Mindfulness Helps Chronic Pain

If you have chronic pain, regular neuromuscular massage can help ease the pain and maintain your range of motion, all of which help maintain your quality of life.

New studies show that mindfulness is another tool to help relieve chronic pain.

Mindfulness is nothing more than taking opportunities several times each day to bring your attention on to something in the present moment.

Much of the discomfort of chronic pain is our own reactions to it.
Often, our thoughts are brought from an activity we’re engaged in to thinking about what hurts.

There are mindfulness meditations, as well as activities that you can do anywhere to help your chronic pain.

Staying Hydrated in Winter

Your body needs water to maintain its temperature both in the hot summer months, and in the cold winter months.

Not having enough fluids is a common reason for people to suffer hypothermia while engaging in outdoor activities in the winter.

Maintaining enough fluids is one way to help your body remain warmer during the winter.

Tips to Stay Hydrated in Winter

Remember to stay hydrated all day, so start first thing in the morning with a full glass of water.

Set some mini-goals for yourself throughout the day and use a clear water bottle so that you can see how well you are meeting your goals.

If you aren’t fond of plain water, infuse your water with a piece of fresh fruit. Any citrus fruit can add flavor to your water and there are infusing water bottles available that make adding fruit to your water easy.

Anything liquid helps with hydration (except alcohol and caffeinated beverages), so warm yourself up with a nice cup of tea and stay hydrated.

Removing Holiday Lights can be Dangerous, too.

What goes up, must come down. Be just as careful on the ladder when you’re removing your holiday decorations as you were when you put them up.

A reminder … If you’re going to climb a ladder, check your ladder before you use it. If there are bent or broken rungs, replace the ladder before you climb.

Don’t climb a ladder alone. Have someone nearby who can steady the ladder while you climb.

Don’t let your kids or a helper climb the ladder with you. Believe it or not, having more than one person on a ladder is a common cause of falls from ladders.

Stay Hydrated in Winter

Staying hydrated in winter is just as important as staying hydrated when the weather is warmer.

Dehydration is much less noticeable in the winter, making staying hydrated a bigger challenge in cold weather than in warm.

Even though temperatures are cooler, the winter typically has much drier air which can lead to dehydration.

Becoming dehydrated can make you feel sluggish or run-down. Muscle fatigue is also a consequence of dehydration.

Dehydration in winter can leave you susceptible to colds and the flu which are more common in the winter months.

Stay hydrated!

Snow Shoveling has Health Risks

Snow shoveling is associated with health risks.

The combination of low temperatures and increased workload for the heart can be dangerous for individuals who are at risk of a heart attack.

If you feel symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath, stop shoveling and rest.
If the symptoms persist after you have stopped shoveling and had a chance to rest, call 911.

It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to cardiac issues.