Realistic Goals for the New Year

It’s that time of the year when we fondly reflect on the past and make plans for the upcoming year. Some of us may decide to make New Year’s resolutions for 2015, while others will try to avoid that yearly tradition. According to studies, at the beginning of each New Year, roughly one in three Americans resolve to improve themselves in some way. Unfortunately, a much smaller percentage of people actually follow through on those resolutions. While approximately 75% of people stick to their goals for at least a week, only 46% are still on target six months later, one study found. It’s not easy to keep up the excitement and motivation that the New Year rings in, so a lot of people slip because they get too busy, they forget, or other things become more important. Instead of stressing out over New Year’s resolutions this year or coming up with goals that are unrealistic, let’s discuss some healthy goals for 2015: Stay in touch with family members and friends – it’s good for your health to stay connected with your loved ones. Make time in your schedule each week or month to call, visit, and spend time with the people who you care about the most. Also take some time this year to reach out to old friends you’ve lost touch with over the years. Save money – save money this year by making some lifestyle changes. Ride your bike or walk to work. Instead of going to the movies on Saturday, take a walk around a lake or go on a hike with friends. Recycle cans and...

Acute Care at Aspire Hospital

Aspire Hospital Behavioral Health Services consist of a 24-bed short-term, acute care psychiatric unit and a 4-bed medical unit, located in Conroe, Texas. Aspire Hospital admits patients ages 18 and above who are experiencing acute psychiatric symptoms as a result of numerous diagnoses including but not limited to: mood and affect disorders psychotic disorders chemical dependency detox extreme anxiolytic disorders This may also include such diagnosis as major depressive disorders, alcohol and or other drug withdrawal, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, PTSD, etc. Facility and Staff Our facility is licensed in the State of Texas and is accredited by The Joint Commission and certified by Medicare. Physician staff includes not only psychiatrists, but also medical physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, who complete our history and physical examinations and respond to any medical issues that may arise during any given patient stay. Aspire Hospital also employs licensed registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, certified nurses’ aides and technicians, licensed social workers, licensed activity/recreational therapists, a registered dietitian and 24-hour pharmacy services which consist of a licensed pharmacist and a licensed pharmacy technician. More Information on How to Cope With the Holiday Blues The holidays are upon us again and for a lot of people this brings about feelings of sadness and anxiety. We would like to think that it’s a festive time for sharing and giving with family and friends, but it can bring “the blues.” Reasons for feeling blue around the holidays are numerous. Fatigue, due to holiday activity, family tensions and financial issues can prevail. Holidays can bring unrealistic expectations and sadness over memories of a deceased loved one or sadness over...

How to Beat the Holiday Blues

The holidays are supposed to be a time of cheer and joy, but for some of us, it can be quite a different story. The holidays can be a stressful, chaotic time with lots of shopping, cooking, and parties, which can cause some to become very overwhelmed, anxious, or even depressed. Others may get the holiday blues because they are lonely and miss their loved ones who are no longer with them. Some may get down because they don’t have a lot of money to spend on presents or decorations. Fortunately, there are many ways to lift your spirits and help you cope with the stress and anxiety of the holiday season. Forget the “Ideal Christmas” – Many people create a picture in their minds of what the “ideal Christmas” should look like – you know, the Norman Rockwell picture of the perfect family gathered around the wonderfully decorated Christmas tree, opening lots of presents, and their faces are full of laughter and cheer. Give yourself a break and realize nobody is perfect – it’s okay that you aren’t perfect and your family isn’t perfect. Sometimes we try to do too much during the holidays and that can overwhelm us: Don’t commit to cooking that seven-course holiday dinner. Don’t invite a million people over to your home for this year’s holiday party, or better yet, don’t have one at all. Tell your children instead of buying a ton of Christmas presents this year, you’re only going to purchase a few items. Start a new tradition and exchange homemade gifts. Christmas should be about spending time with our loved ones...

News From Aspire Hospital

Aspire Hospital is very excited about our upcoming holiday events! We will be celebrating the holiday season with our wonderful Aspire Hospital team at our annual Holiday Party on Monday, December 15, 2014 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. At the party we will be announcing the department winner of our decorating contest. We have provided each of our departments with a Christmas tree, which they are using to create their team’s Winter Wonderland. They will submit a picture of their team in front of their Winter Wonderland masterpiece to Laura Smith by December 10. The hospital will be showcasing each department’s creativity and talent on our social media sites. Stay tuned for those upcoming pictures! To spread holiday cheer throughout our community, the decorated trees will then be donated, on December 18, to families through Montgomery County Emergency Assistance and Walker County Women’s Center. We also want to give a big shout out and congratulations to Laura Smith for her recent promotion to Chief Operating Officer! We are very proud that you are a part of our amazing team at Aspire Hospital! And last, but definitely not least, we want to take this time to wish all of our patients – past and present – and their families, our community members, everyone at Aspire Hospital, our neighbors, and partners Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Great Success in the New Year! We hope you have a healthy, fun, and safe holiday...