Breaking Through the Wall and Seeking a Healthy New Normal?

 

Are you just over the world being turned on its ear? Disillusioned, confused and worried? Wondering who to trust with so much conflicting information about how to maneuver through this pandemic? 

 

Healthy strategies to handle the new normal are based on the foundation for overall well being: emotional, physical, mental and spiritual health. 

Emotional Health

 

Constant worries about an invisible enemy stalking your friends, family and you is exhausting.

 

The continuous need to make difficult decisions, such as the question on whether to send your children to school (assuming schools open in the Fall) is draining. The inability to hug your close friends and family is frustrating. How can you improve your emotional health in the midst of such assaults?

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Picnic in the park
  • Invest time in positive relationships – have a physically distancing visits at a park (maybe even a picnic in the park!)
  • Call your best friend to let him or her know you love them

 

  • Do things which bring you joy (maybe something creative like painting rocks or silly like dancing in the living room to the tunes from your high school years)
  • Exercise (it can be extremely satisfying to hit a heavy bag, just a thought)
  • Keep a journal – write both what is upsetting you and for what you are grateful
  • Practice mediation – which can help you learn how to still the relentless noise in your mind

 

Physical Health

 

Has it been challenging to leave the comfort of the couch? Does the fridge whisper to you that treats await within?

Does your brain whirl at night when you should be sleeping? Diet and supplements, movement and sleep are the underpinning of your physical health. One being out of balance affects the other. 

 

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Improve the amount and quality of your sleep by:

  • Prioritizing sleep (being in bed) for at least 7 hours a night
  • Creating a nightly ritual
  • Limiting caffeine in the day (from coffee, tea, soda and chocolate)
  • Establishing a meditation habit, which will help you learn how to still your racing thoughts
  • Making your bedroom a sleep haven (a dark, cool, cozy room without your device within)

 

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Increase your odds of establishing the habit of moving during the day by:

 

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  • Finding physical activities you enjoy (gardening, walking the dog, hula hooping)
  • Working out with a buddy (can both take a virtual exercise class together!)
  • Hiring a personal training / a virtual personal trainer
  • Blocking out exercise time in your schedule and keep your date with yourself
  • Eliminating potential obstacles (such as laying your exercise clothing the night before)

 

You are what you eat. Supercharge your health by:

  • Filling your plate and snacking on a wide array of fruits and vegetables
  • Finding inspiration from health food Instagram accounts and trying new recipes
  • Drinking plenty of water (try various infused water, like cucumber mint or strawberry water)
  • Incorporating healthy fats, whole grains and lean proteins in your meal planning
  • Taking supplements to boost your overall health and immune system

 

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Mental Health

 

How full is your cup today? Do you feel as though you are stretched to your limit? Is the relentless anxiety, overwhelm and fear wearing you down? Is healthy living possible when navigating dark times? How can you improve your mental health when dark thoughts, secret shame and undermining insecurities flood your mind?

  • Talk to a professional (via telehealth visits) about your pervasive worries and learn healthy coping strategies
  • Vent to a good friend about what is overwhelming you right now
  • Avoid toxic people / situations (which may mean limiting watching news programs)
  • Embrace your inner 5 year old and have a royal temper tantrum. Enjoy it to the max and then let it go.
  • Have compassion for yourself and others. The collective is simultaneously experiencing extreme stress. Be kind to all. 

 

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Spiritual Health

Spiritual Health

 

Spiritual health is achieved when you feel at peace with life, when you are able to find hope and comfort during dark times. Spiritual health helps you experience life completely. Spirituality is different for everyone. While not everyone believes in the existence of a deity, realizing that you are not the center of everything and focusing on the larger world or universe around you will enhance your spiritual health. Some of the benefits of spiritual wellness are obtaining clarity on self, happiness and purpose, deepened connections with others, experiencing more inner peace, and increasing your resilience.

You can improve your spiritual health by:

 

  • Meditating which allows you to be still with yourself, listening to the quiet voice within
  • Spending time in nature in quiet reflection and thought
  • Being creative, silly, joyful, and spending time exhaling and having fun
  • Performing random acts of kindness and listening with your heart
  • Radical self-care, eliminate toxic influences and relationships and respect the temple which is your body.
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The four cornerstones of your health are interwoven. One area being unbalanced will negatively impact the others. On the flip side, shoring up a neglected area will positively improve the whole of you. Focusing on the habits which will create a strong and healthy you will offer you the best chance to thrive during this pandemic.

 

To your health.
Dianne Hinton NP, PA, IFM-C

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The Gift Of Friendship

 

When you think about your golden years, is your vision filled with dear friends from various stages of life: childhood friends, college roommates, work pals, parents of your children’s playmates, neighbors, friends from church, book club, dance club, and friends found while traveling?

 

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Goal: Making and Keeping Great Friends

Having positive personal relationships and social connections are shown to be a factor for leading a long, vibrant life. While not discounting the value of romantic relationships and strong marriages, friends bring much happiness into your life. Solid friends are there to celebrate good times and for support during the difficult days.

 

While you have to start childhood friendships in childhood, wonderful friends can be found at any stage of your life. Surrounding yourself with positive influences and trusted friends is tied to better health. According to the Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health, individuals with poor social engagement in later life are at higher risk for depression (and other mental health challenges), heart disease, decreased immune function, and overall earlier death.

Forever Friends

 

Friendships can start because of proximity (living next door), proximity and shared experiences (college roommates), shared life stage (becoming a new parent), common interests (taking exercise classes, listening to opera, or traveling the world) or shared values (church or PTA members). 

 

When you were a kid, friends could be found everywhere: at the park, in school, on the baseball diamond or football field. As you entered middle and high school, navigating the changing social rules could be challenging.  If you were lucky, the childhood friends who you trusted with your secrets, hopes, and dreams remained friends beyond high school graduation.

 

One hard lesson of childhood is that not every friend will be one for a lifetime. A move to a different school can cause connections to fade. While some people manage to keep close friends, despite living miles apart and through the many stages of life, many of us struggle to meet new people and establish close connections. Close friendships do not just happen, but they are worth the effort.

 

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5 Benefits of Friendship

 

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Increase your happiness and improve your mood

 

Whether it is sharing an inside joke, trying a new restaurant, or calling to celebrate a victory, friends increase your happiness by sharing experiences, creating memories and just having fun together.

Support during challenging times and reduce your stress

 

A friend in need is a friend indeed.  A confidante who will listen to you vent about a toxic co-worker, take your kids off of your hands when an emergency strikes, and may even bail you out of jail, should the need arise.

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Boost your self-confidence

How could having someone, who likes you exactly as you are in your life, not help you feel more comfortable in your own skin?

Help you reach your goals

A friend can act as an accountability partner to help you reach your dreams, be it saving for a new house, learning a new skill, or starting an exercise habit.

Improve your health

 

Friends can help you improve your health at every stage of life, from helping you keep your healthy diet and exercise goals to keeping you socially engaged when older.

How To Make Friends

 

Making friends starts with meeting new people. Just like love at first sight, there can be friendships created at the first meeting, but most friendships develop over time. True friendships are based on a level of intimacy, so consider how you feel after spending time with someone. Do you feel energized or drained? Did they listen to you or talk the whole time? Do you feel accepted as you are? Have they proven to be trustworthy? 

Listening

 

To make good friends, you will want to be a good friend. Listen without judgment. Be genuinely interested in what they have to say. Accept them for who they are. Be loyal and kind. Be supportive and trustworthy. Friendship is a two-way street. Be the friend you would like to have.

 

With technology today, it is possible to make friends with people who you meet online and rarely or never see in person. Maybe you have found people who share your interests in a Facebook group and developed friendships based on common interests.

Using tech to stay in touch

 

Many people use technology to maintain a connection with friends, especially during these times of having to be physically distancing. Life can be busy with work obligations, family responsibilities, and need to sleep a few hours each day. Maintaining your social circle and friends can take time and effort, but with all of its benefits, it is worth the effort.

 

To your health.

 

Dianne Hinton NP, PA, IFM-C

 

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