Category Archives: health

Dive in!

If your child is taking swimming lessons or is a member of the swim team, perhaps you’ve already encountered boutique wellness classes.

As you might have noticed this summer, the diversification of swimming as a way to keep fit has gone beyond swimming laps and water aerobics. Kids, tweens, teens and adults of all ages are embracing low impact aquatic exercises delivered with modern twists.

In some pools, music is played through underwater speakers; intervals and circuits are added to make full body workouts. Some classes end with high energy party segments that raise the fun level. And of course, the mindfulness trend comes to the pool through classes of “noodlers” who silently float on flexible foam noodles.

Still only swimming laps? Look around. There might be a more interesting activity that might even become a cross-generational favorite!

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Self-care on vacation?

Like generations of parents before them, Millennial parents are struggling to find the elusive sense of balance in the middle of busyness.

The need for parent self-care is being reflected in time designated for parent relaxation as family travel is planned this summer.

Although the goal is to return home feeling rested and relaxed, a healthy balance for mom and dad can still be elusive when on vacation.

A duck that does more

The Aflac duck isn’t merely a brand mascot who’s a Facebook favorite (with 700,000 fans.)

He’s been transformed into a robot that comforts kids with cancer.

In one of the best-ever tech innovations, My Special Aflac Duck is on the way to medical centers across the country. Designed to distract and comfort patients during treatment, the duck is delivered without cost.

https://www.aflac.com/about-aflac/newsroom/press-release-story.aspx?rid=886

Video game addiction

An old problem has a new label: the World Health organization (WHO) is recognizing video game addiction as an official mental health condition.

Video game addiction is basically playing games for an unhealthy length of time, resulting in the feeling that you can’t stop.

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) describes internet gaming disorder as similar to a gambling addiction.

However video game addiction is described or defined, prevention is best, especially for our kids.

Relax your brain

After coloring books for adults, can bedtime stories for adults be far behind?

Evidently not, as it’s now emerging as a trend under the wellness umbrella.

Natural sleep aids, including peace-filled playlists and white noise machines, have been around forever. But stories for sleep-deprived moms and dads might be on the horizon. Just watch…

Hug me to sleep?

Do the demands of parenting melt away when your child wraps his arms around you?

Researchers tell us that touch stimulation can be relaxing. That’s the reason weighted blankets are emerging as a “trend you can use” during cold winter nights.

Weighted blankets might not hug sleep-deprived parents to dreamland, but wrapping that conforms to our bodies is soothing.

As we become increasingly aware of mental health issues that impact parents, natural sleep aids, including blankets that distribute pressure around the body, might be something to consider.

Head start on health?

Finding the elusive life balance has always been one of the most stressful aspects of parenting, but there’s good news:

Moms and dads are starting to prioritize their personal mental health.

To maintain and improve mental wellness, activities range from charting emotions, to learning about mindfulness and even escaping online. Although “stroller moms” have, by definition, been accompanied by children, more parents are involving older kids in the various activities. As a result, learning about mood boosting and wellness actions is happening at an earlier age, perhaps giving the next generation of parents a head start on healthy living.

That’s a hopeful thought for the beginning of a new year.