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Top Ten Ways to Prevent Stress

  1. Eat real food.  Our bodies are able to deal with the physical demands of stress with proper nutrition.
  2. Drink more water.  When we are dehydrated, we feel more fatigued.
  3. Breathe deeply more often. Set a timer that chimes throughout the day to remind you to take a deep breath and become more present even if it is only for one second.
  4. Get adequate rest.  Schedule time off just like you would schedule an important meeting.  Start by scheduling five minutes a day just for yourself.
  5. Take more walks outdoors.  Fresh air is invigorating.  Green is a very soothing color. A ten minute walk outside is enough to start some blood flowing and get our muscles moving.
  6. Make yourself a priority.  Take care of yourself as if you were your own child. We all have basic needs.  Ensure you don’t let these necessities fall off the table due to obligations.
  7. Practice the art of letting go. We live in a world that is beyond our control. Learn when you are holding on to something that isn’t helping you.  If you are able to let go, this will help you have more energy to deal with battles that are important.
  8. Avoid over-consumption.  Troubles can build when we have too much of anything. Keep your life manageable by consuming only what you need.
  9. Maintain your social support networks. We are not able to do everything alone. We need good people that we can reach out to and rely on when the time arises. It also helps us feel better when we can help someone in need.
  10. Learn how to set and respect personal boundaries. Our capacity is not limitless. We have to know where we begin and end, what we will allow and what we will not.

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Dealing With Stress: A List of Positive and Negative Coping Strategies

“Dear Stress, let’s break up.”

We all have a relationship with stress. Stress is an everyday part of our lives. Maybe that is the first step to gaining control over it.  Like a negative addiction, calling it out can lead to great changes in a more positive direction.  The spinning wheel of stress can cause a list of health conditions. Heart attack, stroke, depression, anxiety, more cold & flu, slower recovery, increased inflammation, and worsening of any current health conditions.

In addition, our favorite friend stress when left unchecked, can make it harder to function and cope. This can lead to poor relationships with family, friends, and peers. We can also lose control over finances.  Without proper strategies in place we search for easy, but poor ways to manage.  Violence, angry outbursts, misuse of alcohol, zoning out, tobacco use, and drug abuse lead to further problems and it is easy to see how we can spiral out of control.

People react to stress in different ways, and no one is perfect. We are in our best shape if we can have more positive reactions than negative.

You can use a list to check in with yourself from time to time to see if stress is becoming a concern.

Print this Hale Healthcare Coping Strategies List to find out.

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April is Stress Awareness Month: Fill Up Your Glass All The Time

If our ability to respond to our environment is inadequate because we do not have sufficient resources, stress will grow beyond our control and we will feel overwhelmed and out of balance. So how do we stay harmonious and able to adapt to the strong stress we may face? There is research on maintaining optimism, the healthiest places, the happiest nations, financial security, and how these factors in our stress levels.  What if you aren’t living in a field of flowers wearing rose-tinted glasses? What then?

I don’t like when I get a glass at a restaurant that isn’t filled all the way to the top. I am exceptionally thirsty this day. I do wonder if is supposed to be that way. I look around at others patrons’ table not necessarily to compare (because that isn’t what we are supposed to do if we want to avoid stress right?) but to validate and confirm that a glass half full (or half empty) is what I am supposed to accept. But then I can never really see because I am too far away from the other tables. I ask the waiter, is this the amount of beverage I am supposed to have, I would like some more I am so thirsty. The waiter never answers, but is happy to add more beverage to the glass.  I never really find out, but at least now, I have enough to make it the rest of the meal without being uncomfortable.

A newer way to view the glass with the water line in the middle may be to not view it as static. We have a glass with potential and reserves. Our glasses are not half-empty or half-full, we are constantly drinking from that glass to survive.  We need to figure out a way to fill it up so that it doesn’t completely dry up.  This might be a good way to view your stress reserves. The glass may never get full or completely empty, but there are things we can do to add back what is taken out.  Poor coping skills may add temporarily, but murky up the water eventually so it isn’t so nourishing.  With proper coping, we can constantly add to our glasses to get what we need to feel refreshed and stabilized.  We may never be able to predict what potent stress comes our way. We may never get answers to why we must deal with those stresses, but it is in our power to add to our reserves in many positive ways to keep balance.

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Discover a Healing Environment in Hale Healthcare

The health-care facility; uninspiring, uncomfortable, depressing, stressful, and bland. They are often dark, with poor lighting, and smell like disinfectant…or worse.  Who wants to go there to get well? Not many.  Not me. It is no wonder we all dread the traditional doctor’s office.

Our environments directly affect us whether we realize it or not. Ever notice how you step into a spa and feel instant relaxation? Walk into a winning football stadium. Dare yourself not to feel excited and scream with each winning touch-down.  This is what I had in mind while conceptualizing the office space for my practice. I aimed to create a nurturing space that promoted health and eased some of the tension associated with going to the doctor.

A patient’s first impression often begins with arrival to the facility.  Towne Lake is full of character and I seized the opportunity to start my practice in a charming brick building. The courtyard is full of blossoms in the spring and summer. The office has windows in every room and ample natural light enters the space. The office is painted in a warm earthly stone grey, has lovely trim, and recessed lighting.  The office is small and cozy, the waiting room only seats four and ensures privacy.

The space was designed in conjunction with a designer from Havenly.com, an affordable online interior design company. I told my designer, I want to do something different.  I wanted to design a waiting room that didn’t seem like the traditional doctor’s office. I wanted people to come in, say “wow”, and feel like they were VIP’s.  He took to the task and we worked together to create that atmosphere. Images of lemons, eggplants, and cucumbers bring the element of nature and food as medicine. Guests walk in and hear the soft trickle of water from a lighted wall fountain. Soft music plays in the background to create sound barriers for further patient privacy. Aromatherapy is used to aid in relaxation and mental focus. Then they are seated in gold velvet wing chairs or a grey linen love seat.

Consultations are held face to face in an office with clean lines and white space. Physical exams and procedures are held in separate rooms with privacy windows with ample space around a table centered in the middle of the room to reduce awkward maneuvering and the feeling of confinement.  Music plays throughout the office and art is displayed in every room to keep the experience interesting.  The space uses many different textures that can be located if your eyes happen to wander and catch a small detail. Terrariums full of succulents, a glass hand, and a red bicycle can be found to name a few. I hope the space helps people feel a little happier and more comfortable so they can start to feel nurtured.

 

 

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A New Way: Primary Care Doctor Woodstock, GA

Ever notice how you go to the doctor, barely get a chance to explain how you are suffering, and then get rushed feeling unsatisfied with your visit? You walk out confused because you didn’t really understand what the doctor explained was wrong with you or why you need to take a medication you can barely pronounce. Baffled and determined, you head to your computer to look it all up on the internet and feel lost, alone, and afraid. If only you had a few more minutes to explain all of your symptoms or ask more questions?

But imagine, you no longer have to feel this way. You can speak to your doctor, feel heard,  and have a true opportunity to communicate in order to reach the solution to your health. You walk out of your doctor visits feeling empowered,  knowledgeable, and heard  because you made the right decision in where you choose to have your primary care handled.  You have started on the right path to finding a place where this can all be a reality.

Hale Healthcare is your destination for preventive health and chronic disease management.  Here at Hale, we are your partner as you journey down your  path of healthy living.   We offer unlimited unhurried office visits, all onsite labs and procedures are included, virtual appointments, bright spa-like modern décor, relaxed setting, aromatherapy, and comforting music to foster a healing atmosphere. By choosing us, you will be able to have the time and attention you need so you can develop a solid plan to alleviate your suffering.  You have the power within you to heal, we will be there by your side when you know it is time for a new approach to achieve your health goals so you can get back to living life the way it matters to you.

 

 

Hale Healthcare@120 N. Medical Pkwy, Woodstock GA, 30189