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June is Men's Health

Posted on June 12, 2021 at 4:25 PM Comments comments ()

Mental Health Awareness

Posted on May 5, 2021 at 7:35 AM Comments comments ()

Signs You Need to Take a Mental Health Day

By Rosunnara 

June 9, 2020


When your body and emotions are out of whack, it’s important to recognize the signs that your overworked brain needs a mental health day. If you get the flu or an injury, you have no problem taking a sick day. But what if your mental health is suffering? Just like your physical health, it's important to take time off to focus on your mental well-being.



The day-to-day hustle and commitments of life can cause high levels of stress, which ultimately affect your mental state. It's hard to spot the symptoms because they're not all physical. Here are some signs you need a mental health day, plus a few things you can do to try to heal.


You’re Exhausted All the Time

Everyone gets tired once in a while, but if you don't even have the energy to do simple tasks or your favorite activities, then you may need to take a mental health day. People can feel drained physically, mentally, socially, creatively, emotionally and spiritually.



Many people turn to caffeine when they feel tired. Sometimes, people knock back multiple cups of coffee to power through the day. However, relying on coffee won't help if you're exhausted and unmotivated. In fact, drinking too much coffee leads to dehydration, which slows you down.


Instead of coffee, try using a mental health day to have some fun and restore your energy. You could also take the day to identify the things that are draining you, such as a stressful commute or a messy home. After creating a list of your stressors, figure out how to eliminate them.


You’re Tired, but You Have Trouble Sleeping

After a long day at work, you may feel tired. However, what if you can't fall asleep when you go to bed, even when you’re exhausted? High levels of stress can lead to insomnia, which causes fatigue, poor focus, physical pain and even more stress. Work, financial or relationship problems can create stress.

It's basically a never-ending cycle until you reduce or get rid of the stressors. With a mental health day, you can sleep in, take a long nap or start setting a healthier sleep schedule for your mind and body. Experts have found that getting regular, good sleep helps people heal and recharge.


It’s Hard to Focus

Are you struggling to concentrate, making mistakes or forgetting things more than usual? If the answer is yes, you may be under a lot of stress. "The basic idea is that the brain is shunting its resources because it's in survival mode, not memory mode," explains Dr. Kerry Ressler, chief scientific officer at McLean Hospital and professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.




Earth Day 2021

Posted on April 22, 2021 at 10:30 AM Comments comments ()

By Leada Gore | [email protected]

• Today is Earth Day, a time set aside to celebrate the Earth and learn more about the environment.

• Here’s some more info on Earth Day:

• Earth Day was first recognized worldwide in 1990.

• In 2009, Earth Day was officially renamed by the UN to International Mother Earth Day.

• On Earth Day 2012, more than 100,000 people rode bikes in China to reduce CO2 emissions and save fuel.

• Organizers hope to plant 7.8 billion trees during this year’s Earth Day activities.

• Earth Day has its own flag. It features a picture of the Earth taken from the Apollo 17 spacecraft on its way to the Moon.


What are some Earth Day activities? You can make Earth Day every day by making small lifestyle choices with a huge impact. This could include:

• Avoiding plastic water bottles in favor of reusable water bottles.

• Opting for second-hand instead of buying new, like clothes, furniture, and toys.

• Supporting organizations with sustainable manufacturing practices like the makers of Quilted Northern Soft & Strong®, who use more sustainable manufacturing processes to save 30% more water and 30% more energy.*



Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Month

Posted on April 21, 2021 at 10:35 PM Comments comments ()



Along with April being National Child Abuse Prevention Month, this month also recognizes Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention.

The term sexual assault refers to sexual contact or behavior that occurs without explicit consent from the victim.

Some forms of sexual assault include:

Attempted rape

Fondling or unwanted sexual touching

Forcing a victim to perform sexual acts



Sexual violence happens in every community and affects people of all genders and ages.

There is a social context that surrounds sexual violence. Women being seen as objects rather than humans contributes to the occurrence of sexual violence. Social norms that condone violence, use the scare tactic of power, traditional constructs of masculinity and silence surrounding violence and abuse all play a part in the recurrence of sexual assault.

Nearly one in five women in the United States have experienced rape or attempted rape in their lifetime.

But sexual assault is not a women's issue alone, one in 71 men in the United States have experienced rape or attempted rape.

Nearly 3 out of 4 adolescents who have been sexually assaulted were victimized by someone they knew very well (i.e close family friend or relative).

Many sexual assaults go unreported due to reasons such as fearing retaliation, believing police will not be much help and believing it was not important enough to report.

Most cases that are reported do not lead to a conviction.

Information obtained from The National Sexual Violence Resource Center



Vaccination Clinic

Posted on March 14, 2021 at 9:40 PM Comments comments ()

Meditation Improves Health

Posted on February 28, 2021 at 8:35 AM Comments comments ()

Take care of yourself. Wealth without health will leave you needy. Needing help, needing support and needing comfort.                                            Mediation can help on your path of improving your health.

Unpacking Emotional Baggage

Posted on February 24, 2021 at 9:25 AM Comments comments ()


For the next four weeks, we will look as emotional baggages and the destrucive consequences of not dealing with it.

Unpacking Emotional Baggage

“Emotional baggage can be defined as unprocessed emotions from past experiences, which often have a negative effect on our current thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and relationships,” says Dr. Nakita O’Leary, Clinical Psychologist at Lighthouse Arabia.

Let’s start with forgiveness. 

Forgiving people who have wronged you and letting go of the desire for revenge can free you from the emotional baggage caused by the pain of their wrongdoing. Also, forgiving yourself for past mistakes is central to moving on and not letting that guilt carry over.



Community Impact

Posted on February 19, 2021 at 2:45 PM Comments comments ()

Community Impact

We continue to look at health during Covid-19. As the vaccine is offered to the community, people have different feelings about getting it. Some people are skeptical because of historical issues, some are having problems accessing appointments because of technology, still others are having difficulties getting to a site because of transportation. We hear the community concerns and look at ways we can minimize the barriers.

Health officers continue to reassure the community that the vaccine is safe and encourage everyone to receive it when their age, occupy and health indicators are announced. It will take the village to get the community vaccine. With dedication, we can get it done. In the meantime, we need to continue to practice the 3-W. Wash your hands, Wear your masks, Wait six feet.


Open Enrollment is Here!

Posted on February 17, 2021 at 1:35 PM Comments comments ()


The special enrollment period to sign up for health care opens TOMORROW. Remind your friends and family members and head to to get covered.

Living Strategically: 50 Lessons Chess Teaches You About Life

Posted on February 17, 2021 at 1:20 PM Comments comments ()

The strategies are life changing.

Sean H developed them, and I want to share them with my readership.

1. In chess, every move has a purpose. Life obviously cannot be lived with this much unceasing calculation, nor should we want to live it that way, but there are times when we must align our actions with a predetermined strategy, instead of bumbling through it.


2. Play for the advantage. If you already have it, maintain it. If you don’t have it, seize it.


3. Everyone’s playing. Sometimes it’s a friendly, often it is more serious. The problem is that not everyone knows they’re playing – even after they have made a move.


4. Seize the initiative. If you wait around for someone else to make a decision for you, they will… and you probably won’t like how it turns out.


5. Learn to spot patterns. There are often clearly defined lines of success that work well. Learn to see these when they repeat and take advantage of them.



6. Don’t get stuck on the formula. A little bit of creativity and lateral thinking can often take you to new heights.


7. Ignore what your opponent is trying to do at your own peril. We often get so absorbed in our own games and machinations that we ignore what is going on around us. Be aware of threats and alert to opportunities.


8. Simplify.


9. If you only play patzers, you never really improve – take on a few tough challenges, and even if you lose, try to learn something new.


10. Cut your losses. Sometimes you are going to lose material. Try to minimize your losses and move on.



11. Play the board, not the player. Don’t target your responses at people, target what they say and do. There is a difference.


12. Sometimes you get stuck in a position known in chess as zugzwang: where whichever move you make is a bad one. This is just the way it goes sometimes, in chess and in life.


13. There is nothing more satisfying than a discovered attack: Pretending to do one thing while attacking somewhere else. Learn to play and live less obviously and on more levels. This makes you less predictable and more interesting.


14. Be prepared to sacrifice material for position. Sometimes even the greatest material sacrifice can result in a winning position later on.


15. If you spend all of your time chasing lowly pawns, you may be on the receiving end of an opponent who cares less about small victories and more about winning the war.


16. A threat is best met with a move that improves your own position. Don’t get trapped into mindlessly trading moves and material in anger. Sometimes the solution is gentler and more cerebral.


17. You don’t have to be a devious swindler to win… you just have to be better.


18. We all blunder from time to time. This does not mean we should give up and run away. Often when you’re sure there is no way out after a bad mistake, you will be given a lifeline.


19. When someone makes a move that you cannot understand, don’t read more into it than you need to. Sometimes people just make silly moves – that’s all there is to it.


20. Have a Plan B. And a Plan C. If none of those work, you’re probably doomed.


21. Play for the middle. Don’t hold back too much, and don’t push through too early. Your opportunity will come.


22. How you start a game determines how you will finish it. Play wisely.


23. If an opening appears, seize it immediately.


24. Don’t get pinned down. Where something more cherished cannot be brought into play because it is stuck behind something trivial, make every effort to get it into the game – as soon as possible.



25. In the endgame, attack the King by focusing your attention on his escape squares: When you are in the final stretch, and about to win, anticipate what could go wrong and plan accordingly.


26. Be flexible. It seldom goes the way you planned – adjust and continue.


27. If you are feeling boxed-in, free things up.


28. Where possible, trade inferior material and positions for better ones.



29. The little guys on your side matter. Look after them.


30. Accumulate small advantages.


31. There are no foregone conclusions in life or in chess.



32. Ignore meaningless threats. Anticipate and deal with dangerous ones swiftly.


33. Never rest on your laurels. Keep thinking, looking for new opportunities and trying to generate new ideas.


34. Don’t be overly impressed with lofty words or titles. The only thing worse than being overly diffident towards those who outrank you is being dismissive of those inferior to you.


35. Keep calm and move slowly.


36. Replace wishful thinking with action.


37. If you lose, do so graciously and try to learn at least one important lesson.


38. Sometimes a draw is as good as a win. But a draw is always better than a loss.


39. Keep your options open and always have an escape route.



40. Surprise and impress people with unconventional moves. But not with dumb ones. Creativity always has a purpose – doing something wild and crazy just for the sake of it may be fun at the time, but ultimately has no value. Break the rules – but only if it serves a good purpose.


41. Appraise your position honestly. If it is bad, do something about it – if it is good, make it even better.


42. Don’t get swept up by distractions.


43. Narrow down your choices. And then decide. Take your time but settle on one plan of action… and then do it!


44. Sometimes you have to sacrifice in order to achieve a break-through.



45. Always consider the whole board when deciding on a move: decisions made with too narrow a focus are often bad.


46. Connect your pieces cleverly. Collaboration and cooperation are the keys to success.


47. Look beyond the obvious.


48. Enjoy yourself.

49. Deep and meaningful is always better than superficially pretty.

50. If all else fails… fake it.