Sunday, June 14, 2009

Health Tips for June 14

Health Tip: Soothing Separation Anxiety

Many young children have difficulty leaving their parents when it's time for school, work or a parental date night.

Rotary International offers this advice on how to make separating from your child less stressful for you both:
  • Don't put off separating from your child, such as leaving the youngster with a sitter. The younger your child is when he or she gets used to separating, the easier the transition is likely to be.
  • Start separating from your child slowly and gradually to build up tolerance.
  • Make sure your child is well-rested and fed when transitioning to a caregiver.
  • When you can, keep your child in a familiar environment.
  • Devise a consistent ritual for separating from your child.
  • Use the same caregiver, if possible, and introduce your child in advance.
  • Stay calm and relaxed, and don't drag out the goodbye. Make it clear that you'll be back.
Health Tip: Laughter is Good for You

A genuine belly laugh can be priceless medicine for life's everyday stresses. And you don't have to worry about any side effects -- except, maybe, a case of the giggles.

When appropriate, make an effort to relax and let yourself laugh. Rotary International offers these suggestions:
  • Instead of worrying about the souring economy or complaining about your work day, ask friends or family to tell a funny story.
  • Surround yourself with people who laugh, smile and who are just plain playful and fun.
  • Start smiling more. Make a conscious effort to smile, think about pleasant things and feel happy.
  • Make a list of all the things you have to be happy about and thankful for. When you're feeling sad, pull out the list.
  • Gravitate toward laughter. When you see a group of friends or coworkers having a good laugh, join in the conversation and treat yourself to a laugh, too.

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