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The Mind/Body Connection

Dr. Linda Hancock Goal Setting Health and Fitness Other Health and Fitness Self Improvement The Fifteenth Year

When I was young our family used to love to go to Katepwa Lake for holidays. My uncle had a beautiful boat with a sixty-horsepower motor and all my cousins enjoyed water skiing behind it. The problem was that no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t seem to get up out of the water! I remember the morning of my nineth birthday. The sun was shining, and the water was as smooth as glass. First thing I asked my uncle if I could try once again to ski. He agreed. After carefully tying on the life jacket, I got...

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Be Your Own Health Care Professional

Dr. Linda Hancock Health and Fitness Other Health and Fitness The Eleventh Year

I grew up in an age when rural Saskatchewan doctors made house calls. They also did hospital rounds and ran a clinic. They usually knew their patients well because they delivered many of them. Lab work and x-rays were done in one location - at the local hospital. Specialists were almost unheard of and that meant that the local doctor needed to deal with pretty well everything. Things have changed so much! Now clinics have huge waiting lists of people who do not have a family physician. Those who are ill and do not have a family physician often end...

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Suicide Risk

Dr. Linda Hancock Health and Fitness Other Health and Fitness The Tenth Year

According to Alberta Health Services, this province has a higher rate of suicide than the national average. In fact, suicide is a leading cause of death in Alberta surpassing motor vehicle collisions, AIDs and homicides. Most people don't have a lot of training or experience with suicide. As a result, a great deal of fear and helplessness can accompany the thought that someone might be suicidal. There are several things that you should know about suicide: Treat every threat as serious - Never ignore, minimize or promise confidentiality when someone talks about suicide. Listen carefully and do not interrupt. Think...

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How Are You?

Dr. Linda Hancock Health and Fitness Other Health and Fitness The Tenth Year

I am often surprised by how many people avoid being around others because they don't know how to answer the question "How Are You?" Some people who have been ill or on a medical leave really don't know how to respond to the question. They think that the other person might be judgmental, especially if they say that they have been suffering from depression, anxiety or another mental illness. Other people think that it is none of the other person's business and want to keep things private. Following are some ideas about the question "How are you?": This is likely...

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How Are You?

Dr. Linda Hancock Health and Fitness Other Health and Fitness The Eighth Year

So often people ask, "How are you?" and we automatically reply "Fine" when we really don't mean it. It has become such a habit that we aren't really being honest about our situation. Well, often people ask us as a habit and don't really want to know anyway but there are times in our lives when it is important to have a clearer answer. Following is an excellent communication system that will help you to understand yourself and tell others the truth about how you are feeling. It is especially helpful when you are talking with your physician, an insurance...

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Strategies to Manage Anxiety

Dr. Linda Hancock Anxiety Health and Fitness Other Health and Fitness

Fear, anxiety, worry, control and perfectionism are all cousins. People who are afraid tend to worry about what will happen in the future. They therefore attempt to prevent trouble by trying to control the environment or the people around them. This can lead to relationship problems and the confinement that terms such as "should", "must" and "have to" provide. Yes, fear forms the bars of cages that trap us and steal our freedom. We will never be able to completely rid our world of anxiety but there are several things that will help you to manage it in your own...

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Binge Drinking: How Much Is Too Much?

Dr. Linda Hancock Health and Fitness Other Health and Fitness The Seventh Year

There has been a lot of media coverage lately about the changes recently made regarding Alberta's drinking and driving laws. The penalties are not only stiffer but the .08 blood alcohol content that was used in the past to define "intoxicated" is being lowered to .05. But what the professionals are concerned about lately is not the term "intoxicated" but the term "impaired". You see these are two very different terms that need to be understood clearly. "Intoxicated" is a legal term that is used in the legal system. "Impaired" is a more general term that is used in health...

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Say What You Want

Dr. Linda Hancock Health and Fitness Other Health and Fitness The Seventh Year

So often people tell me how upset they are about things that are happening in their lives. They rehearse all of the details of their troubles over and over again and are convinced that things will not change or get better. Then they complain that other people seem to be avoiding them. No wonder! What do you think would happen if, instead of saying what you don't want, you would say what you do want? You really have nothing to lose by doing this. You see, repeating negatives over and over again is depressing! And you have a far better...

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Why Are You Crying?

Dr. Linda Hancock Health and Fitness Other Health and Fitness

Some people think that crying is a sign of weakness and should never be done. Even when they tear-up because of an emotional situation, they hold back and do everything possible to prevent others from seeing that they have been moved. Unfortunately, the long-term consequence of this can be that they pile up their emotions and become more vulnerable for a break down in the future. Other individuals cry freely about most things that happen during the week, even when others might not find the events to be deserving of such a reaction. It seems that they walk around with...

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Eating Choices Can Hurt Your Business

Dr. Linda Hancock Health and Fitness Other Health and Fitness

Some people think that eating is just something that they need to do in order to survive. Others treat food as a wonderful activity of amazing delicacies and ambiance which we do not get enough. But did you ever stop to think about how eating choices might actually hurt your business? There are actually three specific things that you need to consider when it comes to the relationship between business and food: 1. Type of foods you are eating - I think each of us has had an encounter in the past when we were repelled by the smell coming...

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Do You Have an Anxiety Disorder?

Dr. Linda Hancock Anxiety Health and Fitness Other Health and Fitness The Fifth Year

Everyone feels the normal human emotions, nervousness or worry at times, especially when life difficulties occur, a test is to be written or a serious problem needs to be solved. When the anxiety is so severe that it interferes with them being able to lead a normal life because of the distress, however, that person may be experiencing one of several mental illnesses. These usually involve intense fear and can be evidenced and diagnosed in different ways as follows: Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia) - This condition is often inappropriately called "shyness", a term which implies that there isn't a solution...

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Health Psychology - How to Deal With Illness and Surgery

Dr. Linda Hancock Health and Fitness Other Health and Fitness The Third Year

Recently I had surgery and it reminded me of the intricate manner in which body and mind interact. From the time that my physician recommended the operation until it actually occurred took four years. The waiting was difficult and somewhat unsettling at times. It took three ophthalmologists and four bookings before I actually saw the operating room. In the meantime, I needed to schedule a week away from the office, ensure that the refrigerator was full and arrange for someone to be with me during the procedure. There were pre-operation interviews and a medical history to complete. I was always...

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Shyness or Social Phobia?

Dr. Linda Hancock Health and Fitness Other Health and Fitness The Third Year

A few years ago, an Administrative Assistant at the mental health clinic opened a large box of books and resources that I had ordered. Everything inside was designated to my attention and the title of each item either had the word "Shyness" or "Social Phobia". With a shocked expression she turned to a co-worker and said, "What on earth is Hancock doing?" The other lady wisely replied "Think about it. She's never had a shy day in her life!" She was correct! I had been assigned to work with a number of clients who were experiencing difficulties in social settings...

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A Simple Explanation of Bipolar Disorder

Dr. Linda Hancock Health and Fitness Other Health and Fitness The Second Year

Imagine that each of us has a horizontal line that represents our moods. A "flat line" would symbolize a steady and unwavering mood that is always the same without the variation of healthy emotions which are unique to man. But living life on the line without variation isn't reality. We all have days when our mood makes a slight loop above the line and days when the loop goes below the line. A birthday celebration may cause an upward loop while a loss would result in a downward loop. Bipolar Disorder is a condition in which an individual experiences moods...

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Sleep Problems Can Be Turned Into "Rock-a-Bye-Baby" Habits

Dr. Linda Hancock Health and Fitness Other Health and Fitness The First Year

Don't think of elephants? What are you thinking about? Elephants, right? Frequently I hear clients who repeatedly state "I can't sleep". They don't realize that our brains tend to do what they hear and by saying this, we actually invite the body to stay awake. There are a number of factors which can initially interfere with good sleep patterns but, once a pattern has begun it is frequently deepened and made rigid by our thought patterns. According to a recent study based on the 2002 Canadian Community Healthy Survey (CCHS), an estimated 3.3 million Canadians aged 15 and older experience...

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