Can this just be over?

Voting stress. Enough said. Most of us would probably agree that the last year has been fraught with “political stress“. As we get closer to election day, stress heightens, blood pressures rise, and nerves are on edge. Election talk seems to permeate every corner from the home and office to social media to neighborhood talk. In some cases, election talk creates rifts between family members and friends. It can become one hot mess. Here are some tips to keep you sane…
  • Educate yourself on the candidates
  • Accept that we all have a right to our opinion
  • Accept that you probably will not change another person’s opinion
  • Realize that your opinion may be just as “objectionable” to others as theirs is to you!
  • Remember –  political parties and politics are labels; at the bottom of it all is a person
  • Choose how much media you let into your life from polling info, to the evening news, to social media banter
  • Take care of yourself; that means step away from a discussion when you need to; don’t engage
  • Keep perspective in all things
  • Manage your stress and practice good health habits
  • Be kind
  • Vote!

Thank You!

Guess what? Thanksgiving can actually increase your wellness, health, and happiness. Giving thanks and having gratitude are very healthy habits and they reduce stress. This Thanksgiving, before things get crazy, take time to tune in to what matters in your life. Consider these questions…
  • Name 5 people you are grateful for
  • Name 5 physical abilities you are grateful for
  • Name 5 material possessions you are grateful for
  • Name 5 things that happened today for which you are grateful
  • Name 5 things you are grateful for in nature
  • Name 5 things you are grateful for about you!
Try a little gratitude this Holiday Season. It may help lower your blood pressure, sooth jagged nerves, and put a smile on your face. Watch the video 20 Things We Should Say More Often from SoulPancake – and have a laugh! Share what you are thankful for…

Put a little heart in your day.

There are many day-to-day things I take for granted. My heart is one of them. I met my heart last summer during an echocardiogram. I was amazed. I could see it and hear it. I watched the blood flow in and out. It was a bit like meeting a best friend, but a friend I had ignored for some time. That afternoon I took my heart to the gym. We “talked” in the car on the way over about stress and nutrition – and mostly about the “e” word – exercise. I vowed to pay more attention, and I have. So, how’s your relationship with your heart? It’s American Heart Month and a perfect time to renew that friendship. You can start by using some of the great tips on Heart Health.  Attend one of the heart health workshops this month. Get your cholesterol checked. Don’t just sit there; put a little heart in your day. February is a good month to re-kindle your friendship with your heart.

Taking Your Blood Pressure

It’s heart month! Is monitoring your blood pressure giving you stress? There are many tools available to help you learn to use an at-home monitor. Choose the right monitor for your needs. Watch the instructional video so you feel comfortable using your machine. Take your blood pressure regularly and track it. Give your doctor a history of your blood pressure numbers at your next appointment. It might eliminate the stress of those high spikes in the doctor’s office. Most importantly, take your blood pressure medication. Talk with your doctor if your medication is not working for you.

How’s your pump pressure?

Seriously. Think about your heart as your body’s main pump. You have pieces, parts, and PRESSURE. Don’t make your heart work overtime. If you have high blood pressure and are currently ‘off your meds’ – wake up!!! A stroke will not wait for you to make that long overdue call to your doctor, or get that extra $30 in your wallet for a prescription, or my personal favorite – change your lifestyle. If you are having difficulties with your blood pressure medication, there may be options. Talk to your doctor or talk to your pharmacist…don’t just sit there. Something could blow… Get your blood pressure under control. Learn more about high blood pressure and stroke from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.