by Victoria Bresee
Does your chest tighten and heart race, just thinking about the next few weeks? Do you wonder how you’re going to get everything done? Are you already dreading having to spend time with certain people? Are you worried about your finances?
No matter what our religious beliefs, December in America can run us through the gamut of emotions-love, joy and happiness, if we’re lucky, but also loneliness, anxiety, guilt, resentment and frustration. Just when we need it the most, we may also find ourselves not taking the time for our health and peace of mind.
Here are a few suggestions to make sure that you and your loved ones are able to enjoy the love and fun that the season promises and that you have time for spontaneity and to experience truly meaningful traditions.
By Andrea M. Risi, LPCIt's that time of year again! Time for family and friends. Time for holiday spirit. And time for parties. Those three things combined can also mean too much of a good thing!
It's our culture's tradition to be festive and indulgent this time of year. But how can we enjoy the holidays without over-stuffing ourselves on food, drink and fun?
By Jennifer Slack, MSW, LCSWFor children, living with life threatening food allergies presents challenges that other kids don’t have to think about. From the earliest age, these kids face a reality where their lives are at risk by the basic human need of eating. However, these kids are still kids, and even though it is of the upmost importance to stay safe, they still have the basic desires of most children. They want to laugh, play, have friends, sleepovers, play sports, etc. So when they realize that they aren’t “like” other kids, it can lead to fear, anxiety, social isolation, sadness, feelings of loneliness or being “different.” As a parent, knowing how to talk to your child about these things is essential and not always easy. Here are few tips on how to address these issues with your child who has life threatening food allergies.
By Andrea M. Risi, LPCNovember 14, 2012 is World Diabetes Day.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that arises when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that enables cells to take in glucose from the blood and use it for energy. Failure of insulin production, insulin action or both leads to raised glucose levels in the blood (hyperglycemia). This is associated with long-term damage to the body and the failure of various organs and tissues.
Diabetes is difficult. It imposes life-long demands on people with diabetes, requiring them to make multiple decisions related to managing their diabetes. People with diabetes need to monitor their blood glucose, take medication, exercise regularly and adjust their eating habits. Furthermore, they may have to face issues related to living with the complications of diabetes and may be required to make considerable psychological adjustments.*
Five Tips for Coping with Diabetes:
By The Food Allergy Therapist, Jenn Slack, LCSWAs a parent of a kid with food allergies, there are many fears and anxieties that might arise as you go through different stages of your child’s development. With the never ending situations you will face, it’s no wonder that parents of kids with food allergies are often conflicted with added stress, fear and anxiety about their child’s safety. The following are tips for parents on managing their fear and anxiety.
By Victoria Bresee
, MAR, Registered Psychotherapist, Certified HypnotherapistCould you use a quick dose of empowerment in your life?How about dressing up, making yourself look big, using your imagination or going dancing?
It’s that time of the year that we hear the question, “What are you going to be for Halloween?” A pirate, a princess, Spiderman? The top adult costumes this year are-witch, vampire, pirate, Batman character, zombie, vixen and princess. Why do we still love to dress up so much? Well, at least for a few hours we get to experience the power it give us to be scary and intimidating, a sexy vamp, or to have magical powers.
What’s great is that studies show that by just pretending, we actually become!
By David Burrows, BA, CMP, CHTP, RMT, Owner of Turtle Mountain Healing
Do you go on vacation and all your pain, stress, and tension issues go away? You're probably not alone in this based on my experiences with clients in Denver. In the old days, before massage therapy became so sophisticated, such as in '92 when I was licensed in massage, one of the key benefits of massage was considered to be its ability to induce the "relaxation response," a term coined by M.D. Herbert Bensen. More than once one of my clients with ongoing issues has gone on vacation and reported that they had none of their familiar symptoms while they were away. In fact, this experience of having all minor medical issues clear up while on vacation has happened also to me. Rather than suggest the usual list of meditation, yoga, tai chi, breathing exercises, etc., all of which are possibilities, I'd rather share my most fun forms of relaxation as possible choices for you as well.
By IMPACT Personal Safety of Colorado
This is Part II in a two-part series on traveling. Check out Part I. · Keep valuables on your person or in a safe.
· Make copies of travel documents/passport and leave one at home and one with you (in a separate place from the originals).
· Listen to music and movies with one head phone, if you must!
· Choose who you share information with and ask information of intentionally—it's ok to ask for information/directions.
· Check World Health Organization/Center for Disease Control for required or recommended vaccinations of your destination.
· Consult your doctor of choice for health requirements, recommended physical condition/dietary needs preparations—bring all medications and food you need to avoid travel-related illness for as much of your journey as possible/plan well in advance for refills/resupplies.
· Learn the language! or at least study up on the customs of your destination.
· You and your fellow fliers are the first and best line of defense against violence on a flight (see “Fear Less”). Report odd behavior to the crew!
For questions or to learn more experiential/practical verbal, physical and awareness life-skills, check out an IMPACT Basic's program or Workshop or call 303-956-6643! May your summertime vacations and stay-cations be fun and exciting!
By Heather McNay, Owner of Blue Orchid Massage
While tiny, your jaw joint the TMJ is a vital part of your health. Any type of jaw pain can prevent healthy eating and chronic pain of any kind can begin to affect your quality of life.
There can be a wide variety of reasons you may experience jaw pain including whiplash, injury, teeth grinding or clenching. Stress can also be a common cause of jaw pain that many people are not aware of. As a response to tension, it’s natural to hold your body tight, including the jaw.Common Symptoms of TMJ Dysfunction:
- Popping or clicking in the jaw
- Difficulty in opening or closing your mouth
by IMPACT Personal Safety of Colorado
Some people seem to thrive off of traveling to new, remote and sometimes exotic places, while others may feel nervous and anxious at the prospect of traveling around their home state or across state lines for family outings. Whether the adrenaline you feel gives you a sense of euphoric bliss or paranoid anxiety (or anywhere in between), IMPACT Personal Safety of Colorado's tips can help you manage your reaction to the variety of trip and vacation experiences you may come across. These are tips NOT rules or guidelines: You are the expert on you!