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Yes, it’s January, but no, this isn’t an article about New Year’s resolutions! I, for one, have never had much success with eliminating bad habits or instilling good ones by making promises to myself each time I hang up a new calendar. However, while everyone else is chatting about resolutions, I’d like to talk about how you are feeling. I don’t mean how you are feeling physically (although maybe it’s a good time to take an inventory there, too); I want to focus on how you are feeling mentally and emotionally. When we think about “wellness,” we rarely consider that our mental wellness is every bit as important to our overall wellbeing as our physical condition. The mainstream medical community is definitely coming around in that regard (remember filling out some sort of mental-health screening questionnaire at
your last doctor appointment?), but among folks in my generation, it still isn’t something we talk — or even think — about. When was the last time that you really thought about whether you felt more anxious than usual? Or gloomier? When did you last text a friend to discuss your emotional wellbeing? I’m encouraged when I listen to some people in the younger generation; they seem much less inhibited about discussing their mental health. I’ve heard young people share with each other that they’ve been more depressed since COVID-19 began, and I’ve heard others openly comparing notes about the side effects and efficacy of anxiety medications. The conversations were light and matter-of-fact, just as if they were discussing a sore ankle or medication for an overactive thyroid.
I would like to suggest that perhaps some of us could learn a thing or two from these young people. Mental health and emotional wellness are things that deserve our attention. Are you avoiding activities that you used to enjoy? Are you sleeping more in order to escape anxious thoughts? Do you lack the motivation to make positive changes in your job or around the house? Ask yourself these questions. Check in on how you are feeling. The best person to assess your mental wellness is you. And if you find that you aren’t feeling very well at the moment, talk to someone: your spouse, a friend, a parent, your doctor, or a counselor. Getting help starts with reaching out. Sometimes depression and anxiety are just situational and will resolve, but other times, you might need something more. Reaching out to talk about it is the first step toward feeling better. As one of my favorite people used to say, “Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable.” (Credit to Mr. Fred Rogers.) So, please, take some quiet moments in this brand-new year to assess how you are doing — how you are really doing. I hope you’ll find yourself well and happy. But, if not, please connect with someone. Start by mentioning it, so that you can find a way to manage it.
Mental Health Resources National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Information HelpLine — provides
information and referral services — 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) National Suicide Prevention Lifeline — 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Crisis Text Line — connect with a trained crisis counselor — text “4hope” to 741741 National Council for Behavioral Health — can assist you in finding a local provider of behavioral health services and support —TheNationalCouncil.org (click on “Find a Provider”) The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Harding Hospital — provides crisis intervention to youth ages 15–17 — 614-293-8205 YouthLine — provides a safe space for youth and young adults ages 11–21 to talk through any issues they may be facing, including depression, bullying, anxiety, self-harm, and thoughts of suicide — text “teen2teen” to 839863 or call 1-877-968-8491
I wish you all wellness in 2022!
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Skills That Enrich Us THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A HOBBY
Hobbies also provide eustress. Believe it or not, one type of stress is deemed beneficial: eustress. If you aren’t overly stressed and are feeling a little under-stimulated, a hobby can provide activity for both your mind and body to keep you feeling excited about life and ready to take on new challenges and adventures. Hobbies offer a social outlet. Some hobbies involve group activities, such as bowling, sports teams, book clubs, and even wine tasting. Connecting with others offers the social support humans depend on to lead a healthy and fruitful life. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find some great friends who share the same passions as you!
Hobbies develop patience. When you take on a new hobby, you are tasked with learning something new. Whether you’re practicing a new instrument, learning a different language, or figuring out how to make jewelry, a learning curve is involved. Building new skills takes patience, a very important attribute for success. Finding a hobby that suits you may take some exploration and trial and error, but it is all in good fun! Make it your goal to try something new or learn a new skill each month until you find something that sticks. Once you do, you’re sure to find that hobbies are both enjoyable and enriching!
Inspiration Corner Caring for Our Kiddos: Dr. Erin Fain Hobbies are stress relievers. Hobbies offer a healthy escape from your busy lifestyle by keeping you engaged in something you find pleasure in. Instead of just relaxing on the couch and turning off your mind for a bit (which is totally acceptable sometimes), hobbies allow you to remain mentally productive while winding down at the same time. January is National Hobby Month, and since it falls at the beginning of the year, it’s the perfect time to try something new! Hobbies add variety to your life and ensure you aren’t just living to work, so to speak. The best way to find a hobby you enjoy is to be open to new things. Whether it’s gardening, reading, drawing, running, fishing, crafting, or even beekeeping, finding an activity you enjoy is important. Here’s why!
Dr. Fain has been caring for our community’s kiddos for almost 30 years. Dr. Fain is a board-certified pediatrician with a local office at Akron Children’s Hospital. Having cared for all three Rinehardt children into adulthood, we have seen firsthand the wisdom and patience Dr. Fain brings to her practice. We are inspired by her dedication and care for her patients, her inherent curiosity, and her keen intelligence. She has all the qualities that we look for in a doctor — she listens with empathy, makes accurate diagnoses, advocates for her patients, and communicates with compassion. Quoting her friend and colleague, Dr. Tom Freundlich, Dr. Fain says “everyone who has kids wants to be a good parent.” As a pediatrician, Dr. Fain guides parents through the stages of their child’s development to help them be the best they can be. In the rare cases where a parent cannot achieve that, due to mental health problems or substance use disorders, Dr. Fain is grateful for the foster parents and grandparents who step in and remind the child that their parent did not choose to have their disorder.
As we roll in the new year, we are in the process of updating our reception area at our Mansfield office. We had a beautiful custom-made reception desk built and added an accent slat wall behind it. We also added some new seating and a rug. Still to come — wallpaper, paint, and some accent pieces. If you are in the area, stop in to check it out! Our Reception Area Is Getting a New Look for the New Year
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CBD: HYPE OR HELPFUL?
INGREDIENTS • 4 skinless salmon fillets, about 6 oz each (may substitute hake, halibut, cod, or haddock) • 2 tbsp red miso paste (available at Whole Foods and Asian supermarkets) • 1 tbsp maple syrup • 2 tsp tamari or dark soy sauce • 2 tsp rice vinegar • 1 tsp hot chili sauce, such as Sriracha This recipe is a Rinehardt family favorite. It is super healthy and easy to prepare but tasty enough to serve to company! Almost everyone asks for the recipe after trying it. Miso Salmon
Over the last few years, cannabidiol (CBD) has become incredibly popular, and stores dedicated to CBD are popping up everywhere. You can even find it at gas stations, grocery stores, pharmacies, and pet stores. For those unfamiliar with CBD, it’s an oil derived from either marijuana or hemp plants. CBD does not create the “high” effect more commonly associated with marijuana and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Legal CBD is extracted from hemp grown under a federal or state program that ensures the hemp is under .3% THC. For comparison, medical marijuana is about 20% THC. People have been taking CBD for a number of ailments and symptoms. A recent study completed by Julie Moltke and Chandri Hindocha for the Journal of Cannabis Research in the United Kingdom found that 43% of respondents used CBD for anxiety and sleep issues whereas 37% used it for stress and general well-being. The reason many may be cautious about the hype of CBD is because the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved only one use for CBD: to help treat seizures. The majority of products lining the shelves of your local grocery store haven’t been approved by the FDA. Dr. Ryan Vandrey, professor of behavioral pharmacology research at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, attributes the hype to CBD’s therapeutic promise, anecdotal buzz, and the fact that it appears to be relatively safe and nontoxic. CBD research has been promising, and different studies have shown positive effects when using CBD to treat anxiety, depression, pain, insomnia, and arthritis. There are still plenty of unknowns when it comes to CBD, though. Since so many CBD products have not been FDA approved, they run the risk of containing contaminants. This does not necessarily mean CBD is not safe, but you should do your research before buying or using a particular product. With the right product, you may find that CBD is helpful for your condition and well worth the hype.
1. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place salmon fillets on the foil. 2. Mix all the other ingredients together until smooth. Using a spoon, spread the marinade all over the fillets. (You can refrigerate at this point up to 24 hours.) 3. Position an oven rack so it is 5–6 inches from the broiler and preheat the broiler. Place the pan of salmon on the rack and broil for about 5–7 minutes, until the salmon is nicely browned but still tender inside. 4. Serve with steamed rice and your favorite vegetables.
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INSIDE THIS EDITION
Mental Health Deserves Our Attention
Why Hobbies Are Important
Dr. Erin Fain Cares for Our Kiddos
A New Look for Our Reception Area
CBD: Hype or Helpful?
The Importance of Fruits and Vegetables for Kids
Help Your Kids Grow Up Strong and Smart
Get Fruits and Vegetables Into Their Diets
You probably heard your parents tell you to eat your vegetables so you can grow up big and strong. But did you know that eating fruit and vegetables can have a positive impact on a child’s mind? A recent study from across the pond in the United Kingdom set out to put this theory to the test. The study was published in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health. Researchers sent surveys to more than 50 schools across England and received responses from 11,000 students. The survey asked schoolchildren about their mental health as well as their dietary choices. The average mental health score was 46.6 out of 70 for high school students and 46 out of 60 for elementary students. When looking at the children’s dietary habits, only 25% of high school and 28% of elementary school students reported that they ate the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables each day. About 10% of high school and 9% of elementary school students reported eating no fruits or vegetables at all. Those students who ate the recommended portions of fruit and vegetables scored on
average 3.73 units higher in regards to their mental well-being than those who did not eat any. While this newfound research provides a link between improved mental well-being to fruits and vegetables, there are many
more benefits that come with eating the daily recommended portion. There is a plethora of minerals and vitamins hiding within our favorite fruits and vegetables that help with lowering cholesterol, reducing and maintaining a healthy weight, and protecting against diseases such as some cancers, heart disease, and Type 2 diabetes. They can also curb the appetite to stop you or your kids from reaching for an unhealthy snack. And they taste great! Whether it’s to improve mental well-being, grow stronger, or just add variety to your diet, you can’t go wrong by incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your and your family’s diets.
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