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Men Differ In Handling Stress Men generally tend to deal with stress differently than women. Women tend to share, while men tend to bottle the stress up inside of them. For men, this can eat away at them causing high blood pressure, gastrointestinal issues, sleep issues and a loss of perspective. According to the Centers for Disease Control, men die at higher rates than women from the top 10 causes of death, with stress being one of them. Some of us suffer from what I call ‘terminal seriousness’ from the stress created in our workplaces and personal lives. Terminal seriousness can hamper communication, problem solving and teamwork. Taking some “playtime” can help relieve this stress from building. When we take...Read More
Sun Awareness I love being outside in the spring, summer and fall. I love the smell of fresh cut grass, the sound of the birds in the trees, the beauty of my flowers, and the heat of the sun. I love the heat. I am not one to sit out in the sun, but I have made the mistake of forgetting my sunscreen while working outside. And I have paid for that mistake. Blisters, raw skin and not being able to sleep because of the pain. Can you answer these sun awareness questions? Are you: Protected from the sun under an umbrella? Protected from the sun on a cloudy day? Protected from the sun under the water? Protected from the...Read More
Not All Headache Pain Is Created Equal Almost half of all adults around the world suffer from headache disorders, such as migraines and tension headaches reported the World Health Organization. “Headache and migraine disorders are greatly underrated and underreported by health systems and receive too little attention,” said Dr. Shekhar Saxena, the WHO’s Director of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders. Did You Know?… More people in the U.S. suffer from migraines than from asthma and diabetes combined (Harris Decima) Migraines affect around one in six women and one in 12 men (WHO) Worldwide, migraines are the cause of 1.3% of all disability due to illness (WHO) During migraine attacks, 90% of people postpone household chores, almost three-quarters have limited...Read More
Your Health And Fitness So what if it is cold outside! So what if you don’t want to go to class! So what if it tastes terrible! “Suck it up buttercup!” I can’t count the number of times I have heard this comment over the years. I know that my boys have heard this from not-so-sensitive coaches, as they participated in their various sporting activities. Learning how to skate…suck it up…get up and keep moving forward. Playing soccer…suck it up…it’s only a bruise. Running the triathlon…suck it up…you’re almost there. What’s in a saying? Even though I don’t like this saying, I know that it’s often used to encourage perseverance. The person saying it thinks that it will strengthen one’s...Read More
Schizophrenia Awareness Repeatedly, when we hear someone refer to hallucinations or delusions, our mind conjures up images of a person who is crazy and who is a threat to our safety. Often we think of someone with Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is an example of a thought disorder, characterized by a history of acute psychosis and chronic deterioration of functioning, lasting for at least six months and affecting thinking, perception, mood and behaviour. Although schizophrenia is not as common as other mental disorders, the symptoms can be very disabling. What Are Delusions and Hallucinations? Delusions and hallucinations are psychotic symptoms that someone may experience when the brain is not functioning properly. They can be a part of the illness of Schizophrenia, along...Read More