20Jun

    9 Ways to Successfully Return to Work After a Health Problem

     

    9 Ways to Successfully Return to Work After a Health Problem

    Regardless of the amount of time you took off to recuperate after a mental health crisis, you need to make sure that you take the necessary steps to maintain your well-being. Working your way back to become healthy again is just as, or sometimes more difficult than actually undergoing the mental health crisis you endured.

    However, taking the appropriate steps after an emotionally or psychologically draining event can be overwhelming as you figure out how to assimilate back into the workplace environment.

    Seek out help from professionals and stay connected until you have recovered 100%

    Gathering enough information from professionals in the psychiatric and psychological fields will allow you to access the point where you are seeing improvement in your day to day. Staying connected with the professionals that guide you in your life is absolutely essential when it comes to making strides to overcome the obstacle you had faced for so long.

    Positive thinking

    It can be helpful to think about future goals and think less about what happened in the past. Loehr works with a psychiatrist and life coach to focus on where she is trying to go in life, versus focusing on the hurtful situations she has gone through.

    As a result, one of the goals of her coaching company is to help spread kindness and provide actual solutions to help prevent people with mental health issues from suffering as much and as long as she did in her past.

    Take care of yourself

    Often overlooked, simple parts of your routine such as eating healthy (fruits & vegetables), exercising on a regular basis, and communicating with loved ones are vital during this stage of your life. Before attempting to respond to a thousand emails or hopping on an international conference call,

    Work is no space for your personal business

    While you may have become close with your co-workers, it is also important to maintain a healthy distance and create some boundaries. As the workplace is a professional environment in nature, adhering to this in general is the best way to keep your private life private.

    Slowly get back into it

    There is a strong chance that both stress and anxiety were primary causes of your work related mental health crisis. In terms of getting back into your job to start this process gradually on both micro and macro levels. Basically, don’t get frustrated or overcommit to tasks or events that you know are not feasible at the moment.

    Reach out to people who can help

    Although it may be quite difficult, be sure to touch base with loved ones when you are feeling alone or powerless. It is common for individuals to undergo these negative feelings throughout the recovery process.

    Getting support from these type of outlets are key ways to overcome any short-lived sadness or rough patch you are going through. Your loved are the emotional foundation in your life and you should receive support from them as much as you can during any hardship you are facing at the time.

    Solid work-life balance

    Although work is the main priority for many professionals across the country, keeping a solid mental health state by engaging in recreational activities or perhaps taking up a new hobby that you have been wanting to try for awhile. Engaging in activities not only improves your emotional health, but also provides you with a cathartic outlet to showcase another set of developed skills in a new area.

    Take medication on a regular basis

    If you’re taking medication to help keep your mental health in balance, it’s tempting to go off medication once you’re feeling fine. Although you may feel perfectly fine in the moment, this is no way reflects how the medication is helping you in terms of the bigger picture.

    Bad symptoms can come back quickly if you stop taking medication, which can be overwhelming. Not taking medication for a said amount of time can also sometimes lead to another crisis that essentially could be prevented by consulting a medical or healthcare professional.

    Take time off as you need to

    Keep in mind that taking time off work to battle with a mental illness is no different from taking time off to recover from a condition that affects other parts of the body. Healing one’s mind takes a fair amount of time and convey the importance of personal time off as an essential need when communicating with your employer.

    Applying all the above tips will not only guide you to most effectively overcome your most recent mental health crisis, but this will also allow you to better prepare or better yet, prevent a similar crisis moving forward. Be sure to remember that nothing is more important that your health, and it is therefore absolutely essential to take care of yourself in every way possible.

    26Jun

    5 Ways to Treat Depression, Naturally

    1.  Consider the reasons why your depressed. Being depressed can be a richard battistaresult of the circumstances in your life. Depression is a symptom of the people and things around you, rather than biochemical imbalances. Being honest with yourself about what might be off putting in your life might be the first step into understanding why your are feeling depressed.

    2.  Exercise. Exercising releases endorphins that produce happier emotions happy-making endorphins. These endorphins act like natural anti-depressants. This process is casually known as “Runners High”.

    3. Breakfast is Important. Never skipping a meal will result in keeping your blood sugar stable and reducing mood swings.

    4. Enhance your diet with serotonin. You can increase your brain’s serotonin levels by eating foods that boost your serotonin levels naturally. Anti-depressants are not needed to enhance the serotonin level sin your diet.

    5.  Avoid Caffeine. Supplement coffee with L-Tyrosine (500 – 1000 mg). Caffeine reduces serotonin levels.

    Source: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/owning-pink/201103/11-natural-treatments-depression-md-s-tips-skipping-the-prozac

    15Oct

    Senior Healthy Living Classes Encourage Not Sitting Down

    YMCA Senior Fit Classes

    YMCA Instructor, Nancy Johnson, advises her seniors to “never sit down” if they want to practice best health.

    The Stateline Family YMCA offers a variety of senior fitness classes, for a variety of fitness levels. Their Senior Fit class accommodates more active seniors, requiring a fair share of standing during the various exercises. Alternatively, the Silver Sneakers class is tailored to those seniors that wish to stay active, yet struggle to maintain overt exercises for extended periods of time; most or all of the exercises are completed from within a chair. The YMCA has such a large senior population in its membership, they have decided to dedicate October to celebrating said senior members, as they host Senior Appreciation Month. During the event, the staff will work with seniors to develop healthy lifestyles. In the process, the employees will use social media to promote their message of senior fitness and honor several of their active members.

    According to an article recently completed by Beloit Daily News, Nancy Johnson instructs one such class that consists of some of the YMCA’s regular senior members. Johnson is a fighter in her own right, having survived breast cancer, which has now been in remission for eleven years. In addition to this, Johnson is a recipient of open-heart surgery. The combination of these two experiences equips Johnson perfectly as the instructor of the class. Her motto, which results directly from her struggles, is to “never sit down.” To Johnson, this motto is the best means of living a healthy lifestyle and, as a result, she applies this belief to every single class she instructs with her seniors.

    The class, therefore, relies on quite a bit of movement. The instructional period starts with some low-key aerobics walking, before carrying on to more intensive practices, such as weight training, balance exercises, stretching, jumping jacks and other various practices in leg work. Through her dedication, Johnson has helped the class grow significantly; in the ten years she has been teaching it, the class has grown from eight participants to over forty students, all by way of word of mouth.

    29Sep

    MasterChef Winner to Headline Cruise

    MasterChef winner Courtney Lapresi

    Courtney Lapresi closes this past season of MasterChef as a winner of not only the title, but a cook book deal and a $250,000 price prize.

    Recently, Fox cooking reality television show MasterChef’s fifth season came to a close, pronouncing another winner in the process.  Courtney Lapresi outlasted dozens of competitors and managed to tolerate the terrible tongue of Gordon Ramsey—the show’s infamous host—to win the title of the MasterChef.  With the title came a cook book deal and a two hundred and fifty thousand dollar price prize.

    In addition to this achievement and winnings, recently Lapresi’s notoriety from her victory on MasterChef has earned her a new position; she has been chosen to headline a cruise, according to an article recently completed by USA Today.  The position is on a culinary cruise on Holland America Line’s Westerdam; the cruise takes place from the fifteenth to the eleventh of November. One thousand eight hundred and forty eight passengers will call the cruise home for the duration of the journey, as it pursues an itinerary through the Eastern Caribbean.  Stops on the trip include Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Thomas and Half Moon Cay, Holland America’s private island.

    Holland America Line's Westerdam

    The Westerdam of Holland America Cruise Line prepares for an Eastern Caribbean culinary cruise.

    The cruise is Holland America’s first MasterChef endeavor; Lapresi is the first headlining chef to run the culinary component of a cruise for Holland America to come from the reality show. For Lapresi’s contributions to the cruise, she will hold several panels.  One panel will focus on showing amateur chefs various tricks of the trade employed in professional kitchens.  Another panel focuses on tips for finishing touches to be placed on various dishes.  Specifically, the tips provided seek to help make dishes more appealing or delicious—small final flairs to add just a touch of something different, unique and tasty.  In addition to these panels, Lapresi will also be responsible for holding cooking sessions and mingling with guests at cocktail receptions.  Finally, Lapresi must take part in a mystery box challenge—an obstacle which seeks to replicate a challenge that Lapresi first faced in her time spent on MasterChef.

    29Sep

    Ceremony to Honor POW/MIA Service Members

    POW:MIA

    National Prisoners of War and Missing in Action soldiers’ were honored for 24 hours at a vigil in Meadville, Pennsylvania.

    On Friday, an event was held to commemorate National Prisoners of War and Missing in Action soldiers’ day.  The event was entitled the Twenty Seventh Annual Twenty Four Hour Prisoners of War/Missing in Action Vigil, according to an article recently completed by The Meadville Tribune.  For this year’s vigil, Nikki Mendicino, a POW/MIA advocate from near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, served as the keynote speaker.  Mendicino kept her comments brief, with perhaps the most noted part of her speech serving as her simply stating that she and the audience had come together to honor and remember all the heroes of war that did not make it back home.

    In attendance of the vigil, there were a series of a few noted guests.  Phil Davis, a veteran of the Vietnam War, introduced one of the most notable Prisoners of War attending the event—Harold Beerbower of Meadville.  The article offered Beerbower’s background, including how he found his way into the army and imprisonment in the opposing soldier’s camp.  Beerbower quit school and joined the army in 1951 to join the Korean War effort.  By April of that year, he served as a member of D company 7th Infantry Regiment, third Infantry Division.  However, on the twenty fifth of April 1951, he was captured.  For the next twenty eight months, Beerbower was kept as a Prisoner of War in a camp.

    One small blessing was that Beerbower was not alone in his imprisonment; Harold Andrews, a Crawford County native, was interred in the same prison with Beerbower.  The pair was held in the prison together until their release in August of 1953.  Typically, both Prisoners of War attend the Annual Twenty Four Hour Prisoners of War/Missing in Action Vigil together, in the hopes of someday helping in the return of the Missing in Action heroes.  However, unfortunately, this year Andrews had a family obligation and was unable to attend alongside his friend. Regardless, Beerbower proceeded to attend the event , as per usual, and continued to work towards bringing missing soldiers home.

    27Aug

    Variations in Life Coaches

    Life Coaching Purpose and Variations

    Regardless of the variations of Life Coaches, they all set out to better the lives of others in one way or another.

    There are many variations in life coaches, from the training they have received, to the experiences that fuel their practices and the fees they charge for their services.  According to an article recently completed by the Fort Myers Florida Weekly, Bob Riley is one such variation.  He has added the labels of PhD and MBWA to the end of his name, although he acknowledges that he has no formal degrees or training; the letters, instead, represent his experiences, as a “paper-hanging degree,” and that he earned a “masters’ by walking around.”  These titles are meant to represent his various work experiences over the course of his years, where he has worked as an aircraft electrician in the Navy, as an operator for the suicide and crisis hotline and a brief time spent running a child care center.

    With these experiences, Riley is able to help his clients on a path to self-help, moving forward through talking, not through use of medications.  Through meager talking, Riley, and other life coaches are able to help their clients find a much-needed boost in self-esteem and self-confidence.

    However, not all life coaches thrive solely on their decades of work experience in other fields.  Some life coaches hold certifications, degrees and trainings, particularly in fields related to domestic abuse, finance and addiction.  This is the case for Rebekah J. Fero, a financial life coach and certified financial planner based in Port Charlotte.  She holds strictly to holding her clients accountable for their own goals.  Fero also says that her methods of carrying out regular meetings with her clients is common for coaches; she places calls, which allow for her clients to remain in a comfortable setting while facing the proposition of change.  For Fero, to accurately coach someone, the life coach must immerse themselves in their client’s life—a deep understanding of their insecurities is needed to fix the faulty thought patterns evident in the minds of the client.

    Another fluctuation between life coaches is salary and fees charged for services.  According to statistics provided by the International Coach Federation, the average salary of life coaches worldwide is fifty thousand four hundred dollars.  However, the mean salary is closer to thirty thousand dollars, indicating a wide variety in fees offered for services.

    20Aug

    Nantucket Vets Receive Medical Services

    A map of the Island of Nantucket

    Veterans of Nantucket will no longer have to travel off of the island for primary care, speciality visits, or emergency treatment.

    In a recent article by The Boston Globe, it is said that Veterans will now be able to receive services on the island of Nantucket. It has been ten years but now veterans will be able to receive medical services on the island rather than making a journey to places like Virginia in order to receive care. The US Department of Veterans Affairs has worked alongside the Nantucket Cottage Hospital in order to put together a range of services that include primary care, speciality visits, and emergency treatment, according to officials. This arrangement would also benefit veterans by removing an expensive and time consuming issue that they have been dealing with for many years. Many people have neglected receiving any type of medical treatments because the travel is such a hassle. Officials hope to change this.

    In a recent statistic only 2% of Nantucket’s veterans are frequent visitors of the Vetran Affairs medical system. This number is very low compared to anywhere else in the United States for veterans. The problem officials want to solve is that many veterans are struggling to receive care and there needs to be a better system in place where all veterans receive care – not only the ones on the island of Nantucket.

    While receiving care through this veteran health system is mostly beneficial, it can sometimes present many obstacles as well. According to the VA officials, only 24% percent of the veterans are eligible for health care compared to the 72% veterans across New England, as stated by outreach specialist for the VA New England Healthcare System, Mike McNamara. Moving forward, there are also prospects of there being more regulations and obstacles in the way for Nantucket Veterans to receive health care.

    24Jul

    Touch the Secret to Healing?

    The genuine, comforting touch of a persoin can make all the difference in the healing process.

    The genuine, comforting touch of a persoin can make all the difference in the healing process.

    In recent years, the word ‘touch’ has been developed and been assigned negative connotations.  The word is associated with items of sexual harassment and abuse; mostly negative affections are acknowledged, and positive reaffirmations often get thrown to the wayside.  However, according to an article for The Huffington Postcompleted by a life coach, the removal of this negative viewpoint on the word is crucial to finding true happiness in one’s life.

    The article was prompted by feedback received from one of the life coach’s clients.  The client indicated that the coach’s regular physical contact in accompanying their sessions helped heal even more than the words and advice the coach issued.  Prior to this, the coach didn’t really notice the persistent touching they issued; it was an unconscious effort, which resulted from growing up in a physically affectionate family.

    As soon as this realization was found, further thought was pursued.  Based in Los Angeles, the coach shortly realized that most individuals automatically apologize if they even get too close to someone else in their travels about the city.  The coach found this sad, as they recalled the benefits they received from the physical contact pursued by their parents.  A simple stroking of the back could ease stress and increase a healthy understanding of the individual’s sense of self.

    But touch and physical contact has shown to be little more than a dirty word to the general public, in the opinion of the coach.  It seems that society—particularly in the United States—has developed a fear of touching.  Apologies are issued before physical contact even occurs, based in the conception that it is an invasion of privacy.  The term is now most often associated with sexual harassment or abuse.  However, in the coach’s childhood, touching was associated with connection and unity; it was a means of communication and a gesture of caring and friendship.  When the coach first arrived in the United States, this disconnect between their definition of touch and the general public of the nation was brought to attention.  The coach’s lawyer had originally believed the coach was hitting on him, as their inclination towards touching was obviously perceived as uncommon.

    However, that was not the case; the coach had simply been raised that touch is the first and most important language we learn to express.  As infants and children, we demand to be held.  With time, as observed by the coach, some are told to stop reaching for touch, as they are a big boy or girl now and should no longer require that validation.

    For the coach, this is a completely incorrect message to send.  Through the power of touch, individuals can decode emotions; touch is more versatile and sophisticated than verbal communications.  To ignore it is to let some part of a person’s individuality behind.  To truly find happiness, we must become comfortable with reaching out for others and encouraging reaching out in return.  Caving to the fear of touching due to a concern of having affections returned inappropriately leads to a shell of a life.  Actions speak louder than words—a message of love will be received much quicker through a hug than through the uttering of the words—and, therefore, touching should not be viewed as a negative, but as a pursuit of health and happiness.

    25Mar

    Meditation in Many Forms

    Meditation comes in all different forms.

    Meditation comes in all different forms.

    Meditation comes in many forms. Depending on the individual, some meditation techniques may work better than others. Meditation has become so popular that even doctors, therapists and nutritionists are suggesting it for their patients and clients.

    Some basic forms of meditation are mindfulness, zazen, transcendental meditation, kundalini, qi gong, guided visualization, trance-based practices, and heart rhythm meditation. These 8 different kinds seem to be the most popular today according to the Institute for Applied Meditation.

    Mindfulness meditation is also known as Vipassana. This type of meditation derives from Buddhists. This is more of an observational process than it is active. During mindfulness, one keeps the mind running and accepts each thought as it comes, but tries to detach himself/herself from the thought. While it is not necessary to change your breathing during this type of meditation, you can often tell what type of energy state you are in by recognizing your breathing pattern and just letting it be. Zazen is another type of meditation that is derived from Buddhists.  Zazen means seated meditation. Zazen is done with great posture and not much more instruction.  In order to succeed at this type of meditation, you must have a great deal of self-discipline.

    Transcendental meditation comes from Hinduism. This is also done seated with great posture and usually in the lotus position. Many times there is a sacred word that is repeated. The purpose of this meditation is to calmly rise above any temporary negativity. Kundalini also comes from Hinduism. Kundalini focuses on rising energy and breath. Essentially, your breath is used to push energy upward continuously.

    Qi gong comes from Taoist tradition. This form of meditation also focuses on breath and energy but this time in a circular motion throughout your body, organs, and your soul. Guided visualization is a simple form of meditation that also demands focus and discipline. The object of this meditation is to concentrate on an image or scene, whether real or made up. This has to come from your own thoughts. Trance-based practices are a bit different from the types of meditations listed above. For example, in order to really be in a trance, one must lack self-awareness, awareness of his or her surroundings, and rational thinking. This state is usually not self-induced, but may be from drugs, music, or hypnosis. This is not a suggested form of meditation and can be harmful.

    Last, but certainly not least is heart rhythm meditation. This form of meditation focuses on your breath, heartbeat and your emotions. Understanding the energy of your heart and breathing gives you the opportunity to be in complete control of yourself and to comprehend your purpose and worth. This method is absolutely recommended and can benefit one’s spiritual development.

    As stated above, depending on the meditator, the best meditation methods may vary. It is important to test a few out to see what type is most beneficial to you. Meditating is very powerful and can truly change someone’s life for the better.