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Stop the negative self-talk. When we mess up or something goes wrong, we can sometimes be a bit too hard on ourselves. Switch the script to something more constructive and kind. Imagine you’re talking to your friend or loved one and remember that compassion is not just for others!

Adding empathy and kindness to our internal dialogue can go a long way. Our counselors are available to help you build out a wellness plan with other healthy habits like this one. From our counselors to our community rabbi to our family stabilization program, learn more about JFS Orlando’s FAMILY of services by visiting JFSorlando.org or call (407) 644-7593.

A Guide to Strokes

Strokes, also known as chronic vascular accidents (CVAs), are the fifth leading cause of death in the US. Regular medical visits will keep you apprised of your health and risk factors, but there are a number of ways you can reduce your overall risk in day-to-day life. These include exercise, weight management, not smoking, and a healthy diet that keeps your blood sugar and cholesterol levels in check.

Strokes are caused by a lack of oxygen in the brain. Seeking immediate treatment is key to minimizing long-term damage. Call 911 if you experience the following symptoms:
• Numbness or weakness in the face, limbs, or one side of the body;
• Confusion, difficulty speaking, and trouble understanding speech;
• Sudden change in vision;
• Sudden challenges with walking, dizziness, or balance;
• Or a sudden headache of unknown origin.

If you believe someone is having/has had a stroke, act FAST:
• Face – Ask the person to smile. Does one side of their face droop?
• Arms – Ask them to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
• Speech – Ask them to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
• Time – If you see any unusual signs, call 911 immediately.

If you believe you may be having or have just had a stroke, do not drive to the hospital. Call 911 or let someone else drive you.