Top Pain Stories in 2020: COVID-19 Long Haulers, A Guilty Plea, and Artificial Pain.

COVID-19 Long Haulers, still fighting months later 👊  In 2020, the pandemic of COVID-19 has affected the entire world. As more individuals are diagnosed COVID-19 positive, we, along with health care providers, researchers, and scientists are learning more about the virus. It was not until we were about six months into the pandemic that we …

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A little Relief from Loneliness

Is 1 really the loneliest number? The Covid-19 global crisis combined with social distancing and the drastically different tone of the holidays this year, the amount of people feeling lonely is unfortunately destined to grow steadily. Chin up though! We are collectively experiencing a lot of emotions at the moment, but together with the right knowledge and support we can–and will-get through this.

Mindfulness is Medicine

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is commonly defined as a type of meditation, where individuals practice being completely engaged in the present moment. It may also be defined as a state of awareness.

Mindfulness is rooted in Buddhism, and is an ancient spiritual practice. However, mindfulness has been integrated into Western Medicine and psychology in various ways. The introduction of mindfulness is linked to the introduction of Zen Buddhism in the 1950’s. As Zen Buddhism grew in popularity, providers began to integrate certain techniques into their medical and psychological practices.

Growing up: health education

Do you remember the first time you took yourself to the doctor or health care professional? Was it for an injury or illness? Maybe your first ob/gyn visit? Or
a vaccination.

Did you know what questions to ask? Did you feel like you explained your symptoms properly? Did you know what treatment to choose? Did you feel comfortable?

During childhood and adolescents, we rely on our caretakers for our health care and wellness education. When we become adults we are responsible for our own health care and wellness. It may seem as if one day we find ourselves navigating the complex US healthcare system and insurance providers alone.

Throughout our lives we rely on our community, education systems, and workplaces to provide us with proper health education information.

5 Ways to Jump on the Self-Care Bandwagon:

Is self-care selfish?

Actually, we consider it to be quite the opposite. Self-care can be the catalyst for providing the people you love the most with even better care than what you could give them if you continue to ignore your own needs. Acts of service like taking care of others are a love language that heaps of us show our affection with, however their effectiveness is greatly decreased if we don’t nurture our physical and emotional needs.

Health anxiety & medical care avoidance

There are many reasons why individuals avoid medical care, however, when the avoidance results in a lack of preventative and medical care, individuals are more likely to have inadequate outcomes when it comes to their health.

A study found that one-third of adults had skipped medical visits that had been deemed necessary. When evaluating the data, they could not pin-point avoidance behavior to one geographical area, socioeconomic status, or demographic — clearly, this is a global issue.

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