NEWSLETTER-September 2019


Please continue to pray for all the families involved on that day

Who is ready for some cooler weather?

…come on Fall…



Grayson Winer 9/19/2005

Donald Willie 9/20/2006

Brad Dollar 9/17/2007

William “Billy Bob” Hubbard 9/2/2008

Wendell Gantt 9/21/2009

Roger Denison 9/8/2011

Brandon Little 9/23/2011

Loressa Torres 9/16/2013

Donald Scott Belcher 9/4/2014

Dustin Lucas 9/8/2014

Jesse Van Slyke 9/8/2014

George Fields 9/15/2014

Christopher Parker 9/17/2014

Jessie Harden 9/29/2016

Sixto Perez 9/1/2017

Jeremy Bess 9/25/2017

   How much water should you drink?

Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Your body depends on water to survive. Drinking enough water is important, as it helps keep your body temperature normal, cushions joints, gets rid of bodily waste, and reduces the risk of kidney stones. In addition, it helps you feel full between or during meals. While it’s important to keep yourself hydrated, there are no hard and fast rules about how much water you should drink each day. Generally speaking, a good rule of thumb is to aim for eight 8-ounce glasses each day. More water will be needed if you’re physically active or in a hot environment. One way to tell if you are getting enough fluids is to look at your urine. If it is colorless or light yellow, you are probably getting enough fluids. Keep in mind that about 20 percent of our water intake comes from the food we eat. Foods like soup, melon, and tomatoes are very high in water content, and this fluid counts toward our daily water intake. If you’re having a hard time convincing yourself to drink more water, consider adding slices of lemon, lime, or even cucumber to your water to add a little flavor. Replace fluids When you’re exercising or working outdoors on a hot day, your temperature rises. The body cools itself down by sweating and increasing blood flow to the skin. While sweating cools you down, it also means that fluids are leaving your body. When they’re not replaced, you become dehydrated. Dehydration can lead to muscle fatigue and loss of coordination, as well as heat illnesses such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke. To avoid this issue, always bring water with you when exercising or working outdoors on warm days. Try to drink about 8 ounces every 20 minutes. If you become dizzy or lightheaded, or feel very tired, it’s time to take a break.

Stress-does it impact your work?

If you ask people where the greatest source of stress is in their lives, the frequent answer is their jobs. The truth is, stress results from both work and non-work situations. Stress, of course, is a physical and/or mental response to pressures—good or bad. These responses can seriously impact your productivity at work, damage your health, and affect your relationships.

Sources of stress are called “stressors.” They can come from both your job and your personal life. Examples include:
• Demands or conditions at work such as tight deadlines, heavy or near impossible workloads, unclear responsibilities, job insecurity, dissatisfaction, responsibility for others, workplace violence, or unsafe environments.
• Personal or family pressures such as health problems, care for elderly parents, financial problems, managing children, loss of employment, and life changes (such as marriage, divorce, birth, death). When stress occurs, your  body releases hormones that accelerate your breathing and heart rate, increase your blood sugar levels and blood pressure, and improve blood clotting. Your body readies itself for a physical emergency. This can be a good thing. On the positive side, stress can provide you with the energy and mental agility that can help you meet a critical deadline, solve a problem, or face new technology.

Health hazards of stress
Some stress adds challenge, opportunity, and variety to your life. However, if stress goes on for prolonged periods of time, your body fails to adjust and wears out, weakening your defenses to disease. Stress can lead to accidents, a loss of priorities, rushing, competition, and anger or inappropriate behavior. Medically, you can suffer from high blood pressure and heart disease, pain, breathing trouble, digestive disorders, fatigue, and other conditions. Anger, guilt, worry, and violence can also result.

What are some common signs of stress?
Everyone responds to stress a little differently. Your symptoms may be different from someone else’s. Here are some of the signs to look for:

• Not eating or eating too much;
• Feeling like you have no control;
• Needing to have too much control;
• Forgetfulness;
• Headaches;
• Lack of energy;
• Lack of focus;
• Trouble getting things done;
• Poor self-esteem;
• Short temper;
• Trouble sleeping;
• Upset stomach;
• Back pain; and
• General aches and pains.

These symptoms may also be signs of depression or anxiety, which can be caused by long-term stress.

Handling stress
The best way to handle stress is to reduce it or eliminate its source. Perhaps you can get a deadline extended, delegate work to others, or obtain a more flexible work schedule. However, because you will not be able to control all stressors, it is important to watch for the signs of stress. If you discover signs of stress, find ways to manage it by: 

•Talking to someone about it.
• Taking breaks.
• Maintaining proper rest and diet.
• Exercising to release stress.
• Practicing deep breathing.
• Setting goals, priorities, and limits.
• Analyzing your strengths and blessings.
• Sharing your work if you can’t do it all.
• Participating, helping others, and cooperating.
• Not taking medication just to eliminate stress.
• Laughing and doing something you enjoy.

Even though it may seem hard to find ways to de-stress with all the things you have to do, it’s important to manage stress. Your health depends on it.

Congratulations to our Courage to Care winners!

Jesus Buendia Kim Rymer
Justin Byington Greta Spears
William Logan Garry Stacey
Brent Parsons Hunter Wood
Delbert Roberts Maximo Zalazar
Keith Roberts Congratulations to you all!

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