Fall

Are you road worthy?

Fall happened this week. I had to search for a bed quilt, coat, and socks; things I haven't seen since May; my feet screamed. It got me thinking...am I "road worthy" for winter? I know I'm ready for the fun things; I'm not so sure I am road worthy for challenges like staying active, winter sports, countering sugar with good nutrition, and fending off the flu and colds...just to name a few. I'm not even sure I can withstand a cold, late-night football game! So, here are some tips on becoming "road worthy" and for staying radiantly healthy this fall [...]
2016 Olympics

Is there an Olympian in you?

The Olympics are inspiring. They start slow and within just a few hours I am hooked - it's the competition, the human grit, the challenge, the cheering for the home team. Watching the athletes makes me realize how amazing the human body is and what it can endure...to say nothing of the human spirit. Everything plays out in the Olympics - emotional drama, physical success and physical pain, elation and devastation, individual success and teamwork. What really stands out is the incredible determination, planning, goal setting, and confidence the competitors have; they believe they can do it! I believe we [...]
Monday Blues

Monday Blues?

Are Mondays your least favorite day of the week? The Monday Blues can be a passing tiredness, an indication of a poor job fit, or a screaming need for an attitude adjustment. If hopeless, tired, sad, stressed, overwhelmed, impatient, and unpleasant pretty much describe you on Monday mornings - you may need to do something. Why? Because you deserve better and so do your co-workers! If Monday Madness has grabbed you and you feel you may be a victim of The Blues, check out some of these ideas... Identify the problem; if your work leaves you feeling underappreciated, stressed, and overwhelmed - [...]
Technology Stress

Techno-Stress?

Huh? Guess what - heavy technology use (computers, phones, TV) is linked to fatigue, stress, and depression, particularly in young adults. All of our gadgets and screens are affecting our sleep. And, as we know, sleep is truly the gateway to good health. Specific findings... Those constantly accessible via cell phones were the most likely to report mental health issues Men who use computers intensively were more likely to develop sleeping problems Frequently using a computer without breaks further increases the risk of stress, sleeping problems, and depressive symptoms in women Read more... What can you do? Reclaim your bedroom! [...]
Take Time

Make time to take time.

I was asked at a recent meeting to intro myself and share my vacation plans. Embarrassingly, I had none. I got the "pity look" from several people. It forced me to admit that vacations take planning and commitment; they don't just happen. If I don't plan it, it won't happen. DUH. I share this with you in the middle of May because it's the perfect time for all of us to start planning...make a list of things to do, places to go - near or far - and people to spend time with. Grab your calendar, circle some dates, request [...]

Are you road worthy?

Fall

Fall happened this week. I had to search for a bed quilt, coat, and socks; things I haven’t seen since May; my feet screamed. It got me thinking…am I “road worthy” for winter? I know I’m ready for the fun things; I’m not so sure I am road worthy for challenges like staying active, winter sports, countering sugar with good nutrition, and fending off the flu and colds…just to name a few. I’m not even sure I can withstand a cold, late-night football game! So, here are some tips on becoming “road worthy” and for staying radiantly healthy this fall

  • Find your winter clothes NOW; remember how to dress in layers; get out your flashlight, gloves, boots, hat, hand warmers…
  • Keep moving – treat your senses to fall; walk in the leaves, cycle the streets, take a hike, visit a park; get outside and breathe in fall
  • Schedule your activity time; put it on the calendar  just like you do any other important event
  • Get a flu shot…and just in case, lay in a supply of Kleenex and cold decongestants
  • Sign up for a new fitness class or sport, one that can be learned and practiced indoors during the cold weather
  • Get 10,000 steps a day; use the stairs, stand at your desk, walk during breaks or lunch time…have a walking meeting; go out of your way to move
  • Manage your stress level; being indoors during the winter plays havoc with stress. Meditate, do yoga, read for enjoyment, spend quality time with family
  • Know your why; it’s easier to stay motivated if you have a reason beyond the moment
  • Watching more TV? Stay in motion at least during the commercials. Do lunges, stretches, and free weights
  • Holiday hint: Portion Control. It starts with Halloween!!

What’s your best “road worthy” tip for fall?

Is there an Olympian in you?

2016 Olympics

The Olympics are inspiring. They start slow and within just a few hours I am hooked – it’s the competition, the human grit, the challenge, the cheering for the home team. Watching the athletes makes me realize how amazing the human body is and what it can endure…to say nothing of the human spirit. Everything plays out in the Olympics – emotional drama, physical success and physical pain, elation and devastation, individual success and teamwork. What really stands out is the incredible determination, planning, goal setting, and confidence the competitors have; they believe they can do it! I believe we all have the potential to be an Olympian in our own world. Those characteristics are there; we just need to dig deep and find them.

This week I felt healthier just watching the Games…and, after Kristin Armstrong won her 3rd Gold Medal, I almost went out and bought a new bike! I have a renewed interest in my physical health from my nutrition to my activity level. In what ways do the Summer Olympics inspire you and your family to be more healthy?

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Monday Blues?

Monday Blues

Are Mondays your least favorite day of the week? The Monday Blues can be a passing tiredness, an indication of a poor job fit, or a screaming need for an attitude adjustment. If hopeless, tired, sad, stressed, overwhelmed, impatient, and unpleasant pretty much describe you on Monday mornings – you may need to do something. Why? Because you deserve better and so do your co-workers!

If Monday Madness has grabbed you and you feel you may be a victim of The Blues, check out some of these ideas…

  • Identify the problem; if your work leaves you feeling underappreciated, stressed, and overwhelmed – name it and claim it; then you can start dealing with it
  • Don’t dwell on Mondays like a looming dark cloud that dumps on your weekend
  • Get sunlight and fresh air on your weekend – refresh!
  • Be ready for Monday … start on Sunday by getting your food and clothes lined out; synch up your calendar
  • Dress like you want to be at work – it makes a difference!
  • Practice good self-care – don’t overdo Sunday with heavy foods/drinks
  • Get some sleep! Lack of shut eye makes everything and everyone more difficult
  • Focus on the things you are excited about in the week ahead
  • Eat a good breakfast
  • Try not to over-pack your weekend; have some down time
  • Have a positive attitude; use positive self-talk while you drive into work
  • Maintain a manageable Monday work schedule – keep it light when you can

Share what you do to make Mondays work for you…

Techno-Stress?

Technology Stress

Huh? Guess what – heavy technology use (computers, phones, TV) is linked to fatigue, stress, and depression, particularly in young adults. All of our gadgets and screens are affecting our sleep. And, as we know, sleep is truly the gateway to good health.

Specific findings…

  • Those constantly accessible via cell phones were the most likely to report mental health issues
  • Men who use computers intensively were more likely to develop sleeping problems
  • Frequently using a computer without breaks further increases the risk of stress, sleeping problems, and depressive symptoms in women
  • Read more…

What can you do?

  • Reclaim your bedroom!
  • Exercise regularly
  • Watch your caffeine and alcohol intake before bedtime
  • See a doctor or sleep professional if your problems persist

Think you and your family are immune to techno-stress? Do some self-reflection over the coming week. Most of us started using technology for efficiency and safety reasons…but think about it. When was the last time you went tech-free for the day? Can you put your phone/tablet away and out of sight during meetings, conferences, while driving? Do you feel left out or that you are missing out on something if you leave your phone at home? Do you check your work emails from home just because you can?

If you are blurring the lines between work and home, the stress will eventually catch up. And, think of what you are modeling for your children! Choose to take control. Drive your own bus. Take charge of your technology.

Share your ideas on how to manage techno-stress.

 

Make time to take time.

Take Time

I was asked at a recent meeting to intro myself and share my vacation plans. Embarrassingly, I had none. I got the “pity look” from several people. It forced me to admit that vacations take planning and commitment; they don’t just happen. If I don’t plan it, it won’t happen. DUH.

I share this with you in the middle of May because it’s the perfect time for all of us to start planning…make a list of things to do, places to go – near or far – and people to spend time with. Grab your calendar, circle some dates, request the time off – now! Your plan will come together with a little work.

Most important!! – a vacation can be as simple as an afternoon off all by yourself, or a more adventurous trip involving other people. Your mission is to do something for you – go somewhere you like – spend time with people who relax or energize you. It’s about YOU!

Click on some of these tips to get you started…

Enter the WaterPark Contest!

Making a comment on this post, answering the question below, will automatically enter you into a drawing for FREE tickets to Roaring Springs WaterPark in Meridian, Idaho.

How to play: Make sure you are registered and logged in to ChooseHealthMatters.com. If you are not already registered, go to the column on the right. Click on “register” to get started.

Make a comment on this blog post by 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 26, 2016 by answering this question: “What is your favorite one-day get away for a quick vacation?” You must be a State of Idaho employee to win tickets.

Update, 5/26/16: Winners of the drawing are:

  • Wendy R
  • Amorette Rosenthal
  • Rayt
  • Bgreenha

Winners will also be posted on Health Matters Stress Center webpage on June 1,  2016.

Join the conversation. It’s a great way to trade vacation ideas!

NOTE: IDOC employees are not able to register for blogs. IDOC employees may email their comments to healthmatters@pte.idaho.gov or click on the Blog Administrator. Their comments will be added to Make time to take time. by the Administrator; they will also be entered into the contest.

Distracted, unfocused, preoccupied?

Overwhelmed

I may have just described 50% of us! Distractions and information overload are a double whammy. Distractions are particularly deadly when they creep into your driving time. And, information overload causes distraction from what is truly important in the moment…whether that is driving or working or life. Both can be deadly; both cause stress.

This week, make it your goal to take back your mind! Practice living in the present; tune in and focus. Try “living in the moment” at least once a day. It takes time and practice but your health and wellness are so worth it!

Share your tips on how you manage distractions – especially technology overload.