Henry Van Dyke, American poet and author of the hymn “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee” is credited with saying, “Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.“
This Thanksgiving season, we hope you can find that inward feeling of gratitude for your riches of family, friends, health and time.
We are grateful for your energy, your continued health and participation in the Women's Health Conference events.
Equipped with 300 gold crowns, a great deal of experience, and a passion for inspiring others, Aly Downs empowers women of all ages and backgrounds to engage in positive coping skills.
Stress has serious negative consequences on your health. The National Institute of Health shares three different types of stress can carry physical and mental health risks: "... some people experience mainly digestive symptoms, while others may have headaches, sleeplessness, depressed mood, anger, and irritability... Over time, continued strain on your body from routine stress may lead to serious health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, anxiety disorder, and other illnesses."
Utilizing an evidence-based approach to identify stressors, personal signs and symptoms of stress, practice coping techniques, and plan ways to prevent stress's harmful effects, Aly walks participants through the creation of their personalized plan that can be put into action immediately. The result is the ability to foster an improved quality of life through effectively and positively coping with stress.
Aly shares 3 tips for coping with Stress:
Journaling is an excellent coping skill as well as a prevention technique; it all depends on how you use it. If you invest time into journaling on a regular basis, it allows you stay in touch with your thoughts & feelings so as figure out ways to best handle them.
Try to use an opposite emotions technique to cope: Next time you feel angry, do something that makes you feel joyful! If you are SAD, don't watch a Lifetime movie...turn on something that makes you LAUGH! Where your focus goes, your ENERGY flows.
Carve out some "ME" time! By going to events like the Women's Health Conference, you are taking time to do something that celebrates you as a woman: becoming a stronger, healthier, happier YOU!
Aly is proud to be a fifth generation North Dakota farm girl who currently lives in Bismarck with her husband Kyle. She is also honored to serve in the role as Mrs. North Dakota America 2013. In her current roles at St. Alexius Medical Center and the University of Mary as Adjunct Professor, her passion for education has flourished to the point of pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Foundations and Research.
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Headed south for a warm vacation? If you are going to be in the sun for sustained amount of time, please consider bringing an appropriate SPF.
During the Women's Health Conference Exhibitor Showcase attendees were able to view their skin with the Durma Scan. The Derma Scan uses ultraviolet (UV) light to show sun damage that is invisible to the naked eye.
How do you know sunscreen works? Check out the video at 1:41!
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that everyone apply a sunscreen with an SPF30 every day, and an SPF50 before participating in outdoor activities.