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Does the movie ‘Marriage Story’ get family law right?

Family law is a department filled with heartache and many families that walk in through the lawyer’s door seldom depart with a happy ending or a fair settlement. While law firms work hard to fight for their client’s best interests. However, in the midst of negotiating the winning terms for both parties, it often generates a clash of interest and creates both drama and tension, as illustrated in the film “Marriage Story” starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver.

Healthy divorces can be done without the help of a lawyer

The film lays the groundwork for a couple whose marriage is crumbling due to neglect, but there is still much love between the two protagonists. As they come to terms with filing a divorce, they decide not to use any lawyers as they didn’t want to make it messier than it already is. However, as a child is involved, they both struggle over custody and end up hiring divorce attorneys to help them get the best deal out of the situation which is not what the divorcing couple intended. At the very end of the film, we see Scarlett’s character question the actions of her lawyer, asking why she had imposed more stringent rules on the father when it comes to child visitation, and the lawyer simply stated that they had “won”, but Scarlett makes it clear that winning was not in her agenda and she did not feel the need to restrict her ex-husband from visiting their son. She expresses her regret at proceeding with lawyers when they had wanted to split amicably.

Therapy should be the first choice

When the film begins, we see both husband and wife at the therapist’s office, trying to work things out between them and Scarlett’s characters blatantly refusing to read the letter her husband had written as per the therapist’s instructions. At the end of the film, we find out what a heartfelt love letter the husband had written but it was too late, the battle for their son had been waged and their marriage was in tatters. If there is an overarching message that the film wanted to send to audiences, it was this: work hard for your relationship, put in the effort, even when you no longer see the light at the end of the tunnel. Don’t shut your significant other out, even when you feel like you hate them, because how you feel about them is transient, and you will be able to work through it if the both of you are willing to.

At the end of the day, we need to recognize that when parents split up, the family becomes collateral damage. But also, there are no right or wrong parties, regardless of what has happened between them unless domestic abuse is involved. However, most divorces happen because a relationship has naturally run its course and the pair that should be tending to it has averted their attention elsewhere: on their children, career, etcetera. 

The Link Between Plastic Surgery and a Person’s Confidence

Plastic surgery often gets a bad rap for being something that only those with low self-esteem pursue. It’s assumed that these individuals try to improve their physical appearance to make up for some missing psychological component. However, there could be a link between plastic surgery and self-confidence.

Improved Body Image Following Surgery

There’s a growing body of research on the psychological effects of plastic surgery, and many studies have found that those who have undergone plastic surgery do experience improved self-confidence after their surgeries.

“These are fascinating issues for psychologists to look at—from the cultural phenomena to the interpersonal phenomena to the mental health and self-esteem issues,” psychologist Diana Zuckerman, PhD and president for the National Research Center for Women and Families, told the American Psychological Association. She believes that though the research is currently thin, it will become a huge part of psychological study in the future.

A recent study from the Center for Human Appearance at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine examined the psychological outcomes following a cosmetic procedure. Researchers discovered that more than 87 percent said they were satisfied with the surgery and felt that their body had improved as a result. They exhibited fewer negative emotions towards their body when put in social situations.

The study was directed by psychologist David B. Sarwer, PhD, who is also the Director of Education, Weight, and Eating Disorders Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Sarwer reports that an improvement in body image does not replace therapy for psychological needs.

“Clearly, cosmetic surgery patients consider themselves to have an improved appearance and report an enhanced body image following surgery,” Dr. Sarwer wrote in conclusion. “It does not appear, however, that a surgical change in appearance leads to more general improvements in psychosocial functioning.”

Entering the Procedure with Realistic Expectations

Most studies that explore the relationship between self-confidence and plastic surgery indicate that satisfaction following a procedure is most often associated with setting up realistic expectations during the initial consultation.

Dr. Sarwer stated this in the study mentioned above: “Assessing patients’ motivations for and expectations of surgery is an important part of the preoperative consultation,” he wrote.

Another study headed up by David J. Castle, MSc, MD, published in The Medical Journal of Australia agrees.

“Patients who have unrealistic expectations of outcome are more likely to be dissatisfied with cosmetic procedures,” study authors wrote.

Psychosocial Effects of Plastic Surgery

Dr. Castle’s study also strongly stresses that plastic surgery is mostly ineffective in boosting confidence for those with certain psychological disorders.

“Some people are never satisfied with cosmetic interventions, despite good procedural outcomes,” the study reports. “Some of these have a psychiatric disorder called “body dysmorphic disorder.”

Overall, studies show that those with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) responded poorly to any physical changes to their body.

“The belief of imagined ugliness is often held with delusional conviction,” study authors state, pointing out that the issue is mental, and no amount of plastic surgery will change their viewpoint.

Overall, however, it appears that most individuals who are well prepared for their procedures are pleased with their outcomes. In most cases, the individual walks out more confident and socially prepared than when they walked in.

Are Aging & Innovation Compounding The Healthcare Shortage?

One of the most significant issues facing our healthcare system today is the shortage of providers, from primary care doctors to specialists and nurses. This would be hard enough, but the fact is that the shortage is likely being compounded by two problems outside the control of physicians and nurses: an aging population and the increased use of technology, which is creating a new and unexpected burden on practitioners.

Faced with these two interlocking concerns, how can the healthcare field provide patients with the care they need as the population ages and chronic disease rates rise? The most valuable changes are unlikely to come from the world of technology and more likely to call upon conventional strategies like better training and unionization, approaches that have served the industry for decades.

Technology Troubles

If you read the headlines in any major outlet, you’d most likely get the impression that health technology is transforming the field for the better. Telehealth delivers specialist care to remote areas, robotic surgery increases accuracy and improves outcomes, and electronic health records help doctors communicate. 

The reality, however, is not that simple. Among the issues that have emerged with increased digitization include a shift toward healthcare entrepreneurship; as skilled health and science professionals court their fortunes in app design and device development, they’re pulled away from traditional practice. Yes, some of their innovations are beneficial, but many of those working in health tech could do more good as doctors, nurses, or other direct support staff.

Another problem with the uptick in technology use in the healthcare industry can also be seen as an issue with the current insurance model. Taken together, the two have created a perfect storm of coding and documentation – so much so that providers just can’t keep up with it all. 

This includes the upcoding phenomenon, in which doctors and facilities code for a higher level of service to increase insurance payments, as well as the high level of documentation that insurance providers demand regardless of the level of services rendered. Research has shown that in order to both provide primary care and chronic disease management and complete all the documentation demanded of them, doctors would need an 18 to 20-hour workday.

Of course, once we introduce new technology into a system, there’s no going back. The only way to address this gap between how much time providers have and how much work they have to do is to add more ancillary professionals to the healthcare industry. Young people studying the health sciences need to be exposed to the full scope of allied health professions so that they understand just how many people go into making our medical system run and the diverse ways they can apply their skills to serve patients.

Staff Shortages And Discontent

The burdens of technology notwithstanding, our healthcare system is also suffering from a major staffing shortage, and one of the areas in which this shortage is most serious is among nurses. In the UK, the nursing shortage is so serious that there are plans to hire 5,000 nurses from abroad each year for at least the next 15 years to work for the NHS. Why do the nurses have to come from overseas? Because in both the UK and the US, nurses are underpaid relative to the skill and intensity of the labor they do. Typical UK migration restrictions would actual bar 40% of foreign nurses because they don’t meet income requirements.

Similar problems plague the United States’ healthcare system, but unlike in the UK, the lack of nationalized healthcare means there’s no established resolution for the staffing crisis. One simple change that would help close the gap, however, would be increased unionization. 

Across the country, nurses regularly attempt to unionize, but are thwarted by hospital systems that are prepared to hire union-busting groups rather than provide staff with greater protections. Underpaid, regularly facing workplace assault and injuries, and often forced to cover more patients than is deemed appropriate, nurses need the support of a union to keep themselves and their patients safe.

Gray Waves And Growing Disparities

Even with the emergence of telehealth services, a greater reliance on NPs and Pas, and other stopgap efforts, the US and the UK are facing two gray waves – an aging general population as well as aging physicians in certain specialties and regions, particularly rural primary care providers. These changes are driving greater health disparities among populations, and the stress of current patient loads are pushing more doctors into concierge medicine.

Taken together, new healthcare stresses are hard on providers but worse for patients who can’t access care at all. ERs and urgent care centers can bridge some of the gaps, but things will only get worse if we can’t increase the number of skilled professionals entering the medical and allied health fields.

Unfortunately, given the crisis cycle created by understaffing, the healthcare field may already have reached its tipping point, leaving a broken system and sick and vulnerable patients in its wake.

The Reliability of Home DNA Test Kits: Can You Trust Them for Health Not Ancestry?

Genetic genealogy is a burgeoning industry with millions of users signing up for these types of services. Companies like AncestryDNA and 23andMe are leaders in this field. Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) houses a phalanx of data that defines every single individual. There are some 23 pairs of chromosomes and 3 billion+ letters of DNA. The overwhelming percentage of DNA (97%) features repetitive sections of coding and control regions. Even more surprising is the fact that a certain amount of DNA is irrelevant; the result of evolutionary processes that have rendered them redundant. 

From a rudimentary perspective, most everyone understands that many genes are inherited. During the 1980s, biologists had discovered mutated genes that created faulty proteins, thereby helping the scientific community to understand the functionality of things like ALS and cystic fibrosis. Thanks to the dramatic advancements in technology, it is now possible to discern the genomes of scores of people at extremely low costs. Our access to data is ostensibly unlimited, and the scientific community has answers to the most pressing questions, including disease, human evolution, and inheritance. The profundity of this information is unparalleled, and its origins can be traced back to the Human Genome Project. We now know why we are what we are as individuals, and collectively as a species.

Technological Prowess Takes DNA Testing to the Mainstream

A quantum leap in technology has facilitated dramatic cost decreases in DNA testing, sequencing, and commercial viability. There are scores of DNA testing companies offering home DNA kits for health and ancestry. The alacrity with which new companies are surfacing is surprising, yet not unprecedented. Nowadays, all that is required is a vial of saliva or a blood sample for DNA sequencing. The accuracy of these DNA home test kits depends upon a variety of factors. Firstly, it’s imperative to ascertain whether the sequencing has been accurately conducted. Secondly, many false positives have been determined after the data was retested. A particular point is worth mentioning in this regard: DTC genetic tests target specific areas of the human genome, not the entire genome. Put differently, DNA testing companies do not all look at the same variant of the gene when specific elements are coded.

Genetics overall does not define anything specific; it is based on probabilities. In other words, it would be foolhardy to assume that a genetic test would indicate a predisposition towards a disease especially if it is not conducted in a clinical setting. Genetic experts routinely caution clients about the merits of interpretations of genetic tests, given that most of the data points towards generalities which cannot be taken as holy writ. While people with Parkinson’s may display certain characteristics, it doesn’t mean that everyone who has those characteristics in their genes will develop Parkinson’s. This is where the interpretation of genetic coding, and health-related matters becomes difficult.

It is safe to assume that the general profile of someone who is likely to have a heart attack may be that they are obese, have an unhealthy diet with lots of saturated fats, drink, smoke, and are sedentary. However, it doesn’t mean that somebody who checks all those traits, or most of them, will have heart attack. There are many fitness enthusiasts who don’t smoke, drink, or live unhealthy lifestyles who have sudden, fatal heart attacks. What geneticists, doctors, and lay people can agree on is that you certainly shouldn’t lead an unhealthy lifestyle if you want to avoid a heart attack. While you may have a genetic predisposition towards having a heart attack, your lifestyle choices are probably more important than what the test results indicate.

Are Home-Based DNA Test Kits for Health Accurate?

So, how do home DNA tests work? Customers simply purchase a home DNA kit from a company and provide a swab of cheek cells with a Q-tip or a blood sample by using a lancet. These samples are then safely and securely sealed and mailed off to the DNA testing company.  The rapid and widespread popularity of home-based DNA test kits for ancestry certainly adds an exciting element to the human genome. Less common is the use of home-based DNA test kits for health purposes. A great degree of caution is advised when using DNA testing for health purposes. Health experts are increasingly concerned about the way that results are being interpreted, and the number of false positives that are being generated. Having said that, tremendous progress is being made in this area, and provided that medical professionals are involved in the process, the accuracy of testing and interpretation of results could certainly merit attention.

Many people are now turning to DNA test kits for the purposes of detecting health issues. Health professionals have no reservations about recommending home-based DNA test kits for ancestry purposes, but they are a little reluctant to endorse them for health and wellness reasons. 23andMe was given the stamp of approval by the FDA (testing for BRCA1 & BRCA2 genes) in 2018.  The problem arises from the fact that error checking is problematic. Home-based DNA health-oriented test kits are susceptible to inaccurate readings and this could either downplay or overinflate the importance of a result. The interpretation can only be conducted by a clinical lab and doctors. Unfortunately, many home-based DNA test kits for health concerns do not examine a broad panel of possibilities – they are limited to specific areas which may not be sufficient, or appropriate for testing of a specific health concern.

In summation, the ubiquity of home-based DNA test kits for health purposes shows tremendous promise. The technology is certainly available to deliver much more information than we ever thought possible. However, it is incumbent upon the user (customer) to correctly interpret the information with the services of a healthcare professional. Further, it is important to understand the scope of testing that is conducted, and areas that may be overlooked by the DNA testing companies. Many markers of diseases exist; this doesn’t mean that a person will develop the disease, nor does it mean that they have the disease, or a predisposition towards an illness or condition.

The three healthiest ways to lose weight

When it comes to weight loss, it is more than fair to say that there is a world of advice, tips, tricks, and even scams out there that all claim to have the best results and the healthiest impact on your body. It can be overwhelming to sift through them all to work out which are genuine and which offer fancy distractions from reality. Not every weight loss trend is genuine, and it sometimes takes a process of trial and error to figure that out. Ultimately, however, the healthiest ways to lose weight are the original ways – originals are renowned for a reason. And weight loss is one instance where the originals are the perfect approaches to healthy process and maintenance.

At the end of the day, it is all about being your healthiest self, in the healthiest ways possible. So, what are the healthiest ways to lose weight? Where do you start, and how do you maintain it as life continues around you and life gets busier and busier? Ultimately, you can narrow it down to three key practices. These are the three healthiest ways to lose weight – and the ways that have been trialled and tested, proven to work time and again.

It starts with your diet

Your diet has the most impact of any habit out there when it comes to losing and keeping off weight. If you fuel your body with the right foods and fluids, then you give your body the best chance possible to function and thrive at its peak, as well as essentially providing your body with the tools it needs to flourish and thrive on your weight loss journey. Switching out soft drinks for soda water, and chips for vegetable slices might seem like small changes, but they often snowball into larger healthy dietary choices, creating a much healthier diet.

It continues with organisation

Now, it goes without saying that eating healthy is sometimes easier said than done. The modern individual is busier than ever, so it helps to have some help in the diet area. Investing in a meal delivery to help weight loss is an incredibly effective way to lose weight. One of the biggest traps people fall into with their diet is time management. When life gets busy, it is easy to fall into old habits and grab the easiest (and often unhealthy) snack or dinner available. If you either meal prep yourself or invest in a meal prep service, you have your most convenient options right in front of you – and they are the healthiest options too.

And it peaks with determination

The recommended amount of exercise per day is 30 minutes. That is literally it; 30 minutes and you are giving your body a healthy movement routine that helps you to lose weight. Your exercise routine also has a drastic impact on your weight loss journey. In addition to cardio, you should be incorporating weight training into your exercise routine as well. Weight training is fantastic because it allows you to flex and work muscles that ordinarily do not get a work out, while additionally helping you to sculpt your body shape to your personal ideal form. Taking on sports or going on hikes through nature are also great ways to get your daily dose of exercise, and it all does wonders for your weight loss – and maintenance – journey.

The complex relationship between addiction and overall health

Over the years, we have come to a much deeper level of understanding on many aspects of health, each new discovery and exploration providing us with more awareness and information all the time. There are still, even now, many avenues in and surrounding health that are still greatly misunderstood, one of them being addiction. We all know that the links between addiction and health are abundantly and undeniably clear, but the relationship between the two is what is more complex, and that is what is unique to each individual circumstance. Unpacking it all can take quite a lot of energy and time, but it is important to do so.

Addiction comes in many different shapes and sizes

There are many different faces of addiction. Sometimes, it is an addiction to sex, which should be carefully assessed, especially if it’s beginning to interfere with your life. Regardless, same day STD testing is available to those who engage in risky behavior such as not wearing protection.

For others, it is alcohol or drugs. There are many, many more forms of addiction. One could even argue that addiction has countless faces, all of which are unique in and of themselves. Regardless of which shape addiction takes, however, the point remains the same: addiction is a brutal disease, and it can affect anyone, anytime, anywhere, anyhow. Understanding addiction and how to combat it and help others battle it themselves is becoming more and more necessary all the time.

Addiction has a clear impact on health, but differs case by case

While the overall effects of addiction are literally the same physically in all affected individuals, it is the mental impact of addiction that has a different hold on each affected individual. Mental health is a highly individual component of overall health, just as physical health is. The key difference between the two aspects of overall health, however, is that addiction and its impact on the body is entirely literal, while the impact on mental health is literal in a more fluid way, if that makes sense.

Put it like this: one individual affected by drug abuse thinks one way, but another thinks entirely differently. So, their mental health is impacted differently when they experience addiction. That is not to say that they are not just as affected as one another, but rather that there is a much broader spectrum of how people experience and deal with addiction, than how their bodies physically handle the experience.

Addiction is treatable, but must be approached differently all the time

It is true that addiction is highly treatable, but the road to recovery differs for each individual. So, the approach to treatment must be bridged differently each time. The sharp approach that worked for one person will only drive the next affected individual further into their state of inner chaos. All in all, to find their way to a healthier state of mind, individuals affected by addiction must be willing and able to go in search of treatment. That is step one. If they are not ready to receive the assistance they need, they may very likely bounce back into their addiction. So, start there, and find a supportive environment that can help to tap into one’s own experience with addiction, and help them find their way out of the chaos.

6 Tips to be a Successful Personal Trainer

Though you love working out, becoming a personal trainer is a serious step up. It’s no longer about you; you’re giving life skills to other people who seek your guidance. That being said, it’s time to get serious and focus on being well-recognized in the field. If you want to become a successful personal trainer, follow these six tips. 

Stay educated

Once you get your basic certification, you may think you’re done studying, but this is just the beginning. As a personal trainer, you need to stay up-to-date on the latest fitness trends, scientific research, and certifications. Not all certification programs are the same. The CPT certification choices are different than other certifications. They’ll keep your mind sharp, and ahead in the field.

Think like a business owner

Yes, you’re a personal trainer who works at a gym, but you’re also running your own business. As a personal trainer, you need to decide how you wish to run your business and attract clients. Are you going to work full-time or part-time? Do personal training, group fitness training, or both? Figure out where and what you’d like to train, and the number of clients you can take on.

Keep clients coming

You may be happy with your set of clients, but if someone gets injured or doesn’t have time to work out, you lost business. Use marketing tools and referrals to attract potential clients, ensuring that you’ll always have steady business. By developing long-terms clients, you’ll have a stream of reliable income.

Build relationships with your clients

You’re not just a trainer; you’re someone who’s helping someone change their life. Focus on building relationships with your clients. Of course, you should focus on training, but your clients are looking for more than just someone to teach them how to squat. They want to enjoy working out and have fun while becoming fit and healthy.

Teach them realistic workouts

Not everyone has the time or desire to run 20km and then do a HIIT work out. Be realistic with your clients, and give them tools they’ll be able to use on their own when you’re not training them. That way, they’ll continue to see results when they’re on holiday, for example. Though you’re training them, show them what they can do on their own as well.  If you want to change their life, give them long-term tools so they can do it.

Be passionate about training

The key to being a successful personal trainer is truly enjoying training other people. It’s a very social job, so if you’re someone who doesn’t like to talk, then think twice about being a personal trainer. If you want to be a successful trainer, make sure you’re passionate about it. 

Becoming a successful trainer shouldn’t be hard if you love training and socializing with people. Follow these tips, and you’ll become the best of the best.

Ample discoveries in managing your anxiety

For years, physical health has been at the forefront of healthcare and medical research, and while of course this is an important aspect of overall health, and thus more than worthy of the dedication to its cause, it is important to also remember mental health. And at the end of the day, one of the most shockingly common mental health struggles out there is anxiety. This mental health disease does not discriminate, meaning that it can and does affect anyone, anywhere, anytime, anyplace. That is the power and the horror of anxiety, and it remains one of the most terrifyingly common mental health struggles there is, the world over.

The internal nature of anxiety often means that it is not as easily recognised, or diagnosed, as most physical health problems are. This can make it difficult to even recognise in the first place, but also challenging to control and treat. And while not all those who actually suffer from anxiety may even realise that is indeed what they are suffering with, the point always remains the same: anxiety can be debilitating, but it does not have to be that way. Outside of professional treatment solutions, what are some of the recent and ongoing discoveries to help you manage your anxiety?

Break big projects into small tasks

This is so important. Sometimes, even the smallest thing can feel like the biggest deal when you are battling anxiety. So, when faced with big projects and tasks, it is easy to understand how they could easily become more and more challenging to deal with. When you have big projects on your plate, try to break them down into smaller tasks, prioritising the most important fundamental sections of the project to be taken care of first. This way, you are not necessarily dealing with one giant, heavy task, but instead multiple smaller, more easily managed tasks. Make a list of these small tasks, and tick them off one by one. This will make you feel more productive and more in control, thus quelling your anxiety from bubbling over.

Take control in a natural way

Sometimes, going back to nature is the best medicine you can get. It does not necessarily matter if you do this by using essential oil blends to help calm and relax your body and mind, or if you buy CBD oil online to assist in managing your anxiety. What matters is how you approach dealing with it, and what you plan to do to figure it all out. There is an undeniable sense of calm that comes hand in hand with knowing that you are approaching dealing with the issue head on, in as organic a way as possible. It is also important to note that if you plan to make use of CBD oil, you should consult with a healthcare or medical professional you trust beforehand.

While the original plant of marijuana could enhance an existing anxiety problem, the cannabinoid compound of CBD has the opposite effect. CBD oil has been proven to help in calming nerves as it is a popular relaxant. In one study, brain scans showed that patients treated with CBD oil had changed blood flow to regions of the brain which is linked to anxious feelings. This is extremely promising and scientists are looking into ways of how CBD is able to react with patients of depression, OCD, PTSD and even autism, amongst other mental disorders.

Work with your body to calm yourself down

Anxiety often manifests in fits of panic and even sometimes rage. When you feel your anxiety start to take over, it pays to literally sit yourself down and actively and consistently work with your body to calm yourself down in the face of your anxiety. This often seems difficult, if not impossible, but counting to three, focusing on your happy place or something definitively good, and taking slow, deliberate breaths will give you an edge up on your anxiety and help to neutralise your head space.

Brain Fog: What it Is and How to Combat It

Do you ever find yourself in a condition where you can’t think clearly? Everything just feels slow, clunky, and hazy?

You may be experiencing a phenomenon commonly referred to as brain fog. Knowing ways to deal with it could help you overcome recurring bouts of impaired cognitive functioning.

What is Brain Fog?

Brain fog isn’t an official medical condition. You won’t ever see a doctor diagnose a patient with it. There are probably no scientific papers on the source of brain fog and how it’s dangerous for our health and well-being.

Yet common sense tells everyone, including doctors and researchers, that brain fog is a real phenomenon. Whether we’ve recognized it or not, we’ve all experienced brain fog at some point.

It’s a type of cognitive dysfunction that involves such symptoms as:

  • Memory lapses
  • Lack of mental clarity
  • Poor concentration
  • Inability to focus
  • Overarching sense of confusion

Brain fog is best described as a condition of mental fatigue. In severe cases, people are unable to perform work-related tasks, schoolwork, or other essential duties.

Brain fog typically comes and goes, but it can settle for hours or days at a time. It’s believed to be caused by a combination of stress, lack of sleep, hormonal changes, diet, medications, and underlying medical conditions.

How to Prevent Brain Fog

Despite not being an orthodox medical diagnosis, brain fog can be avoided through smart and healthy decision-making. Here are some ideas, suggestions, and theories about how to prevent it.

  • Disconnect From Digital Devices

How much time do you think you spend in front of a screen each day? Make sure you include your phone, computer, tablet, and TV.

If you guessed six hours, you’re probably wrong. Nine hours? That may not even be close.

Try 12 hours per day. When you recall that the average person is awake for only 18 hours roughly, that means we are spending 66 percent of our waking hours staring one screen or another.

The problem is that staring at a screen typically requires very little mental aptitude or cognitive processing. Immersed in a universe of bright lights and flashy graphics, the brain doesn’t have to think.

It glazes over and kicks into autopilot. Then it may have trouble switching gears when it comes time to think and process information at a meaningful level.

So the first piece of advice is to disconnect from digital devices. Start by reducing 12 hours to 11. Then shoot for eight hours a day. Getting your daily screen time below six hours should be the goal.

  • Get More Exercise

What will you do with all of this new time? You could get some exercise. Not only is a workout good for your physical health, but it has a profoundly positive effect on your mental health.

Studies have shown the parts of the brain that control thinking and memory have greater volume in people who exercise compared with those who don’t. In other words, physical exercise enhances your cognitive abilities.

Try to get at least 30 minutes of moderately intense physical exercise every day.

  • Work Out Your Brain

Spend time directly exercising your brain, too. The brain’s plasticity enables it to adapt and change over time. If you engage in mental exercise, you’ll find that your brain becomes less susceptible to brain fog.

Here are some ideas:

  • Teach yourself a new language
  • Write short stories by hand
  • Do crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and other brain challenges
  • Read books regularly

You don’t have to do all these things every day to improve your brain. Just make sure you regularly pursue habits that stretch your brain and empower you to process new and challenging information.

  • Improve Your Diet

There’s a strong correlation between gut health and brain health. Improving your diet can have a direct and positive impact on your ability to focus.

In addition to cutting out unhealthy foods that are high in saturated fats and refined sugars, you should integrate healthy nutrients into your daily food intake. If you find that you can’t get all the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients you need from food, try taking natural supplements such as fish oil, B-vitamins, phosphatidylserine, ginkgo biloba, ashwagandha, bacopa monnieri, L-theanine, and other nootropics.

  • Get More Sleep

Our fast-paced society disdains sleep and preaches the virtue of working hard for long hours throughout the day. Given the presences of so many distractions that compete for our attention, sleep too easily gets shoved to the back burner.

This compromises health in more ways than one. If you want to combat brain fog, you should aim to get at least seven or eight hours of sleep on a nightly basis.

Set a consistent bedtime and wake-up hour. This will enable you to develop a proper rhythm of rest and rejuvenation, and as a result, you’ll function better at both the physical and cognitive levels.

Live Healthy, Be Happy

Brain fog is typically a sign of other underlying physical and mental health issues. So if you address your brain fog head-on, you’ll also tackle other health issues.

As a result, you should find yourself living a happier and healthier life.

Why digitalisation in healthcare and pharmaceuticals is necessary

In the digital era that we now live and breathe in, technological advancement and rapid digitalisation are constants, as common as the shoes on our feet or the smartphones in our bags and pockets. The western world is positively immersed in it all, and it only continues to grow and expand as time goes on. Every aspect of modern life, every industry has been, and continues to be, digitally and otherwise technologically transformed. Even, as it turns out, healthcare and pharmaceuticals. There is an interest in digitising healthcare and pharmaceuticals that has been steadily rising in recent years, and it is an interest that continues to surge even now. It will likely surge for a long time coming, if not always from here on out, and that is nothing but a positive.

The world that we now know and love is one that is paved with good intentions and digital foundations, and it goes without saying that moving forward with it in every capacity demands an acceptance of a digitalised future as we go forward. In healthcare and pharmaceuticals, that means being willing and able to adapt to automation and other innovative intricacies that make the industry better, stronger. Today, technological disruption has well and truly found the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry, but why is it so important, so necessary, that this happens?

The awareness that healthcare and pharmaceuticals is a pillar industry

Every successful industry today is important and special in its own way, but healthcare and pharmaceuticals is a pillar industry because it quite literally saves and preserves lives. In the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry, there is a massive emphasis placed on giving patients the best care and overall experience possible (as there should be). It is a somewhat renowned fact that healthcare and pharmaceuticals can be a time-consuming experience for people, but thanks to digitalisation and technological enhancement, every facet of the industry is getting bolder, better, faster, stronger. And it is only just beginning.

Bringing digitalisation and technological advancement into the industry

Healthcare has always relied on data to an extent, but now the disruption of rapid digitalisation and technological advancement is more prolific than ever. From the websites that offer health products, supplements, and vitamins (think the health and wellness companies that offer products like Fatburner, for example), to the patient records going live on blockchain-secured systems, and every technological innovation in between, digitalisation and technological impact are transforming healthcare and pharmaceuticals from the inside out, in all the best and brightest of ways.

Why digitising the industry is so important moving forward

At the end of the day, healthcare and pharmaceuticals is a global industry that carries the health and wellbeing of our species on its back. Modernising this field through digital and technological means is important moving forward because it is these ideals that allow for a more convenient, efficient, reliable, and strong industry as we move further into the digital era. With technological impact, we can be more confident in the healthcare and pharmaceuticals industry that surrounds us, because technological advancement and rapid digitalisation are less susceptible to error that human innovation a lot of the time. This is a whole new frontier in healthcare and pharmaceuticals, and it is exciting, to say the least.