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at Mona, Jamaica

Health Tips


From Nurses - UHC

  • A balanced diet, consistent exercise, adequate rest and stress management all go a long way in preventing many illnesses.

  • Regular washing of your hands is very important in controlling the spread of infections.

From the Medical Doctors - UHC

  • Over the past several years there has been an increase in the incidence of fungal infections of the nails. To avoid getting this infection you should ensure that your manicurist uses appropriate antiseptic measures. Do not share instruments with your friends if you do your own manicure/pedicure.

  • There is usually an increase in the cases of vomiting and diarrhea during the hurricane season with its associated heavy reins. Remember to boil drinking water for one minute and store in clean containers, or use only bottled water for drinking purposes.

From the Counsellors and Psychologists - UHC

  • Learn How to Deal with Everyday Stress. Stress is a part of everyone’s life. To help you deal with it, you need to practice good coping skills. Things that can help include exercise, “venting” to a sympathetic friend, writing in a journal or doing something creative. Also, remember to smile and see the humor in life. Research shows that laughter can relax your body and reduce stress and can also boost your immune system and ease pain.

  • Avoid Drugs and Alcohol. Avoid using alcohol or keep its use to a minimum. Don’t give in to the temptation to use any of the illegal drugs available. Sometimes people use alcohol or other drugs to "self-medicate" the symptoms of a mental disorder, or to cope with the stresses of daily living. In reality, alcohol and drugs only aggravate such situations.

  • Get Help When You Need It. Seeking help is a sign of strength - not of weakness. It is important to remember that treatment can help people deal effectively with mental disorders, whether they are mild or severe. People who get appropriate care can recover from mental illness and substance abuse disorders, and go on to lead full, productive lives.

  • Social Support can Enhance Mental Health. Take the time to build a network of trusted friends with whom you can share thoughts and feelings. Remember to give as well as to receive for the relationship to be truly reciprocal. Avoid unhealthy relationships where you often feel inadequate or angry or where you are encouraged to isolate yourself from friends and/or family.