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How to be happy while using Social Media

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How to be happy while using Social Media

It is said that humans can only handle so much information. In the age of social media, it seems we are testing that theory. Social media being the heart of heated arguments, lost causes, dire warnings and the occasional hug from a distant friend.

It can all get overwhelming and depressing.

We need a formula for managing social media, while attempting to maintain the beauty of the connections we have with the mayhem we are forced to wade through. This formula revolves around the idea that too much information isn’t always a good thing.

In multiple studies done in the UK and here in Canada, there has been a proven correlation between social media and depression. One study showed that in the short term using social media can make you happier.

This study done by Lee Farquhar, Butler University Associate Professor of Entertainment Media and Journalism in the College of Communication shows that due to social comparison, we could use social media to feel better about ourselves. As quoted in Scienceblog.com, he says

“There is no secret that Facebook intensity has been associated with negative social consequences, such as anxiety, narcissism, and loneliness,” says Farquhar, whose own previous research has revealed those very things. “But this looked at something new. When individuals positively compared themselves to other Facebook users, they had higher levels of reported happiness. These findings nuance previous scholarship that largely indicated heavy Facebook use has a detrimental effect on one’s psychological well-being. It is not the amount of Facebook use that matters, but rather, how one feels they measure up in comparison with those around them.

If the user wanted to feel better about his or her career, they might compare to an individual who is unemployed, or had a less appealing job. That same type of comparison could be done for virtually every other aspect of one’s life, like intelligence, family life, the list goes on,” he says. “It is not simply the amount of social comparing one does that matters, but the type of comparison that predicts happiness and life satisfaction.”

This targeted, downward social comparison was the predictor of happiness and overall life satisfaction, Farquhar says.

His research, which focused mostly on college students and Amazon workers (average age was 30) was published in the Journal of New Media and Culture.

However, as he points out, the long- term strategy of using this for happiness doesn’t pan out.

“I wouldn’t encourage people to spend more time on Facebook looking for people to look down on,” he says. “Looking for peers to look down on to make oneself feel better is not the prescription here. We believe the more time spent on there, the less satisfied with life one will eventually be, as one is bound to run into unfavorable social comparisons.”

Surprising Link Between Social Media and Happiness

So why do we do it? Why do we spend so much time scrolling and reading about what our friends are doing and what the world is up to?

According to Entrepreneur.com, it is for the instant gratification.

Social media provides this unique instant gratification — as soon as you posts something, people are showing you their support, approval and admiration. This is especially true on Instagram, where a lot of individuals yearning to become Instafamous are participating in “follow-for-follow” schemes.

Because we want our business to look, and of course be, successful, we’re after as many followers and likes as we can possibly get. It makes sense, we as humans perceive “popular” things to be “great” and “cool.” What we fail to recognize, though, is that we’re going down a rabbit hole, looking for more ways to promote our business and be seen by as many people as humanly possible. This is, clearly, the wrong way to do social media.

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/292526

So how do we avoid this “rabbit hole” and still enjoy connecting with our friends and family. How can we make sure that social media is good for our mental health?

Here are some tips for good mental health on social media

1. Don’t read everything posted.

Choose the battle that is most important to you and leave the rest. You can’t solve all the world’s problems.

My personal choice is to read all local business news (SBOT, Surrey604 and Surrey Now Leader) so I am up to date on the important things going on in my world. My area of personal interest is politics, so I read anything about politics, with a strong focus on local, provincial and federal as opposed to the world stage. The rest, as tempting as it is, I leave for someone else.

2. Know your sources

It is important to look at the source BEFORE reading and not fall for click bait. Put your critical thinking cap on before you absorb what is being said. If the article or person says anything of a deeply personal or personally derogatory nature about a public figure, stop reading. You are looking for information or education not joining in a school-yard cyber bullying attack.

If an article is over-stating something or blatantly untruthful, stop reading. Why look for a grain of truth among click-bait lies. Find the truth somewhere else. If the article is from a source that has lied in the past, don’t bother reading it. You wouldn’t let someone who constantly lies to you remind in your circle so why would you continue to read content from a source that lies.

Be careful that the news you are absorbing is based on truth even if you don’t like the message. Form your life opinions around things you can prove to be true.

3. Mindfully Avoid Click Bait

“Headline – Toddler eaten by Bald Eagle.” Whatever is going on in that story is probably none of your business. As awful as whatever it is might be for people in the story and as tempting as the headline might be, if there is absolutely nothing you can do about it, save your mental health by not reading it at all.

4. Try to balance the negative with positive.

Follow some art pages, a photographer’s page, a cat website, or a page on how to cook. Use social media to check-in regularly with friends who lift you up and they will be inspired to send you teddy bears and hugs or whatever it is that makes your day.

5. Connect with people you love.

Look at your list of friends and pick one and send them a little note telling them something about them that you really like. Not a whole love letter. Just a quick note. Do that once a day and you will get a lot of love back.

6. Remember that what you see on social media is only part of the story.

The big successes never show the hard work and self-doubt it took to get there. The failures we over-share about don’t show the climb back to the top because we sometimes forget to finish our story. Every single normal person on earth has days when they doubt themselves. Every normal person gets depressed and overwhelmed on some days, they just don’t post about those days. Every single normal person has bad hair, bad dog, where’s my car keys, I hate you, stubbed the baby toe, crap it’s raining – type days, so don’t look at other people and their constant smile and wonder why you are the only one struggling. You aren’t the only one. You are not alone.

7. Don’t compare your life with someone else’s.

he only competitor for your success is your own mind and the limitations you put on yourself. You only run the race against your own belief structure. If your self-esteem is taking a hit, use social media to affirm yourself. Find some life affirmation videos and soak it all in.

8. No complaints made without offering a possible solution.

Life is about balancing the good with the bad. The lessons with the ribbons. Keep a balanced mind set and a balanced Facebook page. For every negative post, find two positive ones to off-set it. Be mindful about what you are absorbing

9. Lastly, no sharing or reading anything about Harry and Meghan. (leave them alone to live their lives in peace.).

Try a cat video. Find something that makes you laugh and then share it so we can all see your sick sense of humour. Find a senior, shut in or person who is struggling and commit to sending them one thing every day. Use social media to give back to your community. Take a minute to really think about what lifts you up, makes you smile and then go and search for those things. Don’t forget to share it with all of us because we want life affirming posts too.

Social media can educate us (if we check and double check our sources), it can prompt us to act (see you at city hall on Monday night – it’s going to be exciting…I promise you. Uber is only the icing on a very complicated cake), and it can build us up if we use it mindfully.

If you let it, social media can remind us that we have friends, we are not alone in our struggles, we are loved, and we can continue to connect with others in a meaningful, positive way.

Take a moment and use your social media skills to bless yourself and someone else today.

Shara Nixon loves to hear and repeat the stories of people’s lives and cultural viewpoints. She enjoys deep conversations and people who hold strong viewpoints. In her day job she is a social worker for business owners, helping them meet their goals. As an insomniac, she writes at night to clear her head. She is punctuationally challenged and uses too many !!!. She also believes in creative spelling as an art form. Her super-power is in connecting like-minded people and communicating with an intent to learn instead of respond. She writes about relationships, business savvy, online dating, finance and general things that piss her off. Shara believes that key to peace is education and connection!!!

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TELUS Health expands digital home health monitoring to virtually support B.C. patients with or at risk of COVID-19

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Home Health Monitoring technology enables health providers to virtually observe British Columbians who are at home while reducing exposure to the virus

Vancouver – Today, TELUS Health announced the expansion of its Home Health Monitoring (HHM) solution so that nurses and other healthcare providers in British Columbia can digitally monitor more patients remotely while they recover from COVID-19 Launched in partnership with the B.C.

Ministry of Health and local health authorities, this digital health dashboard enables healthcare providers to track the symptoms and provide medical help for more patients as they recover outside of hospitals in the comfort of their own homes.

“As we face the immense challenge of COVID-19, TELUS Health is committed to working alongside BC’s healthcare leaders to expand the use of technology solutions like Home Health Monitoring to support more British Columbians while recovering at home,” said Darren Entwistle, president and CEO, TELUS.

“By enabling clinicians to remotely observe the vitals of patients with COVID-19, as well as those who are vulnerable to the virus, and provide necessary interventions early, we can reduce exposure and also help to alleviate the pressure in hospital emergency rooms and clinics.”

Easily accessible through a mobile device, the program sends daily prompts to the patient to report their biometrics such as temperature, physical symptoms and overall health condition. This provides crucial information on the status of a patient’s health to their clinicians who are regularly and remotely monitoring their well-being through a digital dashboard.

HHM allows healthcare providers to view information for multiple patients simultaneously, enabling them to more effectively manage the vitals of a larger number of patients so they can quickly identify those patients in need of urgent care. Depending on the escalation of their symptoms, some patients may be advised to contact their doctor, or visit their nearest hospital emergency room, while others with improving symptoms may be told to continue recovering and isolating at home.

“Home monitoring is a significant part of our response to the ongoing pandemic. We are grateful for the technology and partnership with TELUS Health enabling our efforts,” said Lisa Saffarek, Clinical Director Virtual Care and Home Health Monitoring lead at Island Health. “With the Home Health Monitoring solution, we are able to stay connected with our patients, provide symptom support and ensure our patients who are quarantined or isolated at home are provided with safe and effective care. The monitoring solution has also improved clinical capacity for our Public Health team, the front line of our pandemic response.”

Home Health Monitoring by TELUS Health has been in use in B.C, since 2013 to remotely monitor thousands of patients in the province living with chronic conditions such as heart failure, diabetes and respiratory diseases. The TELUS Home Health Monitoring system is aligned with the Canadian Centre for Disease Control’s COVID-19 protocols for the monitoring of patients recovering from COVID-19 outside of hospitals.

“The B.C. Ministry of Health has partnered with TELUS since 2013 to implement and evolve a provincial remote patient monitoring service for patients with chronic conditions,” said Corrie Barclay, Assistant Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Management and Information Technology with the B.C. Ministry of Health.

“Our investment has enabled us to act quickly to monitor our patients in isolation while also providing them with peace of mind, knowing that they are being monitored daily by their healthcare teams. As well, our clinicians are given the assurance that we are keeping track of our vulnerable citizens.”

As healthcare professionals risk their lives every day, TELUS Health is working hard to provide the technology solutions needed to keep them safe. Building off of this successful initiative in B.C., discussions with other provincial health ministries are underway to provide HHM technology to even more Canadians during these unprecedented times.

About TELUS Health and Payment Solutions

TELUS Health is a leader in digital health technology solutions such as home health monitoring, electronic medical and health records, virtual care, benefits and pharmacy management as well as personal emergency response services. TELUS Health is leveraging the power of technology to improve access to care and revolutionize the flow of health information to create better outcomes for Canadians while facilitating collaboration, efficiency and productivity for physicians, pharmacists, health authorities, allied healthcare professionals, insurers, employers and citizens.

TELUS Payment Solutions complements our health solutions by delivering secure, industry-compliant payment and lending solutions that connect lenders, payors, insurers, extended health care providers and financial institutions to their customers across Canada.

For more information please visit:
www.telushealth.com and www.telus.com/payment-solutions.

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City of Surrey online videos boost mental and physical health for all ages

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The popular at-home classes and activities have been viewed over 15,000 times

While recreation centres and libraries across Surrey are closed to limit the spread of COVID-19, city staff have found a way to connect with residents online to ensure physical and mental health exercises are available for families at home during the pandemic.

“We have called on our residents to physically distance to limit the spread of COVID-19, and I want to personally recognize our community for rising to this challenge,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “While we all follow the measures put in place, it is important that we continue to connect with each other. The videos we have launched ensure Surrey families have access to physical and mental exercises at home, and I’m pleased they have been so well received over the past 4 weeks.”

Led by certified instructors, the free fitness classes offer a range of exercises that do not require professional equipment, including yoga and body sculpt. For seniors, light stretching and low impact classes are available.

Surrey Libraries is offering virtual story times and singalongs for children to enjoy from home, featuring familiar librarians across the City. The popular Treehouse Storytime at Redwood Forrest is also available online, so families can connect with nature and enjoy craft making, puppets and songs. Parks staff take children on an educational walk through the forest, offering virtual ways to connect with nature from home.

“It is more important than ever that we continue to take care of our physical and mental well-being,” added Mayor McCallum. “In the coming weeks we will continue to add more videos for residents, and I invite you to check back often to make full use of the recreational, cultural and library services available.”

City of Surrey online classes can be found here.

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Emergency Response Centre opens at North Surrey Recreation Centre to support those experiencing homelessness

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To reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, BC Housing, City of Surrey and Fraser Health have established a temporary Emergency Response Centre at Surrey’s previously decommissioned North Surrey Recreation Centre (NSRC).

The NSRC Emergency Response Centre will provide up to 110 safe spaces in the recreation centre, separated amongst the facility’s two rinks. The Centre will be referral-only which will prioritize the support of people living on the streets, in shelters, or for people coming out of acute care who do not have a safe place to self-isolate if they have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19.

“By utilizing the decommissioned North Surrey Recreation Centre, we are providing our most vulnerable population with the most essential protective measure against COVID-19, which is the ability to physical distance,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “We will continue to do everything we can to stop the spread of this virus within our community, and today’s establishment of the NSRC Emergency Response Centre is a crucial shift in our efforts. We thank BC Housing and Fraser Health for their collaboration and contributions in making this vital project possible.”

“It’s important for people who are street-entrenched or living in shelters to have a safe place to self-isolate and to physically distance. Combatting COVID-19 requires each person and community to work together and we’re proud to partner with BC Housing and the City of Surrey to ensure this vulnerable population has access to the support and care they need,” said Fraser Health president and CEO Dr. Victoria Lee

Referrals will be managed by Fraser Health to ensure those most at risk with the highest care needs are prioritized. This proactive approach will also help reduce capacity in nearby shelters in order to support physical distancing efforts.

BC Housing has appointed Surrey Urban Mission Society (SUMS) to operate and manage the centre, which will be staffed 24/7. Fraser Health staff will be onsite daily, supporting SUMS and providing ongoing health guidance.

BC Housing, with the support of City of Surrey, is continuing to explore opportunities to partner with local hotels to support frontline staff who are unable to go home during the COVID-19 outbreak, or for those who are unable to self-isolate due to living on the streets or in shelters.

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TELUS Health enables 26,000 Canadian family doctors to conduct virtual visits with their patients to reduce exposure risk

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Canada’s leading health IT company adds patient videoconferencing to its electronic medical records in British Columbia

Vancouver- Today, TELUS Health announced it is enabling 26,000 Canadian family doctors to conduct virtual visits with their patients by seamlessly integrating this functionality into its electronic medical records (EMRs) offering. TELUS Health has accelerated the development of this virtual video functionality in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, now that physicians in British Columbia and across the country can use virtual care fee codes.

Offered as a free service for the first four months, this new feature allows physicians to virtually support their own roster of patients while maintaining continuity of care and fully up-to-date health records.

“Continuity of care is so important, especially during this health crisis,” says Dr. Baldev Sanghera, B.C. Family physician. “With this new technology, I have a secure way to see my patients virtually and make sure they’re getting the best care possible, all while keeping both of us safe in our own homes.”

The new virtual care feature empowers physicians to book appointments, conduct video consultations and update patient records all within their EMR. Available from desktop, smartphone or tablet, the fully integrated virtual visit feature is mobile and eliminates the need to switch between multiple digital tools for seamless workflow, easing the burden on physicians and allowing them to focus more of their time on patient care.

The intuitive video call interface can then be placed side-by-side with the physician’s other EMR features, allowing them to take notes and review patient records at the same time. Meanwhile, patients can open the appointment link from their web browser, whether on their desktop computer or mobile device, and have the video appointment with their primary care physician. The feature offers both full audio and video capabilities, as well as a chat function through which written messages can be exchanged.

“In the face of this pandemic, we are working extremely hard to give Canadian clinicians the right digital tools to effectively help their patients and support their continuity of care,” says Dr. Diane McIntosh, Chief Neuroscience Officer, TELUS Health.

“We’ve made it a priority to make EMR-integrated virtual care available much sooner, allowing our physicians to securely connect with their patients and conduct virtual consultations via video on the same platform they already use to update digital records and information.”

About TELUS Health and Payment Solutions

TELUS Health is a leader in digital health technology solutions such as home health monitoring, electronic medical and health records, virtual care, benefits and pharmacy management as well as personal emergency response services.

TELUS Health is leveraging the power of technology to improve access to care and revolutionize the flow of health information to create better outcomes for Canadians while facilitating collaboration, efficiency and productivity for physicians, pharmacists, health authorities, allied healthcare professionals, insurers, employers and citizens.

TELUS Payment Solutions complements our health solutions by delivering secure, industry-compliant payment and lending solutions that connect lenders, payors, insurers, extended health care providers and financial institutions to their customers across Canada.

For more information please visit: www.telushealth.com | www.telus.com/payment-solutions.

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3D printing to support frontline workers during Covid-19

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Justin Ruscheinski is 3D printing to help those who work in healthcare and on the frontlines during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Many nurses have said that since they are working long overtime shifts during the pandemic, their ears have turned raw and painful from having the elastic strings of their face masks looped around their ears all day and night.

To solve this problem, Justin is using his 3D printer at home to make ear savers for surgical face masks that can wrap around and act as a banded support behind the head, to alleviate pain to the ears by not needing to have the elastic strings looped around the ears, as how it’s normally worn. The newly added ear saver, which is made of plastic, is attached to the face mask by locking the strings of the mask onto the clip.

When asked what motivated him to take on this project, Justin said “I’m just a happy guy with a 3D printer looking to support the frontline workers in any way I can. I want to support them on all the amazing things they’re doing.”

So far, he has made over 200 ear savers and receives requests daily for them. He has been donating them to nurses in Surrey and other cities in the lower mainland. And has set up an email (justin@3dprintingwithjustin.com) for healthcare workers to send in requests on how many they need. Ear savers can either be delivered or picked up.

Currently, Justin has one 3D printer and it takes a couple of hours to a few days to make a bunch of ear savers. And he might start printing a few different models for testing. To be able to make more ear savers, he has ordered another 3D printer which is expected to be delivered by April 11th, and that will allow him to push out 20 pieces every 11 hours if he runs at full force. In addition to that, he wishes to order more printers to help healthcare workers.

To help offset costs of 3D printers, material, and production, he has set up a GoFundMe page for those who would like to support his initiative and would like to gladly thank those who do. (https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-to-support-our-front-line-workers)

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