Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church

Health Corner 2015

Welcome to our Health Corner

In 2015 our theme is, “love your neighbor as yourself.” But, how do we love ourselves? We will focus on different areas of how we can love ourselves.

  • Joy
  • Kindness
  • Forgiveness
  • Gentleness
  • Patience
  • Faithfulness
  • Thankfulness


How can these virtues relate to our health?  Check back occasionally to find out!

For any questions please call Wanda Nye RN, your parish nurse at (414) 545-4281.

In partnership with Aurora Health Care


  • Thankfulness

    ThanksThankfulness and Gratefulness…. What does it mean to you?                       

    When you are grateful or thankful it helps you. You will feel more positive.  Some say emotional and physical benefits come from being grateful.


    Here are some ideas for getting started

    – Start a gratitude journal. Set aside time daily to record several things that you are grateful for. Most people try to think of 3 to 5 people or things that they can write about.

    -Before you go to sleep at night, remember some things you are thankful for that happened that day.

    -Change your self-talk. If you find yourself grumbling about a stressor in your life, try to think of 4-5 related things you are grateful for.


    People who are grateful and thankful have a greater sense of emotional well-being.

    Psalm 106:1
    thanks to the Lord, for he is good;his love endures forever.

    1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
    Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

    Colossians 4:2
    Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

    Colossians 3:15
    Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

    Philippians 4:6-7
    Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

  • Faithfulness


    We need to be faithful to ourselves. To do good SELF-CARE.

    WWJD? What would Jesus Do? How did Jesus live? He had good self-care. 



    Pray – Now it was in those days that Jesus went to a mountain to pray, and he spent the
    whole night in prayer to God.
    [Luke 6:12]




    Sleep – As they were sailing along, Jesus fell asleep … And when they were sailing, he slept; [Luke 8:23]




    Cry – Jesus wept. [John 11:35]




    Eat – One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee [Luke 14:1]




    Time by Yourself – In the morning, long before sunrise, Jesus went into a lonely place, [Mark 1:35]




    Time with Friends – Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples [John 2:2]



    The Basics of Good Self-Care


    Eat Well

    Eat the healthiest foods available to you every day. Remember bright colored fruits and vegetables. We want to prevent disease not contribute to it. When you shop go around the perimeter of the store first.  All the nutrient dense foods are there.

    Move More

    Getting up every 30 minutes for 2 minutes and move and stretch is very important.  It helps your circulation both mind and body. Do a little more walking, stretching, weight lifting and balance activities. This will help you to stay strong for life.

    Take Time for Yourself Every Day

    Alone time is very important. Take time to pray, think, dream, plan, and remember. Just to be! Alone time helps your mental and emotional health. It helps you to know who you are.


    Get the 7 – 9 hours of rest that you need. During sleep your body produces hormones that help to heal and repair your body. Getting enough sleep helps your body and mind to cope better with life.

    Spend Time with Family and Friends

    Have fun, talk, share, and laugh, make memories, and enjoy life. It is good for you immune system. Remember John 10:10 … I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

  • Forgiveness

    What is Forgiveness?

    Forgiveness is a choice.

    I choose to forgive… myself, others.

    Or I choose to keep un-forgiveness in my heart.

    Hold an offence against someone.

    It is more than saying sorry or I apologize.

    It is letting go of the anger and not holding it against someone.

    It is like 2 people holding a rope and you let go of your end.

    Can un-forgiveness hurt my health?

    If you can’t forgive; you may be hurting your health. You may have stress and anxiety which may cause a higher blood pressure, and affect your heart health. Your immune system can be weakened. Your spiritual and psychological well-being may be affected.


    Forgiveness is a choice but also a command from the LORD. What does the Bible say about forgiveness? Forgive, forgiveness or forgiven are listed a total of 141 times in the Bible.   This is important to God.


    Daniel 9:9

    The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him; NIV


    Matthew 6:14

    For if you forgive others when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. NIV


    Mark 11:25

    And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. NIV


    Colossians 3:13

    Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. NIV


    Luke 17:3

    So watch yourselves. If a brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them.


    See what the Mayo Clinic has to say about forgiveness and health.


    Freedom comes when you forgive.

  • Kindness

    Acts of kindness

    • What act of kindness did I do today?  Share it with your family.
    • Tell your family an act of kindness that “Paid it forward”


    Acts of kindness have been shown to:

    • to help people have a more positive outlook and better self-esteem
    • improve immunity
    • help people with chronic health issues to feel better


    Ephesians 4:32
         Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

    Galatians 5:22-23
         But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such     things there is no law.

    Micah 6:8
         He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?


  • Perseverance - Preparation

    Perseverance includes doing what you need to do.

    -See your doctor ever year.

    -Schedule the tests you have been putting off : colonoscopy, mammography, cholesterol…

    Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

    The 1828 edition of Webster’s American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language defines perseverance as:

    Persistence in anything undertaken; patience and perseverance overcome the greatest difficulties.


    Do you have a will?

    Do you have a guardian in place for your children if you are not there?

    Do you have someone designated with Power of Attorney for your health care if the need arises?

    It is very important to have a Power of Attorney {POA} for Health Care form completed. The POA form lets you decide who will make decisions regarding your health care, if you are unable to speak for yourself. You fill out the form and state what you want. Then the person you choose will speak for you regarding your directives.

    Click here to download the POA for Health Care form.

    Remember if you get divorced and your spouse was on the form, it is null and void. You must complete a new POA form.

    Without this form your desires may not be granted.

    If you need help or can’t access the POA form please call, Wanda Nye RN, Parish Nurse (414) 545-4281 or by email.



  • Gentleness - Emotional Health


    We want to be gentle with our neighbor and ourselves; to do what is needed to take care of our emotional and mental health.

    A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1 NIV

    Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  Ephesians 4:2 NIV


    Improving Emotional Health

    ©Helpguide.org. All rights reserved. Helpguide.org is a non-profit guide to better mental and emotional health.


    Not feeling bad is not the same as feeling good!

    People who are emotionally healthy are in control of their emotions and their behavior. They are able to handle life’s challenges, build strong relationships, and recover from setbacks.

    Mental and emotional health requires effort to build and maintain, just as physical health does.

    What is mental health or emotional health?

    Mental or emotional health refers to your overall psychological well-being.

    It includes the way you feel about yourself, the quality of your relationships, and your ability to manage your feelings and deal with difficulties.

    Good mental health isn’t just the absence of mental health problems.

    People who are mentally and emotionally healthy have:

    • A sense of contentment.
    • A zest for living and the ability to laugh and have fun.
    • The ability to deal with stress and bounce back from adversity.
    • A sense of meaning and purpose, in both their activities and their relationships.
    • The flexibility to learn new things and adapt to change.
    • A balance between work and play, rest and activity.
    • The ability to build and maintain fulfilling relationships.
    • Self-confidence and high self-esteem.

    These positive characteristics of mental and emotional health allow you to participate in life to the fullest extent possible through productive, meaningful activities and strong relationships. These positive characteristics also help you cope when faced with life’s challenges and stresses.

    Check out this website for more helpful ideas.

  • Joy - Mediterranean Diet


    A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22 ESV

    A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit. Proverbs 15:13 NIV

    How can we have a happy and joyful heart?

    By being healthy.

    This month we will focus on the Mediterranean diet.


    Med DietWhy a Mediterranean Diet?

    • It is a heart healthy option for many people.
    • It is a well-balanced.
    • Your whole family can enjoy it.


    What are the basics?

    It’s about enjoying your food.

            Spending time with family and friends.

                    Being physically active.   

    • Eating mostly plant-based foods: fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and nuts.
    • Using healthy fats like olive oil.
    • Cooking with less salt and more herbs and spices.
    • Limiting red meat to only a few times per month.
    • Having fish and poultry at least two times per week.


    That’s it!

    What can you do? Find out by reading this article by the Mayo Clinic.


Past Health Corner Themes

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