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The Art of Self-Management: What is it and Why you need it

07

Aug 2014

The Art of Self-Management: What is it and Why you need it

With an average of 15 minutes allowed for a medical office visit, most of a person’s health care happens outside the doctor’s office. Self-management is a key component in effectively managing health, whether preventing disease or managing a chronic illness. Self-management goes beyond traditional health education that focuses on disease-specific self-care interventions. As a multi-faceted approach to health, self-management builds skills in self-monitoring, problem-solving, self- efficacy, decision-making, and communication, and then actively applies them to health-related situations. Practicing self-management improves the exchange of information between the person and their health providers. The person becomes their own health advocate to get the best and most appropriate care for themselves, which improves health outcomes. The aim of self-management is to empower an individual to take control of their health. Using self-management techniques, a person can detect changes in their health and take the necessary action to prevent it from becoming a chronic condition. Practicing self-management improves the ability of a person to manage a chronic illness, making cognitive, emotional, and behavior changes necessary to improve their quality of life. It means being an active participant by asking questions, appointing a health advocate and taking them with you to your appointments, understanding your medications, learning about your chronic illness, and making lifestyle choices that will improve your health. Health Promotion Strategies As providers of self-management tools and resources, Health Promotion Associates, LLC, believes there is considerable opportunity for developing self-management strategies to overcome barriers that inhibit a person’s ability to manage their health. According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Field Notes, it’s important to give people the “tools they need to understand what makes them sick, how to stay healthy, and what to do if their condition gets worse”. In order to be effective, self-management programs should include ongoing support that; Focuses on the needs, values, and preferences of the person…

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How Often Does One Plan for Health?

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Jul 2014

How Often Does One Plan for Health?

Contributed by Laura R. Novakowski Why is our health always the last consideration? It seems that most often we plan vacations and parties. Next, we plan for schools, careers and retirement? However, studies too numerous to mention indicate that most people don’t proactively plan for health until they are struck by a disease. Now, consider this… Building a Well Workplace: Six Reasons Why Health Promotion Makes Good Business Sense Source: WELCOA – http://www.welcoa.org/wellworkplace/index.php?cat=1&page=1 REASON #1: Although we spend more dollars on health care than any other industrialized nation, our citizens are not the worlds healthiest. REASON #2: Much of the illness in the US is directly preventable. REASON #3: Healthcare costs are an issue of significant concern. REASON #4: The work-site is an ideal setting to address health and well-being. REASON #5: Recent empirical research validates that health promotion programs can improve health, save money and even produce a return on investment. REASON #6: More and more companies are building world-class wellness programs.   Finding the Right Tools Finding the right resources, products and services now seem significantly more important. The right tools don’t have to be costly. In fact, the costs of them are significantly lower than the cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and medications. Here are the three most obvious tools: Medical Profession – Tradition health care is still an invaluable tool. Annual visits to a health professional are less costly than Emergency Room visits. Physicians, Nurses, Therapists, Dietitians are a resource that needs to be carefully selected and a positive relationship developed and nurtured to help overcome present and prevent future health issues Complementary & Alternative Health – According to National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, complementary and alternative medicines are “The array of health care approaches with a history of use or origins outside of mainstream medicine.” Focusing on symptom relief, complimentary and alternative…

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05

Jun 2014

Self-Leadership: The Foundation to Health

When you see the word “leadership” what comes to mind? Your answer, most likely, is not related to health. However all our thoughts and actions result from our own self-leadership. Let’s examine what this really means. The concept of self-leadership simply put, means influencing one’s self. The primary focus of self-leadership is that our behaviors and thoughts affect our personal effectiveness in achieving success in all areas of life (physical, emotional, social, career, family, creativity, financial). We lead ourselves through action and behavior change in order to get the results we desire. Holding ourselves accountable is also important throughout the process. The practice of self-leadership described above, is an integrative framework between the mind and the body. It encompasses our attitudes, values, and beliefs, the world we live in, our needs and desires, and the choices we make. Understanding how these factors influence the way we live our life and how they affect our health, is the first step in becoming an effective self-leader. Putting self-leadership into practice requires several behavioral techniques such as self-observation, goal setting, self-management, mental imagery, self-talk, and self-esteem, to name a few. Using these strategies can make an immediate difference in our health, our career, our relationships, our world. When people are engaged in managing their health they are practicing skills necessary to identify their health needs, working with their healthcare team, making critical decision, and adopting lifestyle changes for long-term success. Health Promotion Associates, LLC has identified four key concepts that promote active engagement in enhancing health, preventing a disease, or managing a chronic illness. Here are the four key concepts; Developing self-management skills Problem-solving and making critical decisions Engaging in positive behavior changes Committing to continuously measuring degrees of success Self-leadership doesn’t mean you have to go it totally alone. Self-leadership involves identifying…

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