Connie Mooregeese feeding in winter

Toxic Limit Value is the maximum amount of exposure one agent has against another before trouble occurs. In humans, that translates to cabin fever during the month of January.

In the work world, the t.l.v. is labeled and sent out as a Material Safety Data Sheet. Attached to any chemical-based product or available from the manufacturer, this sheet applies even to something as simple as dish liquid used in a restaurant.

Too bad that a M.S.D.S. doesn’t come with the marriage license. A lot of grief could be avoided when cabin fever sets in and the two people who otherwise are a happy couple begin to reach their t.l.v. and have no clue how to avoid a meltdown.

My husband and I have learned four tips for avoiding that meltdown and bringing some calm to an otherwise irritable, quirky, grumpified day. (Yes, I made up that last descriptive word. It was all I could think of on a day before we came to terms with the whole t.l.v. thing.)

First, and best by far, is to get out of the house. Be outdoors. Bundle up and step outside. Walk around the yard. Walk to the mailbox and back. Walk around the block. This activity can be done solo or together. Fresh air can revive any sour attitude. It can wash out hurt feelings. It can clear the air of toxic negativity. If both agree, find a park or walking path nearby and stretch forward until muscles and brain cells are filled with oxygen.

1/15/2016 11:52:45 AM

Your comfort foods sound wonderful and like sure problem-solvers! Thanks for sharing your great tips for beating those winter blues that can take over without us realizing it. Cheryl @ Pasture Deficit Disorder

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