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Time for New Year’s Resolution Check-In

It’s already March!  It’s time to check-in. How are your New Year’s Resolutions coming along? Have you been able to follow through with your goals?

After going through the holidays abandoning most of our responsibilities, indulging in things we regularly wouldn’t. New Year’s Resolutions provide a chance for a fresh start. However, when the excitement of a new year wears off, many people struggle with the motivation to stick to their plans. In fact, according to Forbes, studies have shown that less than 25% of people actually stay committed to their resolutions after just 30 days, and only 8% accomplish them. We make New Year’s resolutions with the best intentions although when life takes over, we fall off the bandwagon and end up leaving our resolutions in the dust.

Focusing on the outcome and not the journey can lead to a feeling of disappointment when a goal isn’t achieved. Switching your yearly “resolution” and turning it into a “theme” instead, can be really beneficial. A theme represents a broad name for the general direction you want to navigate your life, an important goal that resonates personally with you. For example, a person trying to lose weight would declare their theme of the year to be, year of health or a person trying to spend less or pay off credit card debt would declare their theme to be the year of finances.  Choosing a theme guides your year to the right shape and direction.

Setting a new year’s theme will allow your goal to grow and adapt with you reminding you to be different in little moments. At any moment unseen obstacles happened and expecting ourselves to atomically adhere to a resolution such as going to the gym every day can become an added stressor and lead to gym memberships you’ll probably never use. New habits aren’t formed overnight be patient. When trying to build yourself into a better version precision doesn’t matter, all that matters is the constant improvement.

Having a theme will help notice paths that would’ve been otherwise ignored; it allows room for change without the guilt of having failed to attain specific goals. For example, if it’s your year of reading when stuck in a long line at the store during a big sale day, why not open up a book or kindle app. instead of scrolling through social media.  Who said you need to read at least an hour in one go? Maybe it’s your year of health, there are plenty of free at-home workouts on YouTube that only require 15 minutes of your time per day skip the gym membership until you actually start working out consecutively also grabbing an apple instead of a bag of chips for a snack.

Small successes lead to great accomplishments. As you build self-trust in achieving the small things your motivation grows. Invent challenges to strengthen your ability. Furthermore, realize your only human skipping a workout doesn’t mean you failed to own up to it and get back on track the next day. The faster you can move on from denial to acceptance in regards to yesterday’s failures; the sooner you can start focusing on the now. It’s only been a few weeks! There is no quick fix the key is consistency.

4 Steps if an Employee has a Workplace Injury

An unexpected work injury not only affects the individual but also the employer. According to the National Safety Council, every 7 seconds a worker is injured in a job. These numbers are staggering and the worst part is that each one is preventable. The majority of those random incidents can happen to anyone at any time and no one person is exempt from the risk associated with workplace injuries. Once an injury occurs it may take weeks or even months to get the situation resolved or for the full recovery of the employee. The first 24 hours of an injury are the most crucial and being prepared is critical.

The first step, however, is to go take the injured employee to occupational medicine facilities which are facilities built specifically to treat employees who have been injured on the job. There plenty of benefits of occupational medicine facilities one being lower wait times than those at urgent care facilities where anyone is welcomed and the wait time times can skyrocket. At occupational medicine facilities, such as Nova Medical Centers, there are lower wait times, cater strictly to workplace injuries and also provide courtesy injury transportation to and from the workplace to the facility.

The second step is to investigate the incident, how and why the accident happened? To simply conclude that it was the irresponsibility of the employee or because of failure to follow procedure was the reason the incident happened would be a big mistake. In doing so the company fails to discover the root cause of the incident or any systematic changes that need to be made in order to prevent future incidents. Visit the scene, look for clues, take notes, and ask thorough questions to any witnesses about the incident.

The third step is reporting the injury. Every state has different workers’ compensation laws it is important to know what paperwork and reporting you’re required to do by law or if there any relevant deadlines. Certain forms and insurance policy requirements may have deadlines. Read our blog for a general guideline on how to report a work-related injury. The insurance company will need to know about the injury as soon as possible to be able to make timely payments and also launch an investigation of their own.

The fourth step is communication with the employee making sure that they receive the proper care that they need and also benefits that they are entitled to. Making sure the employee feels cared for and not abandoned but instead feels as a top priority may be the difference of a speedy recovery.

NOVA Medical Centers specializes solely in Occupational Health. From our friendly staff to our superb services, we tailor our care to every single patient. Our clients speak highly of our speedy recovery, short wait times and friendly staff. Click here to read testimonials on our loyal clients and their experience with NOVA medical centers. With over 50 facilities across Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, and Indiana, NOVA strives to provide the best care for America’s workforce.

Extended Unusual Work Shifts

In today’s hustle and bustle economy work has become an added stress instead of being the stepping stool needed to launch us into a more thriving financially successful life, work has taken on a different meaning. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the average number of hours worked annually by workers in the United States has increased steadily over the past several decades and currently surpasses that of Japan and most Western Europe.

Extended or unusual work shifts may be used to increase a person’s resources or are often required by first responders doctors, firefighters, etc. Working irregular hours can be hazardous to your health and also increase the risk of injuries and accidents. Research from the Harvard Business Review workaholics, whether or not they work long hours, reported more health complaints and had increased risk for metabolic syndrome; they also reported a higher need for recovery, more sleep problems, more cynicism, more emotional exhaustion, and more depressive feelings.

Making a change…

Mistakenly people may assume that sleep that the lack of sleep caused by these usual work hours can be overcome by motivation, professionalism, training, and experience which is not true! As an employer, it is important to examine work demands and make use of each employee to prevent overworking those in the current field. Keep in mind that fatigue will be a bigger problem when responders are working long shifts and the tasks are very demanding or exposed to other health or safety hazards. As an employee, it is very important to plan two full days of rest or at minimum one day during the course of a week where workers relax and naturally wake up without setting an alarm.

When extended or unusual work shifts are not avoidable there are a lot of different two minutes or fewer steps that can be done to further help. In addition to regular lunch breaks some techniques that help relax the brain and train your mindset are;

  • Meditation- improves a wide range of skills including attention, focus, stress management, and self-awareness.
  • Deep breathing- as you exhale, your heart rate slows, repeated deep breaths will naturally bring your heart rate more in sync with your breath. This leads the brain to release endorphins, chemicals that have a natural calming effect.
  • Imagery- close your eyes and visualize yourself in a more relaxing setting.
  • Stretching- stimulates receptors in the nervous system that slow the production of stress hormones. It can als0 increase blood flow, flexibility and improve your posture.

Learning to recognize the symptoms and impact of demanding work schedules can prevent worker fatigue and fatigue-related injuries and illnesses. Read our Nova blog for further ways to help maintain your mental health in your work environment.