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Q: How does your staff stay so positive this winter?

Posted February 19, 2014 in Advice Column, Ankeny

A: Our minds are powerful tools when it comes to our health. Staying healthy and feeling your best is important at any time of the year. Optimistic people are said to live longer than pessimists. Thinking optimistically helps some patients to recover more quickly from surgeries and may help them respond better to cancer treatments.

To help stay positive this winter, there are a few tips to follow.
• Smile and laugh often. Choose to react to problems with a healthy dose of humor. Spend quality time with your friends or family at least once a week. Read jokes. Watch comedies.
• Focus on the things you are grateful for. When you stop taking things for granted, you appreciate life even more.
• Watch your vitamin intake. You can also include vitamin D, which is known to increase serotonin, the mood neurotransmitter.
• Practice acts of kindness. This will not only help others but will surely bring a smile to your face.
• Try to relax more. Finding a quiet moment drinking caffeine-free tea.
• Seek help if you need it. If you have been feeling low for a while seek a doctor or other specialist. There is plenty of help out there.

Staying positive this winter may help to boost your immunity system and even increase weight loss.

Information provided by Jennifer Meurer, PharmD, Medicap Pharmacy, 107 N.E. Delaware, Suite 6, Ankeny, (515) 964-8550.

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