By Shelly Montgomery
Welcome to cold and flu season! Just the sound of that may send a shiver up your spine if this is a challenging time of year for you. I have some good news to warm that shiver. A new research study by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health shows that the incidence of Acute Respiratory Infections can be greatly reduced by 40%-50% by simply spending some time each day practicing mindfulness or meditation. The same study showed that simply exercising daily could decrease the incidence of Acute Respiratory Infections by 30%-40%. If you are unable to join the meditation group at the church, spend some time at home in daily meditation. If exercise is a challenge, then try taking the stairs instead of the elevator and parking a little further from the door of the grocery store. If you are unable to walk those extra distances try some simple chair exercises such as leg lifts, arm stretches, and waist twists. You can find a variety of different chair exercises to meet your goals and abilities at www.livestrong.com/chair-exercises . For more information on mindfulness and meditation contact one of the members of the meditation group at the church or visit www.mindfulnessmeditation.org . One of the simplest ways to combat Respiratory Infections of all kinds is simply washing your hands frequently throughout the day, especially when you are out in public.
Please be sure to visit the Faith Community Nurse table the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month. We can do blood pressure checks, talk to you about your health concerns, or help you with living will information. Your faith community nurses are Joan Brennan, Ria Brownlow, and Shelly Montgomery. As part of the Pastoral Care Group we are looking for volunteers to help with the many needs of our faith community.