Sunday, March 27, 2011

Top 3 Ways to Avoid Getting Sick

Nurse's Notes

No one wants to catch contagious diseases like colds, flu, pneumonia, or strep throat.  Luckily, there are ways to prevent catching these and other flu like disease.

Wash you hands:
Wash your hands with warm soapy water or alcohol-based hand cleaner before eating and after contact with others who are sick, handling trash, and after using the bathroom.

Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing:
Most flu like disease can be spread via the mist from sneezing and expelled through coughing.  Always cover your nose and mouth with tissues.  Of course, discard tissues after use and keep clean ones on hand.

Avoid close contact with others who are sick:
Be aware of others around you who are sick, especially if they are not covering their noses or mouths.  Also, if you are sick, avoid spreading your germs to others who are not sick.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

12 Ways to Manage Anger - Part 2 of 2

  1. Aim to be a good role model by learning to control anger.
  2. Go for a quick walk or bike ride to blow off steam
  3. Jot down a list of proper ways to handle your anger
  4. Make time to relax and do something you enjoy every day.
  5. Never use physical violence, no matter how angry you are.
  6. Question why something upsets you and what you could do differently next time.
  7. Repeat a calming word or phrase to yourself, such as “take it easy” or “relax.”
  8. Try writing down your feelings to get them out.
  9. Use humor when appropriate to lighten tense situations.
  10. Visualize a relaxing scene or pleasant experience from your past.
  11. You sometimes need help to make changes.  Seek a counselor’s advice if needed.
  12. Get enough sleep.  Your patience level is lower when you are tired.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

12 Ways to Manage Anger - Part 1 of 2

  1. Breathe slowly and deeply 10 times to cool down.
  2. Count to 10 before you respond or react.
  3. Discuss minor problems so they do not grow into arguments.
  4. Eat right and exercise regularly – you health makes a difference
  5. Practice patience with everyone-including yourself.
  6. Learn to accept the things you cannot change.
  7. Walk away if a situation causes you anger.
  8. Splash cold water on your face to cool off
  9. Have realistic expectations of others.
  10. Forgive others instead of holding grudges
  11. Keep calm when someone else is angry.  Do not take it personally.
  12. Identify “triggers” that spark your anger and do your best to avoid them

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Bringing Breakfast Back!

Buttermilk Pancakes

  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1-tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1-cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup self-rising cornmeal

In a large bowl, beat the eggs; beat in remaining ingredients, mixing until smooth.  For each pancake, pour about ¼ cup batter onto a hot, lightly greased fry pan or griddle.  Turn pancakes when tops are covered with bubbles and cook the other side.  Serve hot with syrup or topping of your choice.