Health Corner – COVID, RSV & Flu reminder…

Health Corner – COVID, RSV & Flu reminder…

COVID, RSV & Flu Reminder

Be mindful this winter season of illnesses. Washing your hands frequently is your best protection. Stop the spread of germs and cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands. It is not too late to get your vaccines! Do your best to protect you and others.

We will provide masks & hand sanitizer in the building. If you don’t feel well, please stay home & take care of yourself. You can participate in worship by viewing our online options.

Health Corner – Tips for Navigating Holiday Stress

Health Corner – Tips for Navigating Holiday Stress

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV): “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

The season of Advent and leading up to Christmas can be stressful and filled with many emotions for a multitude of personal and worldly reasons. Focusing on these well-known tips can help you experience a season where you can find joy and peace during this time of so many activities.

Be Realistic
Focus on what is most important and let go of the rest. Set boundaries to protect your time and energy. Have a short todo list and complete it. Avoid a long check list that leaves you feeling overwhelmed. Maintain old Holiday traditions and add new ones!

Maintain Healthy Habits
Prioritize healthy routines and encourage your family to do the same. Take care of your physical, mental, and emotional
health. Prioritizing self-care is essential to establishing balance in your life. Maintain a healthy eating, and exercise routine. Get enough sleep. Reserve 5-10 minutes daily for quiet time. You will find that other responsibilities will not suffer and may be accomplished with less, not more anxiety. Be mindful of this winter season of illnesses, COVID, RSV, Flu. Washing your hands frequently is your best protection. Stop the spread of germs and cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands. It is not too late to get your vaccines! Do your best to protect you and others.

Gratitude
Gratitude is one of the most powerful ways to reduce stress. When you focus on the good things in your life, it is difficult to be stressed. You CAN express gratitude to God in prayer, in journals, and in your conversations with others. May you find hope, peace, joy, and love during this Advent season, no matter where you are at in your journey of life. I look forward to seeing our church filled with this community of faith, St. Timothy!

In Wholeness of Health,
Jana Tindall RN, BSN
Faith Community Nurse

Health Corner – Every Day Can Be a Day of Thanksgiving

Health Corner – Every Day Can Be a Day of Thanksgiving

Yes, it’s a bit cliché to be writing about gratitude during the month of Thanksgiving. But an “attitude of gratitude” doesn’t need to be saved just for Thanksgiving Day. Gratitude has been a tool in a clinician’s toolbox for decades and has been foundational to the Christian faith for several thousand years.

Oxford Languages defines gratitude as “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and return kindness.” Simply put, gratitude is the practice of cultivating a genuine appreciation for what we already have. It acknowledges the appreciation for those gifts and encourages us “to pay it forward.” Being grateful instills in us the belief that you are thankful for what you have, RIGHT NOW, in this very moment, rather than worrying about what you don’t have or won’t have at some point in the future.

You might be thinking, “that’s a nice definition of gratitude, but what does gratitude have to do with health and well- ness?” Well, gratitude has a major impact on our physical and mental health. Studies have proven that being grateful can help prevent disease and can even help us live longer. Practicing gratitude can LITERALLY change the way our brains operate.

When we practice gratitude, our brains release dopamine and serotonin, the two crucial neurotransmitters responsible for our emotions. They make us feel ‘good’. They enhance our mood, making us feel happy from the inside.

Gratitude can have such a powerful impact on your life because it engages your brain in a virtuous cycle. Your brain only has so much power to focus its attention. It cannot easily focus on both positive and negative stimuli.

In addition, your brain loves to fall for confirmation bias (looks for things that prove what it already believes to be true). Dopamine reinforces this as well. So, once you start seeing things to be grateful for, your brain starts looking for more things to be grateful for.

To begin practicing gratitude:

  • Name three things you are grateful for each day–perhaps write them down in a gratitude
  • Find time for prayer, meditation and
  • Share your gratitude with others-make an effort to share how grateful you are for “Pay it forward.”
  • Challenge yourself to be grateful in difficult

Romans 12:9-10 — “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”

Susie Merrihew, MSW, LCSW