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Why do I feel so tired each fall?

Written by: Kathy Fett, Director, Agnesian Work & Wellness Believe it or not, daylight savings time will soon be upon us. With daylight savings time, comes darkness and sometimes Seasonsal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a type of depression with symptoms starting in fall and continuing through the winter months. Some symptoms of SAD that […]

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Choices, choices and more choices

Various Internet sources estimate that an adult makes about 35,000 remotely conscious decisions each day. While this is a crazy big number of choices, you see how fast they can add up to a very large number if you break down all the types of choices. Each day we make 226.7 decisions on just food […]

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Focus on gratitude with a mindful attitude

I recently took a class on mindfulness and how it relates to stress reduction. Don’t let the word mindfulness freak you out. Think of the Bible verse that says…Psalm 8:3-5: “When I consider your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that […]

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Healing Thoughts: July 2016

Through Agnesian HealthCare’s Bereavement Services, support is available during this grieving process to individuals and their families following the death of a loved one. All services are offered at no charge and are available to any individual or group who has experienced the death of a family member or friend. Check out this month’s Healing […]

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Mindfulness through relaxation and stretching

If I asked you if you are aware of your body when you are resting, relaxing or stretching, you’d probably think I was a bit nuts. Why should I be doing something when I am trying to relax and not do anything?  The issue is when many of us “relax,” we are actually filling our […]

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How do you define alcohol consumption?

Written by: Terra Braatz, MSE, NCC, LPC, Agnesian HealthCare, Agnesian Work & Wellness EAP Supervisor Binge drinking by young people in some wealthy, developed countries has increased over the past two decades, even as overall alcohol consumption has fallen, according to an Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development study. Average annual alcohol consumption in the OECD’s […]

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Eight keys to maintaining health during the holiday season

Written by: Terra Braatz, MSE, NCC, LPC Key #1: Expectations Let go of unrealistic expectations as you cannot plan a “perfect” holiday or recreate the past. Key #2: Feelings Acknowledge and express your feelings honestly by giving yourself permission to feel grief, sadness, and loneliness. Key #3: Socialization Whether you tend to isolate or are […]

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Healthy lifestyle reminder with beads

Someone gave me the following idea from their church bulletin to remind them to be healthier in their choices. I loved the idea and modified it to what I think would be a great reminder for us all to have! All you need is some colored beads and string to make  a keychain, bracelet or […]

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Timely Reminders: Summer Safety

Whether your children are home for the summer, on the road with you or away at camp, use these tips to keep your family safe and healthy: Riding Safe When your child is ready to roll, make sure they: • Always wear a helmet when riding a bike, scooter and skateboard, or when roller blading. […]

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Road Construction

Winter, Fall and Construction Season Is your summer plagued by the stress of construction season? Not only is construction stressful in itself, but we are more aware of the amount of time and money spent at a stand still with gas prices quickly rising. Here are some tips to help you make it through a […]

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