Making time for the little things

October, as you probably have guessed, is the best month in our humble opinion. Halloween and trick or treating is the absolute pinnacle of the month, but it is also early voting, which we are very passionate about, it is also Mental Health Awareness day today (or yesterday for you, our readers), and it also the beginning of Flu season, not so fun, but it is oh so important to remember to get your Flu Shot! I know, Flu Shots are anything but exciting, but it is so important to put preventive care at the top of your to-do list.

The CDC states:
“Influenza is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death in children.”

The CDC recommends you get the shot this month for it to be its most effective. October is the gatekeeper for flu season and from a person who has nursed her children, husband and herself through it, several times, I have learned the error of my ways from not getting it or putting it off. I actually just recently worked the Flu Shot clinic at my children’s school, it was an exhausting afternoon, but I watched dozens of kids get their shots and for those who put it off because they don’t like needles, the little bitty kiddos are brave as all get out, there were only a few tears amongst the group.

“Prioritise self-care & incorporate a MINIMUM of 60 mins 'ME TIME' into your daily routine. YES THERE ARE enough hours in the day. NO EXCUSES.”
-Miya Yamanouchi

It is so important to take care of yourself, even though it may seem you are stretched in so many directions at once, you need to be a priority as well as all the other people in your life are. I fall victim to this all the time, I get so busy doing work, making sure my kids have what they need, making sure my husband and I have a few minutes to talk at the end of the day, that I often forget to make time for my personal needs. I have really been working on that and have made it a priority to plan ahead. For the first time in my adult life I have a primary care doctor! This may not sound like a major milestone, but for me, it really is. I am more apt to call a walk in clinic or use a call in service because it takes less time. Time is at a premium in my life, but I realized I really needed someone to sit down and listen to me, to see how I can manage my health better, to be more proactive, rather than always being reactive.

“The relationship you have with yourself will determine what your relationships with others will be like.”
- Akiroq Brost

Priorities to add to your Calendar this Month:

*Schedule yours and your family’s flu shots:
Children 7 and older can often be seen at a pharmacy for their shots, younger children will require a doctor’s appointment.

*Register to Vote/Plan to Vote Early
We all want a voice, so here is your chance to have your voice heard. Also, Early Voting is amazing, there is usually really short lines and again, time is at a premium in most of your lives, so take advantage of your city or towns early voting locations.

*Get ready for Halloween
All kids should be able to enjoy this fantastic time of year, however a lot of kids have food allergies, so load up on pencils, allergen free lollipops, stickers, glow sticks...treats everyone can enjoy.

“We must treat ourselves with care, respect and compassion before we can effectively extend these things to others.”
-Kristi Bowman, A Butterfly Life: 4 Keys to More Happiness, Better Health & Letting Your True Self Shine

Wishing everyone a wonderful rest of their week, health, happiness and support. -Team SG


A little more Kindness, A little less Judgement


PrettynPink29's picture

I think that even if you get the flu shot you can still get the flu

PrettynPink29's picture

Oh wow I had no idea that that was a misconception. As far as I remember that I've never had the flu shot except when I was a baby of course.

Support Groups's picture

It is a quick and easy shot, also, another plus, it is usually covered by your insurance at 100%! -SG

PrettynPink29's picture

I'm sure it is, but I'm ok.

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