our Corporate Sponsors, is now available at two Target stores in Minneapolis:
900 Nicollet Mall (Flagship store next to Corporate Headquarters)
Uptown Store at 2500 E. Lake Street
The cream provides a protective barrier against the cold, and is used by NFL players, Arctic explorers and USPS workers, which are pretty good credentials! Here’s a link to our Product Review page to give you more information on Warm Skin:
Until now, it was only available directly from the distributor, the manufacturer’s web site, or more recently added to Target’s web site. This season Target has added a “Local Minnesota” section in the two stores above for the holidays, and since Warm Skin is manufactured in Minneapolis, the product is being featured in these locations.
I hope you’ll check out Warm Skin when you’re shopping in these local stores during the month of December. And if you do try the product, we’ve love your feedback.
Have a warm and wonderful holiday!
By Joe Fleming
However, this anticipation can lead to expectations for a perfect holiday. With tons of items on our to-do lists like shopping, planning, cooking, gift-wrapping, and more, your holiday could turn into a stressful rather than a relaxing one.
For people suffering from Raynaud’s phenomenon, an unhealthy dose of emotional stress can trigger an attack. That’s why it is best to avoid engaging in stressful activities if you can manage it. But who wants to skip the holidays?
If you want to know how to avoid, or at least minimize, the stress associated with the holiday season, here are some preventive measures that you could help:
- Plan it out
According to research, lack of time has been shown to contribute to holiday stress, with people rushing to get things done. Planning your holiday ahead of time could help relieve stress. Writing down everything could give you a clearer picture of the things that you need to do. Make a checklist and mark your priorities. Being organized could give you some confidence and would less likely lead to a last-minute trip to the mall and forgotten invitations.
- Mind your finances
Another major source of holiday stress is lack of money. Don’t splurge during the holidays if you know that you will find it difficult to make ends meet after the holiday is over. Spend only what you can afford and be realistic in planning your holiday. Make a budget and follow it. If you are worrying about disappointing your kids and loved ones, find an alternative method to help them enjoy a memorable holiday. Instead of gifts, you can perform tasks for them or give them special privileges. Be creative!
- Be tolerant
Holidays are seasons of giving and it includes giving people the patience that they (may or may not) deserve. Conflict situations with family members or friends could contribute to a stressful holiday. Remember that everyone is entitled to have their own opinion, and don’t expect to change them – particularly in a season full of distractions. Better to focus on how you deal with these situations and the way you respond to these provocations. It will not only prevent you from having to deal with unwanted stress, but may also result in a good feeling for having successfully managed the situation.
- Treat Yourself
Hectic though the holidays may be, don’t forget that you’re entitled to enjoy the holidays, as well. Try doing something that you love. Is it a hobby? A trip to somewhere on your bucket list? Even taking a short break from holiday errands to finish a book by your favorite author or setting aside time for a glass of wine and a bubble bath can be just the right reward. You deserve it just like everyone else!
- Set your limit
No holiday celebration is complete without delicious foods, but don’t forget to eat in moderation. Overeating could lead to weight gain and other health problems that you wouldn’t want to deal with after a well-spent holiday. Your time is also in high demand during this time of year. If you’re invited to spend the holiday with friends or family, bear in mind that saying ‘no’ is always an option. Finding your voice to say ‘no’ could save you from feeling guilty and stressed. You could always offer to set a different schedule that works for both parties. Being in touch with your priorities can eliminate the angst and pressure associated with over committing your time when you need it most.
If you find yourself already caught in the web of a stressful holiday, however, activities such as exercise, massage, yoga, and other scientifically-proven ways for relieving stress (an earlier blog post) are also available. Dry brushing, for example, could mimic the relaxing effect of massage by reducing stress and improving circulation.
Seeing that the holidays are just around the corner, how are you planning to prevent stress from getting the best of you? Please share your ideas through the comment section below.
Joe Fleming is the President at ViveHealth.com. Interested in all things related to living a healthy lifestyle, he enjoys sharing and expressing his passion through writing. Working to motivate others and defeat aging stereotypes, Joe uses his writing to help all people overcome the obstacles of life. Covering topics that range from physical health, wellness, and aging all the way to social, news, and inspirational pieces…the goal is help others “rebel against age”.
There’s a great story behind the product. The inventor created these slippers for his mother who suffered from both Raynaud’s and peripheral neuropathy and found it difficult to keep her feet warm. Her home grown solution was to sandwich her feet between two heating pads. Her diligent son, who was already working in the heated clothing industry, decided to take action and find a more practical solution – and Volt™ slippers were born!
Volt™ Indoor/Outdoor Slippers are a great option for Frosties for two reasons: First, they are powered by a rechargeable battery, so they are always “ready” as long as the batteries are pre-charged. Second, these booties are made for walking! Ever try walking in those microwavable slippers made with heatable rice packs, forget it. Second, these slippers are not only comfortable for walking indoors, they can also be worn for quick trips outside (like taking out the trash or grabbing the mail). So you don’t have to slip out of your comfy warmth for these quick tasks, just step out in your heated slippers and face the cold with a smile!
The slippers are designed more like booties, covering the ankle (great for us Frosties!). The fabric is a lightweight coated nylon shell. While not totally waterproof, they are water resistant for wet weather protection. There’s a comfy memory foam cushioned footbed over a non-slip rubber outer sole which makes them outdoor safe. The fleece lining with Thinsulate™ insulation adds to the toasty warmth. And the newest Generation 4 slippers have a zipper from the top opening down to the sole, plus a nylon pull tab on the back of the slipper – both new features that make them even easier to slip on and off.
The batteries fit neatly in a small pocket on the slippers. They are lightweight and fairly flat rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that employ the same heating technology used for the heated seats we can’t live without. The heat lasts for 3 to 7 hours per charge, depending on the settings (Low/Medium/High), and the heating system covers the tip of the toes back through to the heel, so the entire foot receives the welcome warmth! But wait, there’s more: The slippers come with a wireless remote control so it’s easy to adjust the temperature output for optimal comfort.
Special Discount for Our Members
Offer Code Volt20off
Volt™ Indoor/Outdoor Gen 4 slippers come in unisex sizes S to 3XL in both Black and a fun Purple for $149.95. Remember these are rechargeable batteries, so they are a good value. And our members can save even more because the manufacturer is offering Raynaud’s members a 20% discount! Just add the product to the shopping cart, go to the 1st page of the checkout process and enter Volt20off in the discount code box on the right-hand side. Click the apply button and you will see the discount applied to the total before you move on to the next step in the checkout process. Or just use this link and the discount will be applied automatically: https://voltheat.com/discount/Volt20off
The manufacturer has also expanded their product line to include some really great new products for us Frosties, including gloves, jackets and vests – plus a heated scarf we found provided excellent warmth on a cold New Hampshire day!
The discount code applies to any Volt products found on www.voltheat.com – so check out all of their solutions for cold toes, frozen fingers and more!
H2C Brands LLC
110 Cumberland Park Drive
St. Augustine, FL 32095
Phone: (888) 518-6871
Our Sponsor at Infracare is giving away up to 5 pairs each of their socks and touchscreen-friendly glove liners designed to keep Frosties warm. To be one of the five lucky Frosties to receive these products, here’s what you need to do:
- Read our Product Review on Infracare Glove Liners and Socks and learn about their specific features that provide warmth and protection from the cold for Raynaud’s sufferers – even when using mobile devices outdoors.
- Think about all of the different ways your fingers and toes currently experience the cold on frosty days and the creative ways you might use Infracare’s products indoors or outside to protect yourself from the cold.
- Post your ideas for using Infracare’s glove liners and socks on our Facebook page by the deadline Sunday, November 19th.
We’re looking for the most creative and interesting ideas, so have some fun with this contest. And we’re sure you’ll enjoy thinking about the warmth your fingers and toes can enjoy with these socks and gloves specially designed for people with cold hands and feet!
Contest Rules and Details:
- Limit one (1) entry per participant – but you can include as many ideas as you like on your entry!
- Winners will be selected based on originality at the discretion of the judges (Raynaud’s Association Board and Infracare team).
- Raynaud’s Association Board members, Sponsors and their immediate families, and winners of previous contests in the last 90 days are not eligible to win.
- Deadline for entries is midnight, Eastern Standard Time, November 19th.
- Prizes will be awarded within 60 days of announcing the winners.
- The value of each prize awarded is estimated at $19.99 to $24.99, plus cost of shipping.
- No purchase is necessary, and the winner will bear no out-of-pocket costs for receipt of the prizes. However, any taxes associated with the prize are the responsibility of the winner.
- Winners must supply their postal address information to the Raynaud’s Association and Infracare for the sole purpose of shipping the prize packages.
- The winners’ names will be posted on our web site, on our Facebook page and in our newsletter. By entering, participants agree to the publication of their name and entry ideas by the Raynaud’s Association, and entries become the property of the Association.
- Upon written request, the winners and total number of entries will be provided.