How Mindfulness Empowers Us to Skillfully Engage in Difficult Conversations

By Cheryl Jones, Director of Mindfulness at Aetna As if the intensity of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic with its health and economic implications wasn’t enough, we now find ourselves in the midst of rising racial and political tensions. It feels as though our sanity and our humanity are at risk. I believe mindfulness (awareness that…

Is Stress Affecting Your Employees? Here’s How to Help

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Work-related stress is the leading workplace health problem. Additionally, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently included “burnout” in its new edition of the International Classification of Diseases, describing it as “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” And the…

Six Health Benefits of Raising Chickens

Raising chickens has almost an infinite number of benefits. These benefits range from simple companionship to self-sufficient food production.   Raising and keeping chickens even has several health benefits that can positively impact those with mental or physical disabilities. In fact, several universities such as the University of Minnesota are utilizing therapy chickens during exam…

5 Steps for Preventing Chronic Disease

How healthy are you? The National Health Council reports that at least 157 million Americans will be afflicted with a chronic disease by the end of this year – a trend due in part to our aging population. However, different lifestyle factors also influence the outcome of this statistic, revealing that all age groups are vulnerable to…

The Challenges for Physical Therapists During the COVID-19 Pandemic

For physical therapists throughout the nation, the spread of COVID-19 is raising questions and challenges that also confront the larger frontline healthcare community.   Should clinics temporarily close or should outpatient physical therapy be halted? What treatments should not be postponed? How can clinics determine the risks for patients and their staff? How can patients…

5 Ways to Embrace the Danish Concept of Hygge

Hygge may not be a household word in the States quite yet, but it’s currently experiencing a popularity growth spurt and influencing the way many Americans live their lives. With origins in Denmark, the word—pronounced “hoo-gah”—roughly translates to “coziness” in English, although most Danes will argue that hygge has more to do with well-being than…

Combat the effects of social distancing while protecting our nation’s most vulnerable

This article originally appeared on the Lincoln Financial Group Website. Our world and how we interact with each other has changed drastically in the past few weeks. Businesses are closing or moving to work-from-home arrangements. Schools are closing. As a nation, we’ve been asked to avoid public gatherings and socially distance ourselves from each other.…