I Am Your Heart

I don’t mean to brag, but I am the most important organ in the body. Yes, I am the heart, and without me there is no body.  I am one of the hardest working organ in the body, and  one of the most abused.  I am the one, that carries blood all around. I am the one, that supplies all the other organs with good nutrients and take away the waste. I feel so unappreciated, taking care of me is really not that hard, here is a few simple easy ways to help keep me healthy and strong:

 Reduce Stress:

  • When you are feeling stressed at home or at work find a way to reduce the stress.
  • Put yourself first, think about you, how tired and distressed you feel. Take a deep breath, and breathe, breathe slowly in through your nose, out through your mouth about 8 times, relax.
  • If you have a long list of things to do, take care of the easy necessary ones first, then stop, the world will not end because of it.
  • Shut down your computer and your cell phone for awhile, take a walk, or just put up your feet, relax.
  • Take life Slow, maybe you are moving too fast, look at the sun that makes the flowers smile, and the rain that moistens the earth. Stop for a moment and just enjoy life.

Good Posture: 

  • How we carry our bodies can affect our health.  “Remember when growing up our elders use to make us sit up straight, or walk with our shoulders back?”  ”Did you ever wonder why?”   Well, they had good reasons, because scientists now say that a lot of  our ailments and pain can be blamed on bad posture. Bad posture can cause difficulty breathing, headaches, backaches, chest tightness and fatigue. So, don’t slouch, and keep your shoulders back, this will also improve your appearance.

 Eat Right:

  • Many people eat when they feel certain emotions, like anger, unhappiness or bored.  They most likely will reach for foods high in salt, sugar or deep fried like french fries, potato chips, ice cream or sodas. Too much of foods high in protein, like red meats, is not very good either because it is hard for the stomach to digest.
  • Eat when you are hungry, and eat heart healthy foods, like oatmeal, fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, poultry, fish and drink red wines.

Exercise:

Start out small, take baby steps and you will be surprised at how small lifestyle can give back big results.  There is no need to buy expensive exercise equipment, or run out and join a gym. You can start out with simple lifestyle changes like the ones listed below:

  •  Get off the bus or train two stops before reaching your destination and walk
  • Instead of taking the elevator, walk up the stairs
  • Get up from your desk every couple of hours and walk around
  • Put on some music, and dance while you work around the house

Just a few lifestyle changes can save your life, I know, because I am your heart.

Take care of me, I am worth it.

 

What You Need to Know About Post-Partum Care

The first few weeks after birth and bringing home a new baby can be an exciting and trying time for parents experienced and new. It is one of the most difficult times for parents. Most mothers are still tired, sore (from labor) and sleepless because the baby is not sleeping at night. Many adjustments takes place during this time, and that sometimes leaves new parents worried that they are not taking good care of their baby.  A cesarean birth or any other difficult birth can make the transition to home life even more complicated for everyone involved. Some women are blessed and have an able mother or relative nearby willing to help care for the baby.  Other women have to, or prefer to hire someone to help out while they recover and spend quality time with their partner and baby.

The help of a good doula is invaluable during the first six weeks at home. She assist mothers, fathers and baby adjust to their new routine. She gives breastfeeding support, and help mothers physically and emotionally recover from the hard work of giving birth. A new father can also benefit from having a doula around. Most new fathers are uncertain about their abilities in caring for a new born, and the doula can assist and reassure him that his baby is in the best hands, his.    A postpartum doula cares for the new born, and can help with light housekeeping, meal preparations, run errands and provides referrals to community support resources.  To sum it all up, a postpartum doula can assist experienced parents to balance their routines, and help new parents transition to their new roles. Refer to our Post-Partum Care Services!

Stress Management

pulling-your-hairPeople say that we cannot always control what happens to us, but we  can control our reactions.  We all have stress in our lives, and all of us respond differently.  Some people get emotional, others get  physical or intellectual.  Stress can be positive or negative. Positive stress motivates, alerts, and helps us to stay clear of bad situations.  Negative stress puts us at risk for diseases like depression and heart disease.  When there is no  relief from stress there is distress, and distress can lead to disease.  Dis- ease means the body is not at ease. Research suggests that stress  can also cause or make certain disease symptoms worst.  Scientist reports that stress is linked to six of the leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide.

Controling the stress in your life is the way to stay healthy and strong.   There are many simple ways to control stress and manage distress, and here on this site  I am going to show you how.  I read an article in Readers Digest the other day that had a list of ways to manage stress, here are a few:

  1. Eliminate as many sources of stress as you can: if crowds bother you, go to the supermarket when you know the lines won’t be too long
  2. Avoid predictably stressful situations: If a certain sport or game makes you tense, decline the invitation to play.
  3. If you can’t remove the stress, remove yourself. You can slip away once in a while for some private time.
  4. Try doing only one thing at a time. For example, when you’re riding your exercise bike, you don’t have to listen to the radio or watch television.

I say, sometimes it is better to do nothing, delegate to others some of the work that has to be done. Let someone else (a family member, a friend, or even a paid service) help you with your never-ending To-do list.  Sit back, relax, get a manicure, a massage, have a drink, or a nice cup of green tea, your body and your mind will thank you for it.

Advise for Stress Management

Drink a little bit of Green tea and relax. Some times its not what you drink its really the time you take to have the drink that you cherish. We recommend to pull yourself out of the situation in order to get the best out of life. The problem will be there when you get back. Just pause refocus and regroup.