Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Our New Year 2017 Wish For You

With the New Year comes hope. The hope for new beginnings, fresh starts, affirmations of love and promises for a healthier and brighter future.

The New Year also brings thoughts of heartfelt promises we make to ourselves and others, whether aloud or in our minds to do better and be better in some way like to care more, express love more, reverse bad feelings and create more loving relationships.

Of course, there are always the resolutions, superficial wishes and promises we make to ourselves to get in shape, lose weight, improve career paths, and many others for the New Year. 

No matter what your hopes, dreams, promises and resolutions you make to yourself to be healthier this year we're here to support you. It’s our hope 2017 brings you and your family health, happiness and prosperity in all that you do in this New Year. 

Thank you for supporting, caring and sharing Wellness Wednesday this year creating a healthier life yourself and those you care about.
Cindy Cohen RN

Your partner in health, 

Cindy Cohen RN 
Certified Health Coach
Wellness Consultant 


Sunday, December 18, 2016

Why People Get Depressed at Christmas

We are told that Christmas, for Christians, should be the happiest time of year, an opportunity to be joyful and grateful with family, friends and colleagues. Yet, according to the National Institute of Health, Christmas is the time of year that people experience a high incidence of depression. Hospitals and police forces report high incidences of suicide and attempted suicide. Psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals report a significant increase in patients complaining about depression. One North American survey reported that 45% of respondents dreaded the festive season.
Why? Is the Grinch in full force during the season? Is it because of the dark winter weather that increases the incidence of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)? Certainly those may be some reasons, but it appears to have more to do with unrealistic expectations and excessive self-reflection for many people.
For some people, they get depressed at Christmas and even angry because of the excessive commercialization of Christmas, with the focus on gifts and the emphasis on "perfect" social activities. Other get depressed because Christmas appears to be a trigger to engage in excessive self-reflection and rumination about the inadequacies of life (and a "victim" mentality) in comparison with other people who seem to have more and do more. Still others become anxious at Christmas because of the pressure (both commercial and self-induced) to spend a lot of money on gifts and incur increasing debt. Other people report that they dread Christmas because of the expectations for social gatherings with family, friends and acquaintances that they'd rather not spend time with. And finally, many people feel very lonely at Christmas, because they have suffered the loss of loved ones or their jobs.

The Christmas season can be a difficult time for many. For those of us, who are healthy and happy, now is a great time to reach out to those we know who are unhappy, sad or depressed. If you are depressed it's a great time to reach out to around you and help someone in greater need than you right this minute. 
Your partner in health, 

Certified Health Coach
Wellness Consultant
WELCOA Faculty
Nominated Top 100 Health Promotion Professional  

Friday, December 16, 2016

Bronchitis: Is it contagious?

Are you trying to figure out if you have a cold, the flu or bronchitis and wondering if it's contagious? To discover the answer this question you'll need to evaluate what’s happening to you when you feel sick with a sudden respiratory illness. 

First you will need to determine if you're experiencing the symptoms of bronchitis. We'll let the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention help us. They describe the symptoms of bronchitis as:
  • Coughing that produces mucus (you may not see mucus during the first few days you are sick)
  • Soreness in the chest
  • Fatigue (being tired)
  • Mild headache
  • Mild body aches
  • Fever (usually less than 101 °F)
  • Watery eyes
  • Sore throat

What can you do?

Home remedies are actually your best bet when it comes to treating bronchitis. Research trials have shown that antibiotics are not effective for the treatment of bronchitis. Readers Digest published Natural Home Remedies: Bronchitis Anyone who's suffered from bronchitis knows what a pain it can be. But if you treat yourself right with these simple home remedies, you can help clear your body up. 
Here is what they recommend ….
  • Breathe steam
  • Drink lot of water
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks
  • Drink mullein tea.
  • Eat chile peppers, hot spicy salsa, or dishes prepared with cayenne pepper 
  • Avoid milk products
  • Take supplements that help bronchitis
As to whether bronchitis is contagious, that will depend on what type of bronchitis you have. There are two types of bronchitis, chronic and acute. 

If you have chronic bronchitis you'll have the symptoms of bronchitis over a long period of time, months or even years plus can come back year after year. With chronic bronchitis your airways become irritated over and over causing a persistent cough. Things in the environment that irritate your lungs, like dust, chemicals, or smoke from a fire or cigarettes usually cause it. Chronic bronchitis isn’t contagious, but it’s a serious health problem that requires a doctor’s care and treatment to prevent more serious medical conditions from developing.   

When your symptoms come on suddenly and lasts 1 – 3 weeks this is known as acute bronchitis. It’s usually caused by cold or flu viruses. Since these viruses are contagious, acute bronchitis is contagious to those around you. It may take a few days of upper respiratory symptoms before you can distinguish between bronchitis or a regular cold. Either way in most cases, you’ll be contagious for as long as a week once your symptoms develop. Most symptoms of acute bronchitis last for up to 2 weeks, but the cough can last up to 8 weeks in some people.

A good time to make that doctor appointment is when you keep coughing even after your other symptoms are gone or if you’ve been coughing for more than 3 weeks, begin wheezing, coughing up blood, or have a persistent temperature.

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Your partner in health, 

Cindy Cohen RN, BS BA
Certified Health Coach
Wellness Consultant
C2 Your Health LLC
WELCOA Faculty

Monday, December 5, 2016

December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month - Safety Toy Tips

In recent years, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has created a robust toy safety system, by requiring testing by independent, third party testing laboratories around the world; enforcing stringent lead and phthalates limits for toys; imposing some of the most stringent toy standards in the world; and stopping violative and dangerous toys at the ports and in the marketplace before they reach children’s hands. These combined efforts continue to foster the confidence of American families as they prepare to shop for toys this holiday season.

Safety tips to keep in mind this holiday season:

Children can choke or suffocate on deflated or broken balloons. Keep deflated balloons away from children younger than eight years old. Discard broken balloons immediately.

Small balls and other toys with small parts
For children younger than age three, avoid toys with small parts, which can cause choking.

Scooters and other riding toys
Riding toys, skateboards and in-line skates go fast, and falls could be deadly. Helmets and safety gear should be worn properly at all times and they should be sized to fit.

High-powered magnet sets are dangerous and should be kept away from children. Whether marketed for children or adults, building and play sets with small magnets should also be kept away from small children.

Once gifts are open:
  • Immediately discard plastic wrapping or other toy packaging before the wrapping and packaging become dangerous play things.
  • Keep toys appropriate for older children away from younger siblings.
  • Battery charging should be supervised by adults. Chargers and adapters can pose thermal burn hazards to young children. Pay attention to instructions and warnings on battery chargers. Some chargers lack any mechanism to prevent overcharging.
Toy Safety Guides
The CPSC provides free safety alerts, guides, posters, brochures, handbooks and other materials which you can use to help spread consumer product safety information in your community.

Source:  December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Your partner in health, 

Cindy Cohen RN, BS BA
Certified Health Coach
Wellness Consultant 
WELCOA Faculty 
Nominated Top 100 Health Promotion Professional 
C2 Your Health LLC