Build a wreath around a recycled frame -- any size or shape -- using fresh or faux greenery. Or make more than one and group them together on a wall.
To make: Wind medium-gauge or floral wire in and out around picture frame, tucking sprigs of fresh or faux boxwood under wire at frame front. Create focal point inside frame by wiring stem of single fresh or faux flower or a row of buds to back of frame, at bottom or top, or fasten bow or ornament at centre top.
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If you suffer from feelings of depression during the winter, you could have Seasonal Affective Disorder. Here's what you need to know about risk factors, symptoms and treatment options.
The short, cold and dark days of winter have many of us feeling low, but how can you tell if what you're feeling is more than the run-of-the-mill winter blahs? Read on to see if what you're suffering from might be Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and discover what you should do about it.
What is SAD? SAD is a category of depression that follows a seasonal pattern. While many people might feel a change in mood and loss of energy in the winter months, some might feel that coping with the tasks of daily life are near impossible. This portion of the population feels this way from late autumn to early spring, and could be suffering from the form of clinical depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder.
What are the symptoms of SAD? Symptoms of SAD include some or all of the following: • Low energy • Irritability • Excessive sleep • Craving for carbohydrates • Weight gain • Withdrawing from friends • A depressed mood in winter months • A lifting of mood in spring and summer months
Who does SAD affect? Though SAD can affect anyone, it's more commonly seen in women. "Depression in general is often quoted as being twice as common in women as in men," explains Dr. Matthew Chow, medical director of psychiatry at the Mood Disorder Association of B.C. "SAD seems to follow this trend, with some sources reporting that it is four to eight times more common in women than in men."
SAD is also more common in people who live in Northern climates, where daylight is limited in winter months. SAD sufferers are most commonly adults, and it can run in your family.
How can I tell if I'm suffering from SAD or depression? The symptoms of SAD and depression are similar, and can sometimes be hard to tell apart. "The most distinguishing feature of SAD is that it comes and goes with the seasons. An individual will be severely affected during the winter and experience nearly complete relief in the spring and summer," says Dr. Chow.
How is SAD diagnosed? SAD is diagnosed by a medical or psychological professional such as a family doctor, psychiatrist, or psychologist. The usual process includes a comprehensive interview and examination to determine whether the symptoms are being caused by SAD or something else, explains Dr. Chow.
What are some common treatments for SAD? Common treatments for SAD include light therapy, talk therapy and in some instances anti-depressant medication. Activities such as massage, yoga, meditation, and physical activity performed outdoors, can also help ease symptoms. Check out these seven tips that might help ease the symptoms of SAD. What should I do if I think I have SAD? If you think you are suffering from SAD or depression, it's important that you make an appointment with your family doctor or a psychological professional immediately.
Measha Brueggergosman's voice is otherworldly, but her roots are firmly planted in the Maritimes. Born and raised in Fredericton, she still thinks of the city as home—and that's where you'll find her when she's not performing.
On a Wednesday night In Fredericton, you can likely find Measha Brueggergosman with her braids up and hat on, drink in hand, catching a reggae set at The Capital Complex, a live music venue. Saturday mornings are reserved for the Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market, where there's a buffet of delicacies that mirrors Canada's multicultural flavour: Dutch sausages, Indian samosas, Greek souvlaki, German pastries and, let's not forget, the cheese counter. The next day, she'll be front row of her brother Neville's parish in nearby Maugerville to attend his 5:17 p.m. service (the start time is a nod to 2 Corinthians 5:17, a Bible verse about recreating yourself).
It was between the pews of her church and her grade school's music room that Measha, now widely considered one of the foremost sopranos of her generation, found her voice. By her teenage years, she had blossomed into the city performer, singing at every function, from bar mitzvahs to funerals. "Fredericton is a very musical community. I enjoyed a lot of early music education, and it's what set me on the path that I'd eventually take. I had access to many performance opportunities in the way only a small town could afford, which nurtured my desire to entertain," she says.
Measha has always felt a deep connection to her hometown, but she discovered more about her East Coast roots during the filming of Who Do You Think You Are?, the hit genealogy docuseries. She traced her family's history from slavery in Revolution-era America to their eventual freedom in Eastern Canada. She also learned that her ancestors hailed from Cameroon; they descend from the Bassa, a Bantu-speaking tribe known for its musical prowess. This revelation, and her family's past, is a recurring theme in Measha's new and most personal Christmas album, Songs of Freedom, a collection of traditional and spiritual songs that have been given modern arrangements.
Now, staring out her window, she spies the lobster pound bustling with activity before it closes for the year. She, too, is hard at work—writing her memoir, which she wants to finish before blowing out the candles on her 40th birthday cake this June. There's a lot to cover: her ancestral ties to the East Coast; her childhood in Fredericton; her journey to operatic stardom; her stories of pain and loss (she underwent emergency open-heart surgery at 32 and, only a few years later, suffered more heartache with the loss of her unborn twins). She knows she still has years of life to experience, but she wants to share what she's learned—up to this point, at least.
For now, though, Measha is relishing the East Coast scene. She'll soon be embarking on another international tour, but until then, she'll be in a tiny fishing village outside of Fredericton, where her dad has owned land for years, writing, eating lobster every day until season's end and soaking in the sights, sounds and views of home. "I like that my home base is here," she says.
Three insider tips from star soprano and Fredericton native Measha Brueggergosman.
1. Check out the music scene
"Lamèque is an island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, just off the Acadian Peninsula. They have a music festival, the Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival, that's a destination for the world's music experts. People go because it's this utopia. It's hard to get to, but it's so worth it."
2. Eat at The Dip
"I would argue that the best 24-hour restaurant in the Maritimes is The Diplomat—which everyone calls The Dip—in Fredericton. It looks like a cross between the set of 9 1/2 Weeks and your stylish grandmother's living room. I get the special fried rice and bring it home to my parents."
3. Grab a coffee at Jonnie Java Roasters
"You have to go downtown to Jonnie's for the coffee. They were the first to roast their own beans, like 10 years ago. I would say they're the best at it."
Welcome to our annual 60-Day Holiday Countdown Giveaway!
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