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10 x July 5 — 18, 2018 x OPTIMIZE YOUR WELL-BEING x July 5 — 18, 2018 x 11 HEALTHY LIVING From losing weight to looking younger to feeling fit, there are many reasons people focus on their health. Choosing the right way to maintain a healthy lifestyle can be a daunting task; however, Southwest Orlando Bulletin’s Healthy Living provides advice from local experts to help readers achieve and maintain their varied health goals. Are You Too Attached to Your Cell Phone? by Diane Robinson, PhD, Neuropsychologist Orlando Health More than 75 percent of Americans own a smartphone, making these devices an integral part of our everyday lives. But for many of us, smartphones have moved from handy tools to all-consuming toys. Two questions can determine which camp you fall into: 1. Do you check your phone every few minutes for the latest Facebook updates, tweets, news alerts or texts? 2. Do you spend more time communicating with people on your phone than in person? If the answer is yes to either of these questions, you may be too attached to your phone. Relying too much on digital devices can interfere with normal one-on-one conversation and relationship-building. If your smartphone is taking up too much space — and time — in your life, here are some ways to rein it in. • Keep your phone out of reach. When you drive, store your phone in the glove compartment or put it in your purse. When you’re at a restaurant or other social outing, turn your phone off and put it away. • Have phone-free zones. Keep your phone out of the bathroom. In addition to being excessive, this behavior also may be unsanitary. Before you go to bed at night, turn your phone off and put it away. • Set designated digital-free times. Start a no-cell phone rule during certain times, such as family dinners or weekend social activities. Shut down your phone at a certain point each day during the workweek. • Enjoy real-world conversations. When you’re socializing with family or friends, turn off your phone or at least put it on vibrate. Don’t be that person who checks their phone while someone is trying to have a conversation with you. • Instead of passing away the time on your phone, try more enriching activities, such as exercising, seeing new sights around your town, getting out and meeting new people, or spending time with those you care about. These are all more worthwhile than being glued to your phone. Depression & Suicide by Syed O. Quadri, M.D., Psychiatrist Psych Pointe of Florida 407-270-7702 After the recent suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, we need to educate and introspect ourselves to watch out for possible symptoms of mental illness: • Inability to sleep, restlessness, feelings of despair or crying excessively. • Feeling down, worthless, hopeless or helpless most of the time. • Concentration problems that impede basic thinking, ability to recall or interfere with relationships, work or home life. • Using food, drugs, gambling or alcohol to cope with difficult emotions and unhappiness. • Negative or self-destructive thoughts or fears out of your control. • Thoughts of self-harm, including suicide or death. • Constantly getting into arguments and fights with others. • Isolating oneself and missing social settings regularly. If you are in need of mental help, call 911, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or seek local counsel. Health Literacy by Viviana Valencia-Serrano Community Relations Assistant Manager Orange County Library System 407-835-7323 Libraries and literacy go hand in hand, but did you know that libraries can also build your health literacy? While reading won’t tone your body, you can still find resources and programs that will help teach you how to obtain and understand basic health information needed to make good decisions. According to ScienceDaily, health literacy can help you make more informed decisions that affect your overall health, such as when making food choices or communicating with a health professional. Libraries work toward achieving all forms of literacy for adults and children, but this doesn’t limit you to just reading. Libraries give you the opportunity to reach your goals by CONTINUED ON PAGE 12 2018