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Routine Health & Self-Care - Working Healthy Strategies Into Your Life

October 2019

For most people these days multitasking isn’t a skill, it’s a fact of life. This usually translates into things such as eating lunch at your desk or talking on the phone with a colleague while going for a walk. The demands of work and home practically require us to mesh personal activities with responsibilities. If that sounds like your life, consider the usefulness of incorporating important health strategies, things that help you feel better and think more positively, into your daily routine. You already know how to do this — you just need to make it happen.


Meditate Between Tasks

There are times during the day when you have 10 or 15 minutes before a meeting or phone conference starts. It’s not really enough time to launch into something substantial, but it’s enough time to relax and get your mind off deadlines and quotas for just a little while before you get really busy again. Practice meditation during those interludes; treat them like five-minute mini-breaks, an opportunity to free your thoughts and feelings and think about nothing.


Meditation is a healthy way to shut down and focus on something positive, and it can rejuvenate your thought processes. Letting your brain rest for a bit can help make you more creative at problem-solving and brainstorming, which are so important to your performance at work.


Annual Exam

Health care — taking full advantage of your care providers’ expertise — is crucial for a healthy lifestyle, especially as we grow older. It’s important to share symptoms with your physician, even if they seem insignificant, in case preventative treatment becomes necessary. If you’re an older adult concerned about the cost of a wellness exam, don’t worry about it: Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans cover the cost of annual wellness visits. Medicare Advantage plans from providers like UnitedHealthcare also cover dental care, which is crucial because oral health is closely tied to cardiovascular and gut health.


Tech Help

There are plenty of gadgets on the market these days designed to help you relax. For example, switch on a white noise machine at work when the day turns hectic, or use a sturdy pair of noise-canceling headphones when you really need to relax free of distractions. A good foot massager is another great way to relax, as it helps to relieve soreness and tightness after hours in high heels or stiff dress shoes provides relief at the end of the day. Hang out the “Do Not Disturb” sign, shut your office door, and give your tired feet a badly needed massage break.


Make Time to Laugh

Laughter is an excellent way to recalibrate your thoughts and refresh your perspective. It’s a proven-effective stress reliever, triggering endorphins that make you feel good, and it doesn’t require a big time investment. Dial up your favorite skits from Saturday Night Live or a stand-up routine by your favorite comedian and let them play when you start feeling overwhelmed or frustrated. Don’t hold it in. Laugh out loud — even if there are other people around — and allow yourself to experience the pleasure laughter confers on both mind and body.


Meaningful Downtime

When you finally do get a few minutes to yourself, engage in an enjoyable activity that benefits your brain. There’s nothing wrong with “quality” self-care, something that boosts knowledge and brain power like reading, watching a documentary on a favorite subject, or pursuing a simple hobby, such as journaling or working a crossword puzzle.

Incorporating good health habits is important to your mental and physical well-being. The busier you are, the more you need those habits. So, find ways to work them into your jammed-up days, even if that means drawing on your multitasking expertise to do it.


Submitted by,

Jennifer McGregor


References:

https://www.verywellmind.com/practice-5-minute-meditation-3144714

https://www.medicareadvantage.com/unitedhealthcare/unitedhealthcare-medicare-advantage-plans

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/dental/art-20047475/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=housecall

https://www.yourbestdigs.com/reviews/best-white-noise-machine/

https://www.rtings.com/headphones/reviews/best/by-feature/active-noise-cancelling

https://gadgets-reviews.com/review/226-best-foot-massagers.html

https://www.sharecare.com/health/stress-reduction/can-lauhter-relieve-stress

https://www.cambridgebrainsciences.com/more/articles/book-smarts-the-brain-benefits-of-reading

https://blogs.psychcentral.com/imperfect/2017/05/journaling-to-help-reduce-stress-and-anxiety/ 

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How Regain Health and Wellness in Your Senior Years

April 2019

As we enter retirement age, many of us are excited at the prospect of more time to ourselves, more flexibility and a renewed sense of control in our lives. However, it’s this time when we start to notice more age-related decline. We move slower, our bones pop a little more when we stand up, and certain activities take us longer. This story is typical for many seniors, but it doesn’t have to be. Before you accept the misconception that good health is hard to attain at your age, take these six actions.


Make nutrition a priority

Your body will fail you if you let it, but it will function optimally if you take care of it. Eating clean, nutritious meals can be the key to longevity if you’re an otherwise healthy individual. Even if you are pre-diagnosed or predisposed to certain conditions, you can delay or manage disease with proper nutrition. Be sure to get the right calorie allotment so that you’re eating enough to stay healthy. Eat whole foods in the form of vegetables, fresh fruit, whole grains, lean protein, low-fat dairy, and healthy. Drink plenty of water, avoid sugar and alcohol, and skip the processed and preserved food.


Give your gut attention

Your overall diet and your gut health can affect your moods as well as your physical condition. Research shows that when you pay attention to your gut health by feeding it fermented foods or probiotics, you could see an improvement in your mood. Other than improving your happiness, a healthy gut can also lead to a stronger immune system, better skin, and reduced bloating.


Focus on fitness

You don’t need to be an athlete, but light physical activity can do wonders for your physical and mental health. Exercise can help you lose weight, build strength, increase energy and balance, prevent diseases, improve bone and joint strength, and build your immune system. In addition to the physical benefits of exercise, it can also improve your confidence and moods, alleviate stress, and fight depression. If you’re concerned about injuring yourself during a workout, start with low-impact, low-intensity exercises. No activity is too small, and every bit of movement helps.


Get some sleep

Sleep can be just as important to your health as diet and exercise. Getting enough rest every night leads to improvements in weight, energy, moods, concentration, focus, and immunity. Sleep is restorative and rejuvenating. Get into the habit of sleeping at the same time every night. Set up a relaxing bedtime routine with decaffeinated tea, a warm bath, and a book. Meditate at night to release stress and bring your mind to a state of calmness. Give yourself at least seven hours to sleep uninterrupted.


Hire help around the house

As we age, it can become difficult to regularly maintain a house, not to mention that you’ve earned this time to do other things. For the more physical jobs around the house, especially lawn mowing and deep cleaning, consider outsourcing help for this work. You don’t have to spend a fortune either. An interior house cleaning in Lawrenceville only averages around $172, but depending on the size of your home, it could be less. Think of it as an investment in your mental and physical health.


Find joy in activities

Socializing and hobbies have an impact on your well-being and quality of life. If you gave up personal hobbies and interests to care for family for many years, then it’s time to find you again. Go back to the things you love: collecting records, creating new recipes, taking walks by the lake, drawing, or writing your memoir. Find new activities to enjoy with new friends, reconnect with old friends, or spend time with kids and grandkids.

It doesn’t take much to put your health first. And now is the perfect time to make it a priority. Your golden years are not the time to worry about career or raising a family. Your health and happiness are all that matter now.


Submitted by

Jason Lewis, Founder 

http://strongwell.org


proper nutrition - https://linwoodshealthfoods.com/ie/2014/04/30/how-healthy-foods-help-to-ward-off-disease/


calorie allotment  - http://www.shieldhealthcare.com/community/nutrition/2012/07/10/nutrition-over-70-a-guide-to-senior-dietary-needs/


gut health - https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/what-is-gut-health-a-complete-guide


improvement in your mood - https://plexusworldwide.com/sunnyshare/trust-your-gut/microbiome-gut-health-affects-mood


mental health - https://psychcentral.com/blog/7-unexpected-mental-health-benefits-of-exercising/


low-impact - https://www.asccare.com/best-low-impact-exercises-seniors/


sleeping at the same time - https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/good-nights-sleep#good


$172 - https://www.homeadvisor.com/tloc/Lawrenceville-GA/Cleaning-one-time-service/


socializing - https://www.seniorly.com/resources/articles/socialization-and-its-importance-to-seniors

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How Relationships Reflect Who We Are

January 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!

     You made it to another year. Things are starting to settle down and the festivities have ended. Everyone is making resolutions on what they plan to change. It might be eating healthier, working out, getting to work earlier, developing a consistent spiritual practice...The possibilities are endless.

     Let's focus on relationships. I'm sure many of you saw all the memes on IG, FB and Twitter about ending toxic friendships, releasing the baggage of 2018 and starting new. Here's the thing, why wait until January to start over? We have the ability to start over any time we want.

     I'm a strong believer in the Law of Attraction. We learned in school that like attracts like and opposites repel each other. Imagine, if you spent your time focusing and talking about all the things you desire in life rather than constantly complaining about how things aren't going the way you want them to. I know it's a HUGE challenge; I'm human. There are moments when my ego and feelings get the best of me too so I understand. 

     Every relationship is a reflection of who we are. They reflect our development as spiritual beings living on a physical plane. Complaining, bickering, acting petty, passive aggressive behavioral patterns keep us trapped in a loop of negativity. That creates toxicity in our aura which draws toxic people and situations to us. 

     As Creators, recognize the power of your thoughts and words you speak into existence. Thinking only positive thoughts is a challenge for anyone. It is about finding harmony in yourself and envisioning the life you truly desire. Like I said in my IG video today, be the change you want to see. If you desire more intimacy and passion, be passionate. If you want more happiness, be happy. Sing, dance, be joyful. Do all those things with an open heart and see how quickly your life and those around you change.

     Make sure to follow me on IG, Twitter and Facebook @blacklatinayogi.