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False ME38 Lindsey Listens! Written by Lindsey Bateman, Editor of Life & Health Some people go to the end of the earth to find happiness, health, and clarity of life. I must say, surrounding myself with the people and things that I truly adore have in- turn created harmony in my own personal existence. Welcome to the Lindsey Listens section of MEME2 Magazine! As an Editor and writer of Health and Life, I pride my own life by living healthy and happy with each new day. I take pleasure in reaching out to others who embrace such values. I enjoy writing and editing passionate works on well- being and healthy focuses. I vow to my readers to take a stance on healthy issues and to create awareness of living life in the most fulfilling ways possible. Through research and experience I have come to the reality; Life and health are measured by love and happiness. With this thought in mind, I promise ( with the best of my ability), to listen to questions and concerns that arise in every day life from YOU the reader. I also make a pact to educate you while voicing my own personal opinion on a variety of health-related subjects. I hope that you will enjoy reading my continuous column, Lindsey Listens! And please feel free to put in your two cents by e- mailing: lindsey. bateman@ meme2magazine. com, because I will be listening! Lindsey, I work all the time during the week and I find myself unable to relax on the weekends. I normally resort to cleaning the house or bringing my work from the office home. How do I relax and enjoy my weekend time without working? * Anxious Dear Anxious, I completely understand your concern in regards to relaxation on the weekends. Many people find it difficult to unwind after a hectic work week. But there is great news: Hope is out there! Whenever I find myself stressing over issues such as these I relax with a nice therapeutic massage or pampering day at my local salon. On days where I need an extra boost I discover joy in a lovely pedicure session. After speaking with many podiatrists across the nation, I have found, “ Applying pressure to over 30 muscles in the foot rids stress and tension from the mind and body.” But who can afford pedicures every weekend? Yoga is a great way to de- stress the mind of unnecessary worry while also providing exercise to the entire body. But if you are not up for yoga, you could try taking a walk in the park, or even calling a close friend for conversation. Good luck! For Real

False ME39 Lindsey, I currently am a full- time student at the University of Maryland. I spend most of my evenings and late nights studying for exams and writing papers. I end up falling asleep during my study sessions. I was wondering if sleeping in my contacts is really that bad for my eyes? I have heard mixed opinions, but I would gratefully appreciate yours! * Eager Dear Eager, I wear contacts and I feel for you as I am up late hours typing articles and editing papers. It has come to my awareness that wearing your contacts to bed is extremely bad for the eyes. I believe that this is a critical period in which bacteria and fungus may enter the eyes. According to Science Daily, “ The University of Manchester study found that wearers who failed to remove their lenses before bedtime had an increased risk of developing keratitis ( an inflamed infection) than those who routinely took out their lenses before going to sleep.” The research also found that the type of contact lens worn had a significant effect on a person’s chances of developing a severe infection. In my personal experience, ordering “ extended wear” contacts has helped with the risks of infections in the eyes. Maybe you could try these or possibly look into purchasing glasses! Lindsey, My wedding is fastly approaching and I have been eating healthier to fit into my dress. However, ever since I started watching my food intake and making healthier choices I have noticed my hair is breaking drastically and becoming quite dull! Is there anything that I can do to make my special day “ picture perfect”? * Desperate Dear Desperate, Congrats on the big day approaching! It is wonderful that you are eating healthier and watching your diet. However, symptoms of hair damage and dullness could stem from the cause of under eating. According to Holistic Online, “ Hair loss occurs when the diet is inadequate in the B vitamins - especially B6, biotin, inositol and folic acid; and the minerals magnesium, sulfur and zinc. B vitamins, especially B5 ( pantothenic acid) and B3 ( niacin), are especially important for hair growth and strengthening damaged hair. Certain essential amino acids are also found to control the thinning and thickening of hair.” If you decide to take a vitamin for this issue, you should consult with a professional. I believe if you are making an effort to eat properly and condition your hair regularly then the dullness and damage will diminish over time. I hope this helps! Lindsey, So I am in a bit of a bind. I am 22 years old and I am about to graduate from college this semester. My boyfriend and I have been in a serious and strong relationship since the first year of college. Do you have any advice on whether or not we should move in together? I live in a wealthy area and the rent is too expensive to manage on my own. Do you think this will ruin us? * Confused Dear Confused, I am sorry to hear that you are struggling with the inevitable concern of moving in with your boyfriend before marriage. From my understanding, this question has been asked by many young people once taking the next step in their relationship. Although I do not have the perfect answer, I believe that unless a higher commitment is agreed in the relationship, then moving in together could be a disaster. However, I also feel that the newer generation is changing older traditions such as living together before marriage and making them more appealing and meaningful. Common “ wisdom” says that living together in a “ trial marriage” is a good way to determine if couples are compatible before marriage. There have actually been numerous studies that have examined whether living together before marriage is a good idea. The data from the Journal of Marriage and the Family shows, “ people who have multiple cohabiting relationships before marriage are more likely to experience marital conflict, marital unhappiness, and eventual divorce than people who do not cohabit before marriage”. However, some individuals believe that living together before marriage helps to better understand and value their relationship, while helping with finances in an expensive environment. All in all, do what you believe is best for you! Maybe you could make a list of pros and cons? Or talk with friends and loved ones. Just a suggestion. Have a question for Lindsey? She’s listening! Email her at lindsey. bateman@ meme2magazine. com