These lyrics from the Amy Grant song “Hats” seem to capture the cry of many overworked

“One day I’m Polyester taffeta a mother, One day I’m a lover, What am I supposed to do? Workin’ for a livin’ All because I’m driven … Why do I have to wear So many things on my head?”

These lyrics from the Amy Grant song “Hats” seem to capture the cry of many overworked, overwhelmed and stressed-out people.

In the song, the word “hats” simply refers to all the different roles we must play in our everyday lives.

There is the hat of employee, parent, spouse, son or daughter, etc., etc. It might be easier if these hats could be worn one at a time; we could complete one role and move on to another. Unfortunately for most of us, we tend to wear all of our different hats in the same day, often at the same time.

TMH – a unique kind of stress

The responsibility and pressure of too many roles is a unique kind of stress. I call it Too Many Hats Syndrome. TMH syndrome can be likened to the sideshow at the circus in which a guy has several plates spinning on sticks, all at once. He has to run around constantly to make sure he keeps all of them spinning.

What are some of the characteristics of a person suffering from TMH syndrome?

She’s always doing something, rushing, rushing, rushing.

She never has enough time.

She’s not able to have fun and/or relax.

She has trouble falling asleep.

She wakes up during the night and is unable to go back to sleep.

She has a feeling of always being “on.”

She thinks she’s the only person who has so much to do.

She has the sense that if she stops and rests, everything will fall apart.

She works in bed until she turns off the lights.

She feels exhausted all the time.

She has fantasies of running away from it all.

Misinformation about stress

One of the most misleading ideas about coping with stress is that somehow we can eliminate it from our lives. If you are alive, you are experiencing some level of stress. In fact, it’s a sign that you are alive.

The main solution is in how we respond to and therefore cope with stress. Dr. James Loehr, in his book “Toughness Training for Life” has this to say: “Stress management systems usually aim at reducing stress, an unrealistic goal for most of us.” Instead, Loehr focuses on how to be “emotionally strong enough to thrive on the stress.”

Unless we win the lottery or become independently wealthy in some other way, most of us will simply have to learn how to cope with our own version of “Too Many Hats.”

Here are some suggestions for thriving on stress instead of just surviving:

Generally, the smaller the peptide (measured in Daltons), the easier the protein is to digest and absorb.

Generally, the smaller the peptide (measured in Daltons), the easier the protein is to digest and absorb.

Hydrolyzed proteins also owe their popularity to the fact that, as compared to standard proteins, they are less susceptible to denaturing (a process by which the proteins are broken into structures that the body cannot easily digest).

However, an innovative hydrolyzed protein blend called Actinase? could be changing all of this for the better. Denatured proteins are difficult to digest and difficult to metabolize. is a nutritional research firm with offices in Lafayette Hill and Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. They should be aware of the source and quality of the protein, as well.

The type and grade of protein determines how well the body will digest and assimilate it.e.  Today, however, the subject has become more complex, especially with respect to protein. The Nutrition Facts panel on product labels does not reveal the grade or even the type of protein used. Protica manufactures capsulized foods, including Profect, a compact, hypoallergenic, ready-to-drink protein beverage containing zero carbohydrates and zero fat. Whey can be used with fruity flavors because of its compatibility with acidulants such as citric acid and malic acid. Most proteins on the market fall into this category.  As such, more people than ever before are reading the Nutrition Facts panel on product labels to truly understand what is in their food[i].

However, where one problem has been solved, another has emerged. Though the specific type and grade of protein used in a product is not captured on the Nutrition Facts or Supplement Facts panel of a product, it is an important distinction.  Because of its molecular structure, Actinase is very dense. Forty grams of Actinase can be dispersed in less than three fluid ounces of water, with a viscosity no thicker than tomato juice. Manufacturers may use whey, soy, caseinate and other protein types to fortify their products with protein. In other words, Actinase allows manufacturers to add more protein to their product without adding the thickness (or, viscosity) normally associated with protein fortification. Hydrolyzed proteins are derived from complete proteins oftentimes through an enzymatic process of breaking down the tyvek paper protein into smaller constituents called peptides.  It is also good news for consumers who want to ingest a good source of protein, but not necessarily taste it, since Actinase has a neutral taste and aroma.

Felted wool is indispensable in our daily lives worldwide.

Felted wool is indispensable in our daily lives worldwide. We wear it, we create with it and we protect ourselves and the things we love with it. How did we get from shearing a sheep to creating such a multi useful fabric? Let’s start with what is this thing called felt?

Felting is the process of boiling wool fibers and applied pressure. The boiling process and pressure makes the fibers entangle and interlock together which forms a matted wool fabric. This process makes the felted fabric strong and durable, resistant to tearing and changing of shape, while still retaining the original properties of the wool. This article discusses the history of felted wools as well as its uses throughout time. Let’s get started.

History: When and where was it discovered and used?

It’s been said that early man used fur pelts to keep themselves protected from the elements. Using the fur against their bodies, it heated up from perspiration and the fur began to matte, thus creating the earliest known felt. While others believe that felting was discovered by Saint Clement. The fourth bishop of Rome in 100 A.D. discovered felt accidentally whilst running from his enemies. He wrapped wool around his feet to protect them from the rocky, uneven surfaces, when he arrived at his safe destination; the wool had been heated up from perspiration and had matted together creating a tough durable fabric and the first application of felted wool which was shoes. Whatever history you believe, there is a rich history to the beginnings of felted wools.

Archeologist’s uncovered stone burial chambers in Siberia which contained felt fragments. These fragments were made from both course and fine sheep’s wool to make everything from rugs and cushions, to socks and shawls. These ancient Siberians had even dyed their felted fabrics into distinct patterns and artistic designs.

Also, archeologists discovered the practice of felt making was used by the nomadic people of Central and Northern Asia throughout the centuries to present day. It’s said that they used the matted fibers for rugs, tents and clothing.

Felted wool uses today:

Felt is used today all over the world in many different industries. Everything from cars to home construction felt is the natural element that binds us and our environment together.

Automotive-Used to dampen sound and vibrations between metal panels, keep dirt away from joints, and to protect the body from the elements. It is also a natural insulator, thus is used to insulate the inside of the car to the exposed outside elements.

Musical instruments- Felt creates better sound quality. It protects metal cymbals from their stands, as well as creating a better cleaner pitch. Pianos use felt to protect and dampen the wooden keys, creating a truer, dampened sound. Felts other properties of denseness and springiness creates the overall tone of the piano’s sound. Accordions, guitars, violins, basses and many other instruments all use felt for these same qualities.

Entertainment-Felt sticks to itself naturally, which allows it to be used to tell stories with felt cut outs for children. It can be used for stuffed animals and puppets, as well as soft toys. Felt is also the foundation of billiard tables to cover and protect the slate surface, as well as provide a durable and even surface for the marble ball to glide across.

Clothing and accessories- Felt hats have long been the mainstay of fashion and function. From fedoras to bowlers, felted hats can be formed into any size and style desired. Wool does not naturally cling to the skin like cottons, nylons and other poly blends. This means the woolen fibers allow for air circulation, leading to its comfort of wear. Wool is absorbent to water, but also has the ability to release moisture. Think again about sheep, the moisture does not get trapped against the skin, but instead gets whisked away from the skin. This prevents the clammy, cold feeling you get when you sweat in other types of fibers.

Felted wool suits are used in the fashion industry because it’s durability as well as the ease at which one can design new styles. Overcoats, scarves, purses, gloves and mittens, felted wool can withstand and surpass any synthetic fiber. Felted wools can be easily trimmed with leathers and suedes for fashion and function purposes. It mixes well tyvek paper between different wool blends lending to the softness and comfort of cashmere and angora felted wools.

Art- Textile art and design has its roots in felting because of its vast qualities, and its ability to retain its structure regardless of cutting and dying. From 3D felted structures, as well as 2D wall hangings and floor coverings. From abstract to surreal to ecological art work, its ability to retain it’s desired structure as well as its natural ability to take on any color with ease lends to the artist the perfect base for creating.

The uses of felted wools are ongoing. We are now looking to its natural properties to further the environmental movement. Environmentally and ecologically, felted wools can be re-used many times over and still retain its qualities. The future of this great fiber is only limited only by our creativity. I can’t wait to see what’s next.