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Our staff writer Bria Barton takes a deep dive into how you can reset your sleep habits for spring.
Postpartum mental health
Community members are partnering to support the mental health of new parents in the Bemidji area.
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eggs For the spring edition of inBemidji, we’ve got some alternative methods for decorating Easter eggs this season. If you’re tired of the traditional way (or the mess) of dyeing eggs at the kitchen table, these options, especially the Washi Tape Eggs, are much more appealing. For the Washi Tape Eggs, it would be beneficial to prepare some pieces of tape if children are involved and pre-rip some of it. The Feathered Eggs would be beautiful in a centerpiece basket and are quite simple to make. Both use Mod Podge, which could certainly be handled by the adult in the room, but also washes off easily. Happy Crafting!
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Put small pieces of washi tape around the eggs. If working with children, it might be easier to pre-cut some of the washi tape for them to stick on.
Work your way all around the egg until it’s fully covered. Two different sizes of washi tape help to get full coverage but isn’t necessary.
Cover the tape and eggs with Mod Podge using a foam paintbrush. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but it will help the tape stick to the egg and give it a nice glaze.
Let the Mod Podge dry for at least an hour before handling the eggs.
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Make sure the plastic egg is clean. Use the foam paintbrush to put a nice even layer of Mod Podge on the egg.
Place the feather on top of the Mod Podge. We found it easiest to use your finger to push the barbs of the feather onto the Mod Podge and then leave the fluffier part of the feather somewhat unstuck. If the feather goes on wonky, you can always use the brush to go over it with another light layer of Mod Podge.
Let the Mod Podge dry for at least an hour before handling the eggs.
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How often do you find yourself pressing your alarm’s snooze button in the morning because your bedtime came way later than you intended? What about reaching for cup after cup of caffeine just to make it through the day without a nap? If this sounds like you, you may be in need of a sleep reset. Nature hardwired us to sleep for a third of the day, meaning we spend a third of our lives sleeping. Yet, while we spend countless hours partaking in self care while awake, we don’t always ensure our unconscious minds get the same level of care as our awake selves. Some of us fall victim to “revenge bedtime procrastination,” a decision to sacrifice sleep for leisure time that is driven by a daily schedule lacking in free time. According to the National Sleep Foundation, for people in high-stress jobs that take up the bulk of their day, revenge bedtime procrastination is a way to find a few hours of entertainment even though it results in insufficient sleep. As a result, late nights followed by early mornings can lead to some pretty bad sleep deprivation, ultimately affecting our overall health. But fear not, the best remedy for sleep issues is a sleep reset to encourage healthy sleep hygiene. As we enter into spring and our bodies begin to readjust to longer days – which are ultimately busier than the winter slumber – here are some tips to reset your sleep schedule. And remember, consistency is key – it’s going to take more than a day or two of good sleep habits to see results.
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Develop a routine
Developing a stable routine to use every night to prepare for bed, along with keeping a consistent bedtime and wake-up time – including on non-working days – is crucial to healthy sleep hygiene, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Most adults need between seven to nine hours of sleep per night – however, this varies by person and can sometimes be less or more. We know our bodies better than anyone, so it’s important to be in tune with our needs and decide how much sleep truly makes us our best functioning selves. Additionally, in scheduling our bedtime and wake up times to achieve our personalized sleep number, we should also factor in time for ourselves. The first and last hour of our days have the power to make or break the hours that follow, which is why
it’s going to take more than a day or two of good sleep habits to see results.
we should be wise in how we choose to spend our time. Ideally, for the first hour of the day, we should spend it setting our agendas and goals, along with taking the time to nourish and ready our bodies for the day ahead. And for the last hour, we should spend it preparing to rest our minds and bodies. Perhaps, sip on a warm cup of chamomile tea while reading a couple chapters of a novel. During these times, it’s smart to avoid television, phones and social media because we want to be proactive, not reactive. In other words, we don’t want what we see or hear to influence our mood for the rest of the day. And at night, we don’t want our minds to be filled with thoughts that might disrupt our rest. Take these sole hours to develop morning and bedtime rituals that are geared toward positive inward focus on oneself.
Put the electronics to bed before yourself
It can be easy to get into the habit of mindlessly scrolling on our phones during the evening or even switching on the television while tucking ourselves into bed. After all, our minds have been psychologically engaged all day and the idea of relaxing with no outside influence can be a little unsettling at first. But according to the National Sleep Foundation, it’s important to stop the use of electronic devices, including cell phones, television and tablets, for at least a half-hour, and ideally longer, before bed. Not only does the blue light from screens suppress our melatonin – a hormone responsible for controlling our sleep-wake cycle – the alerting properties of the device itself (e.g. a Facebook post that
triggers our thoughts and emotions) can delay REM sleep. In essence, we need to be mindful of our screen use especially at night but also during the day, as it can negatively impact both our physical and mental health.
Invest in a pair of blue light-blocking glasses The National Sleep Foundation says prolonged use of electronic devices during the day can negatively impact our sleep too – especially among adolescents – with common effects being shorter sleep duration, longer sleep onset and more sleep deficiency. In reality, it can be easier said than done – or at least take a lengthy adjustment period – to decrease our screen time, especially if we rely on blue lightemitting electronics to do our jobs.
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But in recent years, blue lightblocking glasses have garnered popularity as the downsides of too much screen time and the upsides of proper sleep hygiene have come to light. These specialized glasses feature lenses that limit exposure to blue light, which is found in cell phones, tablets, computers, some light bulbs and sunshine. Some makers of these glasses also assert they help prevent eye strain, but the scientific jury is still out on that claim. Nevertheless, an article published in 2021 in Applied Psychology gathered data from 63 managers and found that wearing blue light glasses improved sleep quality and quantity and also improved work performance. Another small trial, published January 2019 in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, found that amber-tinted blue light glasses worn for two hours before bed improved sleep for individuals with insomnia. It helped them fall asleep faster and log a longer, higher-quality night of sleep.
Create an environment that caters to sleep Sometimes, we might be doing everything right when it comes to developing healthy sleep hygiene, but nevertheless, the sleep reset we’ve all been craving still isn’t happening. In this case, the problem may not be us, but rather, our environment. Perhaps, we have a rock hard mattress that leaves little to be desired when it comes to comfortability; or a bright flood light shines into our bedroom making it feel like daytime rather than night; or, that noisy neighbor doesn’t understand the meaning of quiet hours. Whatever the case, it’s affecting our sleep – and, in turn, our health. Therefore, creating an inviting bedroom environment that is dark and quiet and has a comfortable mattress and bedding can make going to sleep more appealing. Also, an inviting sleep space may counteract the desire to sacrifice sleep for leisure activities, the National Sleep Foundation said. n
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1. Buy a sunrise alarm clock. These clocks gradually expose our bodies to light – just as if we were organically woken up by a sunrise. According to research, they can be effective in waking us up because they tap into the body’s innate biorhythms. 2. Avoid large meals, caffeine and alcohol at night. Using stimulants and spirits, as well as having a big food brick in the stomach before bedtime are not conducive to sleep.
3. Get some exercise. Being physically active during the day can help one fall asleep more easily at night. 4. Use a white noise machine. They may help in getting a better quality night’s sleep by masking environmental or outside noises that are causing disturbed sleep. Not only can they help one get to sleep but also stay asleep, and may even help to train the brain to know when it’s time to snooze.
5. Take magnesium. Not only does the supplement encourage a sense of calmness and relaxation, it can also help regulate our circadian rhythm and reduce levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. Of course, always consult a doctor before use.
6. Use aromatherapy. Certain oils are known to have the power to lift moods, regulate emotions and improve sleep. Lavender oil is the most popular soother, but other relaxing oils for sleep include ylang-ylang, marjoram, frankincense, cedarwood, neroli and chamomile.
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BOOKMARKED For the spring edition of Bookmarked, inBemidji has partnered with Four Pines Bookstore, located in downtown Bemidji, on our seasonal selections. They’ve prepared a delightful collection of reads that will be out in March. Happy reading!
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Mothers and mental
Community members partner to support the mental health of new parents by Nicole Ronchetti
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Myths surrounding new motherhood abound. New parents are immediately filled with joy and love; bonding with the baby is simple and easy; everything is magical. Of course, while these things may happen, they certainly aren’t the only things a new parent might experience. Contrary to these happy expectations, mothers and fathers are often exhausted, stressed and overwhelmed. “There’s a lot of myths of motherhood that it’s supposed to be this joyous experience, everything is supposed to be wonderful,” said Cailee Furer, director of the Bemidji Early Childhood Collaborative, “and the truth is it’s not always like that.” Cailee recently realized just how common the struggles with postpartum mental health are when she was teaching a class for new parents. “Every single parent around that table had a story about their postpartum experience and how they had some level of depression or anxiety and didn’t even recognize it until after the fact,” Cailee explained. Around 80% of mothers experience a period known as “baby blues,” a few weeks following birth that are characterized by low moods and energy. For around one in seven women and about 25% of fathers, this can be followed by postpartum depression, which lasts longer and can have more intense feelings. 16 | in Bemidji Spring 2022
Those experiencing postpartum depression might feel sad, irritable, fearful or emotionally disconnected. Many report difficulties with sleep, obsessing over safety, or feelings of guilt and shame. There can also be “red flag” symptoms, such as thoughts of harming yourself or the baby, seeing or hearing things that aren’t there, or being unable to think or communicate clearly. If someone is showing any of these signs, it is important to seek immediate medical attention. While these experiences are incredibly common, new and expecting parents are often unprepared for these emotions and are unsure of where and how they can seek help. Even an Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialist such as Dr. Johnna Nynas at Sanford Health in Bemidji, who has worked with new and soonto-be mothers for years, found her personal experience with postpartum depression challenging. “It was a really difficult thing
to experience firsthand,” said Johnna, “and that really changed how I practice medicine and how I approach these patients.” All of these realizations led to the creation of the Postpartum Mental Health Awareness Campaign Planning Committee, a partnership of nearly a dozen organizations and businesses in the Bemidji area that support family wellness and perinatal emotional health. “When we first started it was going to be really small and simple,” said Cailee, “then we formed this committee and there was so much passion.” The project began to grow in scope, as each member of the committee brought in their own strengths and resources, all with the focus of supporting new parents. “If we’re really going to invest our efforts into supporting people and correcting some of the disparities we have in our community,” Johnna said, “then what better place to do that than with our moms?”
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One of the most important things that can help prevent or otherwise assist those experiencing postpartum depression is the existence of a strong support system for the new parents to rely on. “They can seem really put together and that’s how it looks on the outside,” Johnna said. “But on the inside that constant motion, that constant having to make sure everything is perfect, is actually a manifestation of uncontrolled anxiety.” Without a support system, new parents often take on all the stress and responsibilities of raising a child, something that can overwhelm and isolate them. It can also aggravate the challenges of postpartum depression and anxiety. This is something that Malissa Kerr, a childbirth educator and doula who specializes in perinatal mental health, sees as one of the most important facets of having a good postpartum experience. She also fears, however, that these support systems are less common than they should be.
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“One of my favorite quotes is ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ and we’ve lost our village. Our societal norms are changing.”
“We live in a society where we’re separated from our moms, our aunt, our sisters. We’re kind of on our own. (Parents) are afraid to tell people ‘this is how I’m feeling,’” Malissa explained. “They’re afraid they’ll be looked at like a bad mother who’s not doing a good enough job.” This is something Cailee and Malissa believe is a part of a larger societal trend, one that devalues the importance of extended families and the need for rest and support that new parents have. “One of my favorite quotes is ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ and we’ve lost our village,” Cailee said. “Our societal norms are changing.” New parents are expected to return to the workforce as soon as they can, and in many cases they might feel forced to because of a lack of paid parental leave. This can cause further distress to their mental health. “The lack of any sort of paid parental leave in our country contributes to a lot of the issues,” Cailee said. “Families are struggling, parents are struggling.” Malissa hopes this is something that can change, and she’s working toward bringing the focus back to caring for new parents after such a monumental life change and letting them rest. This is something she’s used other cultures to draw examples from. “We’re coming to a place where we’re separating from these old norms and trying to develop new traditions,” Malissa said, “but we’re also looking at some of these older traditions from other cultures that really embrace postpartum moms.”
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Providing help and resources The BECC committee is looking to further its mission to provide support to parents who need it. With their campaign the members are looking to not only raise awareness about postpartum mental health, but to encourage parents to seek help if they need it. “The three main things we talk about are understanding the triggers, knowing that it’s treatable and asking for help,” Malissa said. Seeking help can be difficult, especially in the realm of mental health. There can be feelings of shame or fear of judgment, but talking about experiences with postpartum depression or anxiety can be a valuable part of treatment. “I think there’s a lot of genuine fear, particularly in women,” Johnna said, “that if we admit that things aren’t OK, or things aren’t what we expected, that it’s somehow admitting failure, which is absolutely not true.” On its website, the BECC has consolidated local resources from each of their partners, as well as including national and international resources that can be accessed by parents online.
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“A big part of it is condensing those local resources onto our webpage so families can very easily look through and see what fits for them,” Cailee explained. These services offer information and support to expecting and new parents, resources for early childhood and ways to connect with people going through similar experiences. “It’s important to make our communities, our families aware of what the signs, symptoms and risk factors are,” Malissa said. A highlight of the committee’s work is
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that they can reach out to their health care providers to begin seeking help. “It’s a very brave thing to reach out for help,” said Johnna. “Sometimes that’s the hardest part of the whole process.” Meanwhile, the committee is continuing its work with plans to publish and distribute flyers and pamphlets to raise further awareness about the importance of postpartum mental health. “What I really love about the BECC is that we can come together with an idea and make something happen,” said Cailee, “and this is an example of that.” n
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by Jillian Gandsey in Bemidji editor As the days grow longer and the last few piles of snow melt away in Bemidji, some colorful feathered friends will return to our trees and feeders. Millions of birds migrate each year and some of the most beautiful land in Bemidji for the summer. A few of these birds will be easy to spot, but a couple require knowledge of habitat or certain snacks added to your feeders. Purple martins take up residency in homes built along our lakeshore each year and will be easy to find, but you’ll be extremely lucky to catch a glimpse of the majesty that is the indigo bunting hopping around in your shrubs. Lake Bemidji State Park is an excellent place for birding, as well as the bike trail along the south and east sides of Lake Bemidji. Here are seven of our favorites that you can try and spot this spring and summer around the Bemidji area.
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1 >> Eastern Bluebird <<
A popular songbird in Minnesota, eastern bluebirds will typically be spotted near fields, farmlands, golf courses and more. They nest from late March through early August and build cup-like nests in nest boxes or other cavities. To attract eastern bluebirds to a feeder, however, you’ll need to add meal worms to the mix. 22 | in Bemidji Spring 2022
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Once you hear the whistling song of a Baltimore oriole, you’ll recognize it forever. The males are a gorgeous bright orange color and females are a little more yellow. In recent summers, they’ve been spotted in Bemidji’s Diamond Point Park. To attract Baltimore orioles, add some ripe fruit such as oranges to your yard or special oriole feeders filled with sugar water supplement.
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Male indigo buntings will make you do a double take. They’re rare to spot in our area, but their brilliant blue coloring is something you won’t forget. Indigo buntings can be spotted in weedy fields and shrubby areas near trees, but also in the treetops. Small seeds such as thistle or nyjer in your bird feeders could help attract them to your backyard.
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4 >> Purple Martin <<
Purple martins are the largest of the swallow family and perform aerial acrobatics to snatch flying insects high in the sky. Purple martin houses can be found in Cameron Park, near the lakeshore by Bemidji State’s campus and other locations around Lake Bemidji. The birds get all their food in flight and also skim bodies of water to scoop some with their lower bill.
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The spring molt for the yellow-rumped warbler brings out the bright yellow, charcoal gray, black and bold white on the bird. These warblers are often perched on tree limbs, waiting to fly out and snatch an insect. To attract them to your feeder, try sunflower seeds, raisins, suet or peanut butter. Males tend to forage higher in trees than females.
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6 >> Rose-breasted Grosbeak <<
The male rose-breasted grosbeak dons a beautiful rose-red chest. The birds often visit feeders, where they’ll eat sunflower seeds, safflower seeds and raw peanuts. Female rose-breasted grosbeaks or immature males are streaked with brown and white with bold face patterns. The birds build flimsy nests and their eggs are often spotted through the bottom.
7 >> Scarlet Tanager <<
Blood-red bodies and jet-black wings and tail make the scarlet tanager a oneof-a-kind bird. They like to stay high up in trees, but their bright coloring makes them a little easier to spot. Scarlet tanagers visit many kinds of berry plants for feeding including blackberries, raspberries, huckleberries, juneberries, chokecherries, strawberries and more.
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Storebought biscuit recipes
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l a e M In the Larisa Cooks kitchen this spring season, we have four different recipes using store-bought biscuits. We’ve got a breakfast bake to begin with, two delicious savory meals — a cheeseburger casserole and a biscuit-topped chicken pot pie — and the crowd-pleasing monkey bread to round out the day with. We hope you enjoy!
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Cheeseburger Biscuit Casserole Ingredients
1 pound ground beef 1/4 cup onion, diced 1/2 cup bell pepper, diced 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce 1/2 cup ketchup 2 tablespoons yellow mustard 8 slices American cheese 1 can buttermilk biscuits (5 count)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray an 8-inch baking dish with cooking spray. In a nonstick skillet, cook beef, onion and bell pepper over medium-high heat for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently, until beef is thoroughly cooked and drain off any grease. Stir in tomato sauce, ketchup, mustard and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper and any other seasoning you like and heat until boiling. Reduce heat to simmer and cook uncovered 3 to 5 minutes stirring occasionally until thickened. Spoon half of the beef mixture into the baking dish and top with cheese slices. Top cheese with remaining beef mixture, spreading to the edge of the baking dish. Separate dough into five biscuits. Cut each biscuit into six pieces. Arrange biscuits in a single layer over the hot mixture in the casserole dish. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown and biscuits in the center of the baking dish are cooked through on the bottom.
Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit Bake Ingredients
12 eggs 4 tablespoons milk 1 cup shredded cheese 1 pound bacon 2 7.5-ounce cans buttermilk biscuits, 10 biscuits per can Salt and pepper Cooking spray
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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a skillet or in the oven, cook the bacon. While the bacon is cooking, whisk together the eggs, milk, and salt and pepper in a medium bowl. When the bacon is done, chop it into small pieces and cut the biscuits into small bite size pieces. You will use 15 biscuits total. Add half the bacon and all the cut-up biscuits into the bowl with the eggs and stir together. Pour into a lightly sprayed 13-by-9 casserole dish and spread evenly. Pop into the oven, uncovered, for 20 minutes. When the bake is done, remove from the oven and evenly distribute the shredded cheese and the rest of the bacon. Place back in the oven for 10 minutes to melt the cheese.
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s u o i c i l e d Biscuit-Topped Chicken Pot Pie
1 can eight-count large biscuits 2 tablespoons butter 1 small package frozen mixed vegetables 2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded 1-2 cups chicken broth 1 can cream of chicken soup
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large saucepan, heat the butter on medium heat. Add the vegetable mixture to the pan and saute until the veggies are tender, about 5-7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Whisk in the chicken broth and the cream of chicken soup. Let the sauce simmer for 1 minute to thicken. Season with more salt and pepper to taste and other seasonings you like. Turn off the heat and add the cooked shredded chicken to the mixture, stirring until the filling is well-combined. If the filling is too thick, stir in extra chicken broth. On a parchmentlined baking sheet, bake the biscuits for half of the time listed on the can for a “pre-bake.” Take them out of the oven. Pour the filling into a buttered 13-by-9 baking dish. Top the filling with the eight partially baked biscuits, flip them over top to bottom to ensure even baking on the other side. Bake for an additional 10 minutes, until the biscuits are golden brown and the filling is bubbly. Cool for 5 minutes before serving. 28 | in Bemidji Spring 2022
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Monkey Bread Ingredients
3 8-ounce cans refrigerated biscuits 1 cup sugar 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 cup butter 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Heavily grease a Bundt pan with butter or cooking spray. Separate biscuits and cut each one into four equal bite-sized pieces. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a plastic bag. Drop each piece of dough in the sugar-cinnamon mixture and shake around to coat. Gently arrange the cinnamonsugar biscuit pieces into the prepared pan. In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar and butter. Add 1/2 cup of the remaining sugarcinnamon mixture left in the plastic bag. Gently heat to melt butter and bring mixture just to a boil and then immediately remove from heat and add the vanilla extract. Stir until the sugars have fully dissolved. Carefully drizzle the warm mixture over the rolled dough balls in the pan. Place the pan in the center of the preheated oven and bake for about 30 minutes or until biscuits on top are golden brown. For easy removal from the pan, flip it out right away by covering the Bundt pan with a large plate and carefully turning it over.
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30 | in Bemidji Spring 2022 ANSWERS: 1) Grad missing lower left corner, 2) yellow stripe on scarf is now all red, 3) missing tassel on hat on grad in front row, 4) extra papers on ground by grad with multi-color scarf, 5) watch missing on wrist of grad with arms up, 6) extra chair in upper right corner.
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