Because we’ve all been staying home more, stress, a lack of routine and constant access to snacks have created a perfect storm for weight gain. But knowing it’s a perfect storm is the first step in weight maintenance. Now you can make a plan.

To address stress, make sure you’re practicing some form of mindfulness and getting some exercise every day.

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Estrogen is a powerful and pervasive hormone secreted mostly in our ovaries. Beginning in perimenopause, our estrogen levels fluctuate and decline until, several years post-menopause, we produce very little, if any, estrogen. This process is natural and sometimes disruptive. 

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Picture this: You’re at home, enjoying your favorite leisure-time activity without a care in the world. Without warning, your arm goes numb and your drink slips out of your hand. You try to stand, but dizziness drops you back to the sofa. You try to speak, but the words don’t flow like they normally do.

In the confusion, you wonder, “Should I take a nap and hope I feel better in an hour?” Or, you worry, “I don’t want to call 911 if it’s not an emergency.”

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If you recovered from COVID-19 months ago and still aren’t back to feeling like yourself again, you’re not alone. According to the Journal of Infection, more than 50% of all patients who contracted the virus may have symptoms that just don’t go away.

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The pandemic has altered life in many ways, and these changes are especially affecting our kids.

“Children may now need to socially distance from friends, attend school remotely or virtually celebrate major life events like birthdays and graduations,” said Betsy Beckman, MD, a pediatrician with Primary Care – Saugatuck. “These adjustments, combined with ongoing uncertainties, can take a toll on a child’s mental health.”

Cultivating Coping Skills

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