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3 Alternatives for Going to the Doctor

3 Alternatives for Going to the Doctor

When it comes to health insurance and health coverage, just about every person in the world has a slightly unique situation. There are so many different variations of health plans, and so many different options for who runs a community’s healthcare system that there is no one size fits all solution to healthcare.

There are, however, many people who have meager health insurance or no health insurance. For this group, going to the doctor can cost a significant amount of money. In fact, many people could live for a month on the amount of money they would have to spend on a single doctor visit. For this crowd, it can be hard to justify that visit and often it is necessary to seek alternative solutions to health problems. Here are four common problems and their alternative solutions.

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Retail clinics

Retail clinics are typically found in supermarkets and drugstores. They are staffed by real nurses and practitioners, but may be less skilled than a doctor. They usually do not have the ability to treat and diagnose the vast number of issues that a medical doctor could, but for a large number of visitors that is not what they need.

Clinics have the ability to offer their services at a low cost because they can limit a lot of their expenses by working in conjunction with the store that they are associated with. They can also focus on a few core services and make those cheaper; for example, sore throats, infections, sprained ankles, and other minor injuries. These are typically the most common issues people go the doctor for, and clinics can be just as helpful as a doctor, at a significantly lower cost.

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Massage therapists

Many people do not fully understand all that can come from a massage. They just picture the classic photos most massage parlors use to advertise. Relaxed tourists laying on a table while they are gently massaged. Perhaps they pause to sip a margarita every once in awhile.

The truth is that massages actually have the ability to heal a lot of internal issues and pain. Here are a few of the common massage styles and what they can treat. Some types of massages can quicken the healing of torn muscles and scar tissue. Other types have the ability to help people move their joints in motions they never thought they would be able to do again.

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If your issue is an internal one dealing with muscle or bone, consider a massage parlor. They are much cheaper than doctors and often can yield better results.

Essential oils

Essential oils have been all the rage the last few years. However, if you look at the true history of essential oils, they have actually been the rage for thousands of years. People throughout history have found ways to burn different types of oils to yield incredible results. Essential oils have been proven to have the ability to help with depression, skin issues, sexual problems, hormonal imbalances, digestive pain, and many other issues that millions of people experience on a daily basis. There are more than a dozen different oils that have become popular in the last few years and each one can serve a specific cause.

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It is important to note that while these are alternatives to a doctor in some situations, they are not alternatives in all. If the issue is not life threatening and time is not of the essence, these alternatives are typically worth trying, as they have the ability to save significant money. If the issue is time sensitive, however, it is typically a good idea to head to a doctor’s office and fork out whatever is necessary.

Featured photo credit: Dingzeyu Li via unsplash.com

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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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