How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Do you have trouble falling asleep at the right time, or find yourself falling asleep at the wrong time?  Have you felt exhausted after a night’s sleep, or wish you could take a nap or have caught yourself nodding off while driving?  If you have answered yes to these questions, then you may have poor sleep hygiene.

According to National Sleep Foundation most healthy adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night – but some individuals are able to function without sleepiness or drowsiness after as little as six hours of sleep. But there are those who can’t perform at their peak unless they’ve slept ten hours. Sleep aids, a sleep-friendly environment, relaxation techniques and sleep schedules can help us achieve a good night’s sleep. Continue reading

It’s a Dreary Day in the Neighborhood

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Fred Rogers, better known as MisterRogers of the Neighborhood of Make Believe fame, was known for his positive attitude.  Yes, even though he haled from Western Pennsylvania, (known for it’s dreary days) he always said “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood!” Sure, maybe he was a bit over the top with his sweet and gentle positive manners, but his timeless wisdom  sure is a good lesson for all of us!

For some of us, it takes more than mind over matter to battle the long dark winters. The effects of overcast skies, short days, and limited sunshine can be overwhelming. Continue reading

The Heart of the Matter is Not a Valentine

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February is the perfect time to take a look at the heart and soul of well-being.

Stress and depression can impact heart health.  Feeling anxious, down or overwhelmed often leads to poor health choices.  These poor health choices can lead to heart problems. Downing a box of doughnuts when you have had a bad day, turning to alcohol for comfort, or not eating the good things your body needs are choices that can impact your health, especially your heart. Continue reading

How to Have the Difficult Conversation About Drugs at Work

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The workplace can be an important and effective place to address drug and alcohol abuse issues.  Many individuals and families face a variety of difficulties closely related to substance abuse, and these problems quite often spill over into the workplace. According to The National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence research reports that alcohol and drug treatment pays for itself in reduced healthcare costs that begin as soon as people begin recovery. By encouraging and supporting treatment, employers can assist in reducing the negative impact of drug/alcohol abuse in the workplace, while reducing their costs. Continue reading