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ARE YOU FOLLOWING UP ON YOUR RESOLUTIONS????

We’re already a month into 2017. We thought it’s a good time to look back on our New Year Resolutions.

If you are anything like the majority of us, you must have made a New Year Resolution or two with a hope to better your health and lifestyle.

Are you on track with your goals? Do you need motivation to keep up? Or maybe simply tweak a few things to make them more realistic and achievable?

  • Firstly be PATIENT. As the saying goes “slow & steady wins the race”. Remember this is only the beginning of February and you might not see big results right away. But hang in there as long as you are working towards your goal 🙂
  • Measure your progress: In order to understand if you are on the right path to reach your goal, you need to measure it.

You are not able to measure your progress???

Work on tweaking your goals to be more SPECIFIC & MEASURABLE

For example: If you plan to lose 10kgs in 2017, divide it by 1kg/month or 2kgs/month for the first 3 months and ½ kg or so for the later months. This helps you not get overwhelmed by a big target number.

  • Share your goal with a motivator: Be it a friend or family member who could remind or check on you with your progress. It is easy to break a promise to yourself but not to a loved one.
  • Get professional help (if needed): If you see any roadblocks in getting to your goal, do not hesitate to seek professional help. Many times we fail to recognize the depth of the problem. A professional can assess your case and come up with the fitting and doable solution.

For example: If you are not able to lose weight despite having started all the right eating habits and exercise, there could be a deeper problem with your body. Take a consultation with a doctor to make sure nothing is happening in your body that could be stopping you from losing weight. At Florida Home Care, we work towards simplifying these problems with free consultations and in house help.

  • Make a schedule: It is most times a no fail method. We always schedule kid’s school activities, holidays, special plans, and we stick to it because it’s on the schedule. Make your goal a priority like your kids and you are bound to get to it.
  • Any effort is better than no effort. Lastly, do not get discouraged by any surprise changes. If you fall off your schedule for any reason, just try and get back in the swing of things. It takes a lot of effort, but it’s so worth it at the end. If you plan to give your goal 1 hr a day but find you just can’t make that time, try making it at least 15 minutes a day. Efforts like this will make a world of a difference to help you reach your goal and make 2017 one of the best years for you!!!

We at Florida Home Care share the passion for making a difference in your life in every possible way

-Child care while you work towards your dream

-Take care of the adults at home if you need to be away

-Therapists and Doctors

-Highly skilled nurses

Success is calling you… Leave the stress to us!!!

Florida Home Care – Empower people for a better life

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Avoiding a Pain In The Neck

Avoiding a Pain In The Neck

Back pain is an everyday challenge for many of us today, with age being no barrier. It makes accomplishing the simplest of tasks painful and challenging, diminishing our quality of life. Relieving back pain is not an easy thing. Trying to find the right treatment or medication can take time before you feel relief. Avoiding back pain or injury is preferred. By taking care of your spine as a part of your everyday routine, you can lead a pain free life.

The neck is an amazing structure. It is constructed of bones, nerves, muscles and tendons that support your skull. Through it the messages from your brain are dispersed throughout your body. The spine also carries these signals to your lower extremities, and allows you the ability to be flexible and walk upright.

To avoid developing any issues, follow these suggestions to keep you upright and pain free.

  1. Rest your spine. When you go to bed, make sure you have a suitable mattress that provides proper support. And make sure to get enough overall rest!
  1. Sitting posture. Modern society has a lot of sitting. Maintaining the right posture helps to protect your spine from misalignment or undue pressure. Over time, that means pain. When sitting, keep your back straight and your shoulders back and relaxed. Try to distribute your body weight evenly on your hips and keep your feet on the floor.

  1. Stretching/exercising. Many of us sit at a desk all day. Sitting properly helps, but it’s also important to take breaks. Stand once in a while and gently stretch out your spine. Move your neck to avoid tension and compression.
  1. Maintain a healthy weight. It sounds simple, but keeping a healthy weight helps reduce stress on your spine and can assist with balance.
  1. Work smart. If your work requires lifting, sitting, or adding excessive pressure on your neck and back, make sure you take enough breaks to adjust yourself. Find the right posture for the task at hand. Remember to lift with your legs, not with your back.
  1. Pay attention to any warning signs. Do not ignore any pain or discomfort – especially sudden, sharp pains. Minor issues can be quickly addressed to avoid any persistence with the problem. Consulting a doctor or therapist in an early stage will determine if it’s just a minor issue or a more concerning problem or disease. They can help you find a better resolution. Some diseases or the muscles or spine can be very debilitating in the long term. Early diagnosis is important to the best treatment.

Your neck and spine are the support structure for your whole body. It’s best to be pro-active and prevent injury than have to worry about treatments. Those can be a real pain in the neck.

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GETTING A HANDLE ON HEADACHES

GETTING A HANDLE ON HEADACHES

Everyone gets a headache now and then. Stress at work, eye strain, allergies or sinus issues, dehydration and many other issues can give you that distracting, painful feeling. A headache, or cephalgia, is one of the most common medical complaints. Many headaches are stand alone issues, but there are times when there may be an underlying cause related to a disease or serious medical problem.

Primary headaches are caused by over activity or some dysfunction with the pain-sensitive structures in the head. Interestingly, it’s not your brain. The brain itself doesn’t have pain receptors, but everything around it and supporting it does. Tension, migraine, and cluster headaches are all primary, with the most common being the tension headache. There can also be lifestyle triggers. Reducing these or removing them from your daily routine can reduce your problem. Some triggers include:

  • Certain foods, such as processed meats or chocolate
  • Alcohol, particularly red wine
  • Lack of sleep
  • Consistently poor posture
  • Poor eating habits (too much time between meals or snacks)
  • Stress

A Secondary Headache is more typically a symptom of an illness or disease that activates the pain receptors in the head. The conditions, severity and time vary greatly. For example, brain freeze from eating cold food too quickly is considered a Secondary Headache, but it can pass relatively quickly. Having the flu, sinusitis, a hang-over (dehydration), ear infections, or dental problems can also cause Secondary Headaches. However, there are other medical problems that can cause headaches that need quick attention by a professional.

 

Causes of Secondary Headaches also include:

  • Blood clots
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Concussion
  • Glaucoma
  • Overuse of pain medication (rebound headaches)
  • Panic attacks
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Intracranial hematoma (blood vessel ruptures with bleeding in or around the brain)
  • Medications to treat other disorders
  • Meningitis (inflammation of the membranes and fluid surrounding your brain and spinal cord)

Headaches can be part of a much more serious condition. When you get a headache, look at the factors. If you just ate some ice cream too quickly, it’s more likely brain freeze and will pass. If you are prone to tension headaches, you can begin to see the patterns and avoid them.

If your headaches change – they get more severe, come in waves, cause blurred vision, are accompanied by a fever, can’t be relieved with usual medication, or become more regular and last longer – it’s important to see your doctor. There may be a more detrimental underlying condition that needs quick medical attention.

 

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