8 Ways to Manage Stress and Anxiety During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Restaurants and bars may be closed. Your city may also be on lock-down, and social distancing is a practice of the present. While social distancing and self-isolation may be necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19, it can also exasperate feelings of depression in certain individuals and populations of people.

Examples of populations who may be more negatively impacted by social distancing include: older individuals, chidden and teens, and those with mental health/substance abuse issues, and those with chronic illnesses.

No matter how you slice it, being cooped up inside all day can have a psychological impact on anyone.

Here are some recommendations and ideas to help you navigate this time of uncertainty from The University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, or uichildrens.org:

1.) Set up Virtual Phone Calls, Playdates or Meet-ups

Set up time with those you love and miss virtually, and set up playdates for your kids via Zoom, Skype or Facetime to stay in touch.

 

2.) Spend Time Doing Something You Love 

Have a hobby? Make time to engage in an activity you love or take up a new hobby!

 

3.) Give Yourself Some Grace

When schedules change, feel stressed and anxious is normal until you adjust to your “new normal.”. Give yourself some grace that things may be different for a while and it is okay to feel

stressed. Find ways to unwinds and to express your feelings in a healthy way.

 

4.) Enjoy the Outdoors or a Massage in the Comfort of Your Own Home

The rules of social distancing may be to stay at least six feet away from others. So, go outside and breath in fresh air as winter turns to spring. Or enjoy a much needed massage indoors. Check out our FDA-approved massagers at Medmassager.com that help reduce pain and inflammation and increase local circulation.

 

5.) Limit Time Online 

Watching too many videos or news about the COVID-19 pandemic may only add to one’s stress and unhealthy behaviors to cope with negative feelings. Too much screen time can also be damaging for kids as well. Try to limit your time and engage in activities that are challenging, relaxing or encourage well-being.

 

6.) Do a Mental Health Check-In Regularly With Your Loved Ones

Check- in with loved ones regularly to process difficult emotions of uncertainty, fear, and/or confusion, and just to stay in touch.

 

7.) Keep as Much as Your Routine as Possible

Changing routines can cause undue stress. Try to stick to your routine as much as possible for yourself and your kids to give them some level of normalcy. Encourage flexibility for those other things that cannot be controlled.

 

8.) Plan Your Schedule to Help Pass the Time

Ever heard the saying that a cause without a vision will lead nowhere?  Set a plan and stick to it. Plan “class-time” with your kids, or play-time with your pets. Set aside time to exercise and keep weekly hangouts with loved ones or friends by setting up a phone/video date instead! Weekly activities can all be managed for now to temper those feelings of loss and isolation during this time.

Be well, and check out the full article we used for inspiration here!

 

 

 

Some of the Funniest Things We Found on the Internet Today to Give You a Chuckle During Quarantine

Times may be unpredictable. Times may be hard. There is a lot of uncertainty with the future of the health of loved ones, the economy, and when the quarantine will be over due to COVID-19. We at MedMassager want you to know that we stand with you, and we are doing our best to be there for you during this time. As the old saying goes, we think humor is the best medicine.

For those who need a laugh today, we have researched some funny things going on around the internet right now, and this is what we found:

1.) Man Sets Up Makeshift Treadmill in His Kitchen Using Dish Soap— as reported by the U.S. Sun.

2.) This is How Care Home Residents in South Wales Do Self-Isolation— Human Hungry Hippos

3.) How to Make an Old-Fashioned With a Hammer and a Paper Clip— And Don’t Forget to Fill Out the Census

4.) Ellen DeGeneres’ Tips to Get Through the Quarantine— YouTube

5.) How Ellen is Passing the Time During the Quarantine— A Whole Lot of NOTHING— YouTube

6.) This Dog Hates Trash Cans— Watch What Happens

7.) Celeb Memes/Thoughts During COVID-19 to Keep You Occupied For Hours— Comments by Celebs Instagram

8.) Laugh Away The Apocalypse With These 15 Coronavirus Memes by Forbes

How to Stay Safe and Healthy During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Now is NOT the time to panic, but it is the time to take precautions to keep yourselves and others safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

At MedMassager, we are taking precautions as well. While, none of our roadshows are cancelled, we are using disinfectant at our booths and on our massagers before and after each use.

According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, “For disinfection, diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.”

For those of you looking for a way to keep yourself safe when out and about, the CDC recommends washing hands is best. Washing hands in hot water with soap for 20 seconds or more kills most germs. When sinks are not readily available, hand sanitizer can be used, provided they have a concentration of at least 60 to 95 percent alcohol. After applying hand sanitizer, let your hands air dry. You may possibly recontaminate them if you use paper towels, napkins, or hand dryers.

If you are wondering about the effectiveness of gloves and face masks, health experts are saying that while masks may help prevent the spread of the virus from an infected person, they do little to help uninfected people from getting sick. The site says gloves may give people a false sense of security, which could even be “worse” than not wearing them at all.

Other ways you can prepare? Don’t panic. Purchase what is needed for the next couple of weeks if businesses are closing down and you are quarantined. There is no need to stock pile supplies when the elderly, disabled and immune-compromised people need the same— if not extra of the same supplies— and may be slower with getting out and about.

In general do the top five as stated in our previous article.
Read more about hand sanitizers here.
For up-to-date info on the coronavirus, click here.

Email me at Erin@medmassager.com with further questions and I’ll do my best to properly assist you.

PSA: Do the FIVE to Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

PSA from the World Health Organization:

Do the FIVE to help stop 🛑 coronavirus:

1.) Wash HANDS 🖐🏻🖐🏾often
2.) Cough into your ELBOW
3.) Don’t touch your FACE
4.) Stay more than 3 FEET apart from others
5.) Stay home if you FEEL sick 🤒

Find out more here. 

National Nutrition Month® is Here: Let’s Celebrate Clean Eating

“Eat Right, Bite by Bite.”

Every year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recognizes March as National Nutrition Month®.

As part of the campaign, the Academy invites the public to focus on the importance of making “informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.” This year’s theme is “Eat Right, Bite by Bite.” The overall message is that quality nutrition shouldn’t be restrictive, but reiterate that small changes can add up over time.

For more info and local activities, check out the article here.

Celebrating Black History Month And Pioneers in Healthcare

Every February, we celebrate the contributions African Americans have made in every field throughout the history of our country. In this article, we want to honor some of the contributions Black Americans have made in healthcare.

  1. Born a slave in 1757, James Derham won his freedom and became the first black person to receive a certificate to practice medicine in the US.
  2. Dr. JM Smith was the first African American to hold a medical degree, in 1837.
  3. Dr. Augusta was also the Army’s first black physician in the 1860s.
  4. Rebecca Lee Crumpler was the first black woman to earn a medical degree in 1864.
  5. Mary Mahoney, a native of Boston, is acknowledged as the first African-American woman to complete nurse’s training. She graduated from the nursing school at the New England Hospital for Women and Children in 1879.
  6. In 1893, Dr. Williams performed the first cardiac surgery to save a young stabbing victim’s life.
  7. Ellis paved the way in 1920. In 2012, there were more black neurologists (411) and black cardiologists (690) than all of the black men playing in the NBA (350).
  8. Vivien Thomas, along with a pediatric cardiologist, pioneered the surgical procedures to correct tetralogy of Fallot in 1943.
  9. In 1943, Dr. Logan was the first woman to perform open-heart surgery. Even today, only 3% of heart surgeons are women.
  10. In 1961, Dr. Elders became chief resident at the University of Arkansas and led a team of all-white, all-male residents and interns.
  11. Jemison, a native of Decatur, Alabama, was the first African-American woman admitted to the U.S. astronaut training program. She became the first African-American woman in space on Sep. 12, 1992, as a member of the space shuttle Endeavor’s crew.
  12. The unapologetically outspoken Elders was appointed the first African-American Surgeon General by President Bill Clinton in 1993.
  13. It was 1995 when Dr. Bristow became the first black president of the American Medical Association.
  14.  On June 24, 2008, Adams testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health in support of the Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2007, which sought to reduce ethnic disparities in health care, improve “cultural competency” among medical providers, and improve medical workplace diversity.
  15. Michelle Obama worked for nearly eight years to reduce childhood obesity by working with schools, communities and families to eat healthier and move more (2008-2015)
  16. Dr. Marie Johnson used cardiac catheterization to measure the pressure and blood flow in the heart to diagnose heart disease. (2017)

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An Interview With Sid Scheck— Salesman By Day, YouTuber by Night— And Overcoming Pain

Sid Scheck, a salesman for a financial technology company by day and a YouTuber by night,  grew up in NYC and has lived in New York, Atlanta and Florida throughout his life.

Scheck recalls becoming interested in health and wellness during his young adult life. He ran the 1986 marathon in NYC at 17-years-old, moved to Atlanta to attend university, and played tennis all through college, but with sciatic pain.  “I was very active as I played on the team,” Scheck said about his devotion to tennis. “I had back issues, but played through the pain.”

This pain, however, did not stop Scheck from participating in other exercise regimens either. Ignoring the pain, however, would not be sustainable.

“In 2005, I moved to Florida from Atlanta, but kept having sciatic flare-ups, and stopped playing tennis altogether,” he said matter-of-factly. “I then started getting into riding a stand-up bike called the Elliptigo, but again I had sciatic flareups.”

Scheck reveled that during the time he rode the Elliptigo, he completed three-100 milers and really enjoyed riding the bike along the ocean. “Eventually I had to sell it and realize that I had to limit myself to swimming, working out, and just trying to avoid the continued pain coming and going,” he said.

In 2017, Scheck moved back to Atlanta and found other activities to satiate his love to move his body. The goal for these activities maintained to avoid triggering sciatic pain and flare-ups. “I have been doing a lot of hiking and swimming since then,” he said.  “I’ve had less back issues and flare-ups because I’m not doing the types of activities to aggravate it.”

Navigating pain and health issues can be difficult for anyone. Scheck, however, has found other ways to help himself and others. “I found myself going to YouTube to look up stuff [to help my pain] and that’s when I decided to create a channel,” he said with a smile. “I thought it would be helpful to create a channel on products and tips that people might be looking for themselves.”

Nowadays, Sid Scheck works as a salesman by day and a YouTuber by night. He began doing YouTube videos in 2009, but started his SidsTips channel focusing on product review, tips, and personal experiences in 2012. Today, SidTips tops over 11.5k subscribers.

“I love sharing what is of interest to me and what I value I can share with others,” he said.

 

Questions and Answers With Sid Scheck:

 

Q: When did you first hear about MedMassager?

A: 2015 at Costco.

Q: What do you like about MedMassager?

A: Great massage and helped my with my plantar fasciitis pain.  Loved the tingling in my feet after the massage and relief to my feet.

Q: How often do you use the machines and for how long?

A: Several times a week when I get home from work while I am working at my computer for 10-15 minutes at a time.

Q: How have the massagers personally helped you?

A:Making my feet feel good!

Q: What do you want people to know about MedMassager?

A: Really does a great job.  It is unlike any massager you will ever use.  The tingling feel is awesome, and you will feel rejuvenated.

Q: What makes us different than the competition?

A: Gives an amazing vibration sensation and a tingling feel unlike any massager you will try.  They are powerful and work.

Q: Why is circulation important from your perspective?

A: Pain relief. As far as the health benefits of vibration, I am not that knowledgeable, but I know it feels good, gives me a good level of energy and helps so many people with blood circulation, which the MedMassager provides.

Q: Why should everyone own a MedMassager?

A: They are well-built and work!

Q: Anything else you’d like to add?

A: Couldn’t be happier. My feet and body smile every time I turn on the massager.

 

The one thing Sid Scheck wants you to know? “I love my MedMassager and recommend it to everyone.”

For more of Sid’s product reviews on Youtube, follow him here:

YouTube: Sid’s Tips
IG: @Sidstips
Facebook: Sid’s Tips:
Twitter: @sidstips

Sid Scheck Foot MedMassager Review
Sid Scheck Body MedMassager Review (New Review Coming!)

 

Celebrate and Promote American Heart Month This February

February is American Heart Month. The purpose of this month’s campaign is to raise awareness about heart health and set an example for future prevention of this disease.

Join us and nhlbi.nih.gov by using the hashtag #OurHearts to promote generations of happier and healthier individuals together.

According to the site, each week of February is focused on a new theme.

Week 1: Be Physically Active Together

Week 2: Eat Healthier Together

Week 3: Track Heart Health Stats Together

Week 4: Manage Stress, Sleep Better, and Quit Smoking Together

Here are 25 ways to take part in Heart Health Month.

Read the full article here.

Seven Home Remedies to Cleanse Your Colon Naturally and At Home

Colon cleansing is often done by practitioners. However, dietary products and home remedies also contain essential compounds, which enhance the elimination of toxins and promote the health of the colon. Natural remedies not only cleanse the colon, but also enrich its function.

Before we get into ways to cleanse the colon, let’s talk about why the colon is so important. The job of the colon is to support the body by removing water from stool. The colon also balances electrolytes and pH levels in the digestive system; helps with the reabsorption of essential nutrients, salt, and water, and processes the waste from the body to prepare for its elimination. Bacteria in the colon aid in the digestive process.

During the process of elimination, toxins can build up in the colon, and over time may lead to high blood pressure, or even arthritis. Colon cleansing enhances the excretion of toxins from the gastrointestinal tract, boosts energy and enriches the immune system.

The following suggestions are not meant to diagnose or cure any disease. Please consult with your doctor before doing any detox program.

 

1.) Chia Seeds

Chia seeds and flaxseeds are high in fiber and are considered two of the most popular superfoods. The Omega-3 fatty acids in both seeds may help reduce inflammation, as well as can help flush out built-up toxins in the colon. Both chia and flaxseeds contain a healthy amount of soluble fiber, which promotes healthy intestinal flora; and treats constipation, heartburn, and other digestive disorders.

How to prepare:

  • Take 3 tablespoons of chia seeds and add them to a bowl or glass of water.
  • Drink the mixture after soaking the seeds for an hour.

 

2.) Salt water

Salt water is widely used for cleansing the colon, treating constipation naturally, and detoxifying the body. The drink below can aid in the removal of toxins, wastes, and harmful microorganisms from the colon.

How to drink:

  • Add a teaspoon of non-iodized salt to a liter of water.
  • Drink  on an empty stomach.

Note: Drinking salt water may cause sodium load or high blood pressure. Please check with your physician before practicing this technique. Sodium overload may contribute to high blood pressure.

 

3.) Lemon

Lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C that can boost the metabolism and promote detoxification. The antioxidant properties of lemons also protect the body from free radicals.

How to prepare:

  • Squeeze half of a lemon into a glass of lukewarm water.
  • Add a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon or less of salt.

Your lemon detox is now ready to drink.

 

4.) Yogurt

Yogurt is considered a natural probiotic that can contribute towards healthy gut flora, and aid in cleansing the colon. Yogurt is also rich in calcium, protein, and essential vitamins, which play a significant role in supporting the body during cleansing. The essential components in yogurt may also help with weight management, reduction of inflammation, and improve the immune system.

How to eat:

  • Eating a bowl of plain yogurt once or twice daily is generally recommended for those who do not have lactose intolerance or a dairy allergy.

 

5.) Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

Apple cider vinegar is loaded with antibiotic and antioxidant properties that help with both cleansing and maintaining a healthy colon and gut. ACV also supports the digestive system and colon in eliminating toxins, and making it easier to maintain a healthy weight. ACV is also known to help the body retain useful gut bacteria.

Adding honey to ACV adds both flavor and significant health benefits. Honey helps to protect the digestive system from harmful free radicals.

How to prepare:

  • Fill a glass with 4-8oz of lukewarm water and add 1-2 tablespoons of organic Apple cider vinegar. A great brand to buy is Bragg’s organic Apple cider vinegar.
  • Add 1-2 tablespoons of honey.
  • Drink this mixture every morning to experience the benefits.

 

6.) Ginger

Ginger contains bioactive compounds that have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. Ginger stimulates digestion, treats nausea and bloating, and promotes colon health.

Ginger is an excellent herb that aids in the removal of toxins and waste from the colon and body.

How to take it:

  • Add about a teaspoon of ginger root or extract to a cup of hot water.
  • Add 1 or ½ teaspoons of lemon juice.
  • Stir well and drink.

 

7.) Aloe vera

Aloe vera is a wonderful plant that is known to assist in cleansing the colon. Due to the high number of bioactive and antioxidant properties in Aloe vera, there are a number of detoxifying and laxative effects from consuming this plant.

How to prepare:

  • Add two teaspoons of lemon juice to a cup of  room temperature water.
  • Add 200 mg of aloe vera and mix well— about 8oz minus 3 tbsp
  • Refrigerate this mixture for 3 hours before drinking it.

 

Including the foods and mixtures mentioned above to one’s diet may be very useful in cleansing the colon naturally. To reap the most benefits; however, it is essential to abide by the following rules during the cleansing process.

1.) Avoid alcohol or tobacco

2.) Increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables

3.) Include fiber-rich foods such as cereals, bran, oatmeal, and whole grains.

 

What are the benefits of a colon cleanse?

Colon cleansing has many benefits including clearing toxins and enriching the colon. Detoxing may also help with weight loss, reduce the risk of colon cancer, and improve the immune system/overall health.

Side effects:

If not performed correctly, colon cleansing may have severe side effects including dehydration, infection, tears in the rectum, and an electrolyte imbalance. Make sure to maintain a healthy diet and support your body with healthy foods during the cleanse. Also, obtain a doctor’s consent if you have never naturally cleansed your colon before.

Colon cleansing might not reap benefits right away. However, adding the foods and drinks mentioned above to one’s diet can help to keep the colon healthy and prevent future build-up of toxins, or waste, in healthy individuals. Along with regular exercise and/or yoga, the aforementioned home remedies can also aid in supporting and maintaining a healthy colon long-term.

Note: This Article Was Contributed by Emylee John— A wellness and lifestyle writer for How to Cure, —and edited by MedMassager’s Social Media Manager, Erin Rollins.

The Reshma Project: What Is It and How You Can Help

According to TheReshmaProject.org, “More than 18 million people, or 1.4 percent, of India’s population, live in [sex] slavery.” The Reshma project was founded in 2016 with one purpose: “To expose the darkness of sex trafficking, to empower the enslaved to escape bondage, and to enrich their life and self with dignity.”

The Reshma project was founded through an unexpected meeting one summer in 2016. A group from Youth With a Mission Asheville (YWAM)— a Christian global family of ministries— traveled to India to evangelize to the women in the red light district. The group never expected that a chance encounter would not only completely change one woman’s life, but also their lives, ultimately leading to the beginnings of a non-profit organization.

That woman’s name is Reshma meaning “silk” in Hindi. She is among countless other women who have been able to escape the sex trade through the sacrifice and work of the Reshma Project.

This serendipitous meeting of Reshma felt solidified for the group when they realized the meaning of her name. The group identified with her name so strongly as the future name for their non-profit organization because silk is considered a precious material. The fabric can only be dyed once, just as Christians  believe that one encounter with Jesus— and being stained by his blood— is all a person needs to be marked His forever.

Upon meeting Reshma in the red light district, the group discovered she was only 19-years-old. They also made an even more important discovery: Reshma remained a sex slave because she couldn’t afford to escape. Think about that for a moment. Reshma had been trained as a tailor, but did not own a $200 sewing machine she would need to set up her own business and support herself financially.

According to the site, the group pulled together all of their monies to purchase Reshma’s much needed sewing machine, changing her life forever and setting the precedent for a new mission: to rescue other women from the sex trade and provide the resources to help them set up their own businesses or learn skills that would give them financial freedom.

The Reshma project is only 3-years-old and needs your help. Is one of your goals this year to participate in more philanthropic opportunities? Do you align with the mission of this non-profit organization, or are you curious to learn more about the sex trade, the stark truth of life for these women, and also the reality that these women did not choose this life for themselves? Studies have found that almost all of the women working in the sex trade were born into it, or tricked—and even coerced— into this life through greed and empty promises.

For more about the amazing work that these individuals do, check out their website at TheReshmaProject.org, and/or become a sponsor
to help a woman/women escape a life of slavery, and change her future for the better.