2016 Wrap-Up: Chronically Awesome News You Can Use
Are you looking for current health topics? Do you need tips and how to’s about chronic illness and general health that don’t fall into a specific condition’s category? That is where the News You Can Use comes in.
Chronically Awesome’s News You Can Use is a regular publication containing topical information about a broad range of subjects important to the health community. You can find the news on any of our social media channels, or you can look here for something you may have missed or need to send to a friend or loved one.
Why have all of your #ChronicallyAwesome friends been posting pictures of themselves doing good things and challenging their friends to do the same? It is called the #BornToBeGood Challenge, and while it is nothing like the Ice Bucket Challenge, it is intended to make you feel good, and here is why.
Anger and Your Health: when anger hijacks who you are it becomes dangerous. Dangerous for your body, and dangerous for your relationships. Anger hijacks your central nervous system by way of your amygdala. When you become angry you are flooded with adrenaline.
Men’s Health, Prostate Cancer: Prostate screening can be a difficult conversation to have with your doctor. Most men do not have to die of prostate cancer. So, you need to ask your doctor if you need that screening. Not everyone will need the screening, or you may not need it today, but you need to ask.
The Importance of Hydration: 60% of your body is water. Let’s talk about the importance of hydration. Hydration is the key to good health. “How much water should I drink every day?”
National Swimming Day: According to the CDC, studies show that people enjoy swimming as exercise more than exercise on land. Swimming is a #ChronicallyAwesome way to exercise!
Lucky Penny: Learn to be your own lucky penny with these positively Chronically Awesome steps.
Sleep Hygiene: Here are several important steps that, when practiced regularly, will help you get a better nights sleep.
Introducing the new Nutrition Label: What do changes coming to the nutrition label on food packaging mean to you? Grab your fork and knife, let’s plate up and dissect this new label.
Doctors: How Much Empathy? Patients with empathetic doctors have less pain sensitivity and stress. Additionally, there is evidence that suggests that when our doctors are aware of and acknowledge our needs and concerns with empathy, these doctors do not fall victim to the same levels of burnout, stress, and cynicism as other doctors.
June is PTSD Awareness Month PTSD manifests itself as nightmares or reliving an event with uncontrollable thoughts that occur over and over. Those with PTSD often have exaggerated negative beliefs about themselves and the world.
Zika Basics : The Zika Virus Disease is caused by The Zika Virus. The Zika Virus is spread primarily by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The most devastating result of the Zika Virus is infection during pregnancy. The virus can cause a serious brain birth defects.
Exercise and Chronic Illness: Exercise is often the last thing on the mind of those of us with a chronic illness. Joint pain, fatigue, and even depression make it hard to get out of the house, much less get out for the purpose of pumping iron or cranking up the heart rate. BUT!!! Exercise releases endorphins and endorphins make us feel good. That alone should be a good motivator.
Blogging and Chronic Illness: Writing and Chronic Illness: It’s Good For You! Do you blog? Write? Are you a poet? The Chronically Awesome Foundation has built itself upon the idea that expressing one’s self creatively will lead to you, someone who is chronically ill, feeling more Chronically Awesome.
Mental Health Legislation Passes Overwhelmingly: Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania’s HR 2646 “Helping Families in Mental Health Crises Act” passed the House overwhelmingly. The bill is an attempt to fix a mental health care system by fostering “evidence-based care” in this country that has hit a stalemate in mental health care policy and now has only a “patchwork of antiquated programs and ineffective policies”. Initially, a response to the tragedy in Newtown, CT, this bill was introduced in 2013:
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