WELLNESS TIP OF THE WEEK
3 Compelling Reasons to Put Down That Smartphone and Stay in the Moment This Summer
Taking a break from your smartphone for wellness is a recurring theme in Wellness Wednesdays, and now that summer is here, it’s time for cookouts, trips to the beach and all manner of other get-togethers with friends and family. Those of us that carry smartphones have had our brains trained to idly pick the devices up and begin the “endless scroll,” but here are five compelling reasons to stay in the moment with the people you’re spending your summer with:
1. Your eyes will appreciate the break from the screen. If you have an office job that involves heavy time sitting at a desk, staring at a computer monitor, you know how much your eyes can be screaming from a break. On average, Americans actually spend over 10 hours a day looking at screens. Extended use of screens can cause eye strain and, in the worst cases, actual vision problems —so use your time outside with friends and family as an excuse to give your eyes a rest!
2. You’ll have better conversations, and maybe even better relationships, with the people you’re spending time with. It might be tempting to pull out your phone to figure out who that guy was in that movie one time, but smartphones are engineered to dominate your attention and distract you from what’s going on around you. Stay focused on listening to what others have to say, and don’t let awkward silences with Uncle Terry drive you to reading hot takes on the latest Twitter scandal.
3. You’ll feel less stressed out. The Internet is often a place of controversy and extremes, which can be incredibly emotionally taxing. Smartphone app developers keep finding new ways to push the latest, worst breaking news out to their users as fast as possible, but trust us when we say you can wait until after the cookout to experience mean world syndrome at its most potent. Spend more time with the people you care about, and less time worrying about things you probably can’t control.
HEALTH IN THE VALLEY
NECC Offers CNA/Home Health Aid Program
Northern Essex Community College is currently accepting applications for fall sessions of its nurse assistant/home health aid program. This five-week, full-time noncredit day program will be offered this September and October at the Opportunity Works building at 671 Kenoza St., adjacent to NECC’s Haverhill campus at 100 Elliott St. The fall sessions are scheduled Sept. 10 through Oct. 15 and Oct. 22 through Nov. 29, with classes running from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The program prepares participants to take the Massachusetts state examination to become licensed as a certified nursing assistant and be listed in the Nurse Aide Registry. Participants who successfully complete the program will also receive a home health aide certificate. The program includes classroom instruction, skills practice, and clinical experience at a local, long-term care facility under the supervision of a registered nurse.
Fall information sessions for the Sept. 10 program will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on August 21 and August 28. The registration deadline for the Sept. 10 program is Sept. 5. Program information sessions for the October program will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 2 and Oct. 9. The registration deadline for the Oct. 22 program is Oct. 17. All information sessions and classes will be held in the Opportunity Works Building, room 114.
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
Having Trouble Getting Up to Exercise Every Morning? You’re Not Alone
If you’ve ever found every inch of your body refusing to leave the bed in the morning to get your exercise routine started, you’ve got company! Beth Skwarecki of Lifehacker has experienced the same thing, and put together a short list of ways to get up and at ’em. Skwarecki says that resolving the little annoyances that hold you back from getting started — like giving yourself time to wake up, rather than launching straight into a routine while you’re still in a fog — can make a big difference in making sure you’re sticking with it. Check out the full article on Lifehacker if you want to see what else she recommends.
LOCAL HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS
Set at Vandenberg Esplanade in Lowell’s beautiful redeveloped waterfront area, the 2018 Lowell Wildcat Triathlon hosted by Greater Lowell Family YMCA is a great Olympic distance triathlon for people new to the distance as well as experienced triathletes. Lowell, Mass. | Facebook.com
The next race in the Gate City Striders’ 2018 Mine Falls Summer Trail Series will be held starting at 6:30 p.m. at Stellos Stadium. As the name suggests, this fun, no-frills series is run entirely on trails through scenic Mine Falls. Nashua, N.H. | GateCity.org
Sangha Yoga Collective and Bija Yoga will hold their next free Yoga in the Park session from 6 to 7 p.m. at Boarding House Park. Each week, the yoga studios will be joined by a different local organization doing good for Lowell, giving participants the ability to learn about them and offer financial support if they so choose. Lowell, Mass. | Facebook.com
The Enterprise Bank Boot Scootin’ Boogie 5K & Brewfest will be held at the Londonderry Athletic Field Complex from 6 to 10 p.m. After you run the 5K, you’ll be able to wind down with a country concert, 40-foot bonfire and drinks from some of your favorite breweries. Londonderry, N.H. | MillenniumRunning.com
Pizzastock II, a community-wide youth music festival, will hold its second annual event at MacGregor Park from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The event will feature a daylong series of independent youth bands from the region, along with an open discussion and information on mental health and suicide prevention. Derry, N.H. | Pizzastock.org
Groundwork Lawrence Farmers Market
Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, times & locations vary
See GroundworkLawrence.org for full calendar!
Thursdays, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Thursdays, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Grand View Farm
Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
51 Merrimack St.
Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
North Andover, Mass.
Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Intersection of First St. and Main St.
Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
14 Main St.
The Farm Market @ Mill No. 5, Lowell
Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
250 Jackson St.
Mill City Grows Mobile Market
Times & locations vary
See MillCityGrows.org for full calendar!
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