Jennifer Almand from Northside Psychological Services is here to give you her best advice on lifting a bad mood.

Jennifer Almand from Northside Psychological ServicesWhat can trigger a bad mood?

Stressing out about things outside of your control. A bad mood can also be caused by insecurities that arise from worrying about how other people perceive and pre-judge you. Try not to compare your accomplishments to others.

What is an easy way to elevate your mood?

Change what you can control. Listen to positive music, close your eyes and visualize a relaxing spring afternoon, think positive thoughts, or clean your house.

What saying puts you in a better mood?

“You are not responsible for other people’s happiness.”

Where do you go to improve your mood?

I prefer to spend time outdoors with my friends and family. A few favorites include Piedmont Park, Atlanta BeltLine, Stone Mountain, and Roswell Old Mill Park. Also, I find yoga is a great tool to boost my mood.

When all else fails, where can you go for help?

I suggest calling a friend who is positive and uplifting. Close your eyes and take some deep breaths. Remind yourself of things you have to appreciate in life. You cannot change the past, but you can change your behavior in the future. Also, remember that you can control your mood; you do not have to let your mood control you.


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Putting off retirement may protect you from developing dementia. A recent French study shows the risk of developing dementia is lowered by 3.2 percent with each additional year of work.

–Courtesy of INSERM (French National Institute of Health and Medical Research)

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Best Self Atlanta healthcare panel discussion eventThe Healthcare Exchange, the Health Insurance Marketplace, and the Affordable Care Act are all hot topics right now–everyone’s trying to better understand the upcoming changes to our current healthcare system. We began breaking down this topic in our September article (which you can read here). Basically, on October 1, open enrollment begins, and health insurance will be available to many who could not previously afford it or who were being denied coverage. Other changes may be in the works, too, though. So what does this mean for you? Come to our breakfast event to find out!

On September 25 at Villa Christina, Best Self Atlanta is hosting a panel discussion to help you understand what the healthcare changes mean for you, your family, and your business. Our expert panel is comprised of: Trey Sivley from the Georgia Department of Insurance, Michael Parker from Thrive Advisory Group, Kirk McGhee from Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, Eric Haglund from Georgia Benefits, Dr. Jeffrey Gallups from the ENT Institute, and Keith Daniel from HLB Gross Collins.

Tracye Hutchins, emcee of Best Self Atlanta's Healthcare Panel DiscussionThe emcee for the event will be Tracye Hutchins from CBS Atlanta, who has over 20 years of news coverage experience. She will pose questions to our experts, and then we’ll open up the floor for an audience Q & A. You’ll leave with your questions answered and with a much better understanding of the upcoming healthcare changes.

Email to reserve your spot at this event, since you won’t want to miss these experts’ comprehensive and easy-to-understand information. We hope to see you there!

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New Atlanta Gym Dyno Fitness & TrainingDan Heller and Khalil Griffin have recently opened the new Dyno Fitness & Training facility in Atlanta. This unique space offers young athletes the chance to practice their skills. It includes an indoor turf field for soccer, football and lacrosse practice, a rotating rock climbing wall, and a game area. While the kids get fit, parents can enjoy the indoor track, golf swing room, cardio machines, free weights, and the many fitness classes Dyno offers. Another unique element Dyno Fitness offers is homework tutoring classes for kids.

Details: 3752 DeKalb Industrial Parkway, Atlanta, GA, (404) 725-8676,

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Atlanta Flywheel’s Erika Carter is here to give you her best advice on lifting a bad mood.

Erika Carter from Atlanta FlywheelWhat can trigger a bad mood?

A lack of sleep and poor nutrition can be the biggest mood triggers. Not getting enough sleep can lead to being irritable as well as higher stress levels. These factors can lead to bad choices in nutrition such as overeating or choosing junk food.

What is an easy way you can elevate your mood?

It’s as easy as stepping foot outside your door. Walk outside, take several breaths of fresh air and smile. Smiling can change your mood, relieve stress, and release endorphins.

What saying puts you in a better mood?

My grandfather used to say, “Everything happens for a reason.” Sometimes we have to realize that bad things happen so that even better things can come along.

Where do you go to improve your mood?

Pretty much anywhere I can work out, whether it be outside for a run or to Flywheel. I’m so passionate about teaching that it is an instant pick-me-up! I love the positive energy my students give me.

When all else fails, where can you go for help?

Turn to the people who know you best. They know your ins and outs, and they know what to say to get your mood pointing in the right direction.

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Best Self Atlanta's Healthy Living Expo 2013

The 2013 Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk is almost here! Best Self Atlanta’s Healthy Living Expo at the event now includes a stage for Atlanta’s fitness and wellness experts to show you what they’re all about. Don’t miss fitness demos of QiForze from Concourse Athletic Club, an appearance by Olympian Lee Haney, functional training demonstrations from House of Payne, or the unique Surfset Fitness and Orangetheory Fitness workouts. Thrive Retreat will also be there demonstrating Laughter Yoga. Kim Vaughn, our 2013 Over 40 & Fabulous! winner, will bring local pageant titleholders to the stage, and The Joint will provide information about chiropractic treatment. In between these demos and presentations, there will also be plenty of prize giveaways, including some great prize packages from Best Self! So, as you gear up for the Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk, be sure to plan on hanging out at our Expo for these fun health and wellness activities. See you there!

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Harley Anti-Aging Institute’s Dr. Sharon Bent-Harley is here to give you her best advice on how to lift your mood.

Dr. Sharon Bent-Harley from Harley Anti-Aging InstituteWhat can trigger a bad mood?

Hormone imbalance due to perimenopause, menopause, or andropause, including stress, can impact the functioning of our hormones and subsequently, our mood.

What is an easy way to elevate your mood?

Eliminating processed foods from our diet can greatly reduce the toxins that build up in our body. This takes the stress off the digestive system and lets our body focus on producing proper hormone levels. Besides replacing our hormones naturally, exercise also improves our mood.

What saying puts you in a better mood?

Practice saying “I feel great!” Positive thinking projects improved self-esteem.

Where do you go to improve your mood?

I take time out for meditation. Restorative yoga or Tai Chi are also great mood enhancers that I practice.

When all else fails, where can you go for help?

See a qualified healthcare provider that specializes in hormone balancing. It is important to be evaluated because there can be subtle changes that might not be considered a traditional medical illness or disease. People are being treated for depression with medications and may have alternative options for natural therapy.

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Clark Howard Living Large for the Long HaulClark Howard’s new book “Clark Howard’s Living Large for the Long Haul” reviews the economic recession through personal testimonies of people who came through it successfully. This book will reveal opportunities to take advantage of and will help you make smart decisions that will raise your chances for financial stability in the future. $15.85


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Sean O'Keefe Atlanta Chef Under the Fig TreeEach Sunday from September 8 to October 20, chef, event planner, and Best Self’s Over 40 & Fabulous! top 10 contest winner Sean O’Keefe will host Under the Fig Tree. This unique event offers you the chance to enjoy nature’s bounty in the most logical place: outside! Under the Fig Tree is an outdoor cooking class complete with grills, smokers, and a tented dining room. Taste seasonal flavors and fresh ingredients with groups of up to 20.


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Allstate 13.1 Marathon AtlantaOn October 6, lace up your sneakers for the annual Allstate Life Insurance Atlanta 13.1 Marathon. This exciting race starts in Town Brookhaven and each runner will receive a commemorative medal at the finish line, as well as being eligible for age group awards. Following the race, there will be live entertainment and an awards ceremony. All participants and spectators are invited to join the after-party.

Details: 4330 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, GA,,


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