City of Hiawatha COVID-19 Updates
Hiawatha Splashpads and playgrounds are now open, but they are to be used at patron's own discretion. The sensors on the hydrants, along with the benches will be sanitized daily.
Both pads will be power-washed each morning before opening. All other play pieces on the splash pads will not be disinfected - the water is not chlorinated. Splash pads will operate 10 AM to 8 PM. Please watch for Hiawatha Park & Recreation's further updates on their Facebook page.
Hiawatha City Hall remains closed at this time, although city business can be conducted by calling city staff at (319) 393-15151.
The Hiawatha Library is still offering curbside check-out and return for their materials. However, due to the renovations schedule, the library will be closed on certain days. Check the library's Facebook page for updates.
Hiawatha city officials would like to remind the public to remain vigilant as the COVID-19 virus continues to remain a threat to our community, as well as the world:
Stress Can Affect Your Overall Health
Everyone seems to be dealing with some type of stress these days, but many people don't understand how it affects their overall health, or even how to manage it.
When we are anxious or stressed, the immune system's ability to fight off antigens (toxins) is reduced. That is why we are more susceptible to infections. The stress hormone corticosteroid can suppress the effectiveness of the immune system. Ways we can reduce stress include learning how to calm ourselves by deep breathing with or without meditation, eating right, getting enough sleep, staying hydrated, and exercising.
We tend to take breathing for granted, until we can't do it so well anymore, but deep breathing has great healing powers. By breathing to slow down your heart rate and lower your blood pressure, breathing deeply relieves stress.
Some people use guided mediation as the catalyst for deep breathing, but it is not necessary. Simply taking a few minutes to concentrate on breathing deeply can help. Personally, I use the 4-7-8 method. Inhale through your nose for 4 seconds, hold for 7 seconds, and breathe out for 8 seconds. This method reduces anxiety, as well as helps those who have trouble getting to sleep.
It's hard to eat right if you don't know better, which seems to be the case with many people, who tend to live on fast food. Frozen burritos, chicken pot pies, Ramen noodles, and Big Macs have a lot of fat and preservatives that are not good for us.
Cooking meals at home, packing a lunch to take to work or school, and cutting out fats, sugars, and preservatives is a good start. You don't have to cut out all the things you love to eat; just limit the comfort food to once or twice a week.
When I decided to lose a few pounds last year, I researched healthy diets and came across a plant-based diet. Basically it is a diet that consists of anything that comes from a plant, such as fruits, seeds, nuts, and veggies. I was on the diet for 3 weeks and I felt so much better, I continued on and lost 25. But then COVID happened and I started emotionally eating. Now that I am back on track, I am maintaining a healthier weight and lifestyle.
Get Plenty of Sleep
I have had a hard time sleeping for the past few years due to health issues. It has been a battle that I think I am slowly winning. Some people take naps during the day but I was never a nap-taker. I use melatonin and lavender oil to help me fall asleep and get the rest I need.
There is a time in everyone's life when they need extra rest; when they are not feeling good or have worked extra hours or extra hard. However, don't ignore that tired or lethargic feeling, especially if it doesn't go away after a good night's sleep. It is an indication that your body is trying to tell you something.
You have probably heard the old adage of drinking eight 8oz glasses of water a day, but you might want to think about doubling that, especially if you are active in sports or work out daily. Most people don't get nearly the amount of water they need a day and it can have serious health consequences.
When we are dehydrated, it is harder for our bodies to regulate its temperature; it affects our blood pressure because our blood is mostly water; it causes our electrolytes to get out of whack and could cause seizures or you could lose consciousness.
Most people don't realize they are dehydrated because by the time we are, is when we are thirty, and if we don't find some water quick, it could have lasting effects.
Exercise doesn't necessary mean doing Zumba or strenuosly "working out." According to Web MD, walking, participating in sports, yoga, housework, mowing the lawn, or anything that gets you moving every day is considered exercise. Doctors recommend some kind of activity for 150 minutes a week, even if it is simply walking up and down the stairs or taking the dog for a walk.
Other ways to de-stress include spending time with people you care about or doing things you are passionate about. Most of all, take a look at your life and figure out why you are stressed. Dealing with these issues will not only help you come to terms with whatever is bothering you, but it will also help you have a more positive outlook on life.