|Maximize Your Health Savings before the End of the Year|
It's not too late to take care of yourself and be your own advocate for optimal health and wellness before year-end. If you have postponed important visits like your annual physical, a Medicare annual wellness visit, or a well women exam, now is the time to reserve an appointment.
Take advantage of reaching your deductible-
You may be able to pay less for any medical needs you have been delaying this year, like elective procedures including colonoscopies, than you would after your deductible resets in 2023.
Take advantage of FSA balances-
If you have a health "flexible spending account" offered by your employer- this lets you save pre-tax money to use on qualified medical expenses- your contributions may come with a "use-it-or-lose-it" provision when the year ends.
|Toy Safety Tips |
It’s the holiday season and gift-giving is in full swing. Before purchasing a new toy, it’s important to stop and consider if the toy is safe and age-appropriate. It is a sad statistic to contemplate this holiday season but an important one; thousands of children are hurt or even killed each year due to an interaction with an unsafe or developmentally inappropriate toy. December is known as Safe Toys and Gifts Month in order to create a happy, healthy, and safe gift-giving experience for all of our loved ones!
There are a variety of toy safety hazards that can be dangerous and include:
Toxic substances- Substances include chemicals that can adversely affect a child's development and have been linked to cancer, including lead (found in batteries, plastics and radiation shielding), boron (found in some store-bought slimes), chromium, and phthalates.
Choking hazards- Examples include marbles, balloons, small balls and vending-machine toys, magnets, and batteries.
Excessive noise- Loud noise can damage a child’s inner ear and cause hearing loss. Damage can occur during a short period of time or by a toy being loud over an extended period.
When shopping, keep these general toy safety tips in mind:
Strings and straps- These could strangle small children.
Small parts. If an object fits inside a paper towel or toilet tissue roll, a child could choke on it.
Fabric. Toys made of fabric should be labeled as flame resistant or flame retardant. Stuffed toys should be washable.
Crayons and paints. Crayons and paints should say “nontoxic” and “ASTM D-4236” on the package, which means that they've been evaluated by the American Society for Testing and Materials.
Used or older toys. Older toys, even hand-me-downs, may not meet current safety standards.
You can check here for any toy recalls.
|Hypnotherapy + Building Self-Confidence |
When you hear the words “self-image” what do you think of? For many, it’s their physical appearance. While self-image is naturally synonymous with the way in which you view yourself on the outside, it can also reflect the way in which you view yourself on the inside — mentally, emotionally, and even socially. As an example, you may have difficulty speaking up for yourself or receiving compliments. These negative thoughts and feelings are rooted in self-limiting beliefs, which stem from the subconscious and are often formed early on and reinforced throughout someone’s life. Hence why, many turn to hypnotherapy, a relaxing and natural form of subconscious therapy.
As you may recall from our previous hypnotherapy blogs, hypnotherapy doesn’t rely on medication nor have any side effects. During hypnosis, the body is relaxed and the subconscious is in a more suggestive state.
With the help of a hypnotherapist, you can positively alter the way in which you think and feel about yourself subconsciously. You’ll combat concerns, fears, and insecurities that have manifested into negative self-talk and self-image. Not only will this build your self-confidence, but lead to greater self-acceptance.
Think about it: our relationship with self-confidence affects every area of our lives. If left untreated, it can lead to depression, anxiety, self-medicating, loss of motivation, fear of failure, damaged relationships, struggles at work, and so on.
When you feel good about yourself emotionally, mentally, and physically, your self-confidence benefits as does your thoughts, words, and actions. With 2023 around the corner, it’s time to squash those negative thoughts and feelings once and for all!
Are you ready to invest in a healthier, happier you? You can expect to see results within three to five sessions. Those committed to the process, and who work on adapting those new techniques in between sessions, may see results even sooner! Learn more.
Our community behavioral health affiliate, Chiron Psychological Inc., is here to help! Call 714-646-8034 to discuss how hypnosis may be an effective therapy.