Would You Cry After a Major Cooking Fail?

Sarah Hollenbeck from Postmates shared with Healthy Lombard that since we share a variety of healthy living tips, she wanted to reach out with some data on the most common cooking fails and how consumers react to them. This is especially timely as many people add “learn how to cook” on their 2020 resolutions list.

In her article, Sarah wrote that everyone from kitchen newbies to culinary aficionados can agree that cooking fails are inevitable (pro tip: watch out for your fingers or learn the hard way like this guy). Whether you are trying a new recipe or whipping up your favorite dish for the hundredth time, a slight distraction can turn a delicious meal into a disaster in seconds. Some fails are so bad—and hilarious—that people take to social media to share their kitchen mishaps with friends and family. But no matter how major your fail is, Postmates has your back with all your favorite snacks and meals ready to order for delivery at the touch of a button.

What do people typically do after major cooking fail? First, they tend to tweet about it, see more on that later. We surveyed 1,000 Americans to get the inside scoop on just how emotional a cooking fail can be. Read more

Positive Emotions and Your Health

The National Institute of Health asks, “Do you tend to look on the sunny side, or do you see a future filled with dark, stormy skies?” A growing body of research suggests that having a positive outlook can benefit your physical health. NIH-funded scientists are working to better understand the links between your attitude and your body. They’re finding some evidence that emotional wellness can be improved by developing certain skills.

Having a positive outlook doesn’t mean you never feel negative emotions, such as sadness or anger, says Dr. Barbara L. Fredrickson, a psychologist, and expert on emotional wellness at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. “All emotions—whether positive or negative—are adaptive in the right circumstances. The key seems to be finding a balance between the two,” she says.

“Positive emotions expand our awareness and open us up to new ideas, so we can grow and add to our toolkit for survival,” Fredrickson explains. “But people need negative emotions to move through difficult situations and respond to them appropriately in the short term. Negative emotions can get us into trouble, though, if they’re based on too much rumination about the past or excessive worry about the future, and they’re not really related to what’s happening in the here and now.” Read more

Why Bird Music Is Great For Relaxation, Stress And Anxiety

Deborah from Chipper Birds, a blog about birds shared that their chirps and tweets can help you relax when you are feeling anxious – and just in general too.

Why is bird music great for relaxation and anxiety?

Bird sounds enforce a human’s innate connection with nature; when birds sing, we know we are safe – when they quiet down, we panic.

This instinctive familiarity with bird songs plays a subconscious role in our stress recovery.

Music therapy has increased in popularity and time, and time again, the impact of music on our well-being has been proven to be nothing other than remarkable.

What Is Bird Music?

The sounds birds make include calls and songs.

The more structured vocalizations are usually songs to attract a mate or defend territory while shorter, less rhythmic sounds are calls used to communicate with each other.

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Eleanor Mackey, Ph.D., is a child psychologist who works primarily with the Obesity Institute and Children’s Research Institute wrote in the Rise and Shine Newsletter, that after January 1, it seems everyone is working to improve their diet or workout regime as they proclaim their New Year’s resolutions. A great way to bring your family closer in the coming year is for everyone to take part in those resolutions.

Tips for Family Resolutions:

  • Setting reasonable goals
  • Make them specific and concrete
  • Follow-through

For example, if your goal is, “we should spend more time together as a family,” you should be more specific like, “Every Friday is game night.” Then, every Friday, decide on a specific time that the whole family will get together. Details like time and day of the week help you keep track and accomplish your goal.

Older children may become interested in setting their own resolutions. If they have a hard time coming up with resolutions, you can help them by asking a series of questions, such as, “Are there things you want to learn or are there things you want to change?” Read more

Tips for Talking With Your Health Care Provider

The National Institute for Mental Health shared that you shouldn’t wait for your health care provider to ask about your mental health. Start the conversation. Here are five tips to help prepare and guide you on how to talk to your health care provider about your mental health and get the most out of your visit.

1. Don’t know where to start for help? Talk to your primary care provider.

If you’re going to your primary care provider for other health concerns, remember to bring up your mental health concerns. Mental health is an integral part of health. Often, people with mental disorders can be at risk for other medical conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes. In many primary care settings now, you may be asked if you’re feeling anxious or depressed, or if you have had thoughts of suicide. Take this opportunity to talk to your primary care provider, who can help refer you to a mental health specialist. You also can visit the NIMH Find Help for Mental Illnesses webpage for help finding a health care provider or treatment.

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Children’s National psychologist Eleanor Mackey, Ph.D., explains in this post, originally written for Rise and Shine, about gift jealousy and offers tips for parents on preventing and managing gift jealousy among siblings.  She shared that leading up to the holiday season, many parents search far and wide for the items on their child’s wish list. Despite the thought and love that parents put into gift choices for their family, children may still express jealousy over their brother or sister’s gift. Children’s National psychologist Eleanor Mackey, Ph.D., explains gift jealousy and offers tips for parents on preventing and managing gift jealousy among siblings.

Is gift jealousy normal for children?

While some parents may worry whether gift jealousy among their children is normal, Mackey reassures parents it’s perfectly natural. “It’s a normal part of development. Parents shouldn’t worry about it,” Mackey said.

Mackey said that children are learning to protect their territory, whether it’s over their room, toys or even gifts. She explained that kids can get territorial with their belongings because they don’t have a lot and as they begin to look at their sibling’s possessions they may feel jealous of their belongings. In fact, Mackey said it’s important for children to feel jealous and learn how to appropriately deal with their feelings because it teaches them healthy strategies as they grow up.

“It’s all healthy as long as they can cope with it appropriately and it doesn’t get in their way,” Mackey said.

Signs of gift jealousy

The signs of gift jealousy can range and are dependent on the age of the children, Mackey explained. More specifically, Mackey noted that little children, who do not fully comprehend the situation or their feelings, may just grab a gift out of their sibling’s hands, which could lead to a tug-of-war. With slightly older children, Mackey said signs of gift jealousy could include crankiness, moodiness or whining.  Read more

Happy Holidays

As another holiday season approaches, Healthy Lombard sends you its warmest wishes:

We wish you a season filled with warmth, comfort and good cheer!

We wish that peace joins all nations of the world in brotherhood.

We wish that the joys of the season shed light, hope and fill our hearts with love.

We wish you a New Year of happiness and health.

May you find the true spirit of the season!

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6 tips for good mental health this holiday season

Rogers Behavior Health shared that while many people look forward to the holiday season, more than a third of American adults say the holidays stress them out.
Between visiting family and friends, attending holiday parties and school concerts, buying gifts, and volunteering, the commitments of the holiday season leave many of us feeling overwhelmed.

“I think it’s important for people to know that during this festive time of year, it’s okay to share what you’re feeling, whether it’s good or painful,” says Dr. Lindsey Bergman, clinical director of Rogers’ new LA clinic. “So often there are assumptions made that everyone is happy and cheerful. But that’s not always the case, so don’t be afraid to let others know that you’re having a hard time.”

Dr. Bergman shares a few tips to help curb holiday stress:
1.  Get enough sleep. When stress interacts with a lack of sleep, it has a profound impact. If you’re not getting enough sleep, try to take 10 to 20 minutes during the day to meditate or relax by listening to music or reading a book. If you haven’t slept well for a night or two, try catching up with an extra hour the next night.

2.  Don’t take on too much. This time of year, it’s easy to get swept up into raising your hand one too many times to organize parties or other festive activities. While volunteering your time can make you feel good, be careful to not overdo it, as a heavy workload in the holiday season can cause undue stress.

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Eleanor Mackey, Ph.D., a child psychologist who works primarily with the Obesity Institute and Children’s Research Institute and a mother of two girls, wrote for Rise and Shine that the holiday season is upon us and while moms and dads might be overwhelmed with travel plans, decorating, and hosting family and friends, kids may be overwhelmed by something unexpected – too many gifts.

It may seem odd, but there can be too much of a good thing, even during the holidays. During winter festivities, children tend to get gifts from every corner of their life, from grandparents, neighbors and their own parents. Children who are overwhelmed with an abundance of gifts may react poorly and develop an attitude of entitlement: that they should receive something anytime they want it.

So, how can parents confront gift overload? Parents should develop a plan and get everyone on board:

  • Collaborate with relatives beforehand to make sure they’re buying gifts that your child really will enjoy.
  • Set a goal of the number of gifts you think the child should receive.
  • Take stock of all gifts that are there before you wrap them and if it looks like too many:
    • Create a prize bag to encourage good behavior in the future with some of the holiday gifts.
    • Withhold presents for later.
    • Return some gifts before the child opens them.
  • Ask the child to write thank-you notes for gifts received.

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8 ways reduce fatigue and increase energy around the holidays

Samir Undevia, MD Specialty: Medical Oncology shared in Edward-Elmhurst Health’s  Healthy Driven Blog that some days, there just isn’t enough time to accomplish everything we have on our ‘to-do’ list. During the holidays, our list of tasks is even longer, filled with decorating, shopping, dinners with friends and wrapping presents for our loved ones.

It can be easy to feel tired, stressed or burned out by the time the big man in the red suit arrives. For cancer patients, the feeling of fatigue is entirely different.

As one of the most common cancer-related symptoms, people with cancer describe fatigue as feeling weak, listless, drained or washed out. Some may even feel too tired to eat, walk to the bathroom or even use the TV remote.

Other signs of cancer-related fatigue include:

  • Feeling tired and the feeling doesn’t get better with rest or sleep, keeps coming back, or becomes severe
  • Feeling more tired than usual during or after an activity, or feeling tired and it is not related to an activity
  • Noticing you’re putting less energy into your personal appearance
  • Feeling like you are weak, have no energy, and are too tired to do the things you normally do
  • Feeling like your arms and legs feel heavy and hard to move

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