Harvard began a study in 1938 that is still ongoing. It began with 724 volunteers with 60 of the original still participating. After biometric tests, and brain scans and questionnaires, the clearest message that came from this study is good relationships keep us happier and healthier. Period.
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Winter is finally over, and the outdoors is beckoning us to come on out and get the fresh air and sunshine. Harvard Medical School stated that spending time outdoors benefits our physical and mental health.
Most New Year’s resolutions revolve around finances or healthier nutrition and exercise habits. By the end of January, if not sooner, most of us have failed at keeping a resolution or have already abandoned the dreams of accomplishing one.
When we feel that sense of failure, we quickly give up and move on, feeling defeated and disappointed. But there is nothing to say we can’t get back on the horse and try another strategy to fulfill that resolution.
As the new year approaches and you are making new goals for 2019, try making a goal to look at your life and goals with fresh eyes.
Holiday season brings many diverse feelings from great joy and happiness to full-on depression. I've listed some tips for those who are joyful, such as spreading joy to others as well as tips for those not wanting to face the holidays, such as volunteering.
I look forward to this time of year when the air is more crisp and leaves are beginning to change. October is recognized as National Walking Month which focuses on gettng people to make a habit of walking which gives you energy and improves health.
This month we are focusing on self-care. You might wonder what “self-care” really means and if it is being selfish to think about yourself. Honestly, it is about maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself. Make sure you are able to produce positive feelings and boost your confidence and self-esteem. We can get so busy taking care of our families and friends but never stop to think of our own needs. One action of self-care is to remind others as well as yourself that you are important and you have to take care of your own needs too.
Yesterday I was talking to a friend of mine about her Type 2 diabetes and the struggles and successes she has had in the last five years. She lost her health insurance about a year ago and couldn’t afford the number of medicines and testing supplies she needed to manage her disease. At that point, she made a decision to continue taking the oral medications, but not the shots. This story is so very familiar to many people.
Vacation: Consider it a Big Investment in You
Do you think of yourself as an asset worth investing in? Think of taking vacations as an investment to increase the value of that asset (YOU).
Common misconceptions about work:
While striving to live a healthy lifestyle, life is made easier when the environment around us supports healthy choices. We spend most of our days at work, yet most of the food available at state agencies is not necessarily healthy. We at Thrive know that many agencies desire healthy food to be available at their locations. Because of this, we created a toolkit to help agencies get started with a Healthy Pantry. A Healthy Pantry is a snack and/or meal vending option run entirely by state employees.
During the month of April, Thrive is placing a focus on Stress Awareness Month. In our toolkit, we outline ways to identify signs and symptoms of stress, and how to determine the root cause of stress in your life. These are important first steps in controlling and managing stress, but let's take it a step further and outline four ways that you can mitigate the effects stress can have on your body: