10 Ways to Relieve Stress

It’s no surprise that being a medical professional can be an incredibly stressful job. However, practicing stress-relieving relaxation techniques can help alleviate that whole “I go to work and hold others’ very livelihood in the palm of my hands” stress thing. Medical professionals can certainly appreciate stress relieving techniques since they know all the negative effects that over-stressing has on the body. Those who regularly practice relaxation and stress relief experience many positive health benefits, such as a slowed heart rate, lowered blood pressure, reduced activity of stress hormones. 10 Ways to Relieve Stress found on blog.uniformadvantage.comHere are 10 helpful ways to reduce negative stress in your life:

  1. Meditate: This classic relaxation technique promotes feelings of well-being and self-awareness. Simply take 10 minutes for yourself upon arriving home from work to lie on your floor, splay your legs and arms out, clear your mind, and simply enjoy the silence and solitude.
  2. Keep a journal: Remember your diary that you used to keep as a child? Time to start up another one! Journaling is a great emotional release. By writing down your feelings and events of the day, you become more in tune with your emotions and more aware of how you respond to life’s challenges. It’s also a great way to track your progress in building relationships, advancing in your job, or developing a new hobby!
  3. Attend Yoga Classes: A relaxing yet challenging exercise, yoga and its focus on breathing, body awareness, and mental acuity result in better overall health for mind and body. Those who participate regularly in yoga experience lower blood pressure, a reduced heart rate, lower cholesterol, and improved memory. Plus, yoga will help you with your other physical activities! By stretching your muscles and developing greater core strength, you will enjoy an improved range of motion in your exercise.Attend Yoga classes found on blog.uniformadvantage.com
  4. Try Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR): This relaxation technique, which can be done lying down or sitting up, is characterized by a conscious, controlled process of tensing and then relaxing muscle groups of the body. Most people typically start at the hands or feet and work their way up or down the body, concentrating on areas such as abdomen, back muscles, eyes, jaw, chest, shoulders, and thighs.
  5. Laugh more often: Other than giving you a wicked set of abs, laughter is great for improving your mood and giving you a more positive outlook. Researchers have found that the very act of smiling (even if it is fake or forced) releases dopamine and serotonin in the brain, resulting in feelings of happiness! Watch your favorite comedy tonight!
  6. Take a Walk: Daily 30 minute walks are a great form of light exercise that boost immunity and cardiovascular health. Switch up your local route for a change in scenery! Regular exercise is shown to improve brain function and muscle strength in the long-run. Whether you prefer to walk alone and enjoy the quiet, or walk with friends and enjoy the laughter, you will surely notice the many health benefits of walking.
  7. Drink Green Tea: Rich in antioxidants that prevent cell damage, green tea is certainly the healthiest drink (other than water) that you can put into your body. Since it is neither processed nor artificial, green tea has been shown to improve cholesterol, blood flow, and memory. So take a tea break and sip slowly to enjoy the benefits of this amazing drink!Drink green tea found on blog.uniformadvantage.com
  8. Prioritize Sleep: Here’s a no brainer – make sure you set aside some time to sleep! Going through the REM cycles allows your body, mind, and immune system to rejuvenate. Those who consistently get less than 7 hours of sleep suffer from poor memory, concentration, and health problems.
  9. Stay hydrated: Remembering to consistently drink water throughout your day will keep you hydrated, which is essential for job performance, focus, and stamina. Drinking water regularly can also result in muscle mass increase, loss of fat, and shinier skin! The intake of this vital fluid allows your body to recuperate from the many stresses you experience on the job and helps you bounce back with an extra boost!
  10. Practice Good Posture: Those who are mindful of their posture, whether standing or sitting, experience many health benefits in comparison to those who slouch around! For example, good posture facilitates breathing, which in turn increases the oxygen flow that our brain needs (20%) to function properly. By rolling the shoulders back and down, keeping your chin level with the ground, and standing tall, you will be seen as a confident individual, which will make you feel better about yourself in turn.Practice good posture found on blog.uniformadvantage.com

What techniques do you find helpful to reduce your stress?

UA goes Hollywood

Uniform Advantage goes Hollywood…

Uniform Advantage’s print scrub top made a star appearance with Cate Blanchett, Oscar winning actress in the highly acclaimed Blue Jasmine Movie that aired last year in July 2013.

Gorgeous Cate Blanchett won an Oscar for Best Actress in her performance in Blue Jasmine, filmed in August 2012. The budget for the film was $18 million and it grossed around $95 million worldwide.

Cate Blanchett plays the character of Jasmine French, a New York socialite with a wealthy lifestyle. Her marriage and entire life fell apart when her husband’s deceptive business practices came to light. With no one to help her, single and broke, she moves in to live with her estranged sister, Ginger, in San Francisco to get back control of her life. At this point, she is unstable mentally and emotionally and in putting her life back to pieces, she gets a job unwillingly as a receptionist in a dental office.

Her work wardrobe included Uniform Advantage’s Mix It Up Cougar mock wrap scrub top from their Butter-Soft collection. “Mix It Up Cougar” was designed to resemble a cougar’s spots. The style included the side drawstring tie and was 55/45 cotton poly blend. It was part of Uniform Advantage’s Spring/Summer 2012 lineup and featured fashionable shades: coffee bean, cougar and pineapple. The mock wrap scrub top featured a trendy geo print that was the “in” style two years ago and still is today.

Uniform Advantage is constantly designing a wide variety of fresh and stylish printed designs for their exclusive UA Uniform collections, the number one place for scrubs and all of your nursing uniform needs. For more information about these different styles and colors they offer, please visit http://www.UniformAdvantage.com.

Have you seen Blue Jasmine? Have you seen any of our prints in TV Shows or Movies? Let us know, we would love to see!

Show Off Your Shape: Alluring Apples!

Show Off Your Shape: Alluring Apples!

Show Off Your Shape: Alluring Apples! by uascrubs featuring pants

If you have an Apple figure, you most likely have narrow hips, most of your weight accumulates above the hips and your back, ribs, and shoulders are broad! Let’s Show off that shape with some easy tips and tricks!

  • Do: Sport monochromatic ensembles, use empire tops to help conceal bulge
  • Do: Wear boot cut or flared scrub pants to create an even line from the shoulders on down
  • Try:  Elongate your torso and show off your narrow waist with a v-neck top

To find other body types that reflect you, check out our infographic: http://www.uniformadvantage.com/a-day-in-scrubs/hot-topics/best-scrubs-for-your-body.asp

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Show Off Your Shape: Perfect Pears!

Show Off Your Shape: Perfect Pears!

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If you have a Triangle or Pear shaped body you would see that your hip measurement is larger than bust measurement with a small to average sized waist, and narrower hips compared to your shoulders and torso. To show off your shape use some of these helpful tips and tricks! Let’s show off those hips!

  • Do: Look for dark wide-leg pants, they will slenderizes thighs while creating a longer and slimmer silhouette
  • Do: Opt for boat neck tops under a hip-length jacket, drawing attention to the open neckline broadens the shoulders to offset fuller hips and evens out lower body proportions
  • Don’t: Reach for skinny pants, they won’t create a flattering shape, along with items that are too oversized
  • Try: V-neck, side stretch panel tops, the contouring and vertical seaming will help create a favorable line, paired with boot cut or cargo pocket pants to “balance” overall shape

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UA Fights Back…with Baked Goods!

This year, Uniform Advantage, as well as other UA Brands, including Wild Mint Shop, Neighborhoodies, & Chef Uniforms, will be participating in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Event. The event will take place on April 11 @6:30PM to April 12 @9AM!

Relay For Life is an organized, overnight community fundraising walk for ACS, where teams of people camp out at a local school or park and take turns walking around a track or path. Because, cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. At the event we raise funds, celebrate survivors, remember loved ones lost, and learn more about how to fight back against cancer.

Over the course of several weeks, not only will employees at the corporate office sign up to walk during the Relay 4 Life event, we will also host multiple fundraising events to raise money and awareness as we fight back against cancer.

Our first event sure was sweet! It left everyone in the office energized, chatty, and full! You guessed it…a BAKE SALE! Thanks to all the bakers who brought in delightful treats such as almond pound cake, oatmeal cookies, banana nut muffins…etc! We were full throughout the day with plenty of leftovers. So not to forget those that donated, we thank everyone else for helping us get closer to our fundraising goal by indulging in a little or a lot of sweetness!

If you would like to donate on behalf of our UA team and fight back against cancer, please visit our site to learn more. http://main.acsevents.org/goto/UAscrubs

Uniform Advantage secures Exclusivity for Koi’s and Med Couture’s 2 Newest Spring Colors

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Uniform Advantage secures early exclusives for Koi’s and Med Couture’s 2 newest colors in their spring collection. For additional information about Koi and Med Couture Scrubs and the different styles and colors offered, please visit www.UniformAdvantage.com.

Koi and Med Couture have been part of Uniform Advantage’s (UA) family for 5 and 6 years respectively and have given UA exclusivity for their 2 newest colors this spring. Koi will be featuring Plum and Grape colors and Med Couture will be launching Blush and Marine Blue colors. UA has them exclusively until August 2014 and these are currently displayed in Uniform Advantage’s Spring 2014 catalog.

Koi’s Inspiration

Koi is known for their trendy and fashionable designs and their two newest colors, Plum and Grape, reflect just that. The colors were chosen for their beautiful characteristics and glamorous appeal. Grape is a deep, rich, elegant color. Plum is a bright color with a hint of fuchsia that was inspired by Koi’s President, Kathy Peterson’s trip to India. Both colors are flattering for all complexions. Their Katelyn and Naomi tops and Lindsey pants will be available at UA in these exclusive colors. Also new to UA, is their Kathryn Wild Thing print top. It’s one of their favorites of the season. It incorporates two of the designer’s favorite things: animal prints and shades of purple.

Med Couture’s Inspiration

Med Couture’s fabrics are stretchy and very comfortable and provide a great fit for our medical professionals for their long work days.  The colors for Spring consist of a combination of vibrant shades of Pink and Turquoise. Blush is a medium bright tone of Pink and contrasts nicely with Marine Blue, a colorful shade of Turquoise. These are very trendy and wearable colors for the season and these shades were created as similar ones have done very well in the past for both Med Couture and UA. The coordinating prints are equally tasteful and appealing to all nurses, young and mature.

What new colors would you like to see come to UA? Are there some colors that you just can’t live without!?

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3 Timeless Styles for Your New Year’s SCRUBsolution

Let’s start with the Foundation
Nothing can beat the classic look and feel of a Butter-Soft Stretch scrub top. The best part about a classic scrub top is that it now has several cuts and styles that fit each and every body type. You don’t have to feel uncomfortable with unflattering angles. The Butter-Soft Stretch scrub tops collection has empire waists, v-necks, scallop necks, and even trendy ¾ sleeves. These Uniform Advantage scrub tops come in several classic colors while offering you the resilient, soft and durable fabric with stretch and flexibility you need for your day-to-day tasks.

Add a layer or two

After, you have your foundation down, use the weather outside as an excuse to layer up with a Med Couture scrubs warm-up jacket. This particular jacket has a round neck and button front closure with two patch pockets. I love their contrast stitching and logos; it adds an edgy touch to a traditional jacket. If you don’t like to wear things over your scrubs, you can always opt for a Peaches long sleeve tee as an under-the-scrub layer.

From top to bottom

An outfit isn’t complete without pants that are both dependable and fashionable. Koi Stretch Skinny Lindsey pants features what you love about the Koi brand in a brand new slim profile pant with stretch. You know that sounds amazing for those 12+ hour shifts! It has an adjustable drawstring waist, flower printed facing and side slits at the pant hem. It also gives you plenty of storage with a total of 8 pockets! This style comes in only 4 colors, but trust me you’ll want all of them.

Now, that we have a template for a New Year’s SCRUBsolution we can throw in some scrub prints, shoes, and accessories to add personality. Leave us a comment and let us know what you would put together to create your look!

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