A Guide to Choosing the Right Uniform When Working in the Healthcare Sector

 

 

Cleanliness and hygiene is paramount in the medical and healthcare industry and this extends to your uniform. Medical uniforms that have been specially designed for the healthcare industry will protect doctors, nurses, receptionists and any other personnel from hazardous substances and spillages whilst also minimising the spread of infection.

Not only do medical uniforms have a practical function, but they also make a positive lasting impression on patients and boast professionalism. When appropriate, you can also personalise your uniforms with a logo, professional title or name as personalised embroidered workwear will increase familiarity between members of staff and patients and subsequently instil a sense of trust.

It can be tricky to decide what medical uniforms you want to use in your surgery or practice – should doctors, nurses and receptionists wear the same? Should you have a colour scheme? Should each member of staff have a different and unique uniform? Well fear not, today we explore the range of different options that are available to you.

Receptionist Uniform

Receptionists are more than likely the first face your patients will see and therefore a receptionist’s uniform should make a positive impression. For some, visiting the doctors, hospital or any other medical institution can be a frightening thought and your receptionist should wear bright coloured clothes to create an inviting atmosphere and approachable persona. If reception staff are wearing a white uniform, it could make the whole process feel clinical and impersonal and result in patients feeling uneasy. Medical professionals have a duty of care and if patients don’t feel welcome, they could end up trying to tackle their issues themselves or ignoring life-threatening problems.

Nurses Uniform

Medical nurse tunics, also commonly referred to as ‘scrubs’ have a number of benefits, the key benefit being that it protects nurses from bodily fluids, chemicals and spillages. Depending on company policy, nurses can wear colourful patterned scrubs to create an inviting and welcoming atmosphere similar to that of a receptionist’s uniform. Scrubs also make nurses easily identifiable for both patients and other medical professionals. It is of the upmost importance that a nurse’s uniform is clean and hygienic and to ensure this, scrubs must be thoroughly and rigorously cleaned using special chemicals and a high temperature machine that would damage personal and regular clothing.

Doctors Uniform

Typically, doctors have more freedom when it comes to uniforms and can choose from casual jeans and a t-shirt, to the clinical white coat, to full protective scrubs, to a full three-piece suit. Doctors may opt to wear a suit in order to stand out from other medical personnel whilst presenting themselves as professional and trustworthy towards their patients. However some doctors believe that wearing a suit makes an appointment feel more like a business meeting rather than what it is, and these doctors choose to take a more casual approach. While wearing jeans and a t-shirt may seem somewhat unprofessional, it can instead help to develop a relationship between doctor and client based on familiarity and friendliness. If a doctor wears a casual uniform it can make patients feel at ease, as if they are talking to a friend rather than a medical professional. Other doctors prefer to wear scrubs for the same reasons as nurses – to protect themselves from any bodily fluids or hazardous chemicals.

When choosing a uniform for a doctor’s surgery, hospital or any other medical institution, the most important thing to consider is that all members of staff feel comfortable in what they wear. There are no set rules on uniforms in the healthcare sector and essentially, it comes down to personal preference and the relationship you hope to build with your patients.

This article on healthcare uniforms was provided by health and safety clothing provider, Image To Suit You.

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Concrete Steps You Can Take to Become More Eco-friendly

 

 

If you’re looking for simple but effective ways to do your bit to protect the planet, keep reading. In this blog, we suggest concrete steps you can take to become more eco-friendly in your day-to-day life.

Don’t send your litter to landfill

If you have a bad habit of discarding all of your rubbish in regular bins when you’re out and about, now’s the time to stop. As environmental and safety product provider Glasdon points out in its eBook ‘Socially Responsible Me’, one way to become greener is to make sure you use recycling bins whenever you can. These eco-friendly containers are now easy to find on the streets, in supermarket car parks and elsewhere, meaning there’s no excuse to send plastic, paper, glass and other recyclable materials to landfill.

Instead of getting drinks in disposable cups or bottles when you’re on the go, why not invest in a reusable drinks holder? Try to steer clear of plastic-wrapped sandwiches and salads too. If you can, prepare your food at home in advance.

Reduce waste at home

Before you do your food shop, check your cupboards and fridge to see what you’ve already got and what you need. By making sure you only buy what you’ll actually use, you can minimise any wastage. Also, when you have leftovers after meals, try to get into a routine of freezing this food rather than binning it.

Think about how your household uses energy too. The chances are, you can take simple steps to cut your usage of gas and electricity. For example, make sure you switch off your appliances and lights when you’re not using them. You might also want to lower the temperature in your house during winter. By dropping the thermostat by a degree or two, you could significantly lower your energy consumption. If you get a tad chilly, simply reach for a jumper. Another way to become more environmentally-friendly is to ditch your tumble dryer in favour of a clothes line whenever possible.

Think green in the office

It might be time for your company to conduct a waste audit to see if you’re using any resources unnecessarily. While you’re at it, why not try to make the shift to a paperless office? This will mean you get through less paper – and it has the added benefit of making it easier to keep your workplace organised.

Although these actions may not seem like much in themselves, put together they can seriously reduce your carbon footprint and mean you’re much kinder to the planet.

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Dispelling Common Homeowner Myths

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Building a happy home situation is a priority shared by everyone. After all, this forms the foundations for your day-to-day life. Unfortunately, it’s very easy to fall into the common traps that are largely created by the wrong mindset.

Here are three of the most common problems that could prevent you from unlocking the real potential of your home life.

Owning A Home Isn’t The Only Answer

Society tells us that getting married, having kids, and buying a property is the way to do things. However, the most important thing is to do what feels right for you. If you’re not ready to settle down in a location, renting is probably advised. Not least because you won’t have to worry about maintenance.

If you do buy a house, there are several ways to find your dream home. Alternatively, you could consider the prospect of building the property from scratch. Keeping the options open will inevitably give you the best chance of finding the perfect solution for you.

Council houses can be an excellent option for those that want a comfortable living space without the same level of expense as owning a property. While many people find that the standard homeownership is the best option, appreciating the options is vital.

Patience Isn’t Always A Virtue

Most of us are taught to be patient with money from a very early age. In truth, saving up for your holiday or a luxury necklace is always better than taking on extra debt. When it comes to the home, however, some issues need to be fixed ASAP.

Leaving a leaking roof untreated, for example, can lead to far greater problems than if you’d acted early. Even if your current cash flow is tight, instant loans from Payday Pixie can fund the jobs needed to get your home back to its best. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Green upgrades like water-saving appliances and better insulation should also be made at the earliest stage. After all, they’ll pay for themselves in the long run by reducing your energy bills.

Size Isn’t Everything

Most people have aspirations of living in the big house with a fancy garden and huge living spaces. You need enough space to satisfy your needs. Nonetheless, the way in which you use it is far more critical. So, accepting a slightly smaller property needn’t be the end of the world.

The HouseBeautiful guide to maximising the potential of smaller spaces will serve you well. One of the best things you can do, however, is learn to sell or recycle items that you no longer need. You’d be amazed by the amount of space that is being consumed by those products.

Another common mistake is to have a guest room. If it’s not going to be used, you might as well turn it into an office or home gym. Aside from adding value to the property on a financial front, it’ll boost the value of the home to your family.

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The Ultimate Money Guide For Your Best Summer Life 2018

If you are anything like me, you will notice that your social calendar starts to fill up come mid-June. After that, it’s something of a roller coaster ride all the way through until September. Now I’m not saying this isn’t fun, because holidays, weekends away, and get together with old friends are the best. However, you may be scratching your head and wondering how to pay for all this? Happily, if you check out the advice in the guide below you won’t have too many problems in this area. Read on to find out more.

Are you subscribing your budget away?

Subscription boxes and packages are everywhere these days from Birchbox to Netflix. You can even get you dinners prepared for you with cooking boxes. However, while they are super convenient, and it’s always fun to get a surprise gift to yourself through the post box, you have to ask whether they are they the best use of your money?

Sadly, the answer is probably not, especially when you have multiple subscriptions to pays for. Or even worse you and your SO or housemate are doubling up because one of you forget to cancel it when you moved in together! Arghhh!

Of course, the solution here is easy, and it’s to cancel the one that you don’t need. This means taking some time to work out which one you use and the most and ditch the rest. Then you can save what you would have spent on them for summer revelry.

Claim back what you are owed

Next, too many of us go through life not claiming money that we are genuinely entitled to. It may be in a small way like that bag of Primark clothes you didn’t try and can’t find time to take back a to get or refund, or it may be in a big way like not claiming for a situation in which you suffered medical negligence.

Obviously, in both cases, this is money that could be put to better use living your best life during the summer. To that end, it’s always a good idea to contact professionals like The Specter Partnership to help you with any legal claim you may have. Also, and if you possibly can, get those clothes returned ASAP, or at the very least bung them on eBay and recover some of the purchase cost to put towards your summer holidays.

Go veggie/vegan

Lastly, you can’t have failed to notice how on trend it is right not to be veggie or vegan? In fact, your social media is probably bombarded with all the benefits for your health, for the planet, and your pocket, and it’s this last one that we are particularly interested in.

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Vegan food is not only delicious and healthy, but cheaper too!

Yup, that’s right vegetarian, and vegan diets are on the whole lot cheaper than ones that contain meat and dairy products. There is no shortage of delicious recipes to follow either, so it makes this the perfect time to make the swap. Then you can tuck away the saving you make on your weekly shopping and put them towards summer fun instead.

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How to Source Your Dream Home

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We all know the importance of feeling at home, both within oneself and also with where we live, as a home is much more than the bricks and mortar you purchase when buying a house, a dream home is something you must create.

That said, money does play a huge part in finding your dream property as affordability is a key component, and it’s a good idea to find out more about what is affordable for you before looking into options.

Once you know your budget, it’s then time to hit the internet and do some research into where you want to live and what options are available within your preferred areas. It can be a good idea to create something known as a vision board that will activate the law of attraction, a concept within quantum physics that suggests you will attract into your life what it is you think about most.

However, on a practical level here are three of the best options to source your dream property.

1. FIND AN ESTATE AGENT

The most conventional way to find a property, of course, is to use a real estate agent. This can be a more expensive option than most, as there are considerable fees, yet there’s a huge amount of convenience, insight and value in terms of the return on investment due to the time (and sometimes even money) working with an estate agent can save.

2. PROPERTY AUCTIONS

There can be some great deals found at property auctions, however, it’s worth investigating the reason the property you’re interested in is being sold at auction. It could be as simple as a financial issue where the bank have taken possession of the house and have a policy to sell at auction, or perhaps a relative has inherited the property, and now wishes to sell the house from an emotional distance at an auction.

There are many innocent reasons for selling a house via an auction, however, there are some houses that are going through the auction route more dubious reasons. The house is sold as seen, with limited time to view the property and carry out comprehensive property checks meaning if the seller is hiding something, an auction is a good option for them.

3. GO DIRECT

Another option that is perhaps better than going to auction and cheaper than working with a real estate agent is to find sellers directly and negotiate with them one-to-one, as this way you don’t have a middleman taking a cut or adding on their fees. Today, the internet makes this entirely possible and a pretty popular choice amongst early adopters.

In summary, whether you choose to use the costly yet convenient service of a real estate agent, take a gamble at an auction, or find private sellers and negotiate directly, sourcing your dream home is likely to take some time but it’ll be worth it in the end as there’s nothing better than that feeling of security and safety one has, of owning their own dream home.

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Top 5 Family Friendly Activities to Do With Children in NYC This Summer

Summer is a magical season in New York City, with warm weather and long sunny days making it an ideal time to get outside and enjoy yourself. The summer is a particularly exciting time for families, as a wealth of fun new activities crop up around the five boroughs. From outdoor festivals to exciting museum exhibits, these New York events are sure to keep the whole family entertained.

Go Green! Brooklyn Festival: Teach your kids about the great things they can do to help save the planet with a trip to the Go! Green! Brooklyn Festival at McCarren Park in Williamsburg on June 2nd. At this unique eco-friendly fest, kids can enjoy local food, music, and art, and participate in everything from fitness challenges to demonstrations about eco-friendly living.

Discovery Room at the American Museum of Natural History: Want to foster a lifelong love of learning in your children? All it takes is a trip to the American Museum of Natural History this summer. The museum’s Discovery Room is a particular source of fascination for little ones, who can explore fossils, skulls, minerals, and artifacts, in addition to participating in exciting activities, like putting together a life-sized model of a Pretosuchus, a Triassic reptile.

Summer on the Hudson Pier I Picture Show: Enjoy a fun night out with your little ones in Riverside Park by catching a screening of a beloved children’s movie. Throughout July and August, you can catch some of your kids’ favorite films, like Toy Story 3CocoWALL-E, and Up while hanging out and enjoying a picnic under the stars.

The Jim Henson Exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image: If your kids can’t get enough of The Muppets and Sesame Street, they’ll be blown away by The Jim Henson Exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. This exciting exhibit explores everything from Henson’s work on Sesame Street to Labyrinth, with a massive collection of 300 objects from his career—including 47 of his famous puppets—on display.

Science Saturday at Hudson River Park: If your little ones love science, they’ll flip for Science Saturday at Hudson River Park. This summer, on June 2nd, July 14th, and August 11th, kids can explore the natural world around them, from checking out things they’ve found under a microscope to watching science experiments put on by the event’s educators. Better yet, this exciting event is free, making it a perfect budget-conscious activity for families big and small.

Regardless of whether you’re there for a week or call the city home full-time, summer in New York City can be an exhilarating experience for the whole family. This summer, there’s a fun, family-friendly activity to suit virtually interest—all you have to do is head out.

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Illegitimate Children in Will Contestation

 

 

The Sanctity of a Will

When a will has been prepared and the author has died, it is normal procedure for the wishes of the deceased to be followed and courts are generally very reluctant to get involved with what seems to be a valid will. However, it is possible for a party to make a challenge, if certain criteria are met, or other criteria have not been met. The Succession Act 2006 and the amendments made within the Family Provision Claim section allow challenges to be made regarding the mental health of the writer, the fairness of the provisions and the financial dependency of those who may be entitled to some of the estate.

Reasons for a Will Disputation to be Considered

A will can be challenged for several reasons. One is where the will is ambiguous or unclear in its intentions, and the court can be asked to intervene when the instructions are not totally obvious and precise. A challenge can also be made if the provisions can be shown to be grossly unfair, leaving one or more dependants without any benefit. Another possibility for a dispute can occur if there is more than one will, or it can be shown that the person writing the will may have been tricked, or deceived into making provisions, that were essentially the fraudulent or deceptive will of another person, thus depriving potential beneficiaries from receiving their just percentage. If you feel any of these are applicable to you, it is best to discuss your case with expert will dispute lawyers.

Persons Who Have the Right to Contest a Will

A will is considered an extremely important document, which should be followed to the letter, though there are occasions when someone may have unintentionally been left out, or a mistake is felt to have occurred. Those who can make a challenge are tightly restricted and are generally immediate family members, such as a current or former partner, children and grandchildren, or someone who was in a close relationship at the time of the person’s death. There may have been changes in circumstances between when the will was written and when the death occurred, which may not have been documented, especially if the death was sudden and unexpected.

Illegitimate Children’s Rights

It has long been recognised that a significant number of children are born out of wedlock, and it is obviously unfair to penalise them from receiving an inheritance, especially since families today often contain children from different relationships. Under Status of Children Act 1996 No 76 illegitimate, or exnuptial children are essentially granted exactly the same status as those born within wedlock, and as such are entitled to make a claim upon an estate, in exactly the same way as those born legitimately. Hence, when a parent leaves something to his “children”, it will effectively mean all of them. The will maker can leave anyone out, however, they must clearly state exactly why they have done so, and in the case of a child, cannot do so, if they have a legal obligation to the child’s welfare.

Contesting a will is a complicated thing to do. The first thing you should do, if you feel you have a claim, is to discuss it with your local legal professionals to obtain very clear advice on how to proceed.

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These Popular Winter Destinations Are Great for Summer Sun Too

During the winter, everyone wants to find the perfect winter escape. They’re either looking for somewhere with plenty of snow for a white Christmas, or they’re looking for sunshine. Sometimes, you can be lucky enough to find both. But just because some destinations are popular during the winter, it doesn’t mean that you can’t seek them out in the summer too. In fact, many places are more affordable in the summer because they’re more popular in the winter months. Check out these destinations that aren’t just for winter if you’re looking for the perfect summer getaway.

Vienna

We love a Christmas market in winter. Vienna has some beautiful Christmas markets, and it’s an excellent place for skiing and other snowsports nearby too. Don’t knock Vienna in summer, though. There’s still plenty to see and do. Start off by booking into the Renaissance Wien Hotel, where you can enjoy everything from the sauna to the restaurant. When the sun’s out, there’s plenty to do outdoors in Vienna. Try the barbecue at the Volksgarten Pavillon or visit during the film and food festival hosted in front of Vienna City Hall. You can also rent a bike for a couple of euros per hour (first hour free) and enjoy the bike paths, of which there are more than 1,000km.

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Iceland

Iceland has grown hugely as a winter destination in recent years, mainly because of one natural phenomenon: the Northern Lights. Everyone wants to catch a glimpse of them and clear winter days are the best times to do that. However, Iceland is impressive in the summer too. There are still plenty of outdoor activities to try, from hiking and sea kayaking to foraging and birdwatching. You can stay anywhere from a trendy hostel in Reykjavik to a traditional self-catering cottage or perhaps a modern, design-focused Airbnb.

Miami

Florida is a top choice for a sunny winter getaway. The weather is pleasant pretty much all year and, along with Spain, it’s the place you’ll see most frequently on ‘A Place in the Winter Sun’. But you might be surprised to know that Miami is less crowded in the summer than it is during the autumn, winter and even spring. While Orlando is the place to be for families, Miami is a where you want to go if you want a more grown-up Floridian experience. It’s an excellent destination for shopping, exploring art galleries, trying out a new restaurant every day, or just strolling along the beach.

Japan

Anywhere in Japan is a beautiful place to visit during the winter. Winter festivals are one of the top reasons to go when there’s snow on the ground. It’s also an excellent pick for skiing and snowboarding. But if you’re looking for a winter holiday, Japan is still an excellent choice. Everyone in Japan loves a good festival, so you’ll find even more of them during the summer, as well as lots of fireworks. Another great thing to do is spend your time in Japan exploring the food on offer, or head for a beer garden to eat and drink.

Some destinations might be more popular in the winter, but they still make great places to visit in summer too. Don’t miss out on what they have to offer.

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Money Isn’t Everything… But It Sure Does Help

That’s right. Money really isn’t everything, but do you think you could live your life with the bare minimum? No, you probably couldn’t. We’re living in a time where money seems to rule absolutely everything, and there’s nothing we can do to stop that. We now live in a time where there’s not much you can do without having to spend money, even if it’s a drive to the park to have a picnic outdoors. You’ve still got to pay for the fuel, and you’ve still got to pay for the food for the picnic. But let’s not make this all negative. We know we can’t survive without money, so here’s how we can better manage it to make sure we’re never stressed, like most of us always seem to be!

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Do You Have Money Troubles?

Everybody has money troubles, but not everyone likes to admit it. Even those with tons of money have their problems, one of the main being that they probably have to pay a hell of a lot in taxes. But for the average person, we have a different kind of money trouble that plagues us. For one reason or another, a lot of us are struggling through like with debt looming over our heads. It might have been due to taking out a loan or getting a credit card to help through a rough patch, or it might be something as careless as not being sensible with money. If you are in debt, what you to look into is, debt consolidation loans with a guarantor. It’s a quick and easy way of clearing down your debts if they’re all over the shop, and putting it into one manageable pile, with one interest rate to burden you. Just be mindful of the interest rates that come with some debt consolidation loans. It could actually leave you worse off in the long run.

Are You Strapped For Cash?

If you feel as though you’ve got no money at all, all of the time, then you need to figure out what’s draining it so much. There’s no point working as much as you do to feel as though you’ve got no money! So, the first place you need to look is the purchases you have made. If you’ve financed a car, bought the most expensive electronics for your home, and you’re out every other weekend with friends, then you’re the problem! Some people just do have a really bad spending habit that they find hard to curb, and it leaves them in the dumps with money. Alway spend responsibly, and never spend more money than you actually have to spend!

Adventure Money

Everyone always talks about saving to have things to fall back on, and we bet you though that’s what we were going to do as well! But no, we’re going to tell you to save some money to go on adventures. Everyone is always so focused on spending on the little things, that they forget there’s a world out there to explore. We recommend going on a holiday once a year to really blow some steam and have a good time!

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How Your Phone and FOMO are Affecting Your Health

We live in a world where technology has become a pivotal part of our lives and without it, we feel lost or that we are missing out. Ever heard the saying “if it’s not on social media, it never happened”? FOMO is the official term for Fear Of Missing Out and relates to the anxiety some feel when something exciting or interesting is happening elsewhere. We feel obliged to constantly chase the high of likes and comments in the race of “who lived it better”. Besides the studies that have shown the radiation waves of your phone may potentially cause cancer, your phone is affecting your health in ways that you may be oblivious to.

Unnatural Endorphins

Studies have shown that getting a hit, like or comment on your pages gives you a feel-good feeling known as a dopamine high. The same high can be felt after a run or when you get a promotion at work. It is known as the reward hormone. This feeling only lasts a short while and once it is gone, feelings of anxiety start flooding in and you start looking for the next thing to post in order to get your fix. Start making a conscious choice to get these dopamines the natural way by taking healthy supplements. Authority Health is a great online source of reviews, information and facts that will help you decide which health supplement is best for you.

Phones Affect Our Ability To Retain and Recall Information

Thanks to the internet, any bit of information you are looking for is right at your fingertips. Directions, contact numbers, simple trivia answers, these are all housed within our smartphones. According to recent studies, smartphones have an effect on our memory because we no longer need to use the act of recalling simple information. Like every muscle in the body, the brain requires stimulation and exercise in order to function and develop. Instead of downloading an app that requires you to match the colours, look for apps that stimulate and put your mind to the test without looking up the answers.

Bad Posture

Bad posture has a very negative effect on your spine which could lead to rapid wear and tear that may require surgery to correct in the long run. Looking down at your phone is the equivalent of putting a 60-pound weight on your neck and the average person spends 2 to 4 hours in this position. Maintaining a good posture is not only good for your spine but it decreases cortisol and body stress. Try holding your phone directly in front of you so that your ears are aligned with your shoulders and make sure that your shoulder blades are pushed back.

Interrupted Sleeping Patterns

Scrolling through your phone or answering a few texts before bed may seem harmless but it affects your brain and sleep patterns more than you think. Recent studies have discovered a link between the blue light emitted by your screens and the production of melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that is produced naturally and is responsible for balancing your sleep and wake cycles, low levels leave you tossing and turning or unable to sleep at all. Actively using your phone before you go to bed also keeps your brain alert, making it harder to fall asleep. Try putting all gadgets down at least 30 minutes before bedtime to ensure you get a full night of uninterrupted sleep.

Anxiety

One of the biggest ways in which our phones affect us is that it causes anxiety. If you have ever had that feeling in the pit of your stomach when your phone is not in your pocket, you will know what we are talking about. Anxiety and stress are silent killers because they affect us in ways we don’t even realise. Anxiety comes in many forms and developing an addiction to an online presence can trigger these feelings. By constantly comparing your lives to others and actively looking for approval through likes and comments, you develop unnecessary insecurities which feed off of anxiety. The cycle never ends because once you get a dopamine high that we spoke about earlier, it wears off, leaving you feeling anxious or depressed, you then look for another way to get approval and get your fix, again, it wears off and the cycle begins again. If you are struggling with these feelings, it is best to look for ways to separate yourself from your phone and your online presence for a while. Get involved in physical activities such as yoga or reading a book instead of turning on the tv. This can help to reduce the anxiety and keep your mind positive.

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