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Healthy Workplace O-Tip of the Week: Properly Set Up Your Screen

Our O-Tip of the week series we will be providing valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living.

October is Occupational Therapy Month and Healthy Workplace Month!  In celebration, for the month of October, we will be providing you with OT-Approved tips for a healthier day at work.

Many jobs today require long periods of screen time. If this is the case for your workstation, make sure that there is an arm’s length distance between your eyes and the screen. Also, make sure that the top of the monitor or screen is level with your forehead. This allows for the head and neck to remain in a neutral position by avoiding continued periods of looking up or down. If a job requires frequent paper reading or phone use alongside computer use, consider a document holder or headset.

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Healthy Workplace O-Tip of the Week: Put a Stop to Sitting Disease

Our O-Tip of the week series we will be providing valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

October is Occupational Therapy Month and Healthy Workplace Month!  In celebration, for the month of October, we will be providing you with OT-Approved tips for a healthier day at work.

There are many negative health effects of sitting for extended periods of time.  Studies show that in the long-term “sitting disease” can lead to increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and a decreased lifespan.  A great way to beat sitting disease is to build movement into your day.  We recommend setting a reminder, once per hour, to get up and move.  Walk around the office, take the stairs to the lobby and back up, physically go and talk to a co-worker.  However you decide to move, using regular reminders will help!

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Better Sleep O-Tip of the Week: Follow the 20-Minute Rule

Our O-Tip of the week series we will be providing valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

Statistics Canada estimates that approximately 3.5 million Canadians struggle with sleep, an important daily occupation that is vital to our physical and mental health.  Therefore, for the month of September, we will be providing some of the best OT-Approved solutions to help you get a good night’s sleep. 

If you are struggling to fall asleep remember the 20-minute rule.  If you are unable to fall asleep after 20 minutes of trying, take a break.  Move to a different bed or the couch, pull out a book and read until your eyes are tired, or go to your kitchen for some water. After this break return to your bed try again.  

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Better Sleep O-Tip of the Week: When it Comes to Bedding, Sharing is NOT Caring

Our O-Tip of the week series we will be providing valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

Statistics Canada estimates that approximately 3.5 million Canadians struggle with sleep, an important daily occupation that is vital to our physical and mental health.  Therefore, for the month of September we will be providing some of the best OT-Approved solutions to help you get a good night’s sleep. 

Sharing a bed with a significant other can be disruptive, especially if one partner is tossing and turning throughout the night.  Instead of sleeping separately like the Flintstones, a better way to avoid being disturbed by your partner’s sleeplessness is to use separate blankets.  Whether you use a duvet, comforter or quilt you may find it more restful if each partner has their own.  Not only can this work wonders for your sleep quality, but for your relationship too!

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Better Sleep O-Tip of the Week: Adjust the Temperature

Our O-Tip of the week series we will be providing valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

Statistics Canada estimates that approximately 3.5 million Canadians struggle with sleep, an important daily occupation that is vital to our physical and mental health.  Therefore, for the month of September, we will be providing some of the best OT-approved solutions to help you get a good night’s sleep. 

Attempting to sleep in an environment that is too hot or too cold can be difficult and disruptive.  Experts state that a bedroom temperature of 66 degrees F is the perfect temperature for quality sleep.  If you have a programmable thermostat schedule this in, or manually adjust the thermostat about an hour before getting into bed. 

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Better Sleep O-Tip of the Week: Banish the Blue Light Before Bed

Our O-Tip of the week series we will be providing valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

Statistics Canada estimates that approximately 3.5 million Canadians struggle with sleep, an important daily occupation that is vital to our physical and mental health.  Therefore, for the month of September, we will be providing some of the best OT-approved solutions to help you get a good night’s sleep. 

Did you know that the use of technology, even having a television on in the bedroom, can disturb the amount and quality of sleep you achieve?  Powering down at least an hour before bedtime can help to ensure a better-quality sleep.  If you simply can’t live without a round of Candy Crush or an e-book before bed, try using a blue-light filter app to reduce the amount of blue light emitted.  Learn more about the detrimental effects of technology on sleep in our post, How Technology is Ruining Your Good Night’s Sleep. 

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Brain Injury Recovery O-Tip of the Week: Set Reminders

Our O-Tip of the week series we will be providing valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month.  Occupational Therapists are a vital part of a team of professionals that assist with the rehabilitation from brain injury.  Therefore, for the month of June, our series will be providing solutions to assist with some of the common cognitive deficits that can result from brain injury. 

Take advantage of the helpful technology that surrounds us!  Setting a timer on your phone, smart home device, watch, stove or kitchen timer can help you to remember to pause and check in with yourself, preventing you from overexerting yourself.  Smart home devices like Google Home and Amazon Echo are great as you can ask them to remind you of certain things like when to take a break, upcoming appointments, when to take medications, and more.  

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Brain Injury Recovery O-Tip of the Week: There’s an App for That!

Our O-Tip of the week series we will be providing valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month.  Occupational Therapists are a vital part of a team of professionals that assist with the rehabilitation from brain injury.  Therefore, for the month of June, our series will be providing solutions to assist with some of the common cognitive deficits that can result from brain injury.

Remember the old Apple commercials… “There’s an app for that!”  Well, isn’t that the truth.  You can find apps for just about anything, and in fact, there are some great apps that can assist with memory and cognition for those who are recovering from a brain injury.  Some of these apps are summarized below:

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Brain Injury Recovery O-Tip of the Week: This Handy Device Can Help You Find Your Keys

Our O-Tip of the week series we will be providing valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month.  Occupational Therapists are a vital part of a team of professionals that assist with the rehabilitation from brain injury.  Therefore, for the month of June, our series will be providing solutions to assist with some of the common cognitive deficits that can result from brain injury. 

This tip definitely does not only apply to those recovering from brain injury… If you’re someone who is always misplacing your keys and/or wallet (or other items) this helpful piece of technology is for you!  Tile is a small Bluetooth tracking device you can attach to a keychain, slip into your wallet or attach to anything you frequently have to search for.  This device syncs with an app on your smartphone that will allow you to easily locate your items when in need – saving you a lot of time, effort and frustration!

Learn more here: https://www.thetileapp.com/en-us/how-it-works

 

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Brain Injury Recovery O-Tip of the Week: Create a Medical Appointment Notebook

Our O-Tip of the week series we will be providing valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month.  Occupational Therapists are a vital part of a team of professionals that assist with the rehabilitation from brain injury.  Therefore, for the month of June, our series will be providing solutions to assist with some of the common cognitive deficits that can result from brain injury. 

Recovering from a brain injury, or injury/illness of any kind, often means frequent meetings and appointments with numerous healthcare professionals.  From Occupational Therapists to Physiotherapists, Family Doctors to  Neurologists, it can be difficult for individuals to keep straight who said what, let alone be able to share this information with family and/or caregivers who need to know.  We suggest using a single notebook that has dividers so a section for each healthcare professional can be created.  This book should be taken to each appointment and the important information can be recorded.  This will help keep the patient and their loved ones organized and informed.