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12 stress relief tips for a happy holiday season

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC December 18th, 2018

Do you dread the holiday season because of the amount of stress it causes? Studies show that the holidays increase stress levels for many people, especially when it comes to demands on their time and financial difficulties. You can’t avoid the holidays, but you can take some simple stress-relief steps to minimize stress and make it to January without sacrificing your mental well-being. Here’s how: 1. Forget perfection Whether it’s your holiday party, your big …

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From the doc: How to take a technology break

In Health and Wellness by Jay J. Garcia M.D. October 24th, 2018

Our smartphones, tablets, and computers offer a lot of conveniences. We can email, text, and call people from almost anywhere. We can watch any movie we want, anytime. Technology has enabled us to be in constant contact and to be entertained at any moment — but this isn’t always healthy. In fact, technology addiction is a real phenomenon, and it’s interfering with our professional and personal lives. People are texting and driving, risking their own …

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Recovering emotionally from disaster

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC August 31st, 2018

Natural disasters cause emotional distress. Many of our patients, staff, friends, and family members have been affected by Hurricane Irma in one way or another. We are fortunate and grateful that the storm weakened before reaching Tampa, sparing us from the devastation experienced in areas such as southern Florida and many parts of the Caribbean. However, we know that many Tampa area residents are dealing with various aftereffects of the storm, and that Irma has …

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Why self-care isn’t selfish

In Health and Wellness by Karen Eisenbraun, CHNC September 2nd, 2018

Self-care isn’t selfish — neglecting your own well-being to care for others takes away from your own quality of life, and can lead to chronic stress, weight gain, and other serious health problems. Women who know how to properly take care of themselves are often happier, healthier, and well adjusted. As mothers, caregivers, and providers, women tend to put the needs of others before their own. When a child becomes ill, it’s often mom who …