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Changes For The Good June 17, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Health & Wellness, Home & Garden.
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The CoVid-19 Pandemic has changed our lives in many ways . . . and some of those ways are good for us.

We’re shopping less and exercising more.  We’re eating out less and doing more home cooking.  We’re taking time to slow down and spend more time in nature . . . right in our own backyards!

Best of all?

Many of us plan to hang on to those changes even after the current pandemic ends.

To read more:

The Coronavirus Quarantine Has Changed Us ~ And It’s Not All Bad (VOX)

Aah . . . that’s better!

A Spot of Humor April 21, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Humor, Joke.
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Late-night comedy:

After protesters called for the end of stay-at-home orders, Jimmy Kimmel said, “It’s like if the Titanic was headed towards the iceberg, and half of the passengers were like, ‘Can you please speed this thing up?’”

Opening up too soon = surrendering to the virus.

Stay well by staying well apart from others.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Acceptance Is Power March 26, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.
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I read an interesting article yesterday in the Harvard Business Review about the “grief” we’re feeling as a result of CoVid-19 and its inherent uncertainty:

That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief 

The article is worth a read.  Here’s a brief excerpt:

You said we’re feeling more than one kind of grief?

Yes, we’re also feeling anticipatory grief. Anticipatory grief is that feeling we get about what the future holds when we’re uncertain. Usually it centers on death. We feel it when someone gets a dire diagnosis or when we have the normal thought that we’ll lose a parent someday. Anticipatory grief is also more broadly imagined futures. There is a storm coming. There’s something bad out there. With a virus, this kind of grief is so confusing for people. Our primitive mind knows something bad is happening, but you can’t see it. This breaks our sense of safety. We’re feeling that loss of safety. I don’t think we’ve collectively lost our sense of general safety like this. Individually or as smaller groups, people have felt this. But all together, this is new. We are grieving on a micro and a macro level.

What can individuals do to manage all this grief?

Understanding the stages of grief is a start. But whenever I talk about the stages of grief, I have to remind people that the stages aren’t linear and may not happen in this order. It’s not a map but it provides some scaffolding for this unknown world. There’s denial, which we say a lot of early on: This virus won’t affect us. There’s anger: You’re making me stay home and taking away my activities. There’s bargaining: Okay, if I social distance for two weeks everything will be better, right? There’s sadness: I don’t know when this will end. And finally there’s acceptance. This is happening; I have to figure out how to proceed.

Acceptance, as you might imagine, is where the power lies. We find control in acceptance. I can wash my hands. I can keep a safe distance. I can learn how to work virtually.

I can accept the what is.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Sleep, Rinse, Repeat . . . March 22, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Health & Wellness.
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Getting plenty of deep, restful sleep is essential for our physical and mental health. Now comes word of yet another way that sleep is good for us: it triggers rhythmic waves of blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that appear to function much like a washing machine’s rinse cycle, which may help to clear the brain of toxic waste on a regular basis.

Aah . . . that’s better!

To read more:  Discovering the Brain’s Nightly “Rinse Cycle”

For Quarantines, Stock Up On Beans! March 17, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness.
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Medieval_kitchenIf you’re wondering which canned goods to put in your grocery cart to keep you satisfied during COVID-19 quarantines, start with beans!

They’re loaded with Fiber, Iron, B Vitamins, and Protein for a few cents a serving.

Eating beans will aid digestion, lower cholesterol levels, and regulate blood sugar (reducing the risk of diabetes).

Beans are good for your heart, great for your waistline, and they might even reduce your risk of colorectal and other cancers.

And they are so versatile ~ add them to soups, stews, or casseroles; whip up a batch of hummus; add garbanzo beans to your tossed salad; serve refried beans for Cinco de Mayo; enjoy a hearty bowl of black bean soup; etc.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

Good News For Gym Rats March 6, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Health & Wellness.
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If you like to exercise at the gym . . . don’t let fears about the coronavirus stop you:

Should You Avoid The Gym During the Coronavirus Outbreak?

But do make sure that your gym is following approved sanitation protocols.

And, if you are sick, stay home!

Aah . . . that’s better!

A Follow Up To This Morning’s Post March 5, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Home & Garden, Mindfulness.
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For more helpful tips from pathologist, James Robb, visit Snopes.com ~> Did A Noted Pathologist Write This Viral Coronavirus Advice?

In a nutshell:

1) NO HANDSHAKING! Use a fist bump, slight bow, elbow bump, etc.

2) Use ONLY your knuckle to touch light switches. elevator buttons, etc.. Lift the gasoline dispenser with a paper towel or use a disposable glove.

3) Open doors with your closed fist or hip – do not grasp the handle with your hand, unless there is no other way to open the door. Especially important on bathroom and post office/commercial doors.

4) Use disinfectant wipes at the stores when they are available, including wiping the handle and child seat in grocery carts.

5) Wash your hands with soap for 10-20 seconds and/or use a greater than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever you return home from ANY activity that involves locations where other people have been.

6) Keep a bottle of sanitizer available at each of your home’s entrances. AND in your car for use after getting gas or touching other contaminated objects when you can’t immediately wash your hands.

7) If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard. Use your elbow only if you have to. The clothing on your elbow will contain infectious virus that can be passed on for up to a week or more!

Stay Safe!

Avoiding A Case Of “My Corona” March 5, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Humor, Less IS More, People.
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New Scientist suggests that people can minimize the risk of infection from coronavirus (or the flu) by practicing “social distancing” and good hygiene:

1. Move at least a meter (or more!) away from anyone who appears ill if you can.

2. Don’t shake hands, hug or kiss people as a greeting.* (See Op-Ed Below).

3. Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol hand rub, especially after touching surfaces that might be contaminated.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says there is no need for healthy people to wear face masks.

It also says there is no evidence that pets can get and spread covid-19, or that the virus can be passed on via letters, packages or food.

To read more:  Coronavirus: What You Need To Know (New Scientist)

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* Op-Ed: Tip #2 is good advice

In my opinion, WAY TOO MANY people expect a hug, a kiss, or a hand shake when greeting others . . . even when said people are virtual strangers.

You know the type. Anytime an introduction is made, muscle memory causes them to mindlessly shove their hand forward in a gesture designed to signify, “damn glad to meetcha!”

Before you mindlessly reciprocate, think about this ~> you don’t know where that hand has been OR when said hand was last washed, if ever.  For all you know, it spent the last hour scratching/grooming/cleaning up after a troop of monkeys.

Or, you know, just one filthy monkey.

Since I’ve never been a fan of the hand shake (or of forced hugs and kisses), I’m going to use “Coronavirus Concerns” as a convenient excuse to “bow out” of hellos and good-byes involving any form of physical contact.

Henceforth and herewith, instead of shaking hands, or sharing a perfunctory hug or kiss, I’ll keep a SAFE distance, place MY scrupulously clean palms together, and give a brief nod in greeting:

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Namaste.

It’ll be interesting to see peoples’ reactions, especially those who (on auto pilot) shove their germ-laden mitts forward without first considering whether physical connection/ contact is (a) necessary or (b) desired.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

S.H.I.E.L.D. September 23, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Health & Wellness, Life Balance.
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While walking on the beach a few days ago, we bumped into some friends from the hood.

As we walked and talked, Ann filled me in on something she’d heard about creating and maintaining strong synapses in the brain to decrease the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

Here’s the S.H.I.E.L.D. formula:

S ~> Sleep 6-8 hours a day.  Naps count!

H ~> Handle Stress.  Relax via Meditation, Mindfulness, Music, Deep Breathing, Yoga, Tai Chi, Positive Affirmations, Self Care, etc..

I ~> Interact with Others.  One on One works.  As do enthusiastic Group Hugs!

E ~> Exercise.  Get up.  Get out.  Get going.  Walk, Bike, Roller Blade, Surf, Kayak, Canoe, Tennis, Golf, Paddleboard, Swim.  Move it!

L ~> Learn Something New Every Day.  Exercise your Brain!  Enjoy Crosswords, Scrabble, Sudoku, etc.  Tip:  Reading the Encyclopedia might count.  Googling the net worth of celebrities . . . not so much!

D ~> Diet.  Following the Mediterranean Diet is a good bet.  Veggies, Grains, Fruits, Nuts, Seeds, Healthy Oils, Wine, and Fish.

Just remember: some fish are too pretty to eat!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Take This Job . . . And Shovel It! July 16, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Humor, People.
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At my annual health and wellness exam, I asked my primary care physician about InSure ONE vs. Cologuard vs. a full blown Colonoscopy.

He did not recommend the InSure ONE test since it only screens for blood cells and not all polyps bleed.

And if they bleed, they don’t bleed all of the time.  They just bleed some of the time.

As a result, with InSure ONE, you will get a false negative some of the time. Which isn’t all that reassuring.

He did recommend giving Cologuard a go.  Pun intended.

Since Cologuard looks at the underlying DNA of the collected cells, you seldom get a false negative. If the results come back negative, you’re good to go for another year or so.  Which is reassuring.

There’s no need to do all the messy prep work involved with having a colonoscopy UNLESS you get a positive result.

Anyway, all of the above got me thinking about what must be one of the least desirable jobs in the medical industry ~> opening up boxes of Cologuard at the lab every morning.

Oh, Poo!