Advanced Prosthetics & Orthotics - November 2020


Why They Deserve Our Gratitude

While Thanksgiving and preparing for the upcoming holiday season might overshadow the month of November, we at Advanced Prosthetics & Orthotics want to make sure we don’t forget one very important day in the midst of all the festivities: Veterans Day. On Nov. 11, our nation will have the opportunity to honor and celebrate the service of our veterans (FYI, Veterans Day celebrates veterans dead or alive) for several reasons, a few of which are listed below. Thank you for being willing. Serving in our military is a choice — one that relatively few people make. We’re thankful that the brave men and women in our armed forces answered the call to serve and defend the freedom of people in the United States and elsewhere. Thank you for sacrificing your time. Every minute our veterans served was a minute where they were potentially away from their families in a dangerous part of the world, putting their lives on the line. It’s not time that everyone is willing to give up, and because our veterans stepped forward, the rest of us can rest easy. Thank you for your hard work and leadership. Training for and serving in the armed forces is rigorous and takes an inordinate amount of hard work and determination. It is not a job for the faint of heart, mind, or body. The men and women in our military must act well under pressure and be able to lead themselves and others well. Thank you for helping us not take our freedom for granted. More than anyone, our veterans understand the value of the freedom we enjoy in the United States. They know the sacrifices necessary for freedom to flourish. We may never understand everything they went through, but we can understand the value their sacrifice made possible. If you’re a veteran reading this, thank you for your service. If you aren’t a veteran, but you know one, find a way to appreciate them this Veterans Day, whether through writing a letter, visiting them in person, or just calling them to say how much you appreciate all they’ve done.


Getting your day started with coffee isn't always enough. Sometimes, you need to give yourself an extra boost, especially when you have little energy or trouble focusing. For an awesome start to your day, here are five tips to get you going right off the bat. Wake up 5 minutes early. What’s the power of five minutes? It can be more than you think. Spend this time doing simple breathing exercises or a quick meditation so you can get focused for the rest of the day. If that’s not your style, you can prepare a quick to-do list for your day ahead. Either way, it’s always nice to have a little extra time for yourself without losing too much sleep. Start with green tea, then coffee. A cup of coffee at 7 a.m. can leave you burned out by 10 a.m. Try swapping it with green tea for a more gentle wake-up call. After that, you can brew your favorite coffee to keep you going strong. This practice also might help you consume less caffeine overall!

Take a quick morning walk — and have your meetings on the go.

Morning meetings can make us want to fall asleep again. Don’t spend all of them sitting down if you don’t have to! Not only will morning walks help you wake up, but they can also add some extra physical activity to your day. Write in your journal. Who says you have to journal at the end of the day when you’re tired and ready to sleep? You can journal in the morning about what happened yesterday and the things you’re looking forward to that day. Journaling can remind you of your daily goals and motivate you to stick to your commitments. Pack your lunch (or snacks!). Staying on track with your goals starts with having the energy to do them. Plan a healthy balance of fats, vegetables, carbohydrates, and proteins. This can be as simple as assembling dips, carrots, wraps, and salads each morning.

It’s time to try these tactics to jump-start your day!


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