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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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Okay, Verde Valley, brace yourselves for a hot one.

An extreme heat warning has been issued by the National Weather Service that extends from today through Monday, June 20. And when temperatures are on the rise, problems can occur, so ready yourself using the following tips.

 

If you or someone you know experiences the symptoms of heatstroke, please call 911 immediately.

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Our Spectrum staff is comprised of healthcare professionals who share a common goal….helping YOU feel better. We are dedicated to your wellness and work hard to make that happen. We are a leader in Integrated Care in the Verde Valley;  whether you have primary care or mental healthcare needs, we’ve got you covered.

And although we are a team of healthcare professionals, we are also moms and dads and very proud members of our community. We really love what we do and are proud to work alongside people who share a passion for helping others.

Yes, we work together, but when it comes time for our annual staff picnic, we also like to play together. Enjoy a sneak peek of some of our Spectrum staff and their beautiful families.

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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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