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Emotional Well-being in 2020

Tips for Your Emotional Well-being During the Pandemic

We all react differently to stressful situations. Many of us are so good at forging ahead in the face of adversity that we may not recognize the warning signs that our emotional well-being is compromised.

Emotional well-being is vital to people of all age groups. The year 2020, has been a particularly challenging time for everyone’s emotional well-being as it has been the year of much controversy.  Now is the perfect time to stop and examine this year’s impact on our lives and find ways to improve our emotional health.

Emotional Well-being and How It Relates to Your Health

Being in good health doesn’t only refer to our physical health. Being in good health also involves our emotional and mental well-being.

 

But what is emotional well-being?

 

Simply put, it’s our ability to manage our feelings, both the happy, pleasant ones and the sad, angry, or worrisome ones.

Our emotions can impact our lives in unexpected ways. Some are good and some not so good. Research shows that when we are in a balanced emotional state, learning becomes easier. We are more creative, our productivity increases, and our relationships improve.

Our stress and anxiety levels increase when we are unable to control our emotions. When we are emotionally unbalanced, we are more likely to make bad decisions regarding our health and well-being.

Additionally, emotional stress can weaken our immune system making us more susceptible to viral and bacterial infections and developing chronic illnesses.

That is why learning to deal with emotional stress is so important during these challenging times.

Tips for Improving Our Emotional Well-Being

We live in unprecedented times, and we need to put extra effort into managing our emotions well. Now, emotional well-being doesn’t mean ignoring or avoiding unpleasant or negative feelings. It’s normal to experience feelings of anxiety and sadness, but learning to manage these feelings will help us stay healthy.

 

Manage Your Expectations

 

Disappointment is a fact of life. We’ve all experienced times when a situation didn’t live up to what we imagined.

Many of us set unrealistic expectations on how we would manage our time during the lockdown. Working or studying from home doesn’t mean the day has more than 24 hours, so if you didn’t learn a new language, mastered a musical instrument, or read all the books on your nightstand, that’s fine.

 

Proactively Manage Your Stress

 

It’s normal to have trouble concentrating and keeping ourselves motivated during stressful times, but this can make us feel anxious. Taking control of small things can help us regain a sense of normalcy and manage our stress.

It all starts by taking better care of yourself. Prioritize sleep, eat well, limit junk food, alcohol, and other indulgences, and stay physically active. Also, remember to reach out to family and friends by calling or video chatting with them often.

Getting enough rest and focusing on our physical well-being will help us clear our minds of negative thoughts and balance our emotions.

 

Learn to Identify Your Red Flags

 

Learning to identify the thoughts, physical sensations, and feelings that accompany stress and anxiety is vital.

 

When you feel stressed, take note of your:

 

  • Thoughts (I can’t concentrate, I am not good at this, nothing will ever change)
  • Feelings (sadness, worry, frustration),
  • Physical sensations (upset stomach, tension, or jitters)
  • Actions (emotional eating or drinking too much alcohol)

 

When you can identify these red flags, you can actively change your thoughts, control your physical sensations with breathing techniques, and stop yourself from overindulging.

The CDC provides a list of resources and contacts to help you cope with stress and anxiety. Don’t be afraid to reach out; help is available.

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Plan for an Emergency

One thing that weighs heavily on our minds these days is our health and that of our loved ones. Knowing you have access to quality emergency care close to home and at an affordable price gives you peace of mind.

That is the mission of Altus Emergency Centers to provide the best care at the best price. We are here for you when you need us most. We work under strict safety and hygienic protocols. Our centers are conveniently located, so you don’t have to travel far to get the medical attention you need.

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Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Wearing a Mask During Your Workout

Wearing a Mask During Your Workout

Back in September, gyms were allowed to reopen at 75% capacity. This announcement made a lot of us who were eager to start exercising very happy.

However, the reopening measures included the required use of face masks during workouts.  This action raised many concerns among gym members.

Is wearing a mask during your workout a good idea?

Here we will address some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the use of face masks during your workout.

Why Wearing a Mask is Necessary?

Breathing heavier while exercising is almost inevitable. Yet this action increases the risk of viruses aerosolizing and spreading to others more quickly.

Therefore, using a mask is an effective way to slow the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19 and the flu.

Is It Safe to Wear a Mask While Exercising?

Yes, it is. However, experts recommend keeping your workout intensity at low to moderate and avoid vigorous exercise while wearing a mask.

The reason is that face masks decrease airflow, affecting your breathing and your body’s natural ability to regulate its temperature.

Suppose you have a preexisting condition and plan to train regularly at a gym. In that case, we recommend you speak to your doctor. Your physician can make recommendations for your specific condition and health history.

What Type of Mask Is Best?

Masks made of moisture-wicking materials such as cotton or polyester blends are best for exercising as they can absorb the sweat. Make sure your mask material is not more than two layers thick.

Avoid using paper or surgical masks as they can quickly breakdown due to the sweat or heavy breathing during exercise.

The CDC guidelines discourage the use of masks with exhalation valves or vents as these don’t prevent the spread of the virus

Additionally, N95 masks are not suitable for exercise routines as they can increase heat and humidity levels and increase breath resistance and overall discomfort in athletes.

It’s a good idea to carry spare masks with you so you can change them once they become damp.

Is It Necessary to Wear a Face Mask If You Are Exercising Outdoors?

Wearing a face mask while you exercise out in the open is unnecessary if you can maintain a safe physical distance from other people who don’t live with you.

However, if you are training with a team or running in a crowded street or park, then yes, we recommend you wear a mask to help prevent the spread of viruses.

What to Expect

While face masks help reduce the chances of spreading viral illnesses, they also affect how our bodies react to exercise.

Most people report experiencing an increase in heart rate while exercising with a mask. This increase in heart rate can increase the exertion rate and decrease performance during aerobic exercise and resistance training.

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When to Seek Medical Attention

When exercising with a mask, beware of these warning signs:

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Extreme or Unusual Fatigue
  • Shortness of Breath That Does Not Improve During Rest Periods
  • Headache
  • Muscular Weakness
  • Overall Discomfort

If you experience any of the above symptoms, try taking a break. If you notice the symptoms don’t subside or worsen, come to the nearest Altus Emergency Centers immediately for an evaluation.

 

Altus Emergency Centers encourages everyone to maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise. However, during these challenging times, adjustments are required.

We urge everyone to adhere to health officials’ recommendations, including using a mask while exercising and maintaining physical distance when possible.

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24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Group Interactions Impacting COVID-19

How Are Group Interactions Impacting COVID-19

Are group interactions impacting COVID-19 and it’s spread?  As our communities undertake measures to reopen businesses and reactivate our economies, we need to consider how our daily activities impact the success of these efforts.

The first thing we need to come to terms with is the fact that nothing we do will guarantee zero risks of infection. For this reason, it’s important to understand how our daily interactions can put us at risk and which prevention measures can help protect us.

How Does the Virus Spread?

We are still learning a lot from this virus. However, scientists believe SARS-CoV-2, which is the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads from person to person mostly through respiratory droplets released when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.

These droplets are typically small and not always noticeable. Because of their size, they can readily travel through the air and land in our hands, mouths, or noses where we can accidentally inhale them into our lungs.

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How Can Group Interactions Put You at Risk

In general, the more closely and longer your interaction with others is, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.

There are other factors of social interaction that can raise our risk of infection, such as:

  • The more people you interact with, the higher your risk of infection will be
  • Being in a group where people aren’t social distancing or wearing face coverings significantly increases your risk
  • Engaging with people who are not part of your usual social unit (e.g., those that live with you) can also raise your risk of contagion
  • Not everyone who has the virus has symptoms. The closer you are to other individuals who may be infected and not know it, the higher your risk of getting sick
  • Social interaction indoors where it might be harder to keep people apart, and proper ventilation might be an issue, tends to be riskier than group interaction taking place outdoors

Things to Consider Before You Participate in A Group Gathering

Before deciding to rejoin group activities, there are things to consider that can help minimize your risk of infection.

 

 

Keep Yourself Informed

Follow updates from local health officials to understand the situation in your community. You can check

Review updates issued by your local health department to know how the virus is spreading in your town. You can search The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention directory to find resources in your community.

 

Know Your Risk Factors

Everyone experiences the disease differently. Some people who have the virus never develop symptoms; others only experience mild ones, while others might get severely ill.

Certain groups, including older adults and people of any age who have chronic underlying medical conditions, have a higher risk for severe illness and developing complications from COVID-19.

Additionally, you need to consider if someone in your household has an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. If you live with older adults or someone how has heart disease, diabetes, or cancer, then you and your family should take extra precautions to minimize risk.

Wash Your Hands, Keep Your Distance, And Wear a Mask

 

As a rule, you should continue to follow the general prevention guidelines, which include:

 

  • Washing your hands with soap and water several times a day
  • Maintaining a distance of at least 6-feet between you and others
  • Wearing a moisture-resistant face mask when out in public

At Altus Emergency Centers, we continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our community closely. All our facilities follow strict prevention protocols that exceed those suggested by local and federal healthcare agencies.

Our patient’s safety and welling continue to be our top priority; for this reason, our ER’s remain open to treat all medical emergencies. If you need us, we are here.

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Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Sun Safety During the Pandemic

Practice Sun Safety During the Pandemic

We are fast approaching that time of year where the temperature in Texas reaches the high 90’s, and you feel like you, and everything around is ready to melt.

After weeks of being indoors, many of us are eager to spend time outside. Whether it’s fresh air you seek or an extra dose of the Immunity-supporting vitamin D – Aka “the sunshine vitamin,” staying safe in the sun is the priority.

Safe and Easy Summer Tips

Follow our tips to prevent dehydration, sunburns, and heatstroke and ensure your time outdoors is as memorable and fun as you dreamt it!

Add More Fruits and Veggies to Your Summer Diet

 

Fruits and vegetables are full of antioxidants that can help boost our immunity as well as protect our skin against sun-damage, premature aging, and skin cancer.

Pro Tip: Snack on refrigerated or frozen fruit or make yourself a refreshing fruit smoothie

 

Stay Hydrated

 

During the summer months, our Altus ER Centers get slammed with dehydrated patients. Dehydration is a real concern during the summer months, as it increases the risk of heat exhaustion and, in more severe cases, heatstroke.

Pro Tips to prevent dehydration:

  • Carry a refillable BPA Free water bottle with you when outdoors
  • Follow the 20-minute rule; this means you should drink water every 20 minutes when outdoors.
  • Avoid sugary and alcoholic beverages
  • While engaging in an outdoor sport, we recommend you hydrate with a low sugar sports drink to help replenish lost minerals.

 

Don’t Forget the Sunscreen

 

Applying sunscreen should be a daily habit regardless, but it is especially important these days. Remember, we’ve been sheltering indoors due to the pandemic for months, and our skin will need time to adjust to sun exposure again. 

Before you go outside, please remember to:

  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Broad-spectrum means ti will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays
  • Apply the sunscreen onto dry skin 15 minutes before going outside
  • For best results, re-apply sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming or sweating profusely.

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Protect Your Eyes

 

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, high levels of exposure to UV light increases your risk of developing certain eye diseases such as, growths on the eye, cataracts cancer, and photokeratitis is a painful eye condition that is like having a sunburned eye

Pro tips to prevent damage to your eyes

  • Wear UV-blocking sunglasses and broad-brimmed hats whenever you are outside, even if the day doesn’t seem to be too sunny
  • Shield your eyes from dust by wearing sunglasses
  • Wear goggles when swimming in the pool to protect your eyes from harsh chemicals
  • Use artificial tears if your eyes become dry
  • Avoid looking directly at the sun
  • Don’t stand too close to lit grills or open fires

 

Wear Cool Protective Clothing

 

During your outings, choose lightweight fabrics in light colors, and preferably use loose-fitting clothing. Additionally, wear a wide-brimmed hat that can provide shade to your eyes and keep your head nice and fresh while you are out in the sun.

 

Maintain Social Distancing, Wear a Mask, and Wash Your Hands

 

We live in a new reality, one in which we must follow the guidelines of health officials to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

We urge you to please wear a mask when interacting with people outside of your immediate circle. Continue to wash your hands frequently with plenty of soap and water and maintain a social distance of at least 6-feet.

Flattening the curve is everyone’s responsibility.

Altus Emergency Centers continues to work 24/7, providing quality emergency medical services at an affordable price in a safe and friendly environment. If you require medical attention, don’t hesitate to visit us, your wellbeing is our priority.

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

WHEN THERE’S NO TIME TO WASTE, TRY OUR ONLINE CHECK-IN

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Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

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