Summer is in full swing, and those long days mean being outdoors until the wee hours…and also trying to avoid being bitten by annoying insects. Some of these biting bugs include ticks, mosquitoes, fleas, mites, fire ants, spiders, bees, wasps, and hornets. Yikes! It’s a wonder we go outside at all! But fear not, there are lots of ways to prevent yourself from being a victim of a nasty bite. In the event you do suffer a bite or sting, there are also things you can do to make it hurt less.
Sometimes it feels as though there are so many health hazards to be aware of during the hot summer months that it hardly seems worth it to step outside. Since that’s unrealistic, it’s good to be prepared when you do find yourself spending a considerable length of time outdoors. Let’s talk a bit about two similar but different afflictions caused by exposure to extreme summer heat: heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, which means plenty of people are going to be heading out to their favorite eateries for a meal. It’s a good excuse to order something indulgent and extravagant, but can you order good food from the menu that is also good for your heart? The answer is yes! There are plenty of ways to make heart-healthy menu choices no matter what type of restaurant you end up at. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
In this digital age we live in it is nearly impossible to raise a child without exposing them to technology at a very early age. Even before they are born they’ve come in contact with more sophisticated devices than most of us did in our first decade of existence (those 3-D and 4-D ultrasounds are wild, #amiright #justme). Knowing the rate of your child’s development and what technology to use to foster their growing mind can be a daunting challenge. I’ve attempted to wade through the amalgam of information out there about technology and children and siphoned out a few things that seemed important.
Much like television, the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) believes technology use should be limited for young developing minds. I personally believe in a “everything in moderation” approach. That said, it’s also important to realize that as a parent, it’s solely up to you and what you believe is best for your child. As no child is the same, nor is any parent, you shouldn’t feel pressured to let a magazine or journal tell you how to raise your child – instead, feel free to look to these mediums for inspiration and light guidance.
Between work, school, family and relationships, community obligations, and attempting to maintain a semblance of a normal sleep schedule and exercise routine, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and to feel like you can’t quite manage it all. With everything that’s crammed into my work and personal schedule, I find myself feeling that way on a fairly regular basis, which is why I’m always looking for tips on working more efficiently, simplifying my workload, and improving my focus and balance. If you’re in a similar boat, fear not! This week we’ve rounded up a collection of TED Talks aimed to inspire you and give you tips on improving your focus, improving your efficiency, goal-setting, and showing you how to work smarter, not harder. Hopefully, with these talks under your belt, you’ll be able to feel a little more balanced and empowered to manage all of your life roles. Let’s get started!
All it takes is 10 mindful minutes by Andy Puddicombe
Learn from mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe about the transformative power of integrating a short daily mindfulness exercise into your routine. You’ll learn how doing so can help strengthen your focus and change your perspective to give your brain the boost it needs to handle its daily tasks.
Stress can sometimes be a good thing – giving you that final push to make it through the end of your workout or finish a project before the deadline; however, intense or chronic stress can wreak havoc on your physical, emotional, and mental health. The best way to manage stress long-term is to make lifestyle changes like exercising regularly, sleeping enough, and regularly checking in on your physical, mental, and spiritual well being.
All of these are great practices, and can help bolster your resilience against stress; however, if you’re in the middle of a busy workday, halfway through an exam, or struggling to meet a project deadline, checking out to sleep 8 hours, eat a healthy meal, or fit in an hour long sweat sesh is usually anywhere from impractical to impossible. In this way, it’s good to master a couple of quick stress-busting exercises to employ when you need a fast fix for your stress levels. We’ve rounded up several practical stress relievers that take less than 5 minutes – try out several to find the ones that work for you!
Stress isn’t always a bad thing. In the short-term, low level stress can help us focus and improve our performance. It can give us the boost we need to finish a big project or make an important decision. However, I think we can all agree when we say that an overabundance of stress is the absolute worst.
First, a quick primer on stress: Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the demands of life. When your brain perceives a threat (anything from a fast approaching deadline to a fast-approaching wild animal), it signals your body to release a burst of hormones that increase your heart rate and raise your blood pressure. This “fight-or-flight” response fuels you to deal with the stressful situation at hand. Once the threat (or stress-inducing trigger) is gone, your body is meant to return to a normal, relaxed state. However, given the nonstop complications of modern life, many of us rarely return to that relaxed state, merely hopping from one stressor to another.
An oldie but a goodie: this post was originally published on July 14th, 2016.
For us medical librarians, this time of year is when we start gearing up for a new class of medical students to take the College of Medicine by storm. With new classes and orientations around the corner (and general lethargy being less socially acceptable in the fall than in the warm, languid summer months), upping our productivity is the name of the game. Here are some productivity tips, tricks, and tools that we find helpful, and may help you knock out a new project or build a new habit as well!
As 2016 comes to a close, we wish you a safe and happy holidays! To make sure your holiday season is full of merriment and free of mishaps, we’re taking a look back at a post from last year, originally published December 24th, 2015.
Springtime brings with it a flurry of activity and a sense of renewal. The flowers bloom, the weather warms, and I get an intense drive to clean my home and refresh it for a new season. Although this season abounds with fresh opportunities, it also brings its own health concerns (pollen, anyone?). Follow these tips to help you have a healthy spring and enjoy the best of the season!