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Tips for Staying Connected Virtually

Stay Connected

With Coronavirus leading to stay at home orders and social distancing, it is easy to feel isolated and alone. According to experts, a lack of in person contact can actually lead to stress and loneliness. This is why it has become so important to stay connected with friends and family virtually! Video calls and messaging are becoming the new normal. But for many people digital communication is a new experience which can be stressful and confusing to figure out. But once you get over the initial learning period, it can be a fun and safe way to keep in touch with friends and family and keep your social life intact! 

This blog will cover several topics relating to connecting digitally. From different platforms and services to tips on scheduling to fun activities to do over a video call. I’ve also included some resources at the end of the blog to help you get started! 

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Spring Favorites!

GMS Spring Favorites

If you are new to GMS or just haven’t been here is a while, then this blog is for you! With such a wide variety of products, it can be easy to spend hours looking through the GMS website! So I’ve put together a list of my spring favorites to give you a good place to start. These spring must-haves will help you make the most of this spring and feel your best!

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Manage Your Medication and Get Active!

medication management

After a long winter in the Midwest, the warm spring weather is so welcome! I will find any excuse to get outside and get my body moving. I know we are limited by this quarantine, but I am trying my best to stay physically active (while social distancing of course!) and I encourage you to do the same! According to experts, staying active can help reduce stress, boost your immune system, and improve your mood. I don’t know about you but I could definitely use a little mood boost today!

 

But when you live with a chronic illness or rely on medication throughout the day, leaving the house can turn into a hassle, especially with the added stress of social distancing. What if you forget something important or don’t have your medication when you need it most? But luckily, there are ways you can be prepared and still get outside and get moving. Let’s talk about managing your medication on-the-go!

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Spring Cleaning: Medicine Cabinet Edition

Medicine Cabinet

I LOVE spring cleaning! There is no better feeling than having a clean, organized house… Okay, maybe that is a little dramatic. But I really do enjoy the feeling of starting the spring with a clean place! But every year, without fail, I always forget to clean out one area of my house.

 

The medicine cabinet.

 

It is so important to keep our medicine cabinets clean and organized. Not only does it make finding what you need easier, but it can keep you safe too. Medications can expire, lose potency, or become accidentally mislabeled. So here are some tips on how to properly clean out your medicine cabinet during your spring cleaning!

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Spring Has Sprung… And So Have Seasonal Allergies

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Spring has Sprung!

 

And if you are like me, so have seasonal allergies.

 

Spring is a wonderful time of year. It brings fresh air, blooming flowers, and some much-needed warm sunshine! But for many people, it also triggers seasonal allergies. Symptoms can range from mild to more extreme and can make springtime unenjoyable. But luckily, there are steps you can take to help relieve your symptoms and enjoy your spring. Through research and my own personal experience with seasonal and year-round allergies I have learned a lot. So, I’ve put together the most helpful information I have found on allergies and how to manage the symptoms!

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Nose Pad 101: What Nose Pad Are You?

Nose Pads on Glasses

Have you ever bought a new pair of glasses or sunglasses and you absolutely love them EXCEPT… they fit a little weird? But you don’t want to return them because they are exactly your style? So, you just suffer through a little bit of discomfort? Yep. I’ve been there. More times than I’d like to admit. However, we no longer have to do that. Nose Pads come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors to help you keep your styled glasses and be comfortable.

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Up, Up, and Away

Woman on a plane, wearing earplugs, after going through TSA

The year is quickly coming to a close. Here in the Midwest, we have already received our first snowfall. To be honest, I’m not sure if I’m excited about this or deeply saddened. Either way, I can’t do much about it. My puppy is all about it though, so I suppose I HAVE to like it now. With the cold weather, we need something to look forward to. For me (and many others) it is the holiday season and/or traveling. However, traveling with a medical condition or chronic illness can seem daunting. Simply thinking of how many supplies you need, bringing sharps through TSA, and getting everyone out the door on time is chaotic.

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Interview With Quinn Nystrom

Interview With Quinn Nystrom

This monthly spotlight is a little different than normal. On September 5th, 2019, I had the opportunity to speak with Quinn Nystrom about #Insulin4All. The reason this spotlight is different is because we were able to record it. At the bottom of this page, you will find a link to the full interview on our YouTube Channel. First, let me give you a little background.

 

For those of you that don’t know Quinn Nystrom yet, she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes as a child. Ironically, just a few years after her brother was diagnosed. When her little brother was diagnosed, she began campaigning and raising thousands of dollars for diabetes research to help her younger brother. That was just the big sister in her.

 

She has spent the majority of her life fighting for her life and doing the same for others that battle all kinds of diabetes. Now, she is raising the bar. Quinn is officially running as a Congressional Candidate for the Minnesota 8th district to help be the change that she wants to see in the world. We have lost lives due to the high cost of insulin across the world and T1International is trying to change that.

 

In the interview, Quinn discusses #Insulin4All, her book, childhood, diabetes tips, and more.

 

Linked below is the full-length interview on our YouTube channel. Go check it out! I promise you, Quinn’s passion will ignite a spark in you to help in some way. You can help out in small ways. For example, sharing information on your social media channels can help a lot. Every little bit makes a difference.

 

Link to Quinn’s full YouTube video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iUCNiIH1Nw

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Where to Next?

Suitcase ready for travel

Who here is a fan of traveling? I AM. I AM. ME! To be honest, I’m the person that is constantly dreaming of my next destination. Dreaming of sitting on the beach next to turquoise waters with a mojito in my hand…. Yeah, that sounds pretty dang nice right now. I’m not saying that you need to hop on a plane and head to the smallest island over in Eastern Asia to travel or the South Pole if Antarctica is more your style. Even just taking a road trip to a new town in your state counts. There are many places in Minnesota that I have not yet explored but am adding to my road trip list.

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Fall Weather And Flu Season

Tissues for the flu season

The leaves are changing, and the air is getting crisp, which means that the flu season is getting closer and closer. Flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter months. Influenza activity typically begins to increase in October and November, but peaks between December and February. However, the flu season can stick around as late as May. I know, May is the time when you start prepping for Summer. But keep up your healthy habits to avoid that last surge of flu season.

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