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4 Tools to help Anyone with Heart Problems

4 Tools to help Anyone with Heart Problems

Heart disease is currently the leading cause of death in America. More than 600,000 people die each year from heart-related issues. Unfortunately a lot of the problems associated with heart disease come from a lack of education. The world is pushing medical and healthcare breakthroughs at an extremely fast rate, but many people are unaware of how to prevent heart disease, and how to live with it once it occurs in their family. Here are five tricks and tools that everyone with a heart problem should know about.

Heart360

Heart360 is a program that was launched by the American Heart Association. It is designed to be an all-in-one solution for people with heart issues. The best part about the tool is its tracking capabilities.

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One of the hardest parts about living with heart problems is keeping track of a lot of important metrics that your body is putting out. These include blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose levels, and much more. Heart360 was designed to keep track of all of these for you and to alert you if there are ever any issues with any of these metrics. Heart360 can help eliminate the stress of not knowing what is happening with your heart and body. You can read more about Heart360 here.

Insurance

One of the scariest parts of finding out that you have a heart problem is worrying about what your family would do in the event of your death. Many life insurance providers will not insure someone who has a pre-existing condition. This means that many people are out of luck when it comes to obtaining life insurance.

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Fortunately, innovative companies have created solutions for people in this predicament. These companies specialize in connecting people with heart issues to life insurance options that work for them. They often require certain lifestyle changes be made (such as using Heart360) but they are able to find a way to relieve the worry that comes with the idea of leaving one’s family alone and penniless. You can find a few of the life insurance options for heart patients here.

UpWell

UpWell is a fairly recent entry to the heart market and is becoming more popular by the day. It aims to be an all-in-one solution to people with chronic heart problems.  One of the most helpful features is its prescription management software. The software aims to make managing your prescriptions a breeze by doing everything for you. This includes alerting you when you are low, then automatically ordering new prescriptions. This helps alleviate one of the hardest parts about having a heart condition- medication management.

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EatThisNotThat

Besides poor genetics, dietary habits are the next biggest cause of heart problems. There are dozens of foods that most people eat every day that increase the risk of heart disease. These foods combined with bad genetics and advanced age are the reason that America has so many people with heart problems.

As hard and annoying as it may be, changing one’s diet is probably one of the easiest ways to help cope with heart problems and diseases. One of the best websites to assist in that is a site called EatThisNotThat. The site is built around the premise that there is almost always a healthier alternative to foods that people commonly eat. The user simply tells the tool the foods that he or she would like to eat, and it recommends healthier alternatives that taste similar.

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These tools and tricks will not make heart problems go away. They will, however, help simplify life and help in coping with the hardships that come with most heart conditions.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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