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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

When my mother underwent chemotherapy, we spent a lot of time visiting the phlebotomy lab for blood testing. I was always impressed by how easily the phlebotomist was able to find and puncture a vein to draw blood on the first try. I knew there had to be a method to it, and was astounded by how effortless and painless they made the process. It led me to research a lot about blood tests, from drawing to the actual screening. I've created this site to share what I've learned in the hopes of teaching others. The more you understand, the more control you can have over your own health care.



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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

3 Ways To Prioritize Your Emotional Health

by Francisco Arnold

Just like our bodies can handle so much, the same is true of our minds. You need to watch over and protect your mental and emotional health with the same dedication and effort that you protect your physical health.

#1 Work to Stay Connected to Others

Being isolated is not only lonely, it is not good for your emotional health either. Being connected to others is important. No matter how busy things are, you need to take the time to maintain connections with others. That means taking the time to sit down and call your family and friends. Write a letter to an older relative. Talk to your favorite cashier at the grocery market. Take the time to foster relationships, wherever they occur. Feeling connected to others is important to your overall health.

#2 Find Ways to Express Gratitude

Gratitude is not just for Thanksgiving. Being able to express gratitude has many benefits for your emotional health. Expressing gratitude for the little things in your life can help you fight back stress, and stress can be harmful to your overall health. Any way to fight back stress that is easy to do should be engaged in.

In addition, expressing gratitude is a way to introduce more positive emotion into your life. It can be easy to harness the power of gratitude. Purchase a journal, and every day write down something you are grateful for. You can do this at the end of each day to wrap up the day on a positive note. Your entry doesn't have to be long — a sentence or two is more than okay. Writing down a few things that cause you to feel grateful can have a large positive impact on your emotional health.

#3 Find a Way to Deal with Stress

It can be impossible to cut stress out of your life, which is why you need to have a few ways of dealing with stress that works for you. There are lots of ways to deal with stress. In the moment, using techniques such as deep breathing and meditation can be helpful in dealing with stress. Exercise can help get rid of stress hormones you are carrying with you due to stress. To real deal with stress, you need to be able to identify where the stress is coming from and work to get rid of the stress. For example, if your job is extremely stressful, maybe it is time to look for a new one. If you are overwhelmed with housework, maybe you need to outsource some of that work. If you are overwhelmed with your financing, maybe you need to get debt counseling.

Your emotional health needs to be nurtured. Staying connected to others, reflecting on your day and expressing gratitude, and finding short- and long-term ways to deal with stress are three important ways you improve your emotional health. You can also work with a private emotional health coaching service to improve your emotional life.