Temple Tips

Heart Health

"And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit unto the measure of his life? ... Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these." ~Matthew 6:27-29

One more thought about your heart health. We all encounter stress from time to time. Too much stress over time can make heart disease worse if you already have it. Your management of stress can also affect your behavior and factors that increase your risk of getting heart disease by raising blood pressure, heart rate and cholesterol levels, or leading you to overeat/not eat, smoke, or drink too much alcohol. Too much stress can lead to irregular heartbeats, chest pain and blood clotting problems making heart attack more likely. So the advice is to try to reduce your stressors and manage your stress in a more healthy way. We all respond to stress in life a little differently, and certainly some people seem to not be effected much at all. Accept that there are some things that you will not be able to change. Focus on the things that you can do: stay connected with people (and pets) that you love; take a break and relax every day-reading, meditating, praying, journaling; exercise daily-walking, yoga, swimming, gardening; and don't get overextended in your obligations. Try to find meaning in the stressful situation. These efforts should help you get some sleep at night! ~~Amy Gray, RN; Parish Nurse

Starting this summer I will be able to collect your medications that should be discarded. Take time to go through your medications and consider getting rid of those that you no longer need or have expired. For environmental reasons it is discouraged to dispose of medications in the trash or plumbing. I will make available at church the "Drug Drop Box." Per the Suffolk Police I can collect them at church and take them to the police department on Bridge Rd. No liquids can be collected. I can include narcotics though. More information will be in the July/Aug Bagpiper. Thanking you in advance, Amy Gray, RN; Parish Nurse