Mindfulness Training: 3 Steps to Less Stress

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted lives and livelihoods in ways that few thought possible just a short time ago. Social distancing, stay-at-home orders and the uncertainty of how this world-changing crisis will be resolved have added to the collective stress we all feel.

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Why Community, Care, and Comfort are Important During These Uncertain Times

In these unprecedented times, many of us are turning to our kitchens — both as our primary source of food, and to embrace the soothing ritual of baking and cooking. I know I take great comfort in making bread now more than ever — it makes me feel grounded in the present, and it makes me feel strong and empowered to be able to feed my family and myself. I make my pizza crust from scratch too – it literally takes minutes in a food processor or a stand mixer.

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Top Things You Should Know about High Blood Pressure

At SIU Medicine, one of the most common conditions diagnosed and managed by our primary care physicians and hypertension specialists is hypertension, or high blood pressure (HBP). In our experience, many people don't realize just how common it is. According to the CDC, approximately 1 out of 3 adults are currently living with it.

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How Stress Can Impact Your Heart

Stress is a normal part of life—whether it's a stressful day at work, a sick family member, a job change, a divorce or any other normal change in your life, things happen to make us feel overwhelmed. 

It may not be possible to avoid stress, but at SIU Medicine, patients are encouraged to learn how to manage daily stress more effectively.

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