Tools for Everyday Wellness and a Healthy, Longer Life

You are in charge of your health. At home, at work, at play – even as a patient in a healthcare facility, what you do and how you think about your health makes a difference. The following tips can help you lead a happier, healthier and safer life

Get the most out of exercise, but be safe


When exercising, wear loose-fitting clothing. Be sure your shoes fit well and that the soles are non-slip. Also, exercise from a firm surface, including:

  • A firm chair without wheels
  • A non-skid mat on the floor
  • A bed with a very firm mattress

It is important to start slowly and increase gradually. You can expect some mild soreness. Don’t hold your breath, and be sure to exhale when straining or lifting. Stop if you experience:

  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Dizziness or feeling like you might faint
  • Cold sweats
  • Cramps
  • Sharp pain
  • Heart racing or skipping
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Shortness of breath when you haven’t been exerting yourself

If symptoms don’t go away immediately with rest, call 911.

Teach yourself to relax

Try relaxation breathing:

  • Take a deep breath in
  • Hold it for a moment
  • Breathe out slowly
  • Imagine all the tension in your body and mind leaving with this breath

You can also try “one two three” breathing:

  • Inhale
  • Count “one two three”
  • Exhale
  • Count “one two three”
  • Repeat anywhere and anytime, several times, to realize the full benefits

Home safety tips

Around the home entry area and outdoors, make sure:

  • Sidewalks are in good repair
  • There are hand railings
  • Entrances and paths are clear of obstructions
  • Lighting is adequate
  • Doorway thresholds are not too high

Inside the home:

  • Notify the fire department if there are disabled people living in the home
  • Install at least one smoke detector on every level of the home
  • Don’t smoke if you feel sleepy, are in the presence of oxygen or in bed
  • Plan for evacuation in the event of fire or other emergency
  • Don’t block any exits with furniture
  • Don’t leave the kitchen when you are cooking
  • Get fireplaces inspected annually
  • Don’t leave wood stoves and fireplaces unattended
  • Keep portable heaters away from curtains and furniture
  • Remove all throw rugs
  • Install grab bars in bathrooms
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