Douglass & Runger - December 2020

HOLIDAY HACKS FOR THE BUSY PROFESSIONAL

4 Tips for a Less Exhausting Holiday Season

Take frequent breaks. When you have a lot going on, frequent 5–10 minute minibreaks can go a long way in easing the mental pressure. Don’t hesitate to take brain breaks throughout the day. Go for a quick walk around the building or neighborhood. Read a chapter of your book. Play a quick game on your phone. Say no to the kitchen. When your time is precious, why spend a lot of time in the kitchen? While some find cooking a joy, others find it burdensome. If you’re in the latter group, it’s okay to go the boxed or prepared meal route when time is short. Boxed meals can still be prepared with love, and you can get high-quality frozen dishes or freshly prepared meals from your favorite grocery store. The time and energy you save is worth the investment. In 2020, we have more options than ever to make life easier. So, enjoy the holidays a little more by doing the things you love and using these tips to make the most of your time and energy this season.

The holidays are an incredibly busy time of year. Between work and home, it can feel like there isn’t enough daylight to get everything done. We have projects to complete, emails to answer, dinners to plan, gifts to buy — and family is coming in from out of town. Is it possible to take care of everything and not be completely exhausted by the end of it? While we can’t answer that definitively, we can share a few “holiday hacks” to help you get more out of your time. Put work aside. Give yourself blocks of time to focus on one thing at a time. You may be tempted to multitask, but for your mental health, don’t do it. Focusing on one thing at a time produces better results (this applies equally to cooking as it does to client work) and you’ll feel better through the process. Delegate — at home! You delegate assignments at work, so why not do the same at home? Start with your immediate family and work your way out. Give everyone a task: Someone does the grocery shopping. Someone is in charge of a main course dish. Another is on side-dish duty. Others get dessert. Don't forget to assign a clean-up crew. Save yourself for the tasks you REALLY want to do. ‘I’m Fine’ There are many things you should do after a car accident. Calling law enforcement, taking photos, and obtaining witness information are just a few of the key practices that can help you if you pursue legal action. Yet, these actions are not nearly as important as the most critical thing you should do.

WHY YOU SHOULD STILL SEE A DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT

Furthermore, doctors contribute vital information to any personal injury claims process. The success of your car accident lawsuit could hinge on your doctor’s reports and findings. A doctor’s initial observations and suggestions will provide a baseline assessment about your injuries after a car wreck, which may be used to meet your burden of proof at your trial. If you choose to delay treatment or an initial exam, you run the risk of the insurance company or defendants claiming your injuries are unrelated to the wreck, were caused by something else, or existed prior to the accident. Your medical history and personal life will always be dissected by the defense, but if you seek medical treatment immediately after your accident, it’s far easier to prove that your injuries were the direct result of the wreck by comparing the reports in the aftermath of the accident to your medical history.

Above all else, if you are involved in a car wreck, you should seek immediate medical attention — even if you feel “fine.”

There are a few reasons for this advice. For starters, doctors can diagnose and treat injuries that you may not notice immediately after a wreck. These findings of injuries are more common than you think. After an accident, your body is in survival mode and high on adrenaline, which blocks pain receptors that could distract you from feeling immediate pain. You may not feel a major shoulder injury, internal bleeding, or other complications that can be detected by a doctor at the hospital. By seeking immediate medical attention and treatment, you can prevent costly and dangerous symptoms from appearing in the future and possibly aggravating injuries you sustained in a wreck.

Your doctor may be the key to your physical and medical recovery, but their opinions and records are just as significant to any potential compensation you may receive as part of your claim against a negligent driver. If you have a question about seeking medical treatment during the course of your personal injury case, contact your team at Douglass & Runger today by calling 901-388-5805.

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