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It’s Official! I Started Writing My Book On Happiness, Well-being, and How to Live a Wholehearted life!…

2021-03-19T10:32:47-04:00

On March 1, 2021, I started writing my book on happiness, well-being, and how to live a wholehearted life. The book is intended to be inspirational for a general audience and includes the results of my research findings (thank you again for all who participated in my recent study 😊) and the thousands of hours of interviews I’ve had with patients and clients.

Because I am still teaching a full course load in the graduate school of nursing at Northern Kentucky University, sitting on several committees, and doing active research, I think it’s reasonable to expect to have the book completed by mid-summer. Then, after final editing and touch-ups, I hope to have it published by September/October of this year. Yahoo!!

I’m both excited and terrified to be writing a book. But I passionately believe we need to better understand and embrace these topics considering the challenges we all face in an …Read more…

It’s Official! I Started Writing My Book On Happiness, Well-being, and How to Live a Wholehearted life!…2021-03-19T10:32:47-04:00

Latest Podcasts From Red Chair Chats…

2021-03-19T10:20:35-04:00

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We talk about topics related to health and well-being and give you the information you need to stay safe, healthy, and happy!

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Red Chair ChatsAbout Red Chair Chats

Red Chair Chats is a place where health, well-being, and intentional living intersect. You will be informed, enlightened, and encouraged to take an active role in creating a happier, more joyous, and more fulfilled life.
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Latest Podcasts From Red Chair Chats…2021-03-19T10:20:35-04:00

Health and Science in the News – March 2021

2021-03-18T17:35:30-04:00

Music, Memories, and Well-being

In Science News, Claudia Lopez Lloreda shares the story of how music therapy can improve well-being in people, especially the elderly. University of Kentucky music therapist, Alaine Reschke-Hernandez, partnered with neuroscientists to explore how music-associated memories impact dementia.

Great News for Individuals with Peanut Allergies

The FDA has approved the drug Palforzia to decrease the allergic reactions some individuals have with peanuts, including anaphylaxis. Although individuals with peanut allergies must still avoid peanuts in their diets, this drug offers relief from life-threatening reactions with accidental exposure.

In another related story, experimental therapy trials have begun to see whether toothpaste can be a vehicle for a variety of allergan treatments – including allergies to peanuts and bee stings.

New Treatments for Depression

Researchers are finding that supervised micro-dosing of traditional hallucinogenic drugs, such as LSD and Ketamine, may be useful in treating some patients with depression in a therapeutic setting. It is believed …Read more…

Health and Science in the News – March 20212021-03-18T17:35:30-04:00

The Science of Sleep – How Much Do We Need? What Are the Effects of Poor Sleep?

2021-03-18T16:37:39-04:00

Everyone loves a sound, restful sleep. With March being Sleep Awareness Month, I thought it would be a great opportunity to talk about sleep and why it is so important to our mental and physical health.

What is Sleep?

Every time we “fall asleep” our bodies undergo a remarkable change. We leave our conscious state and enter a realm of marked alterations in brain activity, heart rate, breathing patterns, body temperature, and other physiologic functions. Most humans require an average of 7-9 hours of good shuteye. However, there is a much wider variation in the sleep requirements of other animals. Sloths and koalas may sleep up to 22 hours a day, whereas some migrating birds only need an hour of rest. When these long-haul flyers need sleep, they often sleep unihemispherically – meaning one side of their brain sleeps while the other side remains awake so they can keep an …Read more…

The Science of Sleep – How Much Do We Need? What Are the Effects of Poor Sleep?2021-03-18T16:37:39-04:00

Some Initial Findings From Our Study…. Personal Resiliency: A New Perspective for the Cultivation of Well-being in Individuals

2021-03-18T16:37:55-04:00

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in my research study on personal resiliency and well-being. The study ended on February 28, 2021 and garnered 337 responses. I am thrilled to report we had participants from every continent except Antarctica, and included males, females, and other gender-identified individuals who were as young as 18 and as old as 99+ years. Also, I just had a positive research meeting with the statistical analysis experts at the Burkardt Consulting Center at Northern Kentucky University who are currently crunching the numbers for the study. It will still take a few weeks to tabulate and analyze the results, however, I am able to share some initial findings I noticed upon a soft review of the data…

  1. There are 12 determinants of well-being.
  2. Having money does not equate to being happy (Money really can’t buy happiness).
  3. Many individuals who felt they lacked …Read more…
Some Initial Findings From Our Study…. Personal Resiliency: A New Perspective for the Cultivation of Well-being in Individuals2021-03-18T16:37:55-04:00

COVID -19 Vaccine Update – What We Experienced After Getting the Covid-19 Vaccine…

2021-03-19T14:25:45-04:00

In Late February of 2021, my husband and I went to Walgreens and received our first COVID-19 vaccines. I received the Moderna vaccine and Marty received the Pfizer (no preference of one company over another, they were just what Walgreens had).

My results with the Moderna vaccine…

  • The vaccine injection didn’t hurt
  • I had a mild headache and some fatigue 3 hours after the injection – took Advil
  • Six hours after the injection, my arm at the site of the injection was a bit red and sore, similar to that of a tetanus vaccination
  • I felt completely normal by the next morning.

Marty’s results with the Pfizer vaccine…

  • No discomfort with the injection
  • No fever, headache, or fatigue
  • …Read more…

COVID -19 Vaccine Update – What We Experienced After Getting the Covid-19 Vaccine…2021-03-19T14:25:45-04:00

Straight Talk About the COVID-19 Vaccines…

2021-03-19T14:26:02-04:00

As a researcher, a nurse, and an epidemiologist, I’ve read and heard some crazy things about COVID -19. The sheer amount of misinformation and disinformation presented has often been overwhelming. Now that the COVID-19 vaccination program is beginning in countries around the world, people have been asking me to jump into the conversation and offer useful information and straight-forward answers about what vaccines do, what they don’t do, and whether or not they should get the COVID-19 vaccination.

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Our Immune System

Before we get into the nuts and bolts of the COVID-19 vaccine, we first need to understand the basics of how our bodies fight disease. When foreign organisms, such as bacteria or viruses invade our bodies, they attack and enter our cells, then multiply. This is called an …Read more…

Straight Talk About the COVID-19 Vaccines…2021-03-19T14:26:02-04:00

S.M.A.R.T. Goals – Learn The Process and View An Example So You Can Create Better Goals For Yourself…

2021-02-05T16:52:01-05:00

Goals and resolutions have separate meanings. A resolution implies a firm decision to do or not to do something. But it does not include how an individual plans to go about achieving their ambition or effort. A goal, on the other hand, also suggests the desire to achieve a desired outcome, but also includes intention setting, preparing, and planning realistic action for success. I may make a resolution to become more fit, but without having a specific goal in mind of what “becoming more fit” means and how I plan to do that, my resolution is likely to fail. And this is why so many resolutions end up in the trash within a month.

Be S.M.A.R.T.

Fortunately, there is a process which has been proven to assist with goal attainment. In fact, I have used it often with patients who are seeking positive change in their life. The process is …Read more…

S.M.A.R.T. Goals – Learn The Process and View An Example So You Can Create Better Goals For Yourself…2021-02-05T16:52:01-05:00

Wellness vs. Well-being – The Difference Between Surviving and Thriving…

2021-02-06T09:31:36-05:00

No doubt you’ve heard the terms wellness and well-being before. Also, more likely than not, you’ve probably heard them used interchangeably. But the truth is that while these two concepts have much in common, they refer to different aspects of our overall health. Wellness generally refers to our physical state of health rather than our emotional and mental health. While most providers acknowledge that an individual’s mental and emotional health affect their physical health, wellness is usually more narrowly defined and considers “good health” to be the absence of illness and/or disability. Well-being, on the other hand, embraces far more than just physical health. It also encompasses the mental and emotional health status of the individual and views “health” from a more holistic perspective. Well-being not only includes the absence of illness and/or disability, but it also includes the presence of positive mental, mood, and emotional states.

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Wellness vs. Well-being – The Difference Between Surviving and Thriving…2021-02-06T09:31:36-05:00

Why Red Chair Chats Is Different From Other Health and Well-being Blogs…

2021-03-19T14:31:41-04:00

Red Chair ChatsRed Chair Chats is a place where health, well-being, and intentional living intersect. You will be informed, enlightened, and encouraged to take an active role in creating a happier, more joyous, and more fulfilled life. At Red Chair Chats you will see blog topics such as positive relationships, wellness, personal development, and mental, emotional, and physical health, but we’ll add a new twist! We will also look at the important issues which affect our well-being, and talk with leading experts who will challenge us to think about health from a broader perspective. Finally, because we want to present fresh and current information, readers will often be invited to complete anonymous online surveys and become active participants in cutting edge research.
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About Pam Lehenbauer

Ph.D., MSN, MBA, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Pam is an interdisciplinary translational …Read more…

Why Red Chair Chats Is Different From Other Health and Well-being Blogs…2021-03-19T14:31:41-04:00
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