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Happiness Droughts

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vines

If you live in the Southwest, you are fully aware that our rain levels are below average for much of the state. And we aren’t alone. California is experiencing drought at historic levels. You’d think with such a lack of rain that nothing would grow.

But in Napa Valley, where vineyards are found on every hillside, the vines are healthy.

How can this be?

Well, when rain is abundant, the roots of grapevines grow 10 feet deep, but in dry or drought conditions, those roots grow even deeper in their search for water. Twice as deep, even. It turns out that dry years are actually good for the plant because it forces the vine to really dig deep, into the soil. And although the fruit it produces is a bit smaller than that of a wet year, it has much more flavor.

People are a lot like grapevines.

We all face adversity; dry periods in Life; happiness droughts. And when we do, we have a choice. We can throw our hands up in despair, declaring that it will “Never rain happiness again,” or we can dig deep to find joy. It’s not easy; just as that grapevine root has to work to get to a place of health, so do we. And sometimes, we can’t do it alone–we need help to get back to a place of perspective.

But when we overcome, we find that the droughts in Life only increase our strength and resolve; we find our roots go much deeper than we ever thought possible, and the fruits of our struggle are sweet enough to bottle.

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Move It!

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Thanks to computers and computer related tasks, we live in a World of Sitting. Many of today’s jobs involve sitting in a chair for hours on end, and our bodies, well, they weren’t designed to sit for long periods of time. Our muscles need to move and contract and with the exception of typing on a keyboard, many don’t move at all during the workday. And when muscles don’t move, a whole host of problems can occur: metabolism slows, blood circulation becomes impaired, and you are at an increased risk for heart disease and obesity.

The effects of movement have long been touted as beneficial to our bodies, but did you know that sitting for long periods can also increase anxiety?

Researchers from Deakin University’s Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research in Australia discovered that engaging in sedentary activities can actually increase anxiety levels. It’s no surprise that in the US alone, as we’ve decreased movement, we’ve seen an increase in anxiety disorders. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association, approximately 40 million adults are affected by anxiety. That’s 18% of the US population.

The easiest way to help combat this effect is quite simple: Get up and move! If possible, move your muscles hourly, even if only for a few minutes. You don’t need to engage in an hour of cardio or yoga; just a quick stroll around the office, simple stretches, marching in place, or simply taking a few steps back and forth every hour can help boost your health.

So if you find your lifestyle requires you to sit for long periods of time, make your health a priority and…

move it

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Fear is a Jerk

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Fear is a jerk.

It is a double-dipped, dyed in the wool, dirty rotten, no good jerk. And what’s even worse is that it’s no ordinary jerk. Oh no… it’s a clever jerk, because it disguises itself. We don’t always recognize it, because it goes by many aliases:

Self-Doubt
Lack of Confidence
Self-Loathing
Insecurity

It adds nothing; gives nothing…all it does is take. It doesn’t better our lives in any way.
And you can’t run from it or hide from it, because it will find you. It’s persistent. It delights in hiding around every corner.  It will whisper its lies until your eyes well up with tears and your heart feels like lead.

I told you…it’s a jerk.

You can’t escape FEAR, but you can defeat. And you do that, by facing it.

You do that by grabbing that jerk by the collar and telling it:

I am good enough.
I know I will make a mistake.
Probably, lots of them
I will embarrass myself repeatedly as I attempt to better myself.
But that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop. You don’t get to decide that. 

My mistakes and embarrassments…those are MINE. I own them.
They don’t make me insecure; they make me human.
I will fall down many times
But I won’t allow a jerk like FEAR to keep me down
I refuse to be afraid.
So, go bother someone else.

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Congratulations to Sean Murray

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Spectrum Healthcare is housed in a state of the art medical facility. We strive to make our lobbies comfortable, our exam rooms welcoming and the atmosphere warm. But when we talk about Spectrum Healthcare, we aren’t talking about a building–that’s just where we work. No, Spectrum is comprised of a team of compassionate medical professionals dedicated to YOUR well-being. You are why we do what we do. And when one of our team is recognized for his/her efforts, we couldn’t be prouder!

Join us in congratulating Sean Murray, FNP-BC for once again receiving double nominations as a result of his commitment to his patients. Thank you, Sean, for all you do!

2015 Nominee for Schwartz Center’s National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year award.
Nominee for March of Dimes Arizona Nurse of the Year award, in the behavioral health category.

2014 Finalist March of Dimes Arizona Nurse of the Year award, in the behavioral health category

2013: Winner of March of Dimes Nurse of the year award in rural health category

congrats sean

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