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Relaxation technique as a way to reduce stress

In Health, Healthcare, Medicine on December 14, 2012 at 10:19 am

This will help you begin to change the way you think, feel and act.

Visit it any time you want to boost your self-belief, to relax, and to regaimmunityin control of your life and direction.

Print this page and put it above your mirror, above your bed, above your desk, anywhere you’ll see it every day.

Make time – actually schedule some time in your planner or diary to do this. It will dramatically improve your mood, attitude, and approach to life, and therefore what you get from life.

Positive suggestion and visualization, combined with deep relaxation, is an easy way to release/reduce stress.

Just going through this relaxation exercise alone will help to change and improve the way you feel. If you combine the relaxation techniques with a repeated script of positive statements, such as the ‘I am’ script below, you will begin change the way you think, and feel, and act, and all that life offers as a result.

The more you use the relaxation exercise and say or hear the script, then the greater and more sustainable will be the effect.

The time it takes to change depends on different people. Stick with it and it will become easier, more natural, more enjoyable, and it will work.

 

Relaxation, scripts and self-help

The use of scripts while in a deeply relaxed state is an age-old method of gaining and maintaining control over our personal feelings and behaviors.

Relaxation combined with positive ‘self-talk’ enables self-help.meditate

The use of scripts or strong statements while in a deeply relaxed state enables a ‘conditioning’ effect on our subconscious.

Changing our subconscious – our feelings and beliefs – increases our sense of calm and well-being, and also enables change in our conscious thoughts and behaviors. It’s that simple.

Some people find it easier than others to relax deeply. It comes with practice.

If you find it difficult, allow yourself more time when going through the relaxation exercise. Create or put yourself into a quiet relaxing calm environment. Shut out noise and distractions. Lie down rather than sit.

When relaxing and emptying your mind it is natural for thoughts to arise – in which case simply acknowledge them gently and let them go – visualize them floating away like a balloon into the distance. Your ability to empty your mind and relax, free from thoughts, will improve with practice.

When you practice, you will increase the ease with which you can relax, and then you will find that you no longer need such a quiet environment. You will even find that you can achieve a deeply relaxed state in quite noisy, stressful environments. Even sitting at a desk at school moments before taking an exam.

Deep relaxation alone is good for the mind and body, without the use of scripted statements. Combining deep relaxation with good positive scripts is a powerful method of achieving greater happiness and for making positive personal change.

What I’m advocating here is the use of the same basic methodology – deep relaxation, combined with repeating strong statements – to achieve powerful personal change for the good, in this case, stress reduction.

Relaxation exercise

  1. Sit or lie down comfortably. Properly comfortably. Straighten your back, put your shoulders back to open your rib-cage.
  2. Relax your shoulder muscles particularly. Relax your whole body, and empty your mind.
  3. Close your eyes (obviously open them when you need to read the next stage). Take ten deep, slow breaths. Breathe from the pit of your stomach and feel your lungs filling.
  4. Focus on your breathing. Feel it getting deeper and slower. Feel yourself relaxing and any tension drifting away.
  5. Relax your shoulders and neck again.
  6. Visualize yourself being happy, succeeding, winning, being loved, laughing, feeling good.
  7. Relax your forehead, your mouth and your eyes.
  8. Allow a gentle smile to appear on your face as you feel a calmness enter your mind.
  9. Then say (out load ideally) the words below to yourself: (Here is an example of an “I am” statement, but you can make up your own that reinforces the thoughts that are causing you stress and tension)

I am….

I am a good person.

I have integrity.

Whatever life puts before me will be useful experience that will make me stronger, wiser, and more tolerant.

I am capable of handling difficult situations.

I have great motivation. I can do this. (Envision yourself completing the task at hand and doing well)

I am successful. I have been successful before and I will continue to be successful. I deserve to be successful.

I am a hard worker for my achievements.

I am a rightful earner of my accomplishments

I am fair and just.

I am a good person. I am.

 

 

 

 

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HEALTHCARE MANGEMENT BUSINESS MODELING

In Health, Healthcare, Medicine on September 20, 2012 at 8:00 am

 

Current Healthcare situation is changing. Performance is awarded, not value.

HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT ISSUES

1. Cost

One of the biggest issues in healthcare management is the cost of medical care services and insurance. Health insurance rates often increase faster than inflation, which means they consume a larger portion of an employer’s money or an individual buyer’s income. Some employers cut their health benefits to employees as costs rise or during a period of financial distress, forcing more people to pay for their own healthcare. Those who can’t afford to do so add to the number of uninsured Americans or receive benefits from a government-subsidized program such as Medicare or Medicaid.

2. Litigation

Litigation is a significant issue for medical practices and healthcare providers alike. The threat of malpractice suits forces doctors to spend a great deal on malpractice insurance, and practitioners must pass some of this cost on to patients. Legal disputes between patients, insurance providers and healthcare providers take time and money away from medical research and treating patients.

3. Access

Access to affordable, high-quality healthcare is far from a given for millions of people. Programs such as Medicare and Medicaid are only available to elderly and low-income individuals and families that qualify. Group insurance is only an option for members of groups that receive reduced rates, such as employees of a company or members of a social club.

4. Staffing

Staffing is an ongoing issue in hospitals, doctors’ offices, nursing homes and other facilities that needs trained specialists on hand to assist patients. The broad shortage of nurses means that many duties fall to untrained or inexperienced assistants, thereby driving up the likelihood of error. Discrepancies in pay draw medical students away from certain fields and into others, resulting in a lopsided distribution of doctors and a lack, or surplus, of options for patients.

5. Types of Care

Healthcare management seeks to offer different types of care to patients. For example, terminally ill patients may elect to receive end-of-life palliative care, which focuses on alleviating symptoms instead of aggressively combating disease. Preventative care takes place before symptoms appear and saves time and money in the long-term, but requires an early awareness and up-front spending by insurance providers or patients. Electing between different types of care requires healthcare providers to educate patients and also demands that individuals take control of their own healthcare needs.
Do we have the Right Models?

Health care is the country’s economic black hole, rising from about 13% of U.S. GDP in 1999 to 18% in 2009. By 2025, it is projected to soar to 25%. Legislation and regulation can only go so far in fixing the system, and new technology can’t do much on its own. To truly combat health care’s cost challenge, the focus must shift to disruptive business models–innovative ways of delivering existing treatments at a much lower cost.

While new business models are needed across the spectrum of healthcare, many impediments prevent new ideas from taking root. Barriers stem from the fact that health care in America doesn’t function like the free market. For instance, consumers rarely pay directly for their own care, so there is little incentive for making trade-offs such as choosing something cheaper that costs less. The regulatory environment often doesn’t allow inexpensive solutions to make it to market. Finally, there are mismatched incentives: hospitals want patients to get that operation, but insurance companies don’t.

Health care in America doesn’t function like the free market. Given all that’s standing in the way of enabling new business models, we must take note when promising ones appear ready to take off.

The lesson isn’t that healthcare companies should accept charging less and making lower profits. Instead, through business model innovation, companies need to examine their value chains and throw away assumptions about the way things are done. By reinventing business models we can dramatically reduce costs and greatly improve care.

 

What does this all mean?

Successful healthcare organizations have to excel in:

  • Forging Trusted Relationships: Between Management, Providers and Patients
  • Building Networked Business Models: Connecting value-exchanging entities
  • Realizing Sustainable Economies of Scale: On both a discrete and networked basis
  • Focusing on Core Competencies: Borrowing skills and assets where required

To perform well, a healthcare organization needs,

1. Strong Management

2. Healthcare Information Technology

3. Employee Satisfaction and Retention

4. Patient Satisfaction

5. Quality Improvement

6. Training

7. Data Tracking

Q: How can changes be made?    

 A:  BY INNOVATION

Innovation of Management tools

1. Setting Goals

2. Value of Organizational Behavior

3. Develop workable business and IT infrastructure models.

4. Extending the patient-physician interaction beyond the office visit using telemedicine tools, as well as using health information exchange (HIE) to aggregate data from multiple sources.

5. Meaningful Use Guidelines:

  • Patients View, Download and Transmit Their Health Information
  • HIE Crossing Vendor and Organizational Boundaries
  • Secure Electronic Messaging
  • Summary of Care Documents
  • eMAR
  • Medication Reconciliation
  • CPOE
  •  Clinical Quality Measures

6. Applying Lean and Six sigma to current Management and workforce.

7. TELE-HEALTH: Being able to communicate using IT tools to help patients stay healthy and get rewarded well.

8. Transparency: Everyone should know what is happening in the organization.

Weight-loss and Nutrition Myths: Day 4

In Health, Healthcare, Medicine on July 20, 2012 at 8:00 am

 

Myth: Natural or herbal weight-loss products are safe and effective.

Fact: A weight-loss product that claims to be “natural” or “herbal” is not necessarily safe. These products are not usually scientifically tested to prove that they are safe or that they work. For example, herbal products containing ephedra (now banned by the U.S. Government) have caused serious health problems and even death. Newer products that claim to be ephedra-free are not necessarily danger-free, because they may contain ingredients similar to ephedra.

Tip: Talk with your health care provider before using any weight-loss product. Some natural or herbal weight-loss products can be harmful.

 

20 DAYS TOWARDS HAPPINESS AND HEALTH: DAY 19

In Health, Healthcare, Medicine on July 11, 2012 at 9:24 am

19. BUY A PLANT

Fact: A NASA study found that common house plants could improve air quality. In fact, they reported that houseplants were able to remove up to 87 percent of air toxins in 24 hours. The recommendation? Use 15 to 18 “good-sized” house plants in 6- to 8-inch diameter containers for a 1,800 square-foot house.

Plants are a great asset to any home or office. They depict Life and Growth. Green color has a very deep meaning to it. It is the color of nature. It relates to growth, peace, freshness, fertility and safety. Green color has wonderful healing powers. It is the restful color for the human eye; it can improve vision. Having a plant also increase oxygen content in air giving your more freshness and vitality.

If you already have one or many plants, rearrange them. Change their position. Or add a new plant to your existing collection.

20 DAYS TOWARDS HAPPINESS AND HEALTH: DAY 10

In Health, Healthcare, Medicine on July 2, 2012 at 9:23 am

10. EAT A HEALTHY BREAKFAST

 

Fact: Researchers from the National Weight Control Registry, a database of more than 3,000 people who have lost at least 60 pounds and kept it off for an average of 6 years, found that eating breakfast every day was a weight control strategy for 78% of the people in the registry.

Eggs, juice, milk, wheat bread, whole grain cereal and oatmeal are the best choices for a healthy breakfast. According to research, skipping meals, especially breakfast, can actually make weight control more difficult. Breakfast skippers tend to eat more food than usual at the next meal or nibble on high-calorie snacks to stave off hunger. Several studies suggest that people tend to accumulate more body fat when they eat fewer, larger meals than when they eat the same number of calories in smaller, more frequent meals. You do not have to have the same thing everyday. Change creates spice in life.

20 DAYS TOWARDS HAPPINESS AND HEALTH: DAY 9

In Health, Healthcare, Medicine on July 1, 2012 at 8:00 am

9. STRETCH

Fact: Sitting in front of a desk every day can wreak havoc on your body, especially since most of us don’t have the best posture. Hunching the shoulders and slumping in your seat can cause back pain, headaches, tension and tightness in your back, neck and shoulders


Just for 10 minutes a day, even while you are sitting, you can perform a few simple stretches to improve your bone and muscle functions. A few examples are illustrated in the picture.

20 DAYS TOWARDS HAPPINESS AND HEALTH: DAY 4

In Health, Healthcare, Medicine on June 26, 2012 at 8:00 am

4. LISTEN TO CALMING MUSIC

 

Fact: Music greatly modifies our mental disposition.

Music has a big role on our mind and body. Different tones and vibrations relate to different parts and glands of our body. Relaxing music triggers our auditory-neuro-hormonal pathway and promotes relaxation and sense of well being. When we are relaxed, we think positive. Thinking positive in turn leads to good thoughts and ultimately good actions. Music can become a source of energy. By listening to favorite music, a person can feel a bigger moral strength and a stronger wish to commence or continue a desired activity. Beautiful music decorates life, makes people kinder and develops positive spiritual qualities.

20 DAYS TOWARDS HAPPINESS AND HEALTH: DAY 3

In Health, Healthcare, Medicine on June 25, 2012 at 8:00 am

3. CALL AN OLD FRIEND

 

Fact: If you cannot think of any nice things to say about your friends, then you have the wrong friends.

It is always good to connect with friends. Our memories make up our sub-conscious mind. Reviving good memories creates multiple effects in body.

a. Relaxes our mind

b. Creates positive self esteem

c. Improves brain function

Friends are people who we grow with as a person we are today. They are very important. We cannot choose our parents, but we can choose our friends. Friends help us when we are in need. There are many instances in life where the only people you can think of are friends. We cannot even share some things with parents or siblings. Good friends are strong walls you can lean on anytime without fear of being hurt.

Just remember the one instance from your memory lanes when you were really having a good time with a friend. Call him or her and try to relive those memories whenever possible.

20 DAYS TOWARDS HAPPINESS AND HEALTH: DAY 2

In Health, Healthcare, Medicine on June 24, 2012 at 8:00 am

2. SMILE

Fact: It takes 43 muscles to frown but only 17 muscles to smile. So better Smile and save some energy.

Smile increases endorphins and serotonin in body leading to good feeling. It has been said for a long time that ‘Smile goes a long way’.

It is so true. You would realize that you enjoy going to places where people greet you with smile. You also like to socialize with people who are smiling. Smile is addictive. You can test it anytime. Next time you see a person walking or sitting next to your table in a restaurant, give them a smile. I am 100% sure that that person would give you a smile back.

SMILE IS CONTAGIOUS.

When you give a smile to someone, you not only improve yourself, but you also improve others. They feel important and worthy of a smile. It creates a chain reaction. And it is such a great feel to know that you are the catalyst of that chain reaction.

So, Smile.

20 DAYS TOWARDS HAPPINESS AND HEALTH: DAY 1

In Health, Healthcare, Medicine on June 23, 2012 at 8:00 am

1. CHANGE PERCEPTION

Fact: Everything you see or hear or experience in any way at all is specific to you. You create a universe by perceiving it, so everything in the universe you perceive is specific to you.

For a change, see positive in everything that happens in your life. Right from getting up to going to bed at night, see everything with a positive attitude. Humans have evolved over thousands of years. By nature, we always try to think of negative first to make sure we are safe. A lot of times, it is the factor of competition or jealousy which stops us from thinking good things about events or people we come across in our lives. By thinking good of events and people, we create a harmonious relationship within ourselves which boosts our confidence and mood. We see things better and better things start happening to us. Let’s say that you feel that your boss has been mean to you for some reason. For a change, try to see it as by doing that he is doing good to you. He may be mean because you are doing well than others and he is scared that his position may be lost because you are a potential candidate. Or, he is going through some trouble in his life and somehow he is projecting the negativity to outside world and you being the most vulnerable, you get to bear the brunt of his behavior.

So, just take it easy, relax and think positive.

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