RenalMate and the RPSG’s collaborative webinar focuses on Kidney Disease Management and Self-Care during home-isolation around COVID-19:
Guidance around COVID-19 for Kidney Disease Management and Self-Care during Home-IsolationWATCH FULL WEBINAR ( CLICK)
In a matter of weeks, millions of Americans have been asked to do what would have been unthinkable only a few months ago: Don’t go to work, don’t go to school, don’t leave the house at all, unless you have to.
Today, a vast majority of states, the Navajo Nation and many cities and counties have instructed residents to stay at home in a desperate race to stunt the spread of the coronavirus.
This means at least 316 million people in at least 42 states, three counties, nine cities, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are being urged to stay home.
USA is still experiencing the rapid increase in a new cases of COVID-19 across the country, we see the enrollment of restrictive measures for shelter in place, lockdowns and PPE use updates.
While social distancing will help stem the spread of COVID-19, the practice is near impossible for thousands of vulnerable people who risk becoming severely ill without their regular treatment.
LaVarne Burton, president and CEO of the not-for-profit American Kidney Fund, said many dialysis patients are not able to work. Those that do often work hourly jobs or are self-employed. Many don’t drive and must take public transportation or car sharing services to their dialysis centers. They often have strict dietary needs.
Patients with kidney failure are one of these vulnerable groups. Instead of keeping away from others, these patients, who tend to be older with several other chronic conditions, must visit a dialysis center to stay alive. They sit in clinics next to 10 to 30 other immunocompromised patients for four hours, three times a week. They have no choice. While other people may be able to put off scheduled doctor’s appointments to avoid infection, dialysis can’t be postponed.
That’s why with a groups of the scientists and wellness expert we organized the webinar to provide education and resources around self-care for renal patients during pandemic. The Webinar consists of three parts:
PART I: Covid-19 and The Immunosuppressed
Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that usually cause mild illnesses, such as the common cold. However, certain types of coronavirus can infect the lower airway, causing serious illnesses like pneumonia or bronchitis.
Discussion of the COVID-19 guidance by CDC and NICE. Overview of the guidance and resource for immunosuppressed population ( high risk population, including Pre- and Post- Kidney Transplant Patients) during the pandemic will be discussed by Shahid Muhammad – Academic Scientist and Chartered Scientist, University of the West of England, UK.
PART II: Self-Care and Kidney Disease Management
Discussion by health and wellness experts on self-care management for renal patients during home-isolation:
1) Protection gear, and precautions and disinfection tips
DC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
2) Renal diet on budget during home-isolation and adoption of balanced nutrition:
3) Physical activity and movement during self-isolation:
4) Wellbeing and mental health. Coping with fear and anxiety during pandemic:
Presented by the following experts:
1) The moderator, Nataliia Karpenko, Founder at RenalMate, Corporate Wellness Specialist.2) Renal diet management will be discussed by Mathea Ford, Registered Dietitian, Founder at RenalDiet HQ.3) Physical activity and building new habits will be presented by Wilson Du, Founder at MissionHQ.4) Self-care and Anxiety management during pandemic by Elizabeth Conrady, Health Coach and Founder at @Well_Wthn.
PART III: Renal patient experience in home-isolation
Renal patients panelists share their own experience facing home-isolation and adjusting their lifestyle following the COVID-19 guidance for self-care during the pandemic.
Speakers:1) Anel Aguirre, Post-Transplant Kidney Patient 23 year Kidney Strong from California
Making sure that I have enough medication on hand – I called my pharmacies and spoke to the pharmacist to override an additional month or two of refills (1 to 3 months additional medication on hand)
2) Wilson Du, ESRD Hemodialysis Patient for 3,5 years.
Webinar will offer Q&A session. Please summit your Questions to nataliia@RenalMate.com or @renalmate messenger.
April 20, 2020
It’s no secret that exercise is good for us. Exercising for a minimum of 30-minutes three times a week has many health benefits including, but not limited to: better-quality sleep, increased efficiency of the heart, decrease in stress and tension, and better immune system functioning. We have these health benefits of fitness engrained into our culture, however, it seems that for a lot of people working out and maintaining their fitness has become a stress-inducing necessity rather than a stress-reducing one.
People often view fitness as a means to an end. In other words, there is a goal that we create, we go through painful and physically exhausting workout regiments to fulfill these goals, and once we’ve accomplished them we are so burnt out that we stop exercising altogether. It’s yo-yo exercising! And just how yo-yo dieting isn’t healthy or productive, neither is yo-yo exercising! We must change our mindset around fitness so that it is more sustainable and fun. That is where mindful fitness comes into play.
Nuts and Bolts of Mindful Fitness
Mindfulness can and should be practiced in every and all aspects of life, including while you’re working out! We are all guilty at times of going through the motions of a workout, either because we’re tired and feel like we just need to get in the gym to see results, or because we don’t enjoy the form of movement or exercise we’re doing. Mindful fitness is the practice of focusing your attention inward during exercise so you are better able to understand your body’s needs and desires.
When we are able to concentrate on how our bodies are feeling during exercise, we are more in tune with our level of effort and exertion – should we dial it back or should we push harder?
If we push harder, will we injure ourselves? It’s all about listening to our bodies in an active and present way. Also, by practicing mindful fitness, we can explore various types of movements to ultimately find those we most enjoy. Exercising should be FUN, and when we find the type of movements we like, such as dancing, yoga, or tennis, we are more apt to actually find the time to do them!
A Mindful Shift in Activity
Growing up as a high-level ice hockey player, I was used to pushing my body to the brink of exhaustion on a near-nightly basis. Like many college athletes, when I stopped playing, I was at a loss of what to do. I’d never had to think about what I wanted to do for exercise because hockey was always there. It took me a while to realize that I didn’t have to kill myself at the gym in order to maintain my health. When I did realize it, I started exploring other ways of being active. I now know that I love hiking, yoga, and pilates. I look forward to these activities and have made them a regular part of my lifestyle. They make me feel good without creating stress for me, which is why I’ve been able to stick with them.
A Need to Move
As human beings, we intuitively crave movement after a long day or even a week of sitting at a desk or in meetings. Through mindful fitness, we are able to understand and satisfy these cravings without thinking of exercise as a necessary or painful chore – we transform it into a nourishing activity instead. By paying attention to the needs of our bodies, we will inevitably begin to move more, and in ways that we find enjoyable and impactful. Also, we will begin to notice when our bodies are craving a more rigorous exercise (like a HIIT workout) or when we need more of a calming, stretching exercise (like yoga). By connecting the mind and body around exercise, we are better able to understand our bodies’ needs and appreciate how truly remarkable we are.
How to practice mindful fitness today
You can start practicing mindful fitness RIGHT NOW by noticing how your body is feeling. Are there any parts of your body that are sore or tight? Have you been fidgeting in your chair all day because you just want to get up and move? Take a minute to do a full-body and mind scan to see how you are feeling physically and mentally. What is the first type of movement that comes to mind that you feel your mind and body would benefit from right now? Recognizing what type of exercise you’re craving is the first step. The second step is to now actually do it! And remember to always notice and bring your attention back to your body throughout the entire exercise. Goodbye yo-yo exercise and hello enjoyable fitness!
June 25, 2019
What is self-talk?
I can’t believe I just said that. Do you think they think I’m stupid now? How does my hair look? Wow, I just ROCKED that presentation; go me! I’m not smart enough to lead this project. I can and WILL run this 5k if it’s the last thing I do!
All of these are examples of self-talk. Self-talk is that inner dialogue that is constantly going on inside your head, playing out past or future scenarios over and over again in your mind.
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It’s probably easiest to think about negative self-talk as the little devil on your shoulder – the guy who’s always telling you you’re not good enough, that you’re fat, or that you’ve done something embarrassing and should go hide in a corner now before you do anything else to humiliate yourself. Sure, this little devil only lives in our minds, but what we think can very quickly affect how we walk through the world. In other words, negative self-talk can do real damage, even if we never speak a single word of it out loud.
Positive self-talk is that angel on your other shoulder telling you how amazing you are — that you deserve to be happy and nothing can get in your way. You might be familiar with positive affirmations: little sayings we can use to bring positive change into our lives. Research has shown that just as negative self-talk can be detrimental to our well-being, positive self-talk can be just as beneficial for our health.
What’s the Harm in Negative Self-talk?
Dr. Daniel Amen, a very well known brain doctor who used an integrative approach to heal conditions such as anxiety, depression, addiction, and ADD, describes negative self-talk as automatic. He argues that these negative thoughts can be harmful to how our brains actually function.
When we engage in negative self-talk, chemicals are released in the brain that make us feel stressed out and sad. If you’re constantly having negative thoughts about yourself, then your brain will actually trigger you to behave in a destructive way. You will eventually become sad, unproductive, and lonely because you are internalizing all of that negative self-talk.
How to use positive self-talk to improve performance
Recent research has suggested that positive affirmations can help protect us against the damaging effects of stress, and thus increase our ability to problem solve. This study showed that participants who were under chronic stress were better able to problem solve and showed lower levels of stress when given the opportunity to practice daily affirmations. In other words, by consciously practicing positive self-talk, people were able to reduce stress AND be more productive. Sounds pretty good!!
There are many different ways to use positive self-talk to improve your mental wellbeing. Sometimes it comes to us organically because we already feel great about ourselves, and sometimes we need to conjure up a few positive thoughts to respond to the web of negative self-talk we don’t even realize we’re weaving until it’s about to trap us.
Here’s an example of how I used it to combat self-doubt:
The other day I was planning to give a presentation to a group of about 20 people. I always get nervous before public speaking, but this time I was being particularly hard on myself.
I didn’t prepare enough. I’m not informed enough to be speaking about this topic to this group of professionals. What if someone asks a question that I don’t know the answer to? I’m going to look so dumb.
I couldn’t get these thoughts out of my head. But then I remembered some personal positive affirmations that resonate with me.
I possess the qualities needed to be extremely successful. My ability to conquer any challenge is limitless. I am a strong, indestructible woman.
Writing these positive affirmations out now, they seem really cheesy. But they really carried me through that presentation!
Try and think of a few go-to positive affirmations that resonate with you so that you’re armed and ready the next time you catch yourself engaging in negative self-talk. They might make the difference between accomplishing your goals and succumbing to defeat!
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June 09, 2019