Stress changes how our bodies and minds function. At Argyle Family Practice in Argyle, TX, our professional team partners with patients in reducing stress levels for improved health and mental/emotional function. Dr. William Musgrave and Dr. Christopher Hughes want you fully informed on the long-term physical effects of stress so you can better reduce it.
Stress and the body
The American Psychological Association (APA) maintains that stress impacts every part of your body--the respiratory system, muscles, nerves, blood vessels, GI and GU tract, and more. While a sudden, acute stress episode--that is, true emergency--can provide you the increased sensory awareness and muscular function and strength to respond quickly and efficiently, chronic stress actually wears the body down, elaborates the APA.
In fact, our physicians at Argyle Family Practice in Argyle, TX, see increases in stress-related conditions such as COPD, hypertension, erectile dysfunction, asthma, GI upset, irritable bowel, and more. So, we all must develop effective coping strategies to manage stress and keep our bodies as fit and functional as possible.
Managing your stress
If you struggle with the effects of chronic stress, talk to your primary care physician at Argyle Family Practice. Both Dr. Musgrave and Dr. Hughes will help you develop a care plan aimed at stress reduction.
Strategies can include:
- Talking it out with a friend, loved one, or therapist.
- Being as active as possible through routine aerobic exercise such as walking, running, swimming, dancing--whatever you enjoy.
- Sleeping seven to nine hours per night every night as advised by the American Heart Association.
- Breathe deeply and intentionally as diaphragmatic respiration improves relaxation, as documented by the Harvard Medical School.
- List your tasks for the day, and cross them out as you accomplish them.
It's so common
The American Psychological Association says that when asked, most Americans report one or more symptoms of stress within the past 30 days. Add more symptoms more frequently and you have the recipe for stress-induced illnesses.
At Argyle Family Practice in Argyle, TX, our professional staff is all about prevention. Management of your stress symptoms helps your overall health, function, and sense of well-being. Dr. Musgrave and Dr. Hughes are only too happy to discuss these matters with you so you control the stressors in your life.
Phone us for a one-on-one consultation: (940) 226-4850.
Improve your health and daily function in every way by exercising regularly. At Argyle Family Practice in Argyle, TX, our physicians, Dr. William Musgrave and Dr. Christopher Hughes, promote physical activity as a mainstay of preventive health care.
Your healthy body
It needs good food, adequate hydration and regular exercise to maintain excellent function. Healthline reports that even moderate exercise just a few times a week impacts you head to toe, improving your strength, endurance, mood and more.
At Argyle Family Practice, we believe in helping our patients prevent acute diseases, such as the flu, and chronic diseases, such as hypertension and diabetes. When you come to our Argyle, TX, office, we will ask about your exercise routine, but don't worry. We are not expecting Olympic level training, but rather, aerobic exercise, such as swimming, walking or biking, three times a week for 20 to 30 minutes. Frankly, your physiological, emotional and mental health will thrive with simple movement.
The benefits of exercise
There are numerous and apply to people of all ages, medical histories and lifestyles. Here are some of the most common:
- Increased metabolic rate, physical endurance and calorie burn. If you're trying to maintain a healthy weight, exercise is crucial as it increases your heart rate, makes your breathing more efficient and increases muscle mass.
- Better flexibility and range of motion. Tired of feeling stiff? Exercise improves range of motion in every joint and reduces the impact of arthritic changes.
- Better mood. As you exercise, neurotransmitters norepinephrine and serotonin increase and are used more efficiently by the brain. Mood evens, and depressive episodes decrease. So do chronic pain and fatigue.
- Improved sleep. Science Direct reports that you'll experience better and longer sleep at night when you're active throughout the day. In fact, you will sleep better by about 65 percent.
- Efficient mental function and memory.
- Stronger muscles and bones.
- Maintenance of healthy blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol levels.
What are your health goals?
At Argyle Family Practice, Dr. William Musgrave and Dr. Christopher Hughes ask their patients to be proactive about their health goals--lose weight, quit tobacco, eat a nutritious diet and exercise. We look forward to your annual physical and to helping you adjust your lifestyle to prevent both chronic and acute diseases. Call our Argyle, TX, office today to make your appointment: (940) 226-4850.
Colds can make you feel miserable, but there are a few things you can do to increase your comfort. Visiting your Argyle, TX, family practice physicians, Drs. Christopher Hughes and William Musgrave of Argyle Family Practice will help you protect your health if your symptoms worsen or don't improve in about a week. If you have a mild cold, taking a few of these steps may offer some relief.
Relieve sore throat pain and irritation by gargling
A saltwater gargle can reduce throat swelling and soreness. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water. Stir the solution thoroughly before gargling. Gargling several times per day is a safe, easy way to reduce your sore throat pain.
Turn on the humidifier
Adding moisture to the air can relieve sore throat pain and reduce congestion caused by swollen nasal passages. Cool mist humidifiers are the best option if you have children or pets.
Consuming water and other beverages helps you avoid dehydration and can decrease nasal congestion. Hot tea or other warm beverages soothe your irritated throat and reduce pain. Add a little honey, nature's cough suppressant, to your tea if coughing is one of your cold symptoms.
Visit an Argyle store for over-the-counter cold medication
Try one of these medications if you have a cold:
- Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, or Naproxen Sodium: These medications relieve body aches, headaches, and other painful cold symptoms. Don't exceed dosage recommendations, as liver or kidney damage can occur with high dosages of some pain relievers. Stay away from aspirin. If your symptoms are caused by the flu rather than a cold, taking aspirin increases your risk of developing a potentially fatal disorder called Reye's syndrome.
- Decongestants: Decongestants relieve the stuffiness in your nose by reducing swelling.
- Antihistamines: These medications can stop your nose from running and reduce sneezing.
Get Plenty of Rest
Now is not the time to engage in strenuous workouts or volunteer to take on new projects. Rest and sleep are essential, as they help your body's immune system fight viral infections. In fact, you may need more sleep than usual when you have a cold.
When cold symptoms linger, it's time to pay a visit to Dr. Christopher Hughes and Dr. William Musgrave of Argyle Family Practice. Call their Argyle, TX, office at (940) 226-4850 to make your appointment.
How well do you have your epilepsy under control?
Our Argyle, TX, family doctors Dr. Christopher Hughes and Dr. William Musgrave understand how much epilepsy can affect a person’s life, especially when seizures arise. We work with our patients to find effective solutions to help them manage their epilepsy while still being able to live a healthy and happy life. Of course, it’s important that you take a vested interest in managing your epilepsy. Here are some self-care tips to improve living with epilepsy,
Take Medication as Prescribed
We know how busy life can get, but if you are living with epilepsy it’s incredibly important that you remember to take your medication exactly as directed. Since missing a dose can increase your risk it’s crucial to make sure that you are taking your medication on time. Set a timer on your phone or an alert to remind yourself it’s time to take your medication.
How do you know your medication is working? Are you not experiencing seizures or noticing a difference in the number of your seizures? While this might seem more obvious for those who deal with seizures frequently it might not be as apparent for those who don’t experience a lot of seizures. If you aren’t sure whether your medication is working, don’t hesitate to discuss this with our Argyle, TX, family doctor.
Lead a Healthier Lifestyle
There are certain lifestyle “hacks” that could improve living with epilepsy. Many of these habits are ones that everyone should follow to lead healthier lives. These include,
- Finding effective ways to manage your stress
- Getting good quality sleep every night
- Making sure you are staying hydrated and drinking enough water every day
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet
- Avoiding alcohol
- Practicing good hygiene to reduce the risk of catching colds and other viruses
- Avoiding settings with strobing or flashing lights
- Turning to family, friends, and the community (having a strong support system is important)
- Getting regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight
- Monitoring and tracking your seizures
It’s important that you have a doctor here in Argyle, TX, that you can turn to for regular checkups to make sure that you have your epilepsy fully under control.
To schedule a consultation with our team, call Argyle Family Practice at (940) 226-4850.
Improving your eating habits offers an easy way to boost your immune system and decrease your risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure and other chronic conditions and diseases. The family practice physicians at Argyle Family Practice in Argyle, TX, Drs. Christopher Hughes and William Musgrave, can help you embrace healthy eating, lose weight and manage chronic conditions.
Have you tried these healthy eating habits?
Healthy eating doesn't have to involve drastic or expensive changes to your diet. In fact, trying a few of these tips will help you improve the way you eat:
- Follow Healthy Eating Plate Recommendations: The Healthy Eating Plate is an easy-to-understand system that helps you make smart food choices. Every time you eat, fill half of your plate with vegetables and fruit; 1/4 with proteins like fish, chicken or beans; and the remaining 1/4 with whole grains, like barley, quinoa, brown rice and whole-wheat pasta.
- Make Water Your Beverage of Choice: Sugary beverages add extra calories that may increase your weight and raise your risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cavities. Water is a much healthier beverage than fruit juice, soda and other drinks high in sugar.
- Choose Healthy Snacks: Swap cookies, candy and potato chips for carrot sticks, celery, apples, oranges and other fruits and vegetables.
- Stay Away from Fried and Processed Foods: Bake chicken, steak, potatoes and other favorite foods instead of frying them. Avoid or limit processed foods too, as they may contain high amounts of salt, sugar and fat. Processed foods include packaged bread and baked goods, ice cream, hot dogs, bacon, chicken nuggets, fish sticks, canned soup, crackers and potato chips.
- Save Sugary and High-Carbohydrate Foods for Special Occasions: Turning down a piece of birthday cake requires almost super-human willpower. Fortunately, you can still eat healthily and have occasional treats. Limit cakes, cookies, white pasta and other foods to special occasions, like birthdays, holidays or special restaurant meals.
- Cook with Healthy Fats: Substitute olive, peanut or coconut oils for butter, margarine, shortening and lard.
Boost your health with better eating habits and visits to Drs. Christopher Hughes and William Musgrave of Argyle Family Practice. Call their Argyle, TX, office at (940) 226-4850 to schedule an appointment.
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