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April is Stress Awareness Month*

Stress awareness month has been held every April, since 1992. During this annual thirty day period, health care professionals and health promotion experts across the country join forces to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic.
Over the last few decades, a rising tide of studies has demonstrated the value of regularly engaging in activities that blunt the stress response in one way or another, from meditation to yoga to strenuous physical activity. Since the stress response begins in the brain with the perception of danger or the unknown, researchers now believe that the most basic, and likely most effective, way to defuse stress is to change perception of certain types of situations so that they are not seen as stressful in the first place. Studies show that helping people see certain experiences—such as final exams—as demanding rather than dire, protects individuals from the corrosive effects of stress while delivering its positive effects. This effects changes such as focused attention and speedier information processing. Changing the stress mindset not only minimizes the effects of stress, studies show, but it also enhances performance and productivity.

*For more information visit:

www.mayoclinic.org

www.psychologytoday.com

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April Fool’s Day

The History of April Fool’s Day

The true origins of April Fool’s Day remains a mystery to historians. There are a handful of theories as to how this goofy holiday came to be. Stories of April Fool’s Day date back to 1582, when the French were changing from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563. Under the new calendar the New Year began January 1st. Those who were a “fool” and hadn’t received the news were found celebrating the “new year” at the end of March into April. These people became the butt of jokes and hoaxes. An alternate theory explores the idea that April Fool’s Day is based around the Spring Equinox, the changing of seasons. This idea evolved because Mother Nature has a tendency of “fooling” us with the unpredictable weather.
April Fools’ Day spread throughout Britain during the 18th century. In Scotland, the tradition became a two-day event, starting with “hunting the gowk,” in which people were sent on phony errands (gowk is a word for cuckoo bird, a symbol for fool) and followed by Tailie Day, which involved pranks played on people’s derrieres, such as pinning fake tails or “kick me” signs on them. In modern times, people have gone to great lengths to create elaborate April Fools’ Day hoaxes. Newspapers, radio and TV stations and Web sites have participated in the April 1st tradition of reporting outrageous fictional claims that have fooled their audiences.

www.history.com/this-day-in-history/april-fools-tradition-popularized

 

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Spring is Here!

It is official, Spring is here.  With the snow and ice melting, many of us who have been staying inside are now enjoying the warmer temperatures and sunshine.

This is a very busy time of year for our community.  After the long winter, calls are coming in from those interested in downsizing and giving up shoveling snow.  If you, a friend or a loved one are considering a spring move, call us.  We would love to answer any questions you might have and introduce you to our beautiful community.

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March is National Nutrition Month & Happy St. Patrick’s Day

There is no doubt, that at any age, if we pay attention to what we eat and eat better (healthier), we feel better.  Many common health problems can be helped by a better diet.  For example heart disease, diabetes, obesity and many digestive issues can all be helped by paying attention to what we eat and drink.  March is “National Nutrition Month” and is sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Nutrition Month focuses on helping people to make correct food choices as well as developing good eating and exercising habits.  Learn more about this at www.eatright.org.

You can find some healthy St. Patrick’s Day recipes at www.cookinglight.com/entertaining/holidays-occasions/healthy-irish-recipes

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Daylight Savings Time Begins on Sunday, March 10th, 2019*

Longer days are here! It is time to “Spring Ahead”. Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 10th. Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed on Saturday, March 9th. On average, in March, we see between 11 and 12 hours of daylight. To help adjust with the change here are some helpful tips below.
1. Don’t change your schedule. Stick to regular waking, eating, sleeping and exercise times.
2. Have a nighttime routine. Prepare your body for sleep by engaging in a few relaxing activities before hitting the hay.
3. Avoid long naps. Keep naps short (between 20-30 minutes) to avoid disrupting your sleep schedule.
4. Get some natural sunlight. Sunlight helps regulate your body’s internal clock.
Daylight Saving Time does steal light from the morning, but the sun continues to rise earlier and thus the length of the day increases at its most rapid pace during the next three months.
There is always debate surrounding daylight saving time, but the redistribution of daylight to more useful hours of the day is always a strong argument to keep it. This 100 year old practice will always have supporters and detractors. While some of us dislike losing an hour of precious time and sleep, the payoff is an extra hour of evening sun. Most agree, that’s worth it!

*Information at:

www.washingtonpost.com

www.nbcnews.com/better/lifestyle/daylight-saving-time-2019-starts-sunday-here-s-how-prepare

 

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March is National Sleep Awareness Month

Sleep is an important part of any healthy lifestyle. On average, individuals should try to get 7 to 8 hours per night. Proper sleep can help someone strengthen their immune system against a cold or help them meet their weight lose goals. Losing even an hour of sleep can cause problems. Not getting enough sleep at night doesn’t just lead to a tired morning, it can cause: forgetfulness, irritability and increase your risk to certain health problems like heart disease or diabetes. Here are some tips to help improve your sleeping habits*:

 

  • Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning.
  • Make sure your bedroom is quiet and dark.
  • Only use your bed for sleep. For example, avoid watching TV from bed.
  • Avoid eating large meals before bed.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed. Some may think drinking alcohol helps them sleep, but the quality of the sleep is poor.

There are many sleep behavior disorders that cause an inability to get the sleep and rest one needs to be healthy. A few that are most common are: sleep apnea, sleep talking, REM disorder, restless leg syndrome, general pain and atypical work schedules. These are common areas of sleep disorder and can be discussed with a medical professional. However, having good sleep habits is the best way to make one feel rested and refreshed in the morning.

*Learn more at:

www.americanhealthcenterltd.com

www.sleepfoundation.org/sleep-topics

 

www.mayoclinic.org

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Fall Prevention: Some Helpful Tips

Each year, one in three adults, age 65+, fall. 20-30% of all falls cause moderate to severe injuries. Listed below are some things you can do to reduce your risk of falling:
1. Choose your shoes carefully. Low heel, slip resistant soles and non-slip-on shoes are more appropriate.
2. Clear clutter from your path. Make sure rugs and carpets are secure. Remove items from the floor that can cause tripping and make sure electrical cords are out of the way.
3. Make your bathroom fall proof. Install shower and grip bars, add non-slip strips and mats where appropriate and raise toilet seats.
4. Make sure you have areas properly lit. Place a lamp at your bedside within reach. Add nightlights and lengthen the cords on pull lights.
5. Choose furniture wisely. Choose tall furniture for easy standing and use the armrests on chairs for support. Make sure there is no clutter on the floor surrounding where you might be sitting.
6. Organize and store items properly. Keep frequently used items within your reach. Do not store items too high or too low. Never climb on a chair or step ladder to obtain something that is out of reach – seek help instead.
7. Poor eyesight, hearing and slower reflexes can cause a higher risk of falling. Find out about medication side effects. Some medications can make one feel dizzy or sleepy, making a fall more likely. Have your hearing and eyes checked. Small changes in sight and hearing may cause a fall. Wear hearing aids and eyeglasses if you have them.  Stand up slowly. This can prevent a spike in blood pressure.  Be extremely careful when walking on wet or icy surfaces.

Learn more at:  www.mayoclinic.org

 

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February is National Heart Health Month

In 2010, a committee of experts with the American Heart Association came up with a strategic plan to reduce cardiovascular disease in the United States. The committee studied the scientific literature and identified seven of the most important behaviors people can follow to protect their cardiovascular health.
Exercise: Regular exercise improves nearly every aspect of your health.
Eat right: Seek out foods such as nuts, whole grains, beans, fruits, vegetables, seafood, yogurt, and healthy fats.
Blood Pressure: Get your blood pressure checked, make sure your heart isn’t working harder than it should be.
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Blood Pressure: Get your blood pressure checked, make sure your heart isn’t working harder than it should be.
Lower your cholesterol: Know your cholesterol, keep your eyes on your levels.
Know your blood sugar: Exercise and eat right to keep blood sugar levels down.
Maintain a healthy weight: Fat cells release many substances that increase inflammation, promote insulin resistance, and contribute to atherosclerosis.
Don’t smoke: Smoking and the use of tobacco products isn’t just bad for your lungs, it is bad for your heart too.

Learn more at www.heart.org

 

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Beating the Winter Blues

Shorter days, lack of sunlight and colder weather are all contributors to what many call the “Winter Blues”. You may call it this, but it is actually a very real type of depression called Season Affective Disorder or SAD. According to the MAYO Clinic*, the specific cause of seasonal affective disorder remains unknown. Some factors that may come into play include:
1. Your biological clock (circadian rhythm). The reduced level of sunlight in fall and winter may cause winter-onset SAD. This decrease in sunlight may disrupt your body’s internal clock and lead to feelings of depression.
2. Serotonin levels drop. A drop in serotonin, a brain chemical (neurotransmitter) that affects mood, might play a role in SAD. Reduced sunlight can cause a drop in serotonin that may trigger depression.
3. Melatonin levels may be disrupted by the change in season. This can play a role in sleep patterns and mood.
The Mayo Clinic* offers these tips to help beat the “Winter Blues”: Get outside for some natural sunlight, exercise regularly and stay engaged socially.
Often times during the winter months people stay inside due to inclement weather. It is easy to just stay tucked away in your apartment. Get out and socialize. At Copperfield Hill, with numerous outings and activities, there is always something to do and someone to do it with! Exercise classes, walks in the atrium or even a trip to the grocery store can increase your energy level and lighten your mood.

*www.mayoclinic.org

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