Stress Management Quiz

Do you feel like our stress tips have helped you to manage stress in a more productive manner? Take this quiz from WebMD to see where you rate on stress Management!

This week is National Sleep Awareness Week

The average adult requires about 7-9 hours of sleep in order to be well-rested. Sleep deprivation can have serious effects including a weakened immune system, memory problems, driving impairment, and depression. While trouble sleeping can be caused by many natural sources, the issue may be more serious. Healthfinder.gov has compiled a list of common symptoms of sleeping disorders. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor about the possibility of a sleeping disorder and what you can do to get a better night’s sleep.

Importance of Self-Care and “Me Time”

We’ve all heard how important self-care and “me time” is in regards to alleviating stress. But for most of us, the answer is simple – I just don’t have the time! Mayo Clinic provides a short and sweet article on how to break the busy cycle so that you can claim some time for self-care. Click Here to view the article.

April is National Donate Life Month

Are you an organ and tissue donor? If not, you may want to consider this. One person’s donation of their organs, cornea, and tissue could save up to 8 lives! According to Donate Life America, there are currently 119,000 people in the U.S. awaiting a lifesaving organ transplant, and 82% of these patients are awaiting a kidney transplant. Additionally, another person is added to the list every 10 minutes and roughly 8,000 deaths occur annually because organs are not donated in time to save a life.

Biometric Health Screenings are a Valuable Tool

Throughout the month we have been focusing on stress and ways to respond in a healthy manner. This is a very important skill because stress can take a significant toll on our physical and mental health if not dealt with properly. As an employer, undiagnosed ailments could affect you through lost productivity, increased sick time, or increased healthcare expenses in relation to your employees. Health Management Partners’ Biometric Health Screenings are a valuable tool in identifying underlying illness or managing treated illnesses of your staff. Contact Us for a complimentary consultation!

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

In 2014, 3,179 people in the U.S. were killed and 431,000 were injured as a result of distracted driving car accident. While these statistics are startling, this epidemic continues to increase. Distracted driving can include many activities such as talking on the phone or texting, eating or drinking, or adjusting your music or navigation system. According to distraction.gov, texting is the most dangerous form of distracted driving because it requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver. It is very important to keep your focus on the road when driving. If something can’t wait until your reach your destination, pull over so that you do not put yourself or other drivers at risk.

SMILE

We’ve all heard the phrase “you can laugh about it or you can cry about it.” Research shows that this phrase can be very true when it comes to managing stress! According to the American Psychological Association, laughing and smiling can assist in stress management and mood due to the fact that our brains are interconnected with our feelings and facial expressions. The next time you are feeling down or overwhelmed, try to refocus your thoughts on something that brings a smile to your face! It could be anything from participating in a favorite hobby, thinking about happy or funny thoughts, or pulling up your favorite comical YouTube video.

Today is World Health Day

The 2017 campaign focus is “Depression: Let’s Talk”. This campaign aims to reduce the stigma associated with depression and strengthen the movement for action against depression. If you or someone you know is suffering from depression, help is available! The National Institute of Mental Health offers a free, 24/7 hotline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

Have you ever considered stress to be a good thing?

Many of us may not feel that way, but perhaps a change in perspective could also change how we respond to stress! Stress certainly possesses the ability to leave us physically and mentally drained, but it also possesses the ability to motivate us to aim higher or achieve more. If a stressful position presents itself today, take a moment and try to see how this situation could motivate you in a positive way!