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7 Tips to Get You Through the Winter Blues

1. Schedule some “me” time

Whether it is five minutes or an hour, do something for yourself every day. Personally I start the day with some me time. I get in a solid 30 minute workout, catch up with my social feeds and then relax a bit before starting my day. Start putting yourself first and you will notice the difference it makes.

2. Explore a passion

Do not let the winter blues keep you down. Are you doing what you love to do? Is there something that you always wanted to learn? Have you put enough time towards a current craft? Exploring whatever it is you are passionate about will help keep your spirits up. It is a way of remaining inspired and creative throughout the season. As a photographer, I like to go out and shoot a new model, setting or theme to keep those creative juices flowing.

3. Limit your commitments

I am speaking from experience. Do not start off the term with too much on your plate. You will want to join every club, attend all the kick-off events, get one more job or internship and hang out with all the friends you missed over the break. Then gradually, without realizing it, you will start to burn out. Take time to write out all your commitments. It is easy to forget something when you have many things going on. After writing out that schedule, prioritize each item on the list and remove anything that is unnecessary.

4. Clean up your social media

When ringing in the new year, you may have participated in a couple of celebrations here and there. That’s fine. How about those selfies, those photos a little on the “wild” “happy” side? Rethink before you post on your social media, photos that may be embarrassing. That kind of exposure may not help you land an interview for the job or internship you just applied to. “But Polly, my profile is private…” nope, I do not want to hear it. If you are questioning the photos, post or would be ashamed if your mother, grandmother, or future boss saw it, then right click and hit delete. Save all those moments for your personal archives, it is better to be safe than sorry.

5. Attend a networking event

With the start of a new term there are many events occurring, I recommend finding a networking event . Attend a career fair, mock interviews, job talks etc. It will be a great way to expand your circle, develop new connections or strengthen current relationships. You can start your search within your school’s career center, most likely they have one planned for the new year.

6. Get healthy

I read a post on Tumblr: “summer bodies are made in the winter.” It was a good laugh at first but then I realized how accurate that statement was. This is the time to dig up those gym shorts and shoes. Start by doing smaller activities like taking the stairs instead of an elevator, parking your car a bit further than usual or drinking a glass of water instead of soda. These little changes will make all the difference and will help give you the confidence boost you need to enter the gym.

7. Make one plan for the summer

Yes, summer! Do you want to travel somewhere new? Attend a conference? Have a dream internship? Setting long term goals will help keep you motivated throughout the term. It will give you something to be excited about. My girlfriends and I are planning a trip to the Bahamas in June to celebrate our academic success. Start brainstorming what it is that you would want to do to make this summer epic.

SOURCE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/polly-irungu/7-tips-to-get-you-through-the-winter-blues_b_8908780.html?utm_hp_ref=healthy-living


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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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