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Why We Celebrate National Doctors’ Day

When it comes to medical questions and emergencies, who is that we turn to for answers? Who is it that we turn to for the reassurance we so desperately need that everything is going to be okay? Doctors. Doctors are the ones on the frontlines when it comes to protecting us from and educating us about illnesses and various medical conditions. With the outbreak of the Coronavirus last year, several have had their lives upended. From having businesses close, to people losing their jobs, to tragically losing loved ones, COVID-19 has certainly made life more challenging. Thankfully, we’ve had doctors to help those who have fallen ill. Today is Doctors’ Day, a day where we show our appreciation for physicians all across the country who help save lives every day.

Little was known about this particular virus for a long time. A rush to find effective vaccines to combat the virus were implemented almost immediately. Thanks to the courageous efforts of scientists, researchers, and doctors, vaccines were and still are being distributed to people all over the country.

Doctors’ Day was first observed all the way back in 1933, in Winder, Georgia. It was originally meant to honor the efforts of Dr. Crawford W. Long, the first doctor to use ether anesthesia on a patient.

Doctors’ Day has been observed every year on March 30th, dating back to 1933. It was celebrated for many years before it became a legal holiday on March 30, 1958, when the U.S. House of Representatives adopted a resolution that commemorates Doctors’ Day and on October 30, 1990, President Bush signed the legislature after it was approved by both the House and the Senate.

Other countries around the world have been celebrating the achievements of medical professionals and advancements in medical technology, science, and care for a long time. For example, Spain, Cuba, and Argentina all celebrate on December 3rd in order to pay respects to Dr. Carlos Juan Finlay, who was responsible for identifying mosquitos as the root cause of yellow fever.

We are extremely thankful for all of the doctors, surgeons, nurses, and physicians who work tirelessly every day to keep all of us safe!

 

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Ways to Exercise Outside This Spring

The COVID-19 pandemic has been doing its best to uproot any semblance of normality in our everyday lives. As the weather gets warmer, all of us have an opportunity to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and the wonders of mother nature: the hot sun illuminating the sky and warming our bodies. It is up to us to take advantage of the nice weather and remove ourselves from the confines of our homes that have become something we so desperately want to escape from. If you want to appreciate what mother nature has to offer in spring, here are some ways you can get into better shape while being outdoors.

  1. Instead of using a treadmill, step outside and go for a jog in the park.

Working out indoors using a treadmill was found to be less enjoyable than moving the workout outside. Get outside and enjoy the fresh air!

2. Join a sports league.

The pandemic may have some of us feeling extremely isolated. With warm weather comes the start of intramural sports leagues that provide people with an opportunity to exercise, but even more importantly, human beings are social creatures and long to be around others. This is natural. Sports leagues provide that much needed chance to be around our peers and socialize. From these social events could come life-long friendships.

3. Ride Your Bike to Work

This one is greatly going to depend on where you live and how far your commute is, but choosing to ride your bike to work instead of driving is a great way to get some exercise in. We all have busy schedules and busy lives and this could be an opportunity for us to improve our overall health. If you find that your commute to work is too long for you to use a bike, you can still find paths around your area that may be suitable for your needs.

4. Become a Volunteer

Are you interested in helping to build houses? Or maybe you love dogs and would love an opportunity to be a dog walker at an animal shelter nearby. Whatever your interests, all it takes is a little proactiveness and research to find great volunteer opportunities in your area. Not only will you be helping people in your community, you will probably feel great about doing something in service of someone else.

5.Go to the beach

Did you know that it takes more energy to run on a beach than it does to run on a track? Don’t let this deter you. Swimming in the ocean is another great way to get some exercise while enjoying the sunlight. It may also be possible to join a beach volleyball team. Especially during these trying times, this is a great way to break away from feelings of isolation and to finally become social again.

6.Find an Outdoor Fitness Class

Not everyone is going to take a liking to following YouTube exercise videos at home. Typically, you are by yourself and the whole idea here is to get outside and finally enjoy the nice weather. Whether it is yoga or pilates you are into, or maybe it is something else, call up a friend and sign up for an outdoor exercise class

7.Just get outside

Step outside and look around. Do you enjoy going to the park? If you find a park bench, use it to practice your push-ups. You can also practice stretching. You do not necessarily need weights or expensive exercise equipment to get into the best shape of your life. Get creative. You can do it!

 

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Spring Home Maintenance Tips

There is nothing we can do to stop the ebbs and flows of life. Nor should we focus our energy on trying to do so. It is simply a losing cause. If we take a different approach and take the time to appreciate how each day is different, chances are that we will be much happier. Ebb and flow is defined as a recurrent or rhymical pattern of coming and going or decline and growth. As the seasons change, it is our responsibility as home owners to protect and preserve our homes. After all, our homes are a great investment. Since there is nothing we can do to stop the seasons from changing, we need to take a proactive approach to that preservation. Winter, oftentimes, brings the most destruction to homes. Everything from frozen pipes bursting, to flooded basements, to leaking ceilings, if we do not take the necessary preventative steps, we can find ourselves in a serious financial dilemma. Thankfully, spring is far more forgiving. The weather is actually beautiful with lots of radiant sunshine and clear skies. Yes, we do run into those rainy days, but we are not at risk of having our plants freeze to death. Here are a number of steps we can take to protect our home during spring.

Clean Your Gutters: When your drains are clogged, you leave your home at risk of being damaged by excess water, leaks, and flooding. Make sure your downspouts are positioned in such a way to drain away from your home’s foundation. All debris like leaves, grass, dirt, mulch, etc. should be cleared out of the gutters and downspouts.

Inspect Your Roof: Having a healthy roof is essential to preserve your own personal sanctuary that is your home. It is what protects your home from nature’s elements. When you are inspecting your roof, you want to look for any loose shingles or tiles and any cracking. An old, worn roof could spell disaster if not attended to swiftly and properly. If you do not feel comfortable inspecting the higher areas of your roof (generally, these are areas you are not able to inspect properly from the ground), it is a good idea to hire a licensed roofer who possesses the knowledge and skill to return your roof to its pristine condition.

Check Seals Around Windows and Doors: Cold weather can cause the areas around your windows to loosen and/or crack. To prevent further damage, use caulk to seal off your windows. Not all caulk is created equal, so make sure you are using what is going to most effective given the elements. For example, for your exterior windows, you should use a caulk strong enough to withstand harsh sun rays, water, and changing temperatures. The tube of caulk should tell you if it is meant for exterior surfaces. For your interior windows, use a caulk that does not contain harmful fumes. This kind of caulk should hold paint well. For your rooms that may get humid (bathrooms), you will want to use a caulk that is both waterproof and mold-resistant. It is important to note that you should never caulk over old caulk. If caulk has hardened, scrape it off with a steel putty knife and then apply the new caulk.

Service Your Home’s Cooling System: : Life without air conditioning can be rough. Consider having your home’s cooling system checked at least one month prior to the start of summer.

Check Smoke Detector Batteries: Actually, this is a step that should be taken not only during spring. It should be a year-round routine. Check the batteries of all of your smoke detectors to make sure they are functioning properly. This could mean the difference between life and death. Do not take that chance.

Spring Cleaning for the Disposal: When was the last time you thought about cleaning your garbage disposal? To do this, feed a tray of ice cubes through it while running cold water.

 

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6 Ways to Get Healthier In 2021

We all have moments where we contemplate how to better ourselves as individuals and how to improve our lives. Some of us may struggle with figuring out the best or most effective way to go about doing that. The key is to not spend so much time dwelling on how you’re going to accomplish what you want to. So many of us are told that it’s important to have a plan for our lives and to set goals that help us fulfill those goals. While this is most definitely true, it’s important to realize that getting started is, actually, more important. If we spend all of our time planning, we won’t have any time for executing that plan. So how can we improve our lives and get the most out of each day?

Drink More Water

Drinking a glass of water is the first thing we all should do when we wake up in the morning. Why? It helps regulate digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature. If you are ever feeling thirsty, do not ignore that feeling. It’s your body’s way of telling you it needs to be replenished with fluids. In addition to improving digestion and circulation throughout the body, drinking more water will improve your skin. Healthier looking skin will improve your confidence, too!

Eat More Veggies

Vegetables contain essential vitamins and minerals the body needs to perform at its best. Whether you are talking about physical strength or brain function, vitamins and minerals such a vitamin A, C, and E, as well as magnesium, zinc, phosphorous and folic acid help to keep your body and brain in top shape. For potassium, foods such as avocados and sweet potatoes are great sources.

Eat Less Processed Foods

Processed foods contain a lot of artificial ingredients, are high in sugar and fructose corn syrup, refined carbohydrates, and are low in what is good for your body such as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They are also low in fiber. When you eat too many processed foods, you are more likely to gain excess weight, which, overtime, may lead to health risks like diabetes. Instead, eat more foods in their natural states. For example, fresh fruits and vegetables and meat or fish.

Meditate

There are several reasons why we should meditate every day. Research has shown that meditation may improve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, and fibromyalgia. Additionally, meditation may decrease feelings of depression and anxiety. If you are having trouble sleeping, meditate may help to calm your mind and fight against insomnia.

Develop and Stick to An Exercise Plan

Regular exercise can improve your mood and decrease stress and anxiety. Furthermore, holding yourself accountable to something, especially something that is good for you, will buy you less time to be concerned about matters that are, perhaps, out of your control.

Spend Less Time On Your Phone And Watching Television

 

Engaging in conversation and activity with others around you will prevent you from feeling isolated and alone. Instead, get outside and exercise. Being on your phone all the time may negatively affect your relationships as well. Prolonged periods of sitting down and not moving may greatly affect your physical health in the long run.

 

 

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