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5 Powerful Mindfulness Techniques To Fight Chronic Disease (And Improve Your Emotional Health)
Practicing mindfulness meditation and exercises is an easy, yet powerful, tool to reduce stress, improve mood and even curb appetite.
The successes of mindfulness in improving overall physical and mental health have spawned a sprawling industry of clinics, seminars, specialists, trainers, books, videos, and webinars.
Why is it so popular?
Because it works.
Why Employers Are Wasting Millions On Wellness Programs (With Little To Show For It)
Employers are paying more than ever for employee healthcare, from small businesses to multinational corporations.
This isn’t anything new – healthcare costs have been steadily rising for years. It’s estimated that in the next two years, employer healthcare costs will rise as much as 5.3% for 2021 and another 6.5% in 2022.
Why Emotional Health Is The Foundation Of Mental And Physical Health
More and more physicians and healthcare providers have come to understand the link between emotional health and physical health.
The two have a complex interplay of effects that either improve or worsen the other.
For example, a back injury causes pain. The pain causes loss of mobility and ability to do the normal things in life, leading to depression.
Adherence: Why Most Virtual Behavioral Change Programs Fail (And How To Fix It)
The race to reduce or reverse chronic diseases and reduce the resulting healthcare costs associated with these conditions is a marathon, not a sprint.
Chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity for the most part take years to manifest into full-fledged health problems. If we’re considering the problem logically, then the solutions to these problems should also be long term.
How to Create Lasting Healthy Habits In Only 30 Days
Old habits die hard, especially ones that we’ve slowly built up over years.
Like smoking, eating something sweet after meals or watching our favorite Netflix show in the evening when we know we should be going for a walk or exercising.
We may even be diagnosed with a chronic disease like hypertension or diabetes and have been told by a doctor that our health, even our lives, depend on making healthy changes.
Is Stress Affecting Your Physical Health? Here are 7 Warning Signs (And What To Do About It)
Have you been experiencing more headaches, stomach problems or trouble sleeping?
Your body may be trying to tell you something.
You may be stressed out – even if you don’t realize it.
Often nagging symptoms like difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, nausea, headaches, muscle aches, and fatigue are indicators of poor mental and emotional health.
Positioning Emotional Health to Drive Total Health
Emotional health – how we process and react to our daily emotions – is the underpinning for mental and physical health.
And according to recent statistics, the population of the U.S. and world are less emotionally healthy than ever.
According to the most recent data from NAMI (National Association of Mental Health), one in five adults in the U.S. are actively experiencing mental illness.
Let that sink in.
A Wave of Rising Healthcare Costs Is Coming: Here’s What To Do About It
There is a wave of healthcare spending and costs about to hit that will continue into the coming years.
No, these costs aren’t due to COVID-19 vaccinations or COVID-related hospitalizations.
In fact, these costs will be incurred because we’re getting a handle on the pandemic and hospitals are beginning to resume normal operations.
Elective procedures that were postponed will soon be rescheduled – and the number of patients waiting for these surgeries and treatments is surprisingly high.
What’s Different About Evidence-Based Coaching Is The Reason It Works
What exactly is evidence-based coaching for behavioral change?
It’s a great question, especially since the word “coach” has been applied to almost every word in the dictionary: sports coaches, life coaches, health coaches, wellness coaches, investing coaches, executive coaches, business coaches, personal coaches, accountability coaches – you get the idea.
Since about 1831, the word coach has referred to “someone who helps another to achieve a goal, pass an exam or improve performance”.
How Digital Health Technology Is Reshaping The Fight Against Chronic Disease
Digital health technology is changing the future of healthcare in the same disruptive and all-encompassing ways as the automobile changed travel and the internet revolutionized information.
As part of the information revolution, digital behavioral health platforms are reshaping the way patients receive healthcare, interact with healthcare providers and manage their health.
While advances in telehealth and telemedicine have been making strong advances, the recent COVID-19 pandemic has brought them into the spotlight.
Health Is A Mindset: Removing Emotional Barriers To Make Health Changes
The greatest challenge to creating positive health changes is overcoming the emotional barriers to change.
Whether it’s for an individual or employee population, creating healthy changes often meets resistance, even if it’s a matter of life or death.
Though it’s well known that poor health behaviors can cause diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancer, and more, many people are unwilling or unable to make the necessary lifestyle changes to improve their health.
MSK Pain and Mental Health: Digital Care Strategies For Pain Management And Cutting Costs
Next to chronic diseases (diabetes, obesity, heart disease, etc.), the combination of musculoskeletal (MSK) pain and mental health issues is the greatest factor lowering quality of life and driving healthcare costs.
Research has shown that MSK pain greatly increases the risk for depression while depression can increase the intensity and severity of pain.
Iceberg Ahead: The Hidden Mental Health Crisis, Chronic Disease And Healthcare Costs
Almost everyone is familiar with the tragic story of the ship Titanic which struck an iceberg and sank in 1912, killing more than 1,500 passengers.
Since then, the metaphor of the iceberg to describe unseen dangers has become ingrained in our language. This is because that while an iceberg may appear small on the surface, 90% of its bulk (and danger) lurks hidden beneath the surface.
Addressing the Whole Person: The Key to Sustained Engagement and Clinical Outcomes for People with Chronic Conditions
AlbumHealth authentically has a transformative approach. This webinar describes the partnership between AlbumHealth and Meredith Corporation. Our personalized, data-driven approach leads to meaningful health change and savings.
Meredith Corporation and AlbumHealth began working together in 2015, piloting an innovative solution focused on optimizing employee health and reducing/slowing medical spending. As an established leader in the health and wellness space, leaders at Meredith and AlbumHealth realized that the key to sustained health improvement and reduced/slowed medical spending was to create a simple, personalized solution for each employee that focused on behavior change and addressed all aspects of all aspects of health, including emotional well-being. Through a simple, personalized and “total health” approach, Meredith and Album believed that they would achieve optimal health, medical savings, strong engagement, and satisfied employees while simplifying and unifying health and risk-reduction strategies to one core solution (versus distinct solutions in disease management, health coaching, digital therapies, and engagement).
The white paper to the right briefly investigates the current state of health and medical spending, employer well-being, and health-based solutions, while primarily focusing on the AlbumHealth solution introduced at Meredith Corporation, results, and implications for employers and other risk-bearing entities.