Six-Part Health Series (Part 3): 10 Things You Can Do For Better *Emotional* Health in 2020

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Emotional health impacts your physical health and your overall happiness, yet it is a difficult thing to improve without purpose. The steps to better emotional health will help to bring you calmness and inner peace. This doesn’t mean you won’t ever have a bad day, but it means you will be able to better cope with bad days and fully enjoy the good things in life. 

10 Things You Can Do For Better Emotional Health in 2020

1. Sleep Well.

When you aren’t sleeping well, you may become irritated or angry more easily. It also decreases your ability to handle stress. This decrease in coping ability leads to poor emotional health. Over time, it can also impact physical health. 

2. Eat Right.

There is evidence that concludes that the food you eat can impact your emotional health. Getting proper nutrients makes you feel good, and this improves mood. Conversely, meals high in unhealthy fats or toxins can make you feel sluggish and depressed. 

3. Exercise Regularly.

When you exercise, your body releases endorphins. These chemicals reduce anxiety and improve mood functions. They also increase self-esteem. Regular exercise is also good for your physical health and body image. 

4. Meditate Consistently.

Any exercise in mindfulness is a benefit to emotional health because it gets us out of our heads and back to a healthy emotional center. If formal meditation is not appealing to you, go for a walk or do some gardening. Anything that keeps the body busy so that the brain can have a break is a positive action. 

5. Connect with Friends or Family.

In today’s consumer-driven world, we often are tricked into thinking it is our belongings that give us happiness. This is not true, and it is other people and our connections to them that drive happiness. If you are feeling isolated, reconnect with friends or family to regain your sense of community and support. 

6. Learn to Say No.

While some people need to reconnect for emotional health, others need to disconnect. It is okay to say no when asked for help. If you are stretched too thin because you are helping others, learn to say no. You need to practice self-care for a little while and then get back into help mode. 

7. Don’t Judge.

Judging others is an unhealthy activity for your emotional health and doesn’t produce any good results. You can’t possibly put yourself into someone else’s shoes, and most of the time, their actions aren’t of any consequence to you. Instead of judging, listen and offer help when you can. 

8. Appreciate the Here and Now.

Many of us are constantly trying to improve ourselves. We want to be thinner, richer, and more popular. In reality, what you’ve got right now is underappreciated. You have a life, and you can improve it. Appreciate the present and the future, and your emotions will migrate to a more positive place. 

9. Volunteer to Improve Your Emotional Health.

Helping others improves your emotional health because it feels good and you are no longer focused on your own stress. Volunteering is a pro-social way to help others that builds connections and yields happy results. 

10. Take Time for Yourself.

Taking time for yourself does not mean wasting time watching television. It means investing your time in a hobby or event that will make you feel like you again. If this means a spa day, great. If it means finishing a project, even better. Taking time for yourself means prioritizing yourself, so you don’t feel like you’ve been run over by life. 

These 10 steps are pretty straightforward, and if you invest some time on each of them, you are surely going to improve your emotional health. Not only will you experience less extreme emotions, but you’ll be a happier person with a renewed sense of calm. 

For more help with improving your emotional help, check out Avidity Medical Design Academy’s course entitled, “How to Prevent Medical Conditions Caused By TOXIC People in Your Life (and Be Healthier!)

Six-Part Health Series (Part 2): 10 Ways to Protect Your *Mental* Health in 2020

It is easy for us to concentrate on our physical health when we see problems. If we are starting to gain more weight, we can watch what we eat more carefully. If we have the flu, we can see our doctor and help to curb some of the symptoms. It is a lot harder for us to recognize when our mental health is suffering. However, our mental health is just as important, and can actually impact our physical health. 

Our mental health affects our daily lives by influencing how we feel, think, and even how we behave. So often, we think that mental health only refers to a person that is experiencing a mental illness. In actuality, we all need to concentrate on our mental health to protect the positive characteristics that help us to thrive in today’s world.  

Here are 10 ways that you can start to protect your mental health in 2020:

1. Find a Therapist

When we get a physical illness, we see our doctor. Adding a behavioral health expert to your team can help you to maximize your mental health and find ways that work for you to deal with stress in daily living.

2. Set Boundaries

Learning to say “No” is an important skill for your mental well being. Decide what is most important to you and use that knowledge to prioritize requests from others. Determine what to delegate or negotiate when you are asked to commit your time and energy to something that isn’t important to you.

3. Spend Time in Nature

Connecting with nature helps our bodies to relax and appreciate the world around us. So, find some time to get outside and let your mind and body recharge.

4. Laugh Out Loud

Have you noticed how often kids laugh out loud? Now, think about the last time that you allowed yourself the same outlet. Humor is a great stress reliever, and the physical action of laughing out loud makes the perfect mind and body connection.

5. Give Yourself a Pep Talk

Have you noticed that the voice in your head is a lot more critical to you than you would ever be to a friend of yours? Learning to be more positive in our self-talk is an important skill in mental health. Check out this Ted Talk video on how to improve positive thinking

6. Be Grateful for What is Going Well in Your Life

Taking time to appreciate the positives in our lives is another important skill. At the end of each day, take a moment to list 3 things that you are grateful for today.

7. Connect with Others

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Make time to keep in touch with people who are special to you. A phone call to chat with someone can change your mental outlook.

8. Take a Daily Break

Start a pattern of taking a daily break to recharge. This can be anything from doing meditation to singing out loud in the car or taking some time to read a book. Look for something that will fit into your day and break up the pattern of building stress.

9. Get More Sleep

Making sleep, nutrition, and exercise a priority in your life is another building block to positive mental health. 

10. Try Something New

When you find it hard to motivate yourself to work on your mental health, try to do something completely new for you. Your mind will kick into overdrive by concentrating on learning this new activity. Trying something new can change your daily routine for the better.

The mind and body connection is an important bond for all of us. Taking time to work on protecting your mental health is an important step in your well-being. To learn more about different health subjects, follow the Avidity Medical Design Blog.

Six-Part Health Series (Part 1): 10 Things You Can Do for Better *Physical* Health in 2020

Physical health is important in order to have a happy and fulfilling life. The choices we make can help to enhance our physical health. This year, instead of making a strict resolution you won’t be able to keep, try to do these 10 simple things for better physical health in 2020.

1. Get Outdoors

Getting outdoors isn’t just about being physically active, but that is one of the benefits. When you are outdoors, you also get sunlight. The benefits of sunlight include boosting the body’s vitamin D levels, which helps the body to use calcium and can improve the immune system.

2. Exercise More

Most of us have inactive occupations and spend a lot of time at a desk or counter. This is why formal exercise is crucial to cultivating better physical health. You should get 30 minutes a day for cardiovascular health. A brisk walk is enough to keep your heart rate at an optimal level, but a variety of intense versus moderate exercise will yield the best results. 

3. Drink More Water

Getting enough water is important for physical health because our bodies are made up of mostly water. There are many benefits to drinking a healthy amount of water, which is approximately 3 liters a day. Without enough water, you could become dehydrated, which makes you feel fatigued and ill. 

4. Eat Fresh Vegetables

Vegetables are full of vitamins and fiber, and they are low in calories. This means the inclusion of more vegetables in your diet will aid in weight control and ensure that your body is getting proper nutrients. 

5. Wear Quality Shoes

When you think of physical health, pain is a common topic. People in physical health are able to move freely, and their bones and joints aren’t stiff. Quality shoes can do a lot to maintain physical health by improving gait and providing adequate support. 

6. Do Some Physical Stretching

Stretching improves mobility, reduces soreness, and improves blood flow. It may help reduce the risk of injury, and it feels good to loosen up tight muscles and get your blood circulating.

7. Include Fiber Supplements in Your Diet

Physical health involves being able to move freely inside and out, and getting enough fiber will keep your bodily functions regular and prevent disease. Fiber will make you feel full longer, so it also aids in weight control. One way that you can add more fiber into your diet is by including Benefiber. For adults, adding two teaspoons of Benefiber three times daily, into your coffee in the morning, or adding some Benefiber to your juice, soda, salad, or soup, is an easy way to get more fiber into your diet. For children ages 6 to 11, you would use half the recommended dose. If you are pregnant or nursing, you would need to consult your physician before adding Benefiber to your diet. You can also buy a box of Benefiber On The Go packets, and keep a few packets of Benefiber On The Go in your purse or in your wallet, and sprinkle it into your food or drink if you happen to be dining out, to make sure you’re including fiber in your diet, even if you happen to be away from home.

8. Maintain a Consistent Sleep Schedule

Getting enough sleep, and maintaining a consistent sleep schedule by getting up and going to bed around the same time each night (including on weekends), reduces stress on the body and allows your body to repair itself. It also reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and can help in weight loss. 

9. Invest in Ergonomics

Part of maintaining physical health is simply being nice to your body. Use it properly, and it will work better. This means investing in quality beds and chairs, and it means sitting correctly at the computer. Ergonomics can play a large role in creating better physical health practices. 

10. End Unhealthy Habits

Lastly, don’t drink, smoke, or do drugs. There are a few other unhealthy habits out there that could be included on this list, but you get the gist of it. These things do damage to the body, and you cannot be physically healthy while engaging in any of these behaviors. 

Physical Health = Happiness

People who want to be happy typically include physical health in part of that happiness. Improving physical health involves behavioral change, and these 10 things can put you on the path to success. 

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How to Quickly Resolve Conflicts With Coworkers in the Healthcare Environment

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If you are a student enrolled in a healthcare class or even if you have been practicing in the medical field for some time, you know the benefits and challenges of a healthcare career. You might also consider yourself to be a people person. Despite your best efforts, misunderstandings and conflicts in the workplace are unavoidable.

Since you will be working with these individuals most of the day, if you’re unhappy at work, this can affect your health, both mentally and physically and even emotionally. Here are three things you can do to help you resolve potential conflicts in the healthcare environment and maintain your physical, mental and emotional well being.

1. Be a Good Listener

When conflicts arise, take a moment to stop and breathe. You may not agree with what is being said, but do your best to listen with an open mind and not pass judgment on your coworker for what is being said. Try your best not to interrupt and resist the urge to disagree right away either verbally or non-verbally while your coworker is giving their opinion or expressing their point of view about a conflict in the workplace.

2. Try to Get to Know Them and Appreciate Their Good Qualities

It is very difficult to stay angry with someone who is showing sincere interest in you as a person. Forget about the job and your frustration for a moment. Try to imagine your coworker outside of the work environment and put yourself in his or her shoes. And then try to learn a little bit about them. You could start by asking open-ended questions such as, “How was your weekend?”. You could avoid appearing overly nosy by sharing a little about yourself too. Sharing pictures of your family or pets might also encourage them to open up about themselves. You might be surprised to learn that a coworker who you didn’t get along with has something in common with you in terms of their family background, their interest or their lifestyle in general.

3. The Compliment Sandwich

When you offer criticism, your coworker may shut down or may feel hurt by what you have to say, which won’t help you resolve the problem or avoid the conflict. When offering constructive criticism, if the beneficiary feels hurt at the outset, they may shut down, ending the opportunity for resolution of the problem. Starting off the conversation with sincere words of praise and appreciation for your coworker will make them receptive for the words to follow. Carefully think out what you will say and avoid absolutes when offering criticism such as, “you always” or “you never”. You can finish the dialogue by giving your coworker ideas on what can be done to resolve the problem and assure them of your desire to assist in this process and not forgetting kind words of commendation. If you get to a point where you can’t resolve a conflict with your coworker and you are trying to maintain your professionalism with patients and coworkers alike, in spite of what you may be dealing with in the work environment, consider enrolling in the course entitled,“How to Learn Professionalism in Healthcare”(with REAL-WORLD Examples!) offered by Avidity Medical Design Academy. This course gives you some excellent ideas on how to create and foster a professional atmosphere at work.

Listen to three sample lectures from this course. Click here to take the full course for only $19.99!

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If you’re interested in learning more about other healthcare topics such as basic medical terminology or how to make money in healthcare from home, please check out our website for courses that we currently offer. To find out more about courses that Avidity Medical Design offers and for other tips related to working in the healthcare field, please check out our blog

10 Reasons Why You Should Try It Before You Buy It: The Advantages of Taking a Free Healthcare Course

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There are many courses available on the internet, and it is hard to know which one is right for you, and which one suits your needs. Sometimes paying for a course offered by a school that you may be unfamiliar with can be difficult to justify, and you might be hesitant to “take the leap,” so to speak. For this reason, you might want to consider taking a free healthcare course. This is a good first step if you’d like to learn more about different healthcare topics. Here are some reasons why you should consider taking a free healthcare course to “try it before you buy it”:

Reason #1: You get to learn about a new healthcare topic in small “bite-sized chunks” that get straight to the point and don’t waste your time.

Learning about new or unfamiliar topics is the primary advantage of any course, but learning for free is an extra-added bonus. Learning about healthcare is a lifelong process, especially when you are considering a career in the field of healthcare, or you are trying to improve patient outcomes in the clinical setting, or your want to ensure the success of healthcare employees in an organization where you may already work, or you just want to learn more about different healthcare subjects that you can immediately apply to everyday living.  You don’t have a lot of time to waste. You want courses that include lecture material offered in small “bite-sized” chunks that get straight to the point and get right to the heart of the information that you need in just a few minutes, without wasting a lot of time, and without covering a lot of extraneous lecture material that may be “nice to know,” but may not really be what you need to know about the subject being taught, and without making you feel overwhelmed or confused, especially if you want to learn more about the healthcare field.

Reason #2: You become familiar with the professional quality of other healthcare courses also, if you later decide to purchase a course.

Taking a free healthcare course before you pay for a course offered by the same school, ensures that you know what type of education you will be getting, and helps you feel confident that you will be getting your money’s worth. You know in advance that your money is being well spent because you’ve already sampled the course material ahead of time. 

Reason #3: You learn about the flow of each course, and how to use what you learn in everyday living, by learning the information step by step.

There is nothing worse than taking a course and deciding it was unnecessary. It’s also frustrating to discover that the information presented in the course is too advanced for you to completely grasp, or it doesn’t teach real-world concepts and give you practical real-world examples that you apply to everyday living, and that you can use immediately after you finish the course. If you have already paid for the course, you feel the pain of wasting time and money. A free course lets you know what you are getting into so that you can decide if it is right for you. 

Reason #4: You get to decide if you will get your money’s worth if you decide to purchase a course, based on the free course you’ve already taken.

A course should be affordable, and should provide good quality, content, and instruction at the same time. If the quality of the free course is good, you are sure to get the same quality when you choose to pay for a course offered by the same school. 

Reason #5: You become familiar with the instructor’s teaching style (even if you’ve never been in the healthcare classroom!).

Instructors teach in different ways. All instructors want to provide valuable information, but sometimes their speaking style simply doesn’t fit the needs of the student. Taking a free course helps you become more comfortable with the instructor’s speaking style and helps you make certain it is right for your learning needs, because you want to retain the information that you learn and you want to be able to use it as soon as you finish the course. 

Reason #6: You get to leave reviews for free, without having to purchase a course first.

Educators always want to improve the quality of their courses, and getting feedback from new students is one way to test the quality of the courses being offered by the school. Free courses mean more reviews, and help improve the quality of current course offerings. 

Reason #7: You get to leave suggestions, or ideas, for future healthcare courses.

The healthcare environment is always changing, and the educators are always looking for new ideas. New students who leave course suggestions are often the best source of these new ideas, and can help enhance the quality of future courses, or sustain the quality of existing courses.  

Reason #8: You immediately transfer what you learn in the free course to everyday situations, just as you would in a paid course.

There are many classes available online, and a good course gives you the skills you need to immediately transfer your learning to real-world situations, where you can apply what you learn as soon as you finish each course. You also have the opportunity to compare the quality of a free course with other courses you may have taken. This proves that the courses are solid, and teach skills that are worth your time and money. 

Reason #9: You get to spread the word to friends, family, and colleagues, about the quality and practicality of the free healthcare course you completed. 

If you are looking for a course that will improve the education of co-workers or employees, or benefit family members and friends, you can try it out for free first. Don’t rely on a catchy course title. Know what you are recommending by trying it first. 

Reason #10: You develop an “avidity,” or an “eagerness” to learn even more about different healthcare subjects covered in other courses. 

Taking a free course that offers quality learning peaks your interest and increases the likelihood that you will want to continue to learn more about different healthcare subjects.

If you are looking for a free healthcare course, check out Avidity Medical Design Academy to sign up for “Social Media in Healthcare (with REAL-WORLD Examples!).” This is a free healthcare course offered by Avidity Medical Design Academy.

Why You Might Want to Think About Holistic Medicine

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In the world today, the list of what ails us only seems to be growing. While science and medicine do their best to keep up, we would all do well to learn what our options are in order to better understand how to prevent and recover from disease quickly and easily. One option is holistic medicine, a growing field that many people find intriguing.

What Is Holistic Medicine

Holistic medicine is an approach to medicine that looks at the whole person in order to improve a patient’s health and help each patient live a more vibrant happier life. It begins with an understanding that there should be a flow of life energy throughout the three parts that make up a person. The three parts that make up a person, according to holistic medicine are: the spirit, mind, and body. All three of these parts are interconnected. Because these three parts are interconnected, they must all be considered when working toward wellness. While a traditional medical approach may treat the problem with a medication or surgery, holistic medicine incorporates education on lifestyle changes, self-care, and emotional well-being, in addition to any necessary medication or surgery.

This type of care keeps the focus on the patient as a whole person, instead of looking mainly at the patient’s health problem. According to the American Holistic Health Association, “Optimal health is much more than the absence of sickness. It is the conscious pursuit of the highest qualities of the physical, environmental, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social aspects of the human experience.” 

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When You Might Want to Consider Holistic Medicine 

There are many reasons you might want to consider holistic medicine. Maybe traditional treatment is not working as well as you’d hoped, or maybe traditional treatment comes with dangerous risks and side effects. This is a good time to consult with your doctor about adding a “whole-person approach” to the medical regimen that your doctor prescribes, to help you start learning how to help heal your body from within. At times, traditional medicine is expensive or even totally unavailable. Holistic options offer a simpler approach with options that patients can often utilize at home. Lastly, some patients find the traditional approach to be invasive and intimidating. In general, a holistic medicine route is more gentle and comfortable for the patient. As a patient, you may feel cared for in a way that helps to elevate your overall quality of life, not just your health, and this level of empowerment may help you take healthy steps for the future that can benefit your peace of mind and well being as a whole. 

Why You Might Want to Consider a Career in Holistic Medicine

If you’re interested in pursuing a career in holistic medicine, the options are plentiful, and it is certainly a growing field. You can earn your practitioner certification in yoga instructing and massage therapy, for example, in under a year. If you want to become a more advanced practitioner, such as a chiropractor, you can earn your doctor of chiropractic degree after completing post-secondary education and more extensive training. This means greater income potential as a practitioner of holistic medicine. Holistic medicine careers are growing fast. Careers in massage therapy are growing much faster than average with a median income of $41,420 a year and a growth projection of 22% between 2018-2028, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is likely due to more and more insurance plans allowing for a massage to be covered as the health benefits become clearer. With a short path to become certified, a career in holistic medicine is worth considering.

You can find more articles about healthcare on the Avidity Medical Design blog. Follow our blog to stay up to date on different healthcare careers, and to learn about the many different online healthcare classes offered by Avidity Medical Design Academy, such as “How to Prevent Disease in Your Body (By Eating Fruits and Vegetables!)” New articles and new courses are coming soon, so check back often!