Author: LifeWork Strategies

Seasonal Allergies

It’s that time of the year again – allergy season. Seasonal allergies affect people the most during the summer and spring, when flowers and trees start to bloom and produce pollen. For many of us, allergies cause itchy eyes, congestion, runny noses and other symptoms that make it difficult to enjoy the early weeks of spring. Depending on your allergy, it can be difficult to avoid irritants altogether. However, there are steps you can take to relieve your symptoms or reduce your exposure to common allergens. Before leaving your home, check your local daily weather report for mold, pollen...

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Sleep and Your Health

If you struggle to fall asleep, stay asleep or find it difficult to get your recommended eight hours every night, you are not alone. The National Sleep Foundation estimates that nearly 30 million adults experience occasional sleep problems. Also, two out of five adults report they regularly sleep less than seven hours on weeknights. Sleep issues may lead to health problems such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. “Lack of sleep can also negatively affect your emotions, memory, decision-making skills and physical health,” said Fooroogh Ostovari, MD, a primary care physician with Adventist Medical Group. “Managing and improving your...

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Poison Prevention

In 2016, 78 percent of reported poison exposures were accidental. To avoid the toxic effects of medicines and household cleaners, take these simple steps to keep you and your family safe. Before using any medication or household cleaner, read the directions on the label. For medications, this means following the dosage your doctor has prescribed and never taking prescriptions not prescribed to you by a doctor. Avni Jain, MD, a primary care physician with Adventist Medical Group, stresses the importance of reading labels on medication to prevent toxic reactions. “Some medicines cannot be combined with other medications,” she said....

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Social Support and Mental Well-being

With a wide visibility of news and media today, we frequently find ourselves exposed to troubling stories that directly or indirectly affect our communities. These events can impact well-being, causing anxiety, sadness, or fear. In response, it may be our natural urge to withdraw from others. Instead, we encourage you to seek support and nurture meaningful relationships with friends, family, and peers. Connecting with others builds resilience while reducing stress and cardiovascular problems following trauma. Use the helpful tips below to best utilize social support systems Share your story. This helps reduce the feeling of loneliness. Talking to others...

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Choosing a Daycare

Finding affordable childcare that suits your child’s needs is a big task. There are several options to choose from, including daycare centers, home daycares, nannies, and preschools. Many parents choose daycare centers to provide a safe and nurturing environment that helps children develop social skills through relationships with teachers and other children. When selecting a daycare center, there are several steps to take and questions you should ask to ensure a positive experience for you and your family. Veronica Linares, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with Adventist Medical Group, recommends that parents start the process by doing research on licensed...

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