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Migraine & Headache Awareness Month

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| June 1, 2021 |


June is migraine and headache disease awareness month. Everyone has a headache now and then, but more than 35 million people in the U.S. suffer from chronic migraine or cluster headache disorder. 43% of women and 18% of men will experience migraines at some point in their lives. The majority of migraine sufferers are between the ages of 35-45.

If you or someone you love has persistent pain, learn to recognize the similarities and differences between migraines and headaches. Consult your doctor for guidance and treatment options.

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Life with Anxiety

| May 26, 2021 |


Anxiety disorders are real illnesses that are based on extreme fear. They affect: 

Check out the Mental Health America website for practical tools that you can use to improve your mental health and increase your resiliency regardless of your personal situation.

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How Sleep Improves Mental Health


| May 19, 2021 |


It is easy to lose focus on the importance of sleep and for most of us sleep is usually the first to go when we get overwhelmed with commitments or stress. According to Mental Health America, you're more likely to succeed at your tasks and enjoy greater well-being if you get adequate sleep. We also know nearly two-thirds of Americans say they lose sleep because of stress. Lack of sleep is linked to the following significant health issues:
  • a greater risk of depression and anxiety
  • increased risk of heart disease and cancer
  • impaired memory
  • a reduced immune system
  • weight gain
  • greater likelihood of accidents
Think about your individual sleep needs to help you combat daily stress. Seven to nine hours of sleep a night is recommended by experts. The questions below will assist you in assessing your sleep and help you take the necessary steps to improve and/or manage your stress.
  • Am I often tired?
  • Am I using caffeine to get through the day?
  • Do I sleep well?
  • Do I wake up feeling refreshed?
  • Do I get drowsy while driving or watching TV?
Visit the National Sleep Foundation's website for support on creating a healthy sleep routine.

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Returning to Work after the Pandemic

Panoramic group of business worker team wear protective face mask in new normal office with social distance practice with hand sanitiser alcohol gel on table prevent coronavirus COVID-19 spreading

| May 12, 2021 |


We all will have some anxiety and stress with transitioning back to the office setting soon. Experts say that with that will come a range of concerns, including child care responsibilities and the safety of our family members. Selfcare is an important aspect to your emotional and physical well-being and below are some helpful tips:
  • Keep a regular sleep schedule
  • Get back to a normal routine and try to stick to it
  • Take breaks throughout the day to stretch
  • Spend time outdoors during non-work hours
  • Take breaks from social media – hearing repeatedly about the pandemic can be upsetting and exhausting
  • Connect with others – talking with coworkers, friends and family gives you a sense of belonging and support.
  • Educate yourself about COVID-19 – there is a lot of misinformation out there. Make sure you go to a reputable resource, i.e. CDC or World Health Organization.
The term “we are all in this together” really rings true. Let’s support and check in on one another – the future is getting brighter!

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Mental Health Myth Busters


| May 1, 2021 |


MYTH: Mental health conditions are uncommon.
FACT: In the U.S, almost half of adults (46.4%) will experience a mental illness during their lifetime. Five percent of adults (18 or older) experience a mental illness in a given year that limits one or more major life activities. This is equivalent to 43.8 million people. 1 in 25 Americans experience a serious mental illness.
MYTH: Mental illness is caused by personal weakness.
FACT: Mental illness is not the fault of the person who has a mental health condition. It is caused by environmental and biological factors, not a result of personal weakness.
MYTH: People with mental illness can’t handle work.
FACT: Stressful situations can be difficult for all people, not just those who live with mental illness. People with mental health conditions have jobs, go to school, and are active members of their communities.
MYTH: You can never get better from a mental illness.
FACT: Mental health issues are not always lifelong disorders. With the right recovery plan, people can live productive and healthy lives.

For more info on Mental Health Myths

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