Look at that, it’s June. It's hard to believe we’re almost halfway through the year. We know… where did the time go?
If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you might remember we started the year sharing words of encouragement from the MOBE Guides. After all, January is often about making new year’s resolutions and setting goals related to better health and more happiness. We also talked about your “new you” resolution, because in our book the goal isn’t a number or a milestone… it’s a better YOU.
If you’ve been working with your MOBE Guide this year, how is it going? If you’re new to self-management, has your guide helped you discover the connection between the way you think and how you feel? Whether you’re living with chronic pain or illness, we know that self-management skills help improve health and quality of life. Change doesn’t happen overnight, but one step at a time. In other words, it’s okay if you feel like you’re only making snail’s progress toward your health goals. What matters is that you’re making progress, and your Guide is on the journey with you.
So it’s June. Maybe you’ve had some wins, and maybe you’ve had some setbacks. Tell us how you’re doing; tell us all about the baby steps, the giant leaps, and even the detours. No matter where you are on your health journey, you’re not alone because MOBE is on your side.
Next time anger, disappointment, fear, or anxiety threaten your mood, take a pause. Then, take a few minutes to try one of these research-based methods for retraining your mind to stress less.
To boost medication adherence, there are plenty of apps and products geared toward helping you remember to take your meds—from simple “days of the week” pill boxes to digital reminders, these prompts help those who struggle with medication schedules, especially if multiple meds are involved. But what if memory and organization aren’t the real issues for you? Although recalling medication instructions is an important part of adherence, that’s not the only reason people might feel challenged when sticking to a medication. Here are some other possibilities that you might experience...
Most patients feel that time crunch that comes with doctor visits—as soon as the physician walks through the exam room door, the imaginary stopwatch begins. This highlights the need to be as efficient as possible in addressing your needs, getting your questions answered, and communicating important health info like medication side effects or making sure your medications are still working or needed. Here are five strategies for making your next visit more effective...
Behavior scientists have made exciting discoveries in recent decades about how we can help ourselves build the habits we desire. It isn’t “one-size-fits-all,” and different techniques work for different challenges. But research supports that habit change resides inside your mind. And that experimenting with techniques like these are where to begin...
Just imagining a stressful event or situation may make your heart beat faster, your palms sweat and your mind kick into high-alert mode. But what if that stress response isn’t always bad? What if it can actually be beneficial? And what if there is actually a difference between a good stressor and bad stressor? Researchers are finding that there is more to the story than you might expect from all the bad press about stress.
Medicine isn’t perfect. For every breakthrough that cures a disease (or makes it easier to live with one) there are many more treatments that only help a little. And there are many more that may have no effect or that may actually cause a particular person more harm than good. So, it’s important to approach any decision that affects your health, or the health of someone you love, with eyes wide open.