Did you know that nearly 65% of all Americans (hey, that’s nearly 2/3) who were polled just last July 2020 said that social media has a negative effect on how things are in the U.S. today? That’s scary! They name misinformation, hate, and harassment as primary reasons for this. (Cyber bullying probably falls under hate.) They are concerned about people believing everything they read on social media, not being prepared to discern between those who are just giving uninformed opinions and those who are actually giving positive, constructive information. While younger people in early adulthood were more likely to call social media a positive force, older Americans believe the opposite. Where is the truth? Somewhere in the middle? In any case, we should probably pay attention to how to create positive social media habits and stay safe. Then we can teach our children how to do it!
So many of you, especially after the long holiday season, feel like you either want to continue being healthy, or if you’ve slipped up enough, get healthy … again.
For many of us, we recognize we are not healthy so we may resolve to just work on getting healthy after the new year. How many people in their minds go immediately to the bathroom scale to check the post-holiday number when thinking of staying or getting healthy? If you’re normal, you’re doing this.
However, being healthy is so much more than just a number on that scale (which is only one of many health factors). Being healthy is about energy, stamina, how well all our bodily organ systems are functioning, and more. Has there been much damage done throughout the holiday season, or perhaps even the past years or more, and what are you going to do about it? Also, just as important, what will you do about getting your kids healthier?!
Okay – if you’re practically perfect in practically every way, raise your hand. Wait – I don’t see any hands – LOL! That’s because nobody is practically perfect in any way (unless your name is Mary Poppins). However, that may be by design. So, it’s not a bad thing. What’s important is that you are open and strive to become a better person. If you’re a mom (or if you’re a dad or if you’re just raising kids), well – kids are always there to give us challenges, problems, etc. … all of which are opportunities for growth. Here we go!
Dr. Donna Poppendieck (Dr. P) has over 30 years of experience in the mental health care field. She is a seasoned college professor and instructor for providers. She uses credible, proven holistic health strategies in instruction for parents of children with mental health challenges looking for another approach as well as healthcare providers seeking to implement or understand holistic strategies.