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WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK
Work Smarter, Not Harder … with Science on Your Side!
Some people make a point to constantly talk about how much they work, but the truth is, the amount of time one works is not nearly as important as the amount of work one gets done during the time they spend working. Courtesy of Entrepreneur, here are a few science-backed ways to “work smarter, not more” and still have time to do the things you really want to do:
– Evaluate your internet speed and consider increasing it if a slow connection is getting in your way. While it may seem obvious, research shows that people with faster connections get a lot more done. It’s not just the speed of the connection, though; those with speedy connections spend less time getting frustrated and less time goofing off while waiting for things to load, making for better work habits overall.
– Structure out your day the night before. The very idea of this might make some people feel as though they’re going to break out in hives — after all, it’s usually best to keep work at work — but scientific studies have proven that the simple act of going down a checklist and marking things off relieves anxiety and causes feelings of accomplishment that then make further work even easier and more satisfying.
– Don’t even think about looking at the news while you’re at work. It’s all too easy to get distracted with the internet at your fingertips, and the news is not only destructive in that way, but can also significantly wreck your mood. For every story about happy puppies being rescued, there are a hundred more that will falsely increase your sense that the world is a bad, dangerous place. And, needless to say, that’s not exactly the best attitude to have when you need to get work done.
HEALTH IN THE VALLEY
Integrated Behavioral Health at Element Care
(Sponsored) Element Care, a nonprofit serving the Merrimack Valley, provides complete health care to adults 55 and over through the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) and is a national leader in integrating behavioral health into coordinated care. “As our population ages, there are a growing number of people who have complex medical problems combined with mental health conditions and/or problems related to substances, and this presents a serious challenge for traditional primary care providers,” said Jenny Chiang, MD, primary care physician at Element Care’s Lowell PACE. “These individuals and their caregivers often find it hard to find any viable care options that meet all of their needs.” (read more)
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
The Most Important Meal of the Day … and the Biggest?
While many Americans gulp down a paltry breakfast or just skip the morning meal entirely, an expanding pool of research shows that we may be acting counter to our body’s self-interest by saving all our eating until the end of the day. Marie-Pierre St-Onge, an associate professor of nutritional medicine at Columbia University, said “I always tell people not to eat close to bedtime, and to try to eat earlier in the day,” and it’s no wonder — her group issued a statement explaining that skipping breakfast increases one’s risk of obesity and diabetes. The fundamental question posed by the new research is whether we should be front-loading our diets, and that will take a bit more research to determine … but it’s certainly not good news for those of us that can barely stomach a bagel in the early morning. (via The New York Times)
New Guidelines Set to Increase Number of Children Diagnosed with High Blood Pressure
A new set of recommendations issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics will likely result in an increase in the number of children diagnosed with high blood pressure. The reason? The doctors who issued the guidelines wanted to make children and parents more aware of blood pressure as a potential indicator of health issues, with the overall goal to prevent said issues by putting people on alert. “Untreated, we believe that high blood pressure in a child will lead to high blood pressure when that child becomes an adult, so that would potentially lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease later in life,” said Dr. Joseph T. Flynn, author of the new guidelines. (via CNN)
LOCAL HEALTH HAPPENINGS
The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Healthy Living Expo at Holy Family Hospital. Join them for a free community barbecue, visit with wellness vendors and learn more about health, fitness, nutrition, financial wellness, emotional wellness and living green. Haverhill, Mass. | HaverhillChamber.com
If you haven’t tried Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga (“SUP YO!”) yet, consider signing up to take part as Windsoul Studio goes through a session on Mascuppic Lake at 9 a.m. Benefits of this sort of yoga include increased focus and concentration, heightened balance and core strength, and the opportunity to connect with nature. Tyngsborough, Mass. | WindsoulStudio.com
Neurosurgeon Robert Miller will talk about lumbar stenosis and back pain during September Senior Lunch at Holy Family Hospital from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost of $5 includes a full dinner and the presentation. Haverhill, Mass. | HolyFamily-Hospital.org
The NH Health & Wellness Center will hold a class entitled “Your Gut is THE Link to Your Health” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Nashua, N.H. | NHHealthWellness.com