Health Is Vital

Health is taken for granted, until you can't any more. In this blog I hope to put down on paper some of the articles I come across and want to remember, about health. I will be personalizing these articles to apply to me. I am diabetic, over weight, have high blood pressure and tinnitus, so these are the things you will find here. I will include nutrition, exercise, and holistic health, and many other ideas. I work in the health profession, particularly mental health, and have an interest in suicide prevention; so these topics will also be covered in this blog. Please, if you are suffering reach out. Our county health and crisis line is 1-855-278-4204.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Salt Lake's Answer to Homelessness

What do people think of Salt Lake's answer to homelessness.  The ask that you not give to panhandlers, but to organizations that help the homeless.  I wonder if it has had any effect on the homeless.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Reflective Leadership: Reflective Supervision

Attended this training while I was doing the supervision curriculum.  It was presented by Maretta Juarez.  Just a few ideas I gleaned from the training.  "We do not learn from experience...we learn from reflecting on experiences" John Dewey.
Reflection is:
Stepping back from the immediate, intense experience to think about what it really means.
Examining our thoughts and feelings about experiences. 
Important skills include self awareness, careful observation and flexible responses.  Elements of reflective practice are relationships and development, parallel thinking, awareness, perspective taking, not knowing and collaborative stance.
Intended impact of reflective practice are: improved outcomes, improved program quality, improved clinical practice, and reflective practice and activities.

Holiday Stress, Mindfulness and Holiday Tradition

Helpful Holiday Resources
The holidays can often be filled with stress and pressure, leading to fatigue and withdrawal. It may seem ironic that the holiday season, which is supposed to cheer us up and bring us together, ends up stressing us out. Why does this happen? Well, our brains are hard at work trying to help us survive the chaos of the busy season. So, we’ve put together some helpful holiday resources to help you manage and even enjoy the holidays!

Be Mindful
  • One way to break the cycle of stress is through mindfulness. Mindfulness is about being interested and paying attention to what is happening in our bodies and minds in any one moment. By being aware of our experiences, rather than distracting ourselves and pretending we are not facing anxiety, we can learn to address our feelings as they come up.
  • We can train our brains to reduce anxiety that can disconnect us from our family and friends. We can even tap into the very process that drives behavior: our natural reward-based learning system. Here’s how: instead of fighting our brains, or forcing ourselves to try to not be anxious during the holidays, be mindful and really pay attention to what you are doing.
  • Curiosity is a powerful tool for taming stress and anxiety. What happens when we get curious? We notice that the feelings of stress and anxiety are simply made up of body sensations—and that these sensations come and go. We notice what is happening in our experience from moment to moment – a deeper level of mindfulness. By substituting the behavior of distraction, worry, or comparison with curiosity, we’ve hacked our brain’s reward-based learning process. Curiosity feels good and is readily available – it’s just a matter of tapping into our own capacity and noticing the reward right in that moment.
So, in preparation for the holidays, take a few moments every day to train your brain to be mindful. Whenever you notice that you’re beginning to get stressed or anxious, take a moment to be aware of what’s happening in your body and mind right in that moment. Be curious.
Credit: (Judson Brewer)

Define Your Holiday Traditions
  • Talk to older family members or friends – Ask relatives about past holidays and events. Reviving these memories could link generations together and revive forgotten traditions.
  • Savor edible traditions – Food is an essential part to many holidays, and the sense of smell is powerfully connected to memory. The wonderful aromas of decadent desserts or delicious dishes evoke memories of special days. Ask family or friends to share their favorite recipes to keep the memories going.
  • Recall family origins – Research the traditions and foods of your ancestors, and find ways to incorporate them into your own celebrations. Members of your family will gain a sense of their own unique heritage that can be preserved for future generations.
  • Record new memories – Keep traditions alive and remembered by keeping a “holiday journal”. Immediately after the holidays, briefly note how you celebrated, who was there, what you ate, where you went, etc. and capture a few moments on camera – but be sure to enjoy the moment as well!
  • Keep it simple – Traditions should be fun, and not overly time-consuming or expensive.
This year, take a few moments to define your family’s traditions and make a special effort to preserve them. Your family and friends will thank you for it!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Helmet Safety: Protect Your Head

This flyer comes from Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.  Wearing a helmet is so important when riding--bicycle, skateboard, skating scooter.  Brain injury can lead to death, but also permanent disability.  This flyer also addresses the proper wearing of the helmet.  I didn't realize what the difference in helmets meant, or how to wear the helmet correctly.  ALso tossing the helmet after four years, or earlier if it has been in a crash, and no used helmets. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Calorie Busters

This little article is from the magazine Health.Com.  I like most of these little ideas.  However a couple really jump out at me.  Taking the stairs is easy, but also hard in its own way.  However it is a good idea for burning calories fast.  I like doing chores.  A half hour of chores can burn 120 calories.  A good suggestion is doing cardio while waiting for things in the kitchen, such as the microwave or toast or cooking.  Taking t.v. binges are smarter if you exercise 15 minutes before.  I also like active dates, but don't have a regular partner for exercise. 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Safety in a Construction Area

There has been construction going on at the hospital for many years.  It seems construction will be with us for the next several years as well.  The hospital is being taken down, and rebuilt one section at a time.  Came across this interesting poster of safety clothing for construction workers.