Substance use and mental illness can be uncomfortable topics to discuss. That’s why National Recovery Month is a great way to get the conversation going. Millions of people across the nation have turned their lives around with treatment, and that’s not something to hide.
It’s easy to drop the ball on good health from time to time. The good news is that each day offers a fresh start, so time to “spot-check” where you stand with your overall fitness – especially with flu season just around the corner:
There is always dialogue about increasing and maintaining physical activity for better overall health. Staying active, plus a healthy diet; a good night’s sleep; less stress; a go-to support system of family and friends; more work-life balance; avoiding excess alcohol (no more than a daily glass of red wine or less); and not smoking, with a dash of all of the other preventive measures (inclusive of consulting your doctor), equals the right recipe for staying on track to becoming fit. And if you’ve got an existing condition like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or obesity (as well as diabetes), it’s time to gain and maintain control of those loose cannons as well, to reduce risks of heart disease, heart attack, or stroke down the road.
Life is a balancing act (in a three-ring circus, it can sometimes seem – whether at home, at work, or, yes, most times, both!). The change of seasons means a flurry of new activities and schedules, plus holiday planning, entertaining and shopping bearing down.
You excel at work, routinely seeing projects through successfully. Now how about project-managing your work stress in the same way?
For some parts of the country, it’s hurricanes. For others, it may be mudslides, snow storms or tornadoes. No matter what weather might come your way, the question is:
What can I do to keep my family safe?
Remember the mantra, “be prepared” from your scouting days? Having a first aid kit at the ready (at home, in the car or in your travel bag) is the way to be just that, if an accident (or bad allergic reaction) occurs.
Hey, life happens. If only we could all acknowledge when day-to-day challenges sometimes push us a little too far. We’ve all been there; the day starts out with promise, we rise, we shine, and are raring to go. Then, we get stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic, our drive-through coffee order is all wrong, and a can’t-miss meeting gets moved up, right in the middle of some long- anticipated time off. It’s a ripple effect of a day gone wrong.
Bullying was once considered a childhood rite of passage. Today, however, bullying is recognized as a serious problem. To help your child or teenager handle bullying, learn to recognize it – and understand how to respond.