I think most of us would agree that we live in a time of information bombardment.
Almost everywhere we turn there is a message available for us to read or listen to. That is especially true as we get closer to the holidays and advertising is at its peak. That’s why when I find out about helpful information and quality messages that are easy to receive and implement in my life, then I want to share that with others.
I recently discovered two tools from my educator colleagues at OSU Extension. One involves text messages and one involves emails, so you can choose how you like to receive and read your information electronically.
The Live Healthy Live Well OSU Extension team found that research shows many people prefer text messaging to email as a better way to share information. This might be true for you. You may have an email address, but you rarely check your email. If that’s the case, but you’d still like to receive some timely tips electronically, then the Wellness Text Messages may be perfect for you. All you need to do to sign up is text the message “@lhlw365” to 81010 (Lower case “L’s” as in live healthy live well).
You will receive two messages each week that give a tip on a variety of wellness topics including nutrition, fitness, stress reduction, weight loss, and more. Often there is a link to further information should you choose to want to know more about the topic.
Another neat opportunity that is available is the CALM Down for the Holidays Challenge. The holiday season can be a busy, stressful time of the year, and it’s common for our health goals to take a backseat to the celebrations and obligations of the season. It is an on-line challenge designed to help participants improve their health by exploring ways to simplify during the upcoming holiday season.
Email messages will include tips to help you find your quiet place, reduce stress, move more, and practice mindfulness and gratitude. You will also be encouraged to reflect on your current health practices. Do you need a little extra motivation to help you get started? Are you stressed for time and need ideas to help you fit activity into your day? If so, join us for this Wellness Challenge.
Participants will receive weekly e-communications and have access to additional information on Blogs and even Facebook. Each week participants will receive free weekly e-communications, containing wellness and reflection tips. In addition, a checklist will be available for download to help participants track their progress.
Interested in participating in this on-line challenge? Sign up at go.osu.edu/calmcoshocton18.
You will be enrolled and begin receiving e-communications from me starting the week of Nov. 19. The program is free, and participants only need to have an email address to enroll. I hope that you will take advantage of one or both of these opportunities to bring some helpful wellness reminders to your holiday season.
Today I’ll leave you with this quote from Henry Ford: “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
Emily Buxton Marrison is the OSU Extension family and consumer sciences educator for Coshocton County.