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?

Uniform Advantage (UA) is taking the Ice Bucket Challenge at 5pm EST!

Uniform Advantage is taking the Ice Bucket Challenge

 

It has been pretty awesome to see the overwhelming support from people around the US, celebrities and sports athletes joining the #IceBucketChallenge frenzy in the last month. UA’s employees expressed their desire to do the same and at 5pm EST tonight….Yup! It’s happening! We are taking the plunge at our Headquarters in Plantation, Florida and….We Challenge YOU, Our Customers! UA will donate $10 for every employee who is participating today as well as all loyal customers and followers who have joined us through Monday 25th August, 2014 up to $5,000 to the ALS association.  Please post it online with #UniformAdvantageALS and you have until Monday August 25th, 2014 to take the challenge. We have created a fundraising page and would love your support! http://web.alsa.org/goto/uniformadvantage

Did you know that this disease only affects a small number of people, two per 100,000??

It is not in the forefront of people’s minds like Cancer, Heart Disease or Diabetes. It has been so fascinating to see how viral the participation has been! Everyone wants to have fun and raise money to help increase awareness, provide more resources and save lives. The ALS Association revealed in a press release that as of Thursday, August 21, they received $41.8 million in donations, compared to $2.1 million the same time period last year (July 29 to August 21). These donations have come from existing donors and 739,275 new donors to The Association. WOOOOOW! Who is ready to feel the pain of ice water???

What is ALS?

According to ALS’site, ALS is abbreviated for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” It is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. It is not contagious, can affect anyone and the life expectancy of an ALS patient is about 2-5 years from the time of diagnosis. Early symptoms are muscle weakness or stiffness. Progression of weakness, wasting and paralysis of the muscles of the limbs and trunk as well as those that control vital functions such as speech, swallowing and later breathing generally follows.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge described by the ALS Association, “involves people getting doused with buckets of ice water on video, posting that video to social media, then nominating others to do the same, all in an effort to raise ALS awareness.” Those who refuse to take the challenge are asked to make a donation to the ALS charity of their choice. The commonly suggested donation is $100.  Here’s a video that may help you see how it started:  http://time.com/3136507/als-ice-bucket-challenge-started/

Please stand with your UA family and let’s fight ALS together!

Could Travel Nursing Be in Your Future?

Are you a fan of travel? Do you also enjoy your nursing profession? Well, a career in travel nursing is exactly as it sounds: you travel the country as a nurse! As a travel nurse, you aid healthcare facilities that have employee shortages. For example, if a hospital’s top RN in Chicago had to take maternity leave, you would fill her spot until she returns. Each term with the healthcare facility typically lasts around 13 weeks, according to Nurse Together. To search for a job opportunity in the country, travel nurses typically search online for hospitals that are short-staffed in any city of their choice. Recruiting agencies and travel nursing companies serve as the middle man in this scenario, assisting nurses with getting the job and settling down in their city by providing help with locating a home, providing utilities, and getting cable and internet.Could Travel Nursing Be in Your Future?

In addition to the agencies helping you out along the way, there are plenty of other benefits to this unique nursing career. Most RNs who choose to be traveling nurses have a flexible living situation; they’re typically young, excited about the prospect of travel, and don’t have many obligations holding them down in their original home. This career is ideal for those who are looking to move to a new city! By trying out different locations across the country, you can truly get a feel for the place before you commit. According to a survey conducted by Onward Healthcare, one of the best parts of this career is the elevated, median $80,000 salary. A truly immersive experience, travel nursing allows RNs to create a broad network of professional contacts who can show them new techniques and methods.

Would you ever consider travel nursing as a career option? Let us know what you think!

Enter Uniform Advantage’s UNIFORMS-ON-US August contest featuring Grey’s Anatomy Scrubs…

Uniform Advantage's Uniforms-On-Us contest featuring Grey's Anatomy Scrubs

To All of our Hard Working Medical Professionals, how would you like to win a FREE Grey’s Anatomy Outfit of your choice?

Here’s the latest on Uniform Advantage’s UNIFORMS-ON-US contest featuring Grey’s Anatomy Scrubs!

 

As you know, Grey’s Anatomy scrubs are every medical professionals MUST-HAVE nursing uniform! They are stylish, popular, offer an assortment of colors and their fabrics are made with a Dura Tech fabric with soil release and much more.

 

Enter today and Win a scrub outfit for yourself! 6 lucky winners will get this Grey’s Anatomy Scrub Set that includes a scrub top and pants only in our exclusive colors: China Blue and Sangria offered on our website for free!

 

Below are the instructions on how to enter the contest on Facebook. It involves 3 easy steps:

1. LIKE this post on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UAScrubs

2. SHARE our UNIFORMS-ON-US contest post on your own wall

3. COMMENT on the Facebook post by clicking here, Grey’s Anatomy Scrubs page, and let us know which color excites you: China Blue or Sangria and Why?

 

Once all Facebook comments are in and confirmed that you shared our contest post, we will randomly choose 6 winners (using woobox.com), who will then receive a FREE Grey’s Anatomy Outfit in the China Blue or Sangria colors, Uniform Advantage’s exclusive colors and style of their choosing!

 

The contest ends Tuesday 19th August, 2014 at midnight and we will announce the winners Wednesday 20th August, 2014 after 10 am EST on Facebook and our Blog.

 

Important Notes:

•Contestants who have won a Uniform Advantage contest within the last 6 months are not eligible to win.

•Prizes will only be shipped to U.S. addresses due to varying international shipping rates and customs charges (you can enter as an international customer if you have a friend or family member with a U.S. shipping address that we can send your prize to).

•Selected contestants have 3  business days to respond to their “winner’s facebook message” after which point they forfeit their prize to another contestant.

 

Thank you for your participation and to Barco Uniforms for sponsoring!

Will women ever reduce the Glass Escalator effect?

The “glass ceiling,” a term used to describe women’s inability to advance in their career and receive equal pay as men solely because of their gender, has plagued working women for decades. Although we are now living in a society where we are seeing more and more professional, career women, a very large inequality gap still exists. In fact, women currently earn 77% of what a man does for the same job with the same qualifications — a relatively small increase from the 64% that women would earn in 1951 according to infoplease.com. To put it simply, a women earns 77 cents for the same job that a man would do for a dollar.glass

But what about in female-dominated professions, such as teaching and nursing? Do women who work in these professions still experience the salary and career-advancement inequality as other women in different industries do? The answer, alarmingly, is yes. The “glass escalator” describes this phenomenon perfectly: Men who work in female-dominated professions are more likely to advance faster and further in their career, as well as receive higher pay. Many women that work as hard or even harder than men continue to struggle to advance as some men “glide by” on this intangible glass escalator. According to Caren Goldberg, Ph.D., an assistant professor of management who has studied this phenomenon at American University’s Kogod School of Business, “Men that enter female-dominated professions tend to be promoted at faster rates than women in those professions.”

To put some reason behind these staggering facts, many higher-ups and managers feel less inclined to promote women on the basis of career interruptions, such as raising a family. In addition, typical managerial and boss stereotypes typically match the qualities of a stereotypical man, such as assertiveness, which perpetuates this cycle. This societal stereotype that works to the benefit of men continues to place a stigma upon most working women, even those who do not have a spouse or children.

What do you think of the glass escalator? Have you ever experienced job inequality in your workplace?               

Uniform advantage partners with The Dan Marino Foundation to improve lives affected by Autism

Uniform advantage partners with The Dan Marino Foundation by donating over $2,000 Did you know that…

  • About 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network.
  • ASD is almost 5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than among girls (1 in 189).
  • About 1 in 6 children in the United States had a developmental disability in 2006-2008, ranging from mild disabilities such as speech and language impairments to serious developmental disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, and autism.
  • It is estimated to cost at least $17,000 more per year to care for a child with ASD compared to a child without ASD. Costs include health care, education, ASD-related therapy, family-coordinated services, and caregiver time. For a child with more severe ASD, costs per year increase to over $21,000. Taken together, it is estimated that total societal costs of caring for children with ASD were over $9 billion in 2011.

Source: (2014, March 20). Re: Facts about ASD. Division of Birth Defects, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/facts.html

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, autism – or more precisely the autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) – represents a broad group of developmental disorders characterized by impaired social interactions, problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors, or severely limited activities and interests. It is an important critical health issue that impacts millions of lives. The Affordable Care Act contains important provisions for individuals with autism and related conditions and their families.  Under the new health care law:

  • Most health insurance plans are no longer allowed to deny, limit, exclude or charge more for coverage to anyone based on a pre-existing condition, including autism and related conditions.
  • All Marketplace health plans and most other private insurance plans must cover preventive services for children without charging a copayment or coinsurance. This includes autism screening for children at 18 and 24 months.

There is no cure for ASD but early detection and treatment services at a very young age can help improve a child’s life overall.

Uniform Advantage’s (UA) uniforms travel the hallways of any offices and hospitals that wear scrubs on a daily and nightly basis. Our valued customers generously support UA’s worthy causes with South Florida and national charitable organizations. This Fall 2014, Uniform Advantage will be donating $1 from the sale of designated scrubs tops and jacket prints to a chosen charity they partnered with. One of their partners is The Dan Marino Foundation in recognition of Autism Awareness. To help support Autism programs, Uniform Advantage is donating $1 from the sale of each of its Autism Awareness White prints and will be contributing over $2,000.00.

Uniform Advantage is donating $1 from the sale of each of its “Autism Awareness White” prints this Fall 2014

 

About The Dan Marino Foundation

The Dan Marino Foundation, Inc., a 501(c) 3 organization was established in 1992 by Dan and Claire Marino, motivated by their experiences in raising their son, Michael, who is diagnosed with autism.  The Foundation’s mission is “empowering individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.”  For over 22 years, the Foundation has served individuals with disabilities in South Florida through therapies, research, education, and employment, and raised more than $50 million to create unique and impactful initiatives in the community.  Among these “first-of-their-kind” initiatives are the Miami Children’s Hospital Dan Marino Center, Childnett.tv, the Marino Autism Research Institute, Marino Adapted Aquatics, Summer STEPS Employment Programs, and Marino Campus, a new post-secondary educational opportunity for young adults, ages 18-28, with autism and other developmental disabilities.  For more information, please visit www.danmarinofoundation.org or www.marinocampus.org.

Marino Campus

Marino Campus is an exciting post-secondary educational opportunity for young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Although new, Marino Campus offers students all of the academic and social opportunities that make college a unique, life-changing experience.

The Miami Children’s Hospital Dan Marino Center

The MCH Dan Marino Outpatient Center is a center for the comprehensive evaluation and treatment of children with autism and other special needs.

Marino Adapted Aquatics

In April 2006, House Bill 1319 created the Marino Swim Central Adaptive Aquatics Certification. This bill requires certification of swimming instructors working with people with developmental disabilities and is imperative to the safety of these individuals.

Marino Autism Research Institute (MARI)

In 2006, the Foundation introduced the Marino Autism Research Institute, established with an endowment from the JM Family Foundation. MARI is an institute without walls or overhead designed to sponsor cross-university, collaborative research. This “Virtual Institute” was formed when the Foundation invited two of our nation’s premier research programs in autism – the University of Miami and Vanderbilt University – to become inaugural members.

Uniform Advantage is excited to partner with The Dan Marino Foundation on raising awareness about this significant health condition and look forward to seeing major breakthroughs in the future.

Help support and be part of this dynamic movement!

Stretching the Limits of Comfort!

As you know, being a medical professional is not for the faint of heart. The demanding physical and mental aspects of the job require you to stretch your potential every day. So, your scrubs should match your effort and provide you with the comfort and durability you need. This is why many conscientious shoppers have turned to stretch fabric. Typically made from a comfortable Poly-Rayon-Spandex blended fabric, stretch scrubs are ideal for medical professionals. This lightweight, breathable fabric allows its wearer to move freely and comfortably throughout the day! Stretch fabric doesn’t stop working for you once you get home either: these scrubs require little to no ironing! Here are some great scrubs that satisfy our stretch obsession:

Butter-Soft Stretch Scrubs by UA: Even though we’re not one to play favorites, we’ll make an exception in this case. We took our popular, silky smooth Butter-Soft scrubs and made them even better! The irresistibly comfortable Butter-Soft Stretch scrubs have just the right amount of spandex for flexibility. Ranging from basic looks to stylish cuts, Butter-Soft Stretch is perfect for any busy medical professional!

Butter-Soft Stretch Empire Waist Top

Butter-Soft Stretch Empire Waist Top; Style # BSS505

 

Cherokee Premium Core Stretch Scrubs: This comfortable line of scrubs from Cherokee, made from a quality Poly/Cotton and spandex blend, is sure to provide lasting comfort and stretch. These durable scrubs are sure to stand the test of time and hold up to any demanding challenges that your profession may present. This high quality line of scrubs comes in many brilliant colors to suit your personality!

Cherokee Workwear Scrubs Premium Core STRETCH Mock Wrap Top

Cherokee Workwear Scrubs Premium Core STRETCH Mock Wrap Top; Style # CK4728

Grey’s Anatomy Signature STRETCH Scrubs: Get the best of both worlds with these comfortable line of scrubs from the popular and consistently stylish Grey’s Anatomy collection by Barco! The ultimate choice for fashionable fabric, Grey’s Anatomy Signature Stretch scrubs feature a new look that is as luxurious as it is durable. These stylish cuts are sure to flatter your body type while providing the breathability and comfort with its stretchy fabric.

Grey's Anatomy Scrubs Signature STRETCH Junior Fit Two Pocket Top

Grey’s Anatomy Scrubs Signature STRETCH Junior Fit Two Pocket Top; Style # GA2121

Cherokee Flexibles Scrubs: This great line of scrubs is offered in an array of bold colors, stylish prints, and flattering cuts. Offering a snug, yet comfortable fit, Cherokee Flexibles are made with knit side panels that contour the waist. The quality and affordable pricing of these scrubs makes them a must-have for stretch fabric lovers!

Cherokee Flexibles Scrubs V-Neck Top

Cherokee Flexibles Scrubs V-Neck Top; Style # CK2874

If you’re a stretch fabric lover like us, what’s your favorite stretch brand?