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From time to time, everyone feels like they are stuck in a rut. The predictability of the days can feel mind-numbing and unfulfilling if we find ourselves doing the same thing over and over again. Routines can lead to success and stability, but also to feeling stale and under-stimulated.

If you feel like this describes where you are right now, here are some areas in your life to pay special attention. Try giving these everyday routines a boost!


Wake up, snooze alarm, brush teeth, coffee machine. While these practices may remain the same, the other activities with which you fill your morning are equally as important. How we start our mornings can set up how the rest of the day flows. If we instantly flush our brain with social media and email updates, we could be setting ourselves up for a stressful and overstimulated state of mind. If we are sluggish when our body is craving movement and stretching, our physical health may suffer the consequences in the long-term.

In the coming weeks, give some different routine upgrades a try. Usually work out in the evening? Fire up a YouTube aerobic class and get moving before your morning coffee instead. Hit the snooze 10 times before getting up? Investigate alternative alarms, such as daylight alarms, to wake your body in a more gentle manner. Start your day differently!


Winding down from a busy day is an art form. Answer this question for yourself: how much time do you give yourself between the moment you step away from entertainment (that includes smartphones!) and the moment your head hits the pillow? Try giving yourself a screen-free period of at least 30 minutes before retiring. Engage in actively pursuing relaxation before your slumber—this could look like a warm soak in the tub, drinking calming herbal tea, doing bedtime yoga or writing in your journal to clear your mind. Avoid going to bed stressed out, if at all possible.


Between work, sleep and the other large (yet important) chunks of our day, sometimes chores and errands are the last things to which we want to devote our time. Instead of scheduling these tasks for the end of a long day, mindfully plan them so checking them off your to-do list feels like accomplishing something instead of dragging yourself through the motions. For some people, throwing in a load of laundry before heading out for the office works very well; other people may feel more at ease devoting special evening or weekend time to completing chores. Find your own groove instead of mimicking what works best for other people.


This activity can be much less healthy for us than we realize. While it might seem like scrolling through our social media feeds is entertaining and/or informative, it doesn’t engage our minds in the same way reading a book or having a conversation with a friend does. Those activities have beginnings and ends—binging TV shows on Netflix doesn’t, really. And mindless Facebook and Twitter scrolling definitely doesn’t. Give yourself a time limit for mindless scrolling—and stick to it! Purposely put the feed away and divert your focus on to more fulfilling activities.


For years you’ve enjoyed a green smoothie for breakfast and listening to the news in the car on the way to work. Yet, lately that smoothie has gotten boring and the news turns you into a bundle of nerves by the time you pull into the office parking lot. Time for a refresh! Just because our old self-care methods worked for us once before doesn’t mean we are tethered to them forever. Changing up these routines is essential for true, real and actual overall self-care of the mind, body and spirit.


Just like anything else, we need variety in our days to stay fresh and focused—and to be exposed to new ways of thinking and information. This includes how we prepare for the week. Look up some new and exciting bulk recipes to replace your same-old, same-old work lunches. Invest in a much-needed change of wardrobe. Plan a mid-week walking or hiking date with a friend to break up the 9-5 monotony. Having new and interesting things to look forward during the week is very important and keeps us curious and ready to discover new things.

SOURCE: https://www.care2.com/greenliving/6-routines-to-change-up-for-a-health-overhaul.html

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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