The Interconnectivity of Your Mind and Body

Your mind and body go hand-in-hand. Your physical health has an impact on your mental health, and vice versa. People with mental health problems, such as depression, can have worse physical health and a worse perception of their own health versus someone without mental health problems. We want to help you to break that cycle, or if possible, prevent it from beginning.  Even if you don’t currently suffer from a mental illness, these tips can help you stay on top of your mental health while maintaining physical health!

 

Tip #1:

Exercise causes your body to release chemicals called endorphins, which trigger a positive feeling in the body and diminish the perception of pain. They also help with an increase of self-confidence. Some great forms of moderate exercise are biking, gardening, dancing, swimming, and yoga. Even a quick walk or jog around the neighborhood will help!

Tip #2:

Improve your odds for a better sleep. One way to do this is to turn off all electronics an hour before you go to sleep. Feel free to read or do any other relaxing activity in your time before bed, as long as it doesn’t involve blue light, which electronics emit and confuse your brain into thinking it’s time to wake up! It can also be helpful to avoid doing work or anything stressful in bed, so that your bed is only associated with relaxation.

Tip #3:

Improving your diet can help your mental health tremendously. It will also fuel you properly for exercise and sleep. When in doubt, eat foods with antioxidants such as broccoli, spinach, and carrots for Beta-carotene, and blueberries, kiwi, and oranges for vitamin C. Increasing protein can also help with alertness – eat turkey, fish, and nuts. For specialized diet advice, see our Think Dietician Michelle Ring. She’s accepting new patients!

 

These tips may seem simple, but fueling your body with sleep and good food, and then getting in a daily exercise can greatly improve your mental state.

Still not convinced? Did you know your heart has up to 40,000 neurons located around the right ventricle? These neurons decide how you feel, too, and they send signals to your brain. So, your heart has a brain of its own! Our physical and mental states are so connected that it can be difficult to perceive your own health, which is why we recommend regular checkups with your primary care doctor. You can also schedule an appointment at your convenience with one of our mental health professionals.


 

Foot Health

Your feet are what support you in everything you do – running, playing sports, standing on the job, simply walking from one place to the next – and they need a little support from you, too. There are some easy things you can do to make sure your feet are in the best shape possible, and to avoid foot pain. We want you to stay on your feet! Here’s how:

Tip #1:

Make sure your running shoes and everyday shoes are breathable and have good arch support. Every foot is different, and you might need a certain fit to be completely comfortable. Don’t rest until the shoe fits – your feet will thank you!

Tip #2:

Try not to walk around community spaces barefoot, and don’t be afraid to show your feet a bit of extra love in the shower by cleaning them thoroughly. Infections such as athletes foot are easily avoided with breathable socks and shoes, and some extra washing and drying after a workout.

Tip #3:

If you have diabetes, you are more prone to sores and other uncomfortable foot problems. To avoid this, we recommend regular checkups. Medicare pays for two diabetic foot exams a year by a Podiatrist. We have two of the best podiatrists in Omaha on our team who do thorough exams that involve vascular and neurological testing. They are accepting new patients now! In the meantime, give your feet the occasional break and prop them up on a pillow for maximum blood flow and comfort.

Tip #4:

If you do experience foot pain or problems, be sure to see your doctor to identify the problem and avoid its progression. Your doctor may recommend inserts or insoles for your shoes, depending on the problem. We provide same-day access to your Primary Physician, so you won’t miss a beat!

 

As summer draws to an end, don’t forget to give your feet a little extra loving. Keeping your feet clean and healthy will help you to do the things you love, which is what we want, because Life is for Living.

 

Bonus Tip: For those smelly shoes, this one is more about keeping your nose happy! If you’ve got a pair of shoes that are stinking up a room, put them in a plastic bag and stick them in the freezer for the night.

 

Meet our Podiatrists: Brad Copple, DPM and Reanen Michael, DPM


 

Eye Health

This month, we’re focusing on eye health, because we want you to be able to see all the best parts of life clearly. Here are a few simple things you can do to protect your eyes and keep them healthy.

  1. Find a pair of sunglasses you like, and make sure they have UVA and UVB protection. This way, you can enjoy your pool days and time outside this summer without worrying about your eyes!
  2. An easy tip for keeping your eyes healthy is to wash your hands! You may touch your eyes more than you realize, and making sure your hands are clean is a simple way to avoid spreading germs and slowing down your week with something like pink eye. By the way, if something like that comes up, our thinkquick urgent care is open to all!
  3. Keep your prescription up to date. You may not even notice that your prescription is changing, which is why it’s important to have regular checkups with your optometrist. Wearing the wrong prescription can put strain on your eyes, give you headaches and prevent you from seeing clearly. Both of our Think optometrists will be happy to see you at a convenient time.
  4. Avoid too much screen time. Computers and phones give off “blue light,” which can be harmful to your eyes over time. There are easy steps you can take to minimize the effect of blue light on your eyes:
    1. Lower the brightness on your phone and computer screen. Deploy the “night mode” on your smartphone that eliminates blue light.
    2. If you’re using a computer at work all day, take a break from looking at the screen every 20 minutes or so to give your eyes a rest.
    3. If your eyes begin to feel irritated, try some lubricating eye drops, and blink a few extra times.
  5. Of course, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, which has positive impact on your eye health, too. Smoking can lead to the deterioration of the blood vessels in the eye, which can cause greater problems like macular degeneration. Taking care of your body will help your eyes stay healthier longer.

July is a great time of the year, as the weather gets hot, picnics and water sports abound, and family vacations are in the works. See it all and enjoy the time with your friends and family. These eye tips can help you do just that!

If you are concerned about your eye health, or are due for a checkup, our Think optometrists Stephen Gradowski and Tim Meyer are accepting new patients! Give them a call today.


 

Men’s Health Month

This June, we are celebrating Men’s Health Month. Instead of talking about what can go wrong for men – diseases, chronic conditions, and more – we’d like to talk about what can go right, VERY right – with regular and preventative care, that is!

 

Tip #1: Stay active.

Simply going on a walk for 20-30 minutes does a lot of good for your mind and body. Being outside in the fresh air and the bright sun gives you a chance to clear your head and soak up that vitamin D that makes you feel so refreshed, productive and good about yourself. And get brownie points – take the dog with you, too! Exercising the heart helps you maintain a healthy weight and lower your risk for high cholesterol, heart disease and other things that prevent you from living your life to the fullest.

 

Tip #2: Intuitive eating – it’s not all or nothing.

Eat healthy, yummy foods you love. Eat when you’re hungry. Stop when you’re satisfied. Give into your cravings with moderation. Denying your cravings and foods you love makes it more likely that you’ll binge on them down the road. Our registered dietitian and diabetes educator, Michelle Ring, is an expert at creating nutrition plans around your lifestyle and tastes. She’s accepting new patients, too! Learn more and give her a call.

 

Tip #3: Try to enjoy just the good things in life.

Smoking, binge drinking, and too much stress aren’t necessarily the best things in life. What are some other healthy options you can enjoy? If you need to, seek help from your doctor for ways to quit smoking and limit alcohol consumption.

Additionally, too much stress wears on the mind and body, and can also become a reason people turn to alcohol, tobacco and/or other substances. It also seems as though men don’t feel comfortable sharing their feelings. Let us encourage you to talk about how you’re feeling. Seek help if you think you need it. The truth is – no one can get through the ups and downs of life on their own. We have a great team of expert mental health professionals – from mental health therapists to a psychiatrist and more. Learn more about our Mental Health team.

 

Tip #4: Learn to love the doctor.

When you visit your Think primary doctor regularly, you develop peace of mind knowing that you’re staying your healthiest. Your Think doctor and their team of nurses, care coordinators, clinical pharmacists and specialists get to know you personally – like things you like to do, your status and health goals and more. With this complete knowledge of you, they help you maintain your health in a personal, unique way – honoring you as a whole person and helping you live your life to the fullest. Need a doctor and want the convenience of coordinated care and a one-stop-healthcare-shop? Learn more about becoming a patient at Think.

 

Live your life to the fullest by doing the things you love. We’re here to support you every step of the way. And to help you stay out of the hospital, out of the ER and out there living life. After all, Life is for Living! Happy Men’s Health Month and keep loving life!

 


 

Life is for Living

So you’re living with a chronic condition. No matter what, there’s a bright side and we’re here to help you see it. As our patient, we can help make every day from here on out the fullest it can be. We know you’re a whole person with dreams and needs and that your Life is for Living. Here’s how.

1. Take control

Living with a chronic condition is no joke. But you can stay on top of your health now so that you can continue to do the things you love – even if your condition is along for the ride.

At Think Whole Person Healthcare, we like to see you when you’re well and work to keep you that way – not when it’s too late and you’re sick and suffering with expensive hospital and ER bills. That means seeing you often, too. That helps you stay on top of the symptoms of your condition.

When you take control, your health improves and stays that way. In fact, in Nebraska, Think Whole Person Healthcare’s patients stay the healthiest.

2. Care Coordination

It’s not all on you to take control of your health; we’re here to empower you and help you. This is because we truly see you as a whole person. You’ve got things to do and people to see – and no one can do this entirely on their own!

Instead of running around from doctor to doctor to specialist to the pharmacy, we’ve got everything you need in one place. Our one-stop-shop makes it that much easier for you to manage everything.

Not only are most of your care providers in one building, you’ve got an entire team – with a primary doctor, nurses, a clinical pharmacist and your care coordinator – people who really know you and are there for you, helping manage your health.

Your care coordinator is a very special part of your team. Your care coordinator is dedicated to providing you with a service that constantly monitors your health, organizes and plans your healthcare program, arranges your health services to keep you healthy, reduces preventable complications and keeps you out of the hospital. They work closely with your doctor and their team to give you personalized, high quality care. Learn more

3. Access to a doctor when you need it

At Think, we understand that if something feels “off,” there’s nothing worse than having to wait a week or more to get in to see your doctor. It’s bad for you emotionally and mentally, and could lead to physical complications. We see you the same day you need to be seen. That’s all part of our dedication to keeping you healthy – it just makes sense. Because why wait until it’s too late?

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We will help you experience that when you manage your health, you can really take control of your life. We meet you where you are and help you get where you need to go so you can have the highest quality of life. And who knows, you might have more control over your health and life than you ever did! So, you have to live with a chronic condition, but with us you can do more and get more out of life – because Life is for LIVING!

P.S. How can we help YOU live YOUR life to the fullest? What is it you love to do? Complete a bucket list and keep it as a reminder for yourself, then complete this short form to get more information about Think Whole Person Healthcare.