Tag: Health

Stroke Awareness

Posted by – May 25, 2012

May is National Stroke Awareness Month.  Yes, I know May is nearly over but I thought this was some very good information to get out there.  Knowing what to look for can save your life or the life of someone else.  The graphic below gives you a great way to remember the warning signs.  You can also click on it to download a flyer showing symptoms to look for and the FAST warning signs.

According to the National Stroke Association about 795,000 people in the U.S. will have a stroke this year. Yet most people cannot identify stroke warning signs or risk factors and most of those strokes are preventable–some studies indicate that up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented.  High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and smoking are a few contributors to stroke.  Visit the National Stroke Association‘s web page for more information, survivor stories, and resources.

50 Stress Relievers

Posted by – November 5, 2009

The economy’s in turmoil, the unemployment rate is high, and the cost of living went ridiculous last year making it difficult to buy even the barest essentials.  It’s easy to see why folks become so stressed out.  The problem is that too much stress can really wear you down and cause problems with your health.  Health problems can lead to depression and/or doctor bills, which only add to your stress.  It’s a vicious cycle!

My employer gave the following list of stress relievers to me (and co-workers) in an attempt to help us deal with the everyday stress of our jobs.  Some of these are actually stress “makers” for me (LOL!) but I hope this list can be of some help to you or someone you know…

1.   Ask for help
2.   Apologize for a mistake
3.   Meditate
4.   Build a model ship
5.   Stand up and stretch
6.   Call up an old friend
7.   Make a list, then follow it
8.   Cry
9.   Run
10. Tell a joke
11. Tell someone, “I love you”
12. Stop and look out the window
13. Work a crossword puzzle
14. Dance
15. Climb a mountain.
16. Count to 10
17. Read a good book
18. Plan ahead
19. Do one thing at a time
20. Watch a really good movie
21. Get a massage
22. Get a pet
23. Forgive someone
24. Fly a kite
25. Eat a good breakfast
26. Volunteer
27. Go for a brisk walk
28. Go fishing
29. Sing a song
30. Go swimming
31. Go to work a different way
32. Share your feelings with someone
33. Massage your temples
34. Take the stairs
35. Take a deep breath and let it out
36. Look at the big picture
37. Close your eyes
38. Hug a tree
39. Hug someone you love
40. Take a nap
41. Sit by a fire
42. Lie in a hammock
43. Listen to the birds
44. Walk barefoot in the grass
45. Lift weights
46. Learn to say “no”
47. Read something funny every day
48. Plant a flower
49. Smell a rose
50. (this was a repeat so let’s make it) Log on to Facebook


A second list we received for stress management comes from military.com and you can check that out here.  As for the list above, my personal favorite these days is number 40 but I do try most of these regularly.  What about you?  Do you have anything to add to this list?  What do you do to relieve stress?

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