While it’s uncertain how long heightened levels of inflation will last, it’s best to focus on what you can control. This video shares five tips to help endure high periods of inflation.
Elevating Your Psychological Resiliency
Psychological resilience refers to the ability to mentally withstand or adapt to uncertainty and adversity. Building resilience to life’s inevitable changes and challenges can help you cope with and manage stressors. Resilience can also help protect you from various mental health symptoms. As the pandemic rolls into year three, health care professionals are noticing stress and anxiety developing into greater mental health concerns. Mental Health Awareness Month, observed annually in May, is a great time to check in on your feelings and thoughts.
Psychological resilience can help positively stabilize mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Resilience isn’t developed overnight; it’s built over time and shaped by personal experiences. Just like building muscle, elevating your psychological resilience requires time and commitment. Consider the following strategies:
Adopt a healthy lifestyle. For a holistic approach to maintaining your physical wellness, you should prioritize sleep, eat healthy, stay hydrated and regularly be physically active.
Practice self-care. Get into the habit of taking care of yourself and doing activities that make you happy. It’s important to prioritize yourself now more than ever.
Maintain an optimistic outlook. It can be beneficial to adjust your thought process and reframe any negative thoughts. Own your negative thoughts; when you say them out loud, they can lose their power.
Review your employee benefits. Your employer may offer mental well-being support and resources, so check what’s available in your plan.
Make your psychological resilience a priority this month. If you do anything, focus on doing at least one thing every day for yourself that supports your overall well-being.
If you have any concerns, reach out to a health care professional or use the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Helpline by calling 800-662-HELP (4357).
Protecting Your Vision
If your eyes feel healthy, it’s easy to assume they are healthy. However, many eye diseases don’t have warning signs. Additionally, your risk for some eye diseases increases with age. Fortunately, early detection and timely treatment can be successful and cost-effective in the long run.
Here are practical ways you can protect your vision:
Get a regular exam. Complete eye exams consist of tests designed to evaluate your vision and check for eye diseases.
Wear protective eyewear. When playing sports or doing a task that requires eyewear, wear glasses or goggles to prevent an eye injury.
Put your shades on. Wearing sunglasses shields your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. Don’t forget to put them on when you’re outside!
Don’t smoke. Smoking can contribute to irreversible eye diseases, so quit or refrain from smoking to protect your eye health.
Give your eyes a break. Staring at a computer screen for too long can cause painful eye strain. Try giving yourself a short break from looking at the screen whenever possible, or consider blue light-blocking glasses.
If you have concerns about your vision, talk to an eye care professional.
10 Foods to Boost Eye Health
• Brussels sprouts
• Dark, leafy greens
• Lean meat and poultry
• Red bell peppers
• Sweet potatoes
• Sunflower seeds
Every year, people report fraud, identity theft and bad business practices to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and law enforcement partners. According to FTC data:
* More than 2.8 million people reported fraud in 2021.
* Of those who reported fraud, 1 out of 4 people also lost money.
* The median loss amount for scams that start with a call is $1,200—higher than any other contact method.
PROTECTING YOUR MONEY AND INFORMATION
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Hastings, MN 55033
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. This event spreads safety information about motorcycles on the road. As the weather gets warmer, the number of those driving motorcycles will increase, and with that, all drivers on the road must be more aware of their surroundings to prevent accidents.
Nip Seasonal Allergies in the Bud
Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
Alleviating Seasonal Allergies
- Wash your bedding every week in hot water to help keep pollen under control.
- Wash your hair before going to bed since pollen can accumulate in your hair.
- Limit the number of throw rugs to reduce dust and mold in your home.
- Wear an inexpensive painter’s mask and gloves when cleaning, vacuuming or painting to limit skin exposure and dust and chemical inhalation.
- Vacuum twice a week.
- Make sure the rugs you have are washable.
- Change air conditioning and heating air filters often.
Mediterranean Diet Named Best Diet Again
A Balanced Mediterranean Diet
- Eat often
- Whole grains
- Heart-healthy fats
- Nuts and seeds
- Eat sometimes
- Fish and seafood
- Eat rarely
- Red meat
- Processed meat
Walking for a Longer Life
Spring Vegetable Saute
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- ½ cup sweet onion (sliced)
- 1 garlic clove (finely chopped)
- 3 small new potatoes (quartered)
- ¾ cup carrot (sliced)
- ¾ cup asparagus pieces
- ¾ cup sugar snap peas or green beans
- ½ cup radishes (quartered)
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. black pepper
- ½ tsp. dried dill
- Heat the oil in a skillet. Cook the onion for two minutes, add the garlic and cook another minute.
- Stir in the potatoes and carrots. Cover and turn the heat to low. Cook until almost tender, about four minutes.
- If the vegetables start to brown, add 1-2 Tbsp. of water.
- Add the asparagus, peas, radishes, salt, black pepper and dill. Cook, stirring often, until just tender for about four minutes more.
- Serve immediately.
- Total calories: 138
- Total fat: 1 g
- Protein: 4 g
- Sodium: 177 mg
- Carbohydrate: 29 g
- Dietary fiber: 5 g
- Saturated fat: 0 g
- Total sugars: 4 g