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


 

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!

 


 

Forget Waiting. Access Care on YOUR Time.

Think about it – why are you only able to see your doctor when it’s convenient for them? Shouldn’t you be able to see your doctor when it’s convenient for you? The answer is yes.

At Think Whole Person Healthcare, we know how important it is to see your doctor exactly when you need to – that’s why we guarantee same-day access to someone on your care team. Plus, Think’s same-day test results make it possible for doctors to diagnose and prescribe medications during your appointment. You can pick up your medications on the way out at our on-site pharmacy. It’s that easy – schedule an appointment, see your doctor and get any necessary prescriptions – all in one visit that day.

 

What if my primary care doctor isn’t available?

No problem! All our doctors and clinical teams use the same electronic health record – so if your primary care doctor is unavailable for whatever reason, another recommended provider on your team will happily see you with full access to your records. It’s seamless. After your appointment, they’ll ensure your primary care doctor receives all the details of the visit.

 

What if I’m new to Think Whole Person Healthcare?

As a new patient we can get you in to see a doctor on the same day you apply. Our staff will match you with a primary care doctor that best fits you. All you need to do is call our dedicated New Patient Line at (402) 506-9049, and a member of our scheduling team will ensure you see someone that day. If you are calling outside of normal business hours, an appointment will be scheduled the following day. If it’s a time-sensitive issue, you can visit thinkquick, our walk-in urgent care clinic, on Level 2. See opening hours below.

 

What About Weekends?

thinkquick is open seven days a week, from 7am to 8pm Monday thru Friday, and 9am to 5pm on weekends. Current and new patients are all welcome here. If you’re an existing patient, the providers at thinkquick will have full access to all your medical records, making sure you receive the best care possible.

(thinkquick is not an Emergency RoomIf you have severe or life-threatening conditions, call 911 or go to an emergency room.)

 

To take advantage of same-day access at Think Whole Person Healthcare, become a new patient today. Call our new patient line, available 24/7, at (402) 506-9049, or fill out a new patient form online.


 

The Importance of Primary Care

Visiting Your Primary Care Physician (PCP) First and Often

To understand what primary care is, we need talk terminology first. There are three types of Primary Care Physicians (PCP); two of them apply to you, but we’ll go through all three for fun.

  • Pediatrician – Cares for children.
  • Internal Medicine – Cares for adults.
  • Family Practitioner – Cares for both.

Think has internists and family physicians. Each Primary Care Physician has an entire team of nurses and pharmacists helping you manage your whole health. Are you smarter than you were 5-7 seconds ago? Maybe yes, maybe no. Keep reading, and you’ll surely be smarter about your healthcare than you were before.

 

Let’s say you notice a sharp pain in your back, or that chronic pain in your foot is acting up again. Your Primary Care Physician is your first point of contact on your road to wellness.

“Why?”

Well, there are actually tons of reasons why you need to go to your PCP first and often.

Here are two important reasons you should use your PCP to manage your whole health:

1. Going to your PCP before a specialist increases communication and collaboration.

It’s obvious that communication is essential to maintain your whole health. You wouldn’t want to go to a cardiologist first, who has no comprehensive, centralized documentation of your health history and medications. What if you can’t remember your mediation list and they prescribe you conflicting medications?

Think of your Primary Care Physician the guardian of your healthcare plan. At Think, they, along with the rest of your care management team, have access to your Electronic Health Record (EHR), accessible to all who treat you within the walls of Think.

With the touch of a button, your PCP can see all your medical history, medications, notes, and more. Plus, they can consult with their pharmacist (yes, there is one Clinical Pharmacist assigned to each Think PCP!). All of this makes it way more likely your healthcare decisions are informed and effective – and that you’re getting the absolute best, most affordable medication combinations possible, vs. starting the process with a specialist.

Your PCP is specialized and highly trained in adult healthcare, and they can do many of the exams that a specialist can.

If, in the case your PCP thinks you need a specialist during your visit, they’ll recommend the best one for you based on their knowledge of who you are. What’s great about this process is that know your PCP is aware and communicating with your specialist. Learn more about Think Specialists.

✅ Yes: Going to your PCP before a specialist increases communication and collaboration.

 

2. Your life is for living – so protect your health with regular visits to your PCP.

Life is meant to be spent at your sister’s birthday party, splurging on that watch you really wanted, reading a great book in your favorite chair in your living room, and going out to dinner with your friends.

We like to see you when you’re well – and keep you that way! When you visit your PCP regularly, the chances of you maintaining the lifestyle you want increase significantly.

Sure, visiting your PCP regularly may be more money now. It’s proven that regular, preventative check-ups with your PCP equate to significantly less spent in the future and less suffering during your life.

Because of the overseer role your PCP and their team play in your whole health, regular visits to your PCP vs. sporadic visits to specialists prevents miscommunications in medication and treatments that lead to those expensive treatments and ER visits down the road.

❗▶ Fact: One of the top reasons for hospitalization is medication error. Check out Think Pharmacy’s 5-step, ThinkSync Medication Plan.

✅ Did we make our point? We think so: Your life is for living – so protect your health with regular visits to your PCP.

 

These two reasons to let your PCP manage your whole health are all the more important when you have more than one chronic condition, which many Think patients do.

Care management of chronic conditions is something we specialize in. At Think, we’ve got nurses, called Care Coordinators, who create, communicate and help execute your personalized care plan – along with a team that includes your Primary Care Physician, their nurses and pharmacist.

To sum it up, avoiding medical error and being the healthiest you can be are both reasons why you should see your Primary Care Physician first and often.

 

If you feel like you’re for sure smarter at this point, consider becoming a patient at Think!