Tips for Sticking with Your New Year’s Resolutions as 2017 Unfolds

CCS HealthcareJust one month into 2017 and you may feel as though you are starting to falter when it comes to your New Year’s Resolution.

The excitement and motivation that inspired you to select a health related goal for 2017 may be waning, and you just don’t know how to push through for continued success.

Here at CCS Healthcare we understand how difficult it can be to adapt to (and stick with) a new health and fitness routine, and we want to help you ensure 2017 is a healthy and positive year for you.

Remember, becoming a healthier you takes much more than just a month to do. So push through and keep making healthy decisions with the following words of advice.

Find Support

Instead of trying to reach your goals all on your own, find like-minded individuals who are looking to improve themselves in the same ways that you are. Sign up for a class at the gym with a friend from work, or turn healthy eating into an enjoyable cooking challenge that you and your spouse can take on together.

  • Having a strong support system is the best encouragement you can find when working to become a healthier you.

Stick to a Schedule

Although it can be difficult to change the way you do things, the best way to ensure that you are meeting your goals is to create a schedule and stick to it.

This might mean spending Sunday afternoon meal prepping your lunches so you don’t order takeout from the office during the week. Or maybe it means going to the gym on the same days and times each week.

  • Whatever change you are looking to make in 2017, a schedule will help you hold yourself accountable and ensure you are always working towards your goals.

Acknowledge Your Progress

Many of us make the mistake of just choosing one overarching goal to be our New Year’s Resolution. And while it is great to think big and look ahead, it is also important to take note of your smaller successes.

Did you make it to the gym each day that you planned to last week?  Or maybe you dropped your first pants size.

  • When you make progress, hitting a milestone big or small, don’t forget to give yourself a pat on the back. You deserve it!

For more advice on sticking with your New Year’s Resolutions, check out this Forbes article. And don’t forget to schedule an appointment with CCS Healthcare this year.

An annual checkup is an important part of everyone’s healthy lifestyle.

Create an Ideal Waiting Room

Whether your waiting room is in a hospital, a doctor’s office, or an outpatient office, it is important to make sure your patients feel comfortable in it.

Create an Ideal Waiting Room A waiting room is not only a first impression for potential patients but is a place where current patients also spend a good chunk of their time while visiting your office.

A waiting room should be accommodating and pleasant for all visitors.

Prioritize Privacy

For many people, visiting a medical office of any kind is a nerve-wracking experience.

  • If a patient has a pressing medical issue that is uncomfortable for them, they should never feel like other patients can overhear them discussing it with staff.

Your medical office should provide all patients with a sense of privacy and that sense of privacy is deserved from the minute they walk into the office. Ensuring privacy is one of the most vital things a healthcare facility can do to keep patients at ease.

You should ensure that all waiting room seating is a good distance away from the reception desk so patients know that others cannot hear what they are discussing with the staff.

Constant Cleanliness

The cleanliness of your waiting room can affect a potential patient’s decision to choose your office and it can make or break the loyalty of current patients.

  • Patients will not trust a healthcare facility that cannot manage or maintain the cleanliness of their waiting room.
  • Your waiting room should have clean floors, clean tables, and clean furniture.
  • It should be free of visible garbage, ripped magazines, dirty tissues, etc.

If you have bathrooms attached to your waiting room, keep those clean as well.  Make sure you stock your waiting room with furniture that can be cleaned frequently and stand-up to healthcare cleaning products.

Prioritize Patients

Whether you are setting up your waiting room for the first time or you are rearranging your current space, your patients should always be your top priority.

  • They visit your office expecting to feel cared for, and you need to provide that care from the very start of their experience.

For instance, if you are a geriatric office, you should consider purchasing furniture that is easy for senior citizens to get in and out of. If you are a pediatrician office, your waiting room should accommodate both children and parents.

When designing your waiting room, consider what furniture and amenities appeal to your target audience.

For more healthcare news and hints, visit CCS Healthcare’s blog.

Protecting Your Health at Work

Protecting Your Health at Work Public places are a breeding ground for germs and viruses during winter months. Although we rarely consider our place of employment a public place, it absolutely is. We share bathrooms, kitchens, and break rooms with our coworkers among many other things. It is important to practice healthy habits at work to avoid a major office illness.

Wash Your Hands

You are probably tired of hearing this but washing your hands is vital to maintaining your health, especially during winter months. Our hands touch just about everything from the communal coffee pot to the bathroom door handle. You should be washing your hands with soap and water for 30 seconds whenever possible to get rid of possible viruses and bacteria.

Drink Your Water

During the summer months when temperatures are warm, it can be easy to gulp down several water bottles of water. In winter months when we are sitting in a cozy warm office setting, we rarely feel thirsty. However, we need just as much water in winter months as we do in summer months. Staying well-hydrated will help your body fight off possible illnesses.

Refuse to Share

Although this piece of advice goes against everything you were told as a child, you should not share anything with your coworkers during winter months. Do your best to avoid sharing pens, telephones, and keyboards, especially with people that have expressed that they feel under the weather. If someone does use something of yours, wipe it down with a disinfectant wipe and wash your hands after.

Drink More Tea

If you work in an office setting, you probably sip on coffee throughout your day. Many office buildings have a communal coffee pot that brews all day. Cold weather can make warm beverages tempting and you might be prompted to drink a few more cups of coffee than normal. If you’re craving a hot beverage at work, consider having a cup of tea instead and reap the health benefits that tea has to offer.

Stay Home Sick

If you end up getting sick, the best thing you can do for yourself and for your coworkers is to stay at home.  If you attempt to go to work when you are sick, you risk being unproductive and infecting your coworkers. If you do have to go to work sick, you should be washing your hands, taking medicine regularly, and limiting your contact with others as much as possible.

For more healthcare news and advice, visit CCS Healthcare’s blog.

Remaining Healthy this Winter

Maintaining our health during the winter months can be difficult, and it is important that we are doing what we can to practice a healthy lifestyle.

There are many things you can do to protect your health and well-being throughout the winter months and we have highlighted several:

Eating Right

Remaining Healthy this Winter The holiday season is full of sweet treats, rich meats, and plenty of calorie packed beverages.

Eating healthy throughout the winter months can be a challenge, with so many temptations around us.

However, it is possible to maintain a healthy life style in winter months.

Produce such as sweet potatoes, green leafy vegetables,  and mandarins bloom in the winter months and all of them can play a role in a healthy diet through winter months.

Get Enough Sleep 

The winter months can feel overwhelming with the holiday season playing a big role in them. We often face a tremendous amount of stress when we think about wrapping gifts, traveling to loved ones, and hosting holiday parties.

However, it is important that we still focus on getting enough sleep.

  • Eight hours of sleep each night will help your immune system fight off winter illnesses. You should make going to bed at a decent time a top priority every day.

Daily Exercise

With winter weather often being dark and dreary, it is easy to come home and head straight for the couch.

However, it’s important to exercise during the winter months as well.

Exercise can help us maintain our energy level which often declines in winter months.

It can also keep us fit and healthy when it’s easy to indulge in sweet treats as an alternative.

  • Exercising in winter months will also help prevent weight gain which is common during the holiday season.

Skin Care

It can be easy to neglect our skin in winter months. In the summer, we often focusing on applying sunscreen to protect our skin.

However, we should also being protecting our skin from winter weather.

Cold weather can take a toll on our skin, making it dry, itchy, and irritated. Drink plenty of water to keep skin hydrated and apply moisturizer every day to keep skin from getting dried out.

  • You should also wear sunscreen if outside for an extended period of time, you can still get burnt in the winter.

These suggestions should help you to remain healthy through the winter when it can be easy to fall into unhealthy habits.

For more health news and advice, visit the CCS Healthcare blog.

Four Ways Stress Can Affect Your Body

When it comes to health, there is much more to consider than just the physicality of it. Sure, it is important to exercise regularly and provide your body with proper nutrients through a healthy diet. However, it is just as important to take proper care of oneself mentally.  All too often, we forget to take care of our mental needs – taking time to relax and de-stress after a busy day – which can lead to a number of serious health problems.

Feeling stressed? Give yourself a break from the pressures of everyday life. Your body will thank you, for the following reasons and more.

Increased Blood Pressure

Stress is known to increase blood pressure in the moment, and researchers are starting to believe that chronic stress can have a similar effect on the body. With high blood pressure leading to blood clots, stroke and more, it is important to do everything you can to reduce the amount of stress you are facing to keep your body functioning at its best.

Trouble with Digestion

Although exact digestive troubles vary from person to person, it is all too common for individuals to face digestive problems while under a lot of stress. Constipation, diarrhea and stomach cramps can all occur when you are stressed out, and irritable bowel syndrome is often worsened.

Frequent Headaches

When our bodies are facing an abnormal amount of stress, fight or flight instincts kick in, flooding the brain with adrenaline and other chemicals needed to get your body moving. Oftentimes when individuals are facing constant stress, they also have to deal with persistent headaches and muscle aches caused by these adrenaline rushes.

Difficulty Sleeping

Have you ever been so worried about something that you just can’t get to sleep? Major stress can cause something called hyperarousal, a state where you do not feel tired. There are a few different tricks you can use to stop this problem, including a good workout (like yoga or aerobics) during the day and the use of sleep inducing techniques (like turning off your electronics or taking a hot bath) at night.

If you notice that symptoms of stress are beginning to affect your everyday lifestyle, we recommend calling your primary care physician for some advice. For families across the Western New York area, CCS Healthcare can provide a wide array of medical support. Just give us a call at 716-810-9631 to learn more about our healthcare facilities and schedule an appointment.

Four Simple Things You Can Do to Become Healthier Each Day

There are so many different aspects of healthy living to consider, and from exercising to eating healthy, all of these different pieces are an important part of the overall puzzle that is your health. There are always changes that can be made to help improve one’s health and overall lifestyle, and the easiest way to begin changing your life is to start small.

For individuals looking to make some healthy changes to their day-to-day lifestyle, CCS Healthcare has a few different tricks you can implement each and every day to help you feel your best.

Get Active

Whether you go for a run, take the dog for a walk or visit your local park with your children, there is nothing better for you than getting active each and every day. Yoga classes, water aerobics and sports are some other great options if you are looking for a group activity. Joining a class with a friend will help keep you motivated and attending regularly.

Watch Your Posture

Especially if you spend your days sitting at a desk, it is easy to start slouching. Poor posture does a lot more than just make your back sore; it also disrupts circulation and blood flow. Watch your posture throughout the day, doing your best to walk around at least once an hour to stretch your muscles out.

Drink Plenty of Water

If you aren’t already drinking your recommended eight glasses of water a day, now is the time to start! Staying hydrated is an important component of your health, and it’s easy to do with just a little bit of extra attention throughout the day. We recommend making your water more refreshing by adding lemon, mint or berries for extra flavor.

Let Yourself Rest

Oftentimes we let our busy schedules stress us out and wear us down, making it incredibly important to get a good night’s sleep each evening. Shoot for seven to eight hours of sleep a night, and spend some time away from your electronics before falling asleep to help you rest. You are sure to wake up feeling more refreshed and ready to tackle each day.

Of course, another important part of maintaining your health is scheduling regular appointments with your doctor. An annual visit with your physician can help ensure that you are doing your best to stay healthy and can catch any potential health conditions you may be facing.

CCS Healthcare is proud to provide a wide range of medical services to families throughout the Western New York area. To schedule an appointment with us, please call 716-810-9631 today.

Cancer Symptoms Women are Most Likely to Ignore

All women know how important it is to regularly check their breasts for lumps. But did you know that there are many other signs of cancer that you should be watching for? While most of us do our best to ignore the everyday aches and pains we face, there are some specific signs of cancer that are often dismissed by women.

Reader’s Digest has put together a list of 15 such symptoms, and we at CCS Healthcare and Oncology believe it is incredibly important to be aware of them.

Many of the symptoms – including bloating, irregular periods, stomach pain and persistent fatigue – are easy to dismiss or mistake for something else, which is why they are so hard for women to catch.

Other frequently ignored symptoms include frequent fevers, mysterious bruising, trouble swallowing and a cough that lasts more than a couple weeks.

So what can you do if you are facing constant fatigue, persistent migraines, or period-like symptoms when it is not time for your cycle? We recommend calling your primary care physician or gynecologist to schedule an appointment. They will be able to help you diagnose the issue and work with you to find a solution, regardless of what type of disease or illness you may be facing.

From primary care to gynecology, oncology and neurology, CCS Healthcare provides medical services and state-of-the-art facilities to women, men and families living in the Western New York area.

To schedule an appointment with one of our practices, please visit us online or call 716-810-9631.

Why Are Annual Health Exams So Important?

The annual physical is something that every doctor wants every patient to attend, but it is also something that many patients try to avoid. Until a health concern comes up, most of us try to steer as clear of our primary care physician as possible – not realizing just how important our annual exams are. If you have yet to schedule this year’s appointment, CSS Healthcare urges you to give us a call.

Why? Here are just a few of the most important benefits of your yearly health exam.

Early Detection

When it comes to any disease, early detection is a key component to recovery. From a mole on your back that has changed in color to an ache in your side that just won’t go away, there are many symptoms that you might have dismissed (or not noticed) that your doctor can catch at your annual appointment.

Information Update

Many of us don’t think about how important it is to keep our medical information up to date, and taking a trip to see your primary care physician each year is the easiest way to do this. Keep them informed on what changes have occurred in your health, as well as what medication and dietary changes you have made. Maybe you had an allergic reaction to a new food this past year? Share this information with your physician too so that your medical files are as complete as possible.

Preventative Care

All the routine steps that occur during your annual exam – checking your blood pressure, temperature and lungs – may seem like a hassle. But they are actually the first line of defense in preventative care. Whether your doctor notices your blood pressure is higher than it should be, or that you are at risk for diabetes, there is much that can be done to ensure your condition does not progress. Sure, it can seem like your physician is nagging when they ask you questions about your diet, exercise and lifestyle, but they are just doing their best to help ensure that your life is a happy, healthy and long one.

Ready to schedule your annual appointment with CCS Healthcare?

Please call us today at 716-810-9631. With offices across the Western New York area, we are proud to offer our patients a wide range of services from well-visit care to specialized treatment options.