Stay Healthy This Season!

While the holiday season brings much joy to people, it can unfortunately bring stress and sickness, too. Stay healthy this season with these tips from The Ed & Phyllis Davis Wellness Institute at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.

Get Outside Often. It’s easy to avoid going outside in winter. A covered garage can mean going from car to office to car and back home without ever feeling that icy sharpness on your face. Staying inside for days on end can cause people to get sick. Get outside on days when the sky is clear and the temperature isn’t too frigid. Dress warmly, head out, and feel that winter sunshine. Admire how beautiful and clean your world looks when there is snow on the ground. You’ll feel much better after some fresh air…and even better, a good walk!

Keep Up the Exercise.Thumbs up if you have a goal to exercise more! Don’t begrudge yourself if things haven’t exactly gone as planned. We know that it can be harder to stay motivated when it’s cold outside and the days are shorter. Make the most of a beautiful sunny day by bundling up and going for a walk or run. If you prefer to stay inside, head to a local gym or fitness class!

Make the Most of Nutritious Winter Fruits and Vegetables: Eating during winter doesn’t have to be boring or vitamin deficient. Keep carbohydrate-laden foods such as white bread and pasta to a minimum and fill your plate with dark leafy greens, winter squash, citrus and pomegranate, all of which thrive in the chill of winter. These fruits and vegetables are laden with nutrients, antioxidants and fiber, which increase your energy, help keep that winter weight at bay, and help fight cancer, too. For more on eating for the winter season, click here.

Protect Your Skin From the Inside-Out and Outside-In: Cold, dry air quickly sucks moisture from your skin. Combine that with a blasting of hot air from a heating unit and some scratchy winter fabric and your skin can end up being one dry, itchy, scaly mess. Keep moisture locked into your skin with a moisturizer. Lather it on every time you bath or shower, or whenever your skin feels dry. Drink plenty of water to keep skin hydrated and eat foods like berries, which are high in antioxidants and lots of omega-3s (also found in salmon, walnuts, or omega-3 supplements), and consider using a humidifier to help add moisture to the air in a dry room.

Stop a Cold or Flu In Its Tracks: Maybe your throat has become a bit sore or scratchy. Perhaps your nose or eyes are starting to feel a bit congested. If you can feel a change in your health, but it’s still in the early stages, keep some natural remedies on hand to take at the first sign of a cold or flu. Olive leaf, garlic, echinacea, elderberry, vitamin C, and zinc may help boost your immunity and increase your resistance to those nasty winter viruses. For some more natural immune boosters and remedies, click here.

One Healthy Breakdown: don’t let winter get ya down!

*content provided by The Ed & Phyllis Davis Wellness Institute at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.

Shelter Island Fall 5k

OHH is happy to support the Shelter Island Fall 5k Run/Walk on Saturday, October 17th, raising breast cancer awareness, and good health for all.

register5kThe 3.1 mile Shelter Island Fall 5k run/walk starts at 11am at Crescent Beach, (the Sunset Beach Parking lot) on Shelter Island. The cost to register is $30 before 10/15, $40 same day registration, and $10 for kids age 14 and under. All Race proceeds go directly to patient care, via the Northfork Breast Health Coalition and the Coalition for Women’s Breast Health at Southampton Hospital. Please enjoy a free post-race barbecue sponsored by the Lions Club. Medals will be awarded to the top finishers, and for the first place breast cancer survivor runner and walker respectively. There will also be a prize awarded to the team with the most participants, so gather your crew and run for a great cause! The Ram’s Head Inn is hosting Oktoberfest from 1:30 – 4:30pm with a pig roast, local wine and brewery tasting, and live music. All participants of the 5k are welcome to come to the join after the race to enter their race number into a raffle for the grand prize. There will be a free shuttle bus to transport participants from the North Ferry to the staging area between 9am and 10:15 a.m. and back to the North Ferry until 1 pm. Click here for more information and here to register now.

5KLeaderboardAdOne Healthy Breakdown: register to run for fun and a great cause!

The Art of Managing Stress

If you’re totally relaxed and at peace every second of every day, ignore this post. If you ever feel  stressed and overwhelmed, keep reading. The Wellness Institute at the Southampton Hospital offers a weekly stress management class to discuss and aid the art of relaxation. While stress is a natural reaction, part of our humanity, it can have a negative effect on us both physically and emotionally. Our sense of reasoning is not clear when we’re stressed, we’re not able to put things in perspective, and we often feel physically drained or even experience stress-induced illness. Nowadays, we rarely take the time to rest and rejuvenate. There’s always something to do, 24/7. Some of their suggested relaxation strategies include:

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  • Remember that it is not the goal to rid your life of stress, its learning how to manage stress that is important.
  • The more positive your outlook, the better you will manage stress. Learn to re-frame your stress by thinking about the big picture and prioritizing.
  • Living in the present moment is half the battle. If you’re living in the here and now, you can’t stress out about something next week.
  • Although we no longer celebrate a universal day of rest every Sunday, pick a time and make up for it. Since the world never stops, the hustle and bustle never shuts down, and time does not stand still, we have to create and prioritize the time to rejuvenate. Choose a time each week that is family time or alone time. Put aside all of the latest technology and chill.
  • Learn how to say NO sometimes! It will help you to avoid lots of unnecessary stress.
  • Utilize all five senses (visualization, scents like candles or oils, touch like massage, taste your favorite foods, listen to calming sounds, music, or silence.)
  • LAUGHTER is the best stress buster. Laugh, a lot.
  • Relaxation techniques should be practiced daily in order to master the strategies for when they’re most needed. Just like a muscle, our stress-management skills need to be worked to stay in shape.

One Healthy Breakdown: Destress and decompress for your wellness!