Friday, February 27, 2015

Challenge or conflict: coping with stress

Racing heart, sweaty palms, a jittery urge to run or punch – it’s the fight-or-flight syndrome we’ve all experienced at one time or another.  Any challenge can stimulate this response.  It could be brought on by a bad situation: a bad driver or a slippery road, a bar fight or any threatening circumstance.  It could result from a good situation too, like a job interview or being in charge of a meeting.

The type of situation will determine the appropriate response, and there are many ways to cope, including deep breathing, deciding to (mentally) walk away, choosing to push through the challenge, or reframing to make the situation seem more manageable.  For a more extensive discussion of ways to manage stress, check out some of the many materials we have available for checkout, or the courses in Meditation and Stress Management we offer access to through Gale.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Feeling SAD?

The reduction in the amount of sunlight during the winter can affect mood.  Sometimes that mood change is severe enough to be considered a type of depression known as seasonal affective disorder, or SAD.  Does this happen to you or someone you know?  Check this list of symptoms on

This winter, St. Louis has seemed very grey, though since yesterday's snowfall it is much brighter.  Does the snow reflecting light make any difference?  Ways to address a depressed mood in the winter include exercise, the use of light boxes, and getting outdoors as much as you can when it is light out – or as long as you can stand the cold.

Sometimes, though, it's too much to handle on your own.  Local organizations that can help include
Leave your tips and strategies for combating SAD, or just general winter blues, in the comments.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Two more chances!

February 15 is the deadline to enroll in or change a healthcare plan for 2015 through the federal marketplace.  There are still 2 chances to get help signing up, choosing a plan, or switching to a different plan.  The next two Mondays, February 2 and 9, from 10am to 1pm, Certified Application Counselors from Grace Hill Health Centers will be at Central Library's Locust Street Atrium, 1301 Olive St., 63103.

Besides the federal plans, counselors will also be available to discuss Medicare and Gateway to Better Health.  Stop by and get your healthcare questions answered!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Thank you for coming to the Good Health Blog Spot to get health related information.  At this time we are experiencing a transition, so please check back with us at the end of January for any new updates.

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Results Are In!

Voting has ended, and we have ourselves a winner! Congratulations to Bill S, whose Movember moustache has been deemed the fairest in all the land (or at least in the competition). Bill wins a prize pack that includes a T-shirt, movie downloads and books galore, and some sweet Movember swag.

We at St. Louis Public Library would like to thank everyone who participated (and voted!) for making our inaugural Movember celebration a success. All competitors will receive a prize pack that can be picked up at any time from The Studio at Central Library, 1301 Olive St.

While you're at Central, stop in the Science and Technology Room (right next door to The Studio) to pick up some information about men's health, including a guide of recommended screenings.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Movember Voting Starts Now!

The final photos are in, and voting is now open for the 2014 Movember Moustache Challenge! Check out the photos below, and then swing over to the Movember Voting page to weigh in on your favorite moustache. Voting is open through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, December 7, so tell your friends to rally behind your favorite!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Two More Moustaches!

Two more competitors have checked in with their moustaches! Check them out below!

Today's Movember fact:
One in five adults experience an anxiety disorder each year. Symptoms of anxiety include hot and cold flashes, racing heart, obsessive and compulsive behaviors, tightening of the chest, and snowballing worries. For more information about anxiety disorders and effective treatment, visit the American Psychological Association's page on anxiety treatments.