• Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Hurrah for Daylight Savings time!! More daylight (especially after work and school) gives us more opportunity to play, workout, work on our yards --enjoy the Lowcountry. And it gives us more sunlight reaching our eyes, thereby increasing our ability to manufacture serotonin, the sense of well-being neurotransmitter in our brains. So can I hear a big cheer???!!!

Dear Liz,

Is it possible for me more grouchy as spring approaches because of the pollen? My husband thinks I am crazy, but I think it is true. (On both our counts!)

More than sneezing

Dear “More than...”

You know I am not a medical doctor, but it is true seasonal allergies can cause the obvious symptoms including scratchy throat, eye discomfort, fatigue (which will make you grouchy) and yes, lead to what most would call a “bad mood.” Some people will show this by being extra sensitive or “touchy” while others might be more aggressive or even withdrawn. Even allergy medicines can have side effects that exacerbate these issues. If it is a lasting problem, please see your doctor. As grown-ups we shouldn’t be looking for excuses for our moods, but understanding the reasons can lead to us taking the right action to be nicer all around.

Dear Liz,

With the added daylight, I find it hard to get my kids buckled down to do homework, bathing and bedtime. They are 5,8 and 10. All boys, they want to stay out and play!!

Mean mom

Dear “mean,”

You are NOT if you are trying to keep your children on a decent schedule while still in school. It is harder for sure, because who wouldn’t want to play longer? The chance to play more (and do things like bike rides as a family, etc.) should be rewards for getting homework and chores done correctly. Children today do not, as a whole, get enough exercise and free play (like we did in the good “old” days). Get them out there for wholesome playtime!

Dear Liz,

I am a 16 year old high school student. I do well in school and sports, but I am rather shy. I would like to ask a girl in one of my classes to the prom, but am getting cold feet. We are friendly and joke around in class. Suggestions?


Dear “Scared,”

You were brave enough to write me, so I know you are brave enough to ask this gal out, especially if you already have a casual relationship in class and seem to get along. Our greatest fear is rejection. As we grow up,we have to learn to take risks despite this chance. You may want to ask her to join you at a fun activity first, maybe with a group of kids to break the ice. Sometimes people, think accepting a prom date is a serious step, and may be hesitant. You have time to get to know her better, but don’t wait too long. Baby steps, keeping it light, fun and natural will make it easier for you both. And, just ask politely. No big deal. And please, don’t send your best friend to do it like the silly shows on TV. You know what happens then (she ends up liking your best friend!). Good luck and have fun. You sound like a fine young man, and a good “catch.”

(Contact Liz via asksharpliz@gmail.com. Liz Brisacher Sharp is a Master degree level Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice with 35 years experience in mental health.)

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