I’ve mentioned before that Americans take a lot of prescription drugs.
Modern life is stressful
I don’t know about you, but this has been a long and stressful winter for me.
On top of a very cold and snowy month, there have been family issues, health issues, car and home issues, etc., that have piled on, and I haven’t done a very good job taking care of myself.
I’m sure I’m not alone in this. Again and again I read articles … read on
I remember a family practice doctor once telling me “Most of my patients aren’t sick. They’re lonely, unhappy, stressed or bored.”
His observation resonated with me.
So many somatic complaints, like headaches, back pain and digestive problems, stem from emotional upset.
Being isolated or bored or just unhappy with life leads to eating poorly and sitting too much, which in turn leads to heart disease, diabetes and depression.… read on
This Saturday is the 11th annual Get Outdoors Day (GO Day) sponsored by the US Forest Service, the American Recreation Coalition, and many other federal and non-profit organizations.
These groups want to encourage families to get outdoors and use the many wonderful national and state parks our country offers, or any local mountains, hills, parks, lakes, streams or beaches that are near … read on
All deep breathing isn’t the same
Finding ways to relax and reduce stress is one of my tenets of good health, along with eating well, exercising and spending quality time with friends and family.
Bottom line on top: Deep breathing is recognized as an effective way to calm down when you’re feeling anxious or angry.
Did you know there is a wrong way and a right way to breathe … read on
Start the conversation
Some of the most tragic patients we see as nurses are those who are unable (or their family members are unable) to make decisions on what type of care they do or don’t want near the end of life.
This often results in futile and expensive care that causes pain and emotional distress for everyone involved.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
Last week one of my family members was diagnosed with a serious illness.
My niece, a physician in San Francisco, recommended a book written by one of her colleagues: Life After the Diagnosis: Expert Advice on Living Well with Serious Illness for Patients and Caregivers.
I immediately bought myself a copy, too. (If you’ve followed my blog, you know I’m an advocate of hospice, palliative care … read on
Are you sleep deprived?
Next week, March 11-17, is National Sleep Awareness Week.
The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) sponsors the week (#7Days4BetterSleep) to raise awareness of the health benefits of a good night’s sleep.
As if we didn’t know!
But if you need a reminder, here’s a TED-Ed video about the effects of sleep deprivation:
Good sleep habits start in childhood
Good sleep habits are … read on
And that makes me sad 😪
A big, new study about antidepressants came out in a medical journal last week. It concluded that antidepressants were “modestly” effective compared to placebo, and listed which drugs seem to offer the most help with the fewest side effects.
But the media seem to have taken the study a step further; they’ve been reporting that based on this information, more people should … read on
And save money on healthcare!
I’m writing this post on New Year’s Day. Typical of the day, I’m also pondering a few questions.
What did I learn last year about staying healthy? What have I done well in my quest to be healthier and save money? What can I do better this year?
As so many of us know, healthcare is unreasonably expensive. My goal the last few years has … read on