Letter from the Editor: July 2019

Time to get healthy and stay healthy

It’s the health issue, and you know what that means? Along with talking about, writing and editing a bunch of stories about health, I also stopped to think about health—my health, specifically, and I didn’t like what I saw.

I realized that my diet was pretty much garbage and my fitness regimen was nonexistent. I realized I was stressing out my brain to the max, and that needed to stop. I don’t think a healthy lifestyle includes Chinese takeout so often they know you by name when you come to pick up your order, and it definitely doesn’t include the all-too-often Netflix question: Are you still watching? Yes, I’m still watching. “I’m trying to de-stress.” But I should really get off my lazy butt and move my body. Not every day can be spent on the couch zoning out.

So, I decided to take a vacation from work. It was more of a health staycation. I still may have spent some time watching TV on the couch—but what’s a staycation without a mental break from all the stress that goes along with being an adult?

I also started a good habit while on my days off. I went for a walk each day and noticed that I always felt better after the walk than I did before. I walked farther each day and really tried to take in the nature around me.

I spent some time in the great outdoors and did a tiny bit of yard work. I read a book cover to cover in two days—not an easy feat in my distraction-filled life. I gave up coffee—yet again, and I got proper sleep, finally. I even helped my furry friend, Max the cat, get on the health trend. Most mornings on my days off, I played with him and his wand to get him to jump and run around.

As for my diet, it’s never easy for me to eat healthy when I’m not on a strict schedule. But I did manage to swap out pizza for salad a couple days. And I switched to water instead of coffee. We all have to start somewhere, right?

After a week off, plenty of sleep, some salads, lots of extra miles on my legs and basically zero stress, I feel completely refreshed. Now to keep the habits going!

If you’re feeling like your healthy habits have slipped a bit from the all-too-ambitious New Year’s resolutions, this issue will help you get back on track. Check out our Self Care feature, highlighting mind, body and soul. If you’re looking for a new doc in the area, check out the Stark County Medical Resource Guide & Directory in this issue. It has everything you need and more.

And don’t forget to check out Hitched, featuring some of the area’s coolest new wedding venues.

Until next month,
Kelsey Davis, editor