20 Amazing Summer Stay-cation Ideas

20 Amazing Summer Stay-cation Ideas

With summer in full swing, finding fun activities to do can be daunting. Regardless of where you live there are countless ways to have fun at-home, in your community, or in your state. Here 20 amazing summer stay-cation ideas to make it a blast.

Set some ground rules: (optional)
No phones, computers, or TV – Test yourself and get creative with a no phones, computers, or TV rule for a day.
Out and About

Visit a Nearby Tourist Spot- Be a tourist in your on hometown.

Take a day trip – get out in your state and explore places you have never been before. Pull out a map and go! Who knows you just might find some cool places you have never been in your own backyard.

Stay at a hometown hotel for a night or two. Or Airbnb it. – When we think vacation, we typically dream of tropical get away or scenic journeys to far away lands, but who says you can’t stay local and try out a nice hotel near you? Better yet, Airbnb a eclectic home, yurt or tiny house in your state and get out of Dodge for a weekend.

Take your camera for an adventure – Our phones have cameras. Take yours for a field trip, day trip, or weekend getaway. Make memories! You will be glad you did.

Food Lovers

Tour a Local Factory, Winery, or Brewery – Taste your way to a fun day out with friends!

Go out for ice cream – I know the ice cream aisle at the grocery store may have some appeal, but nothing replaces the special trip to get ice cream our parents took us on.

Themed dinner and movie night – Go out to a great Italian place, have a glass of Chianti, and follow it up with the Godfather series. You pick your food and movie combo!

Fun in the sun

Get Wet – Spend the day at a river, lake, local pool or water park, or just head to the beach! If that sounds like too much effort, simply set up a slip & slide in the backyard. Kiddie pools can be for adults too. Set up a cool down tank in your back yard to fight the hot summer days.

Go Golfing – If dad is into real golf, consider spending an afternoon doing a family golf lesson; otherwise, stick to mini golf at a local novelty course!

Play Outside – Go fly a kite, take a walk, go for a bike ride, or take a hike–most state and national parks have at least a few walking, hiking, or biking trails to choose from.

Explore The Great Indoors

Finish a jig saw puzzle – If its to hot to go outside, buy a jigsaw puzzle, throw on some music and challenge yourself to complete it in one day! Or two. Get your friends to help out, the more help the better.

Stay in bed or take as many nappy poo’s as you want! – Rest and good quality sleep are sometimes hard to come by. Take a day and spoil your body and mind with some rest and recovery.

 

Buy a bunch of magazines – Tired of reading books, try picking up some magazines and lounge at-home or at park.

Make a collage – Got too many magazines? Create a vision board or dream collage of the things that matter to you or that you want in your life. Collages are a great way to get creative again. No experience necessary. Just glue, poster board and scissors.

Find a easy Read, Romance, fantasy, fiction – When was the last time you read a book for fun? Maybe high school, grade school? Go to a local library, amazon or used book store and find a tantalizing book to get lost in.

Backyard Bliss

Camp in Your Own Backyard-Why not enjoy the great outdoors in your own backyard? Set up a tent and sleeping bags, build a fire (or use the grill) to cook s’mores, and camp out.

Picnic – This could be a full basket retreat to the park or a brown bag lunch in the grass. Just a change in scenery with some good simple food could brighten your day.

Hang up a hammock – Aiming for a low key day? Hang up a hammock inside or outside. Give yourself a nook to lay back, relax and enjoy a nap or a good book.

Break out some cards and board games – Dust them off everyone! Or go out and find one you and some friends can have a blast with over cocktails and small eats.

Got an itch to work and play?

Check out our recent blog Summer Fun Travel Destinations for Locums and our Job Page for new locum opportunities!

 

 

Summer Fun Travel Destinations for Locums

Summer Fun Travel Destinations for Locums

Looking for an adventure? Need a change of scenery? Look no further! Find out which locums destinations offer you the ability to work and play in the USA. Here are some great summer fun travel locations for locum tenens.

South Carolina –

Top places to visit –  Charleston, Morris Islands, Lee Falls, Myrtle Beach

Charleston is a port city founded in 1670 featuring historic cobblestone streets, colonial architecture, and horse-drawn carriage rides. If you like shopping, food,  museums, and walking along the water, Charleston is filled with boutiques, historical architecture, southern-inspired restaurants, and beaches within walking distance.

Tennessee –

Top places to visit – Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Franklin, Cookeville

If music is your thing, then Nashville or Memphis are epicenters for country, blues, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll lovers. Featuring the “Grand Ole Opry”, Country Music Hall of Fame, Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, Blues Hall of Fame, and Stax Museum of American Soul Music are great starters for any music fan. But if food really calls you, some of the best beer and barbeque joints are in Tennessee.

North Carolina

Top places to visit – Outer Banks, Greenville, Greensboro, Highlands, New Bern, Asheville, Charlotte, Raleigh

From sprawling, beautiful beaches to historic cities tucked away in the Blue Ridge mountains opening to vast parks and romantic getaways, there’s no shortage of fun. Whether

Texas

Top places to visit – Galveston, Dallas, Austin, Shops at Legacy, San Antonio River Walk, Big Bend National Park, Wimberley, Fort Worth, Stock Yards

Dallas / Fort Worth / Austin – 
With constant growth and opportunities in healthcare, as well as countless other perks like expansive parks, countless shopping venues, popular restaurants, outdoor activities, sporting events, and so much more Texas is a great destination for locums.

Galveston –

Situated on the Gulf of Mexico, Galveston Island spans 27 miles long, is no more than 3 miles wide, and features six historic districts with 19th-century buildings. Galveston has more than 30 miles of beaches, 14 museums, and 20 art galleries, and many shops making it a fun travel destination for travelers. On top of that, Galveston has been recognized worldwide for its medical and healthcare research. For more information go to: Galveston.com.

See what adventures await. Click here for locum opportunities.

New to locums? For more information go to: 7 Benefits of Becoming a Locum Tenens Provider or our Providers page on our website.

Locums Good Option for Final-Year Residents

Locums Good Option for Final-Year Residents

With physicians in high demand and opportunities abound, many residents want to find the right job to begin their new career. Some of their top concerns about finding their first job are:

  • Earning a good income
  • Educational debt
  • Availability of free time
  • Insufficient practice management knowledge

Because of this, final-year residents are choosing to do locums for their first job which addresses their top concerns.

In our recent blog 7 Benefits of Becoming a Locum Tenens Provider we listed some of the benefits of becoming a locum tenens provider. Some of those include:

  • Access to better pay and can be a way to supplement your income while working a permanent job.
  • Improved work/life balance and flexibility in your work schedule.
  • Diverse work settings and opportunities to find out what you like or don’t like.
  • The chance to travel to new places and meet new people.

In addition to these awesome benefits, final-year residents get access to various opportunities for mentorship as well. 38% of residents feel unprepared to face the business side of their practice. Locums offer residents the chance to explore different opportunities to work with different people and learn first-hand how different practices are run. It also allows residents to work with different staff, peers, and understand different office politics without committing to a permanent job.

MD Staff Pointe specializes in hospital-based locums and is a strong source for those looking for locums for their first job. Whether it is your first time or if you’re looking for a change we can help.

Check out the link below for current opportunities!

Search Jobs here!

Go to our FAQ’s for more information on becoming a locum tenens provider with MD Staff Pointe.

 

 

7 Benefits of Becoming a Locum Tenens Provider

There are so many benefits of becoming a locum tenens provider. Whether you are a recent graduate, recently retired, or anyone in between, you can benefit greatly from locum opportunities. Read on to see why many providers are making the switch.

Better FulfillmentLocum Tenens Travel

Recent studies have shown that Locum Tenens physician can earn up to 50% more. This can be a great benefit to those looking to pay off student loans, retired physicians looking to earn some income while they slow down, or those simply wishing to supplement their current income.

Flexibility – Work/Life Balance

Locum Tenens physicians can choose to work as much or as little as they want to provide themselves the flexibility for their desired lifestyle all while preventing burnout.

New Work Settings

Locum Tenens physicians are exposed to various environments and hospital systems. This provides a plethora of new situations and opportunities to expand your career.

Personal Fulfillment

In addition to helping hospitals and communities that are in need of quality care, you will have opportunities to meet new people and patients.

Try Out Your New Career

For those who are just finishing their residencies and do not know what kind of work they want to do or where they want to live doing Locum Tenens can help you make better decisions.

The Chance to Travel to New Places

Locum Tenens work is available nationwide and provides access to those wishing to travel from the West Coast to the East Coast.

More Employment Opportunities

The Healthcare staffing industry and the need for locum tenens providers is on the rise. 90% of healthcare facilities use locum tenens providers and with an anticipated shortfall of 150,000 doctors in the next 10-15 years, the demand for coverage is only going to increase. This will open up even more opportunities nationwide to travel and explore. At MD Staff Pointe malpractice, travel, and credentialing are taken care of on your behalf! So why wait? 

For current job and travel opportunities go to https://jobs.mdstaffpointe.com/

For more information about becoming a Locum Tenens provider with MD Staff Pointe go to https://www.mdstaffpointe.com/faqs/

Source: NALTO

The Latest Migraine Treatments and Research

The month of June is National Migraine and Headache month recognizing the 10% of the population who are affected and the latest research and treatments recently developed. While there is no cure for migraines, scientists and neurologists continue to learn about this condition every day and so far more treatments and developments are being made. 

Migraine management with Yoga –

According to a study published in the May 6, 2020, adding yoga to your regularly prescribed migraine treatment may be better than medication alone. American Academy of Neurology stated that the study showed people improved in both the medication-only group as well as the yoga group, but the benefit was higher in the yoga group in all areas, including headache frequency, pain intensity, use of medications as well as how much migraine interfered with daily life.”

Targeted Treatments –

In 2018, the FDA approved three medications. Emgality, Aimovig, and Ajoby,  that target a protein known as Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) that helps your body transmit and respond to pain signals. These medications interfere with this protein to reduce the number of days that people experience migraine symptoms.

New Medication – 

Scientists have been developing another Triptan medication called Lasmiditan that binds to the serotonin receptor know as 5-HT1F that studies have shown may help to relieve migraine symptoms in people with heart disease.

Brain Stimulation –

Low-intensity electrical currents have been used to stimulate parts of the brain as an alternative treatment for reducing the intensity and frequency of migraine symptoms. Transcutaneous direct current stimulation (tDCS) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) devices are available commercially and are noninvasive, painless, and quick to use to manage migraines.

Personalized treatments – 

Each case is unique to the individual when it comes to selecting the right form of migraine treatment. Scientists are studying the underlying causes and mechanisms of migraines and their symptoms. They are looking to identify the different phases of migraines, the molecules and processes involved, and genetic testing to provide more successful treatment for those suffering.

 

Search our latest Neurology jobs here.

For more information on the latest Migraine treatments click here: Healthline

For more information on yoga and migraines click here

Walking Towards Better Health During COVID-19

As the nation and our economy begins to heal many people are walking towards better health. Countless stressors that bombard us daily have a detrimental effect on our minds and bodies. In response to this many have taken to walking to maintain their health physically, mentally, and emotionally during COVID-19. Whether people are with family, friends, or coworkers; in neighborhoods, parks, or at the office; there is always a good time for a walk.

Just 30 minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. It can also reduce your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and some cancers. Unlike some other forms of exercise, walking is free and doesn’t require any special equipment or training. A 2007 study of inactive women found that even a low level of exercise – around 75 minutes per week – improved their fitness levels significantly when compared to a non-exercising group.

Studies are finding that the stay home orders are affecting people’s mental health and walking can help. Antonia Malchik, author of A Walking Life: Reclaiming Our Health and Our Freedom One Step at a Time, noted in a recent essay, “Walking helps us remember what it feels like to be fully alive.”  She noted that many studies link moderate regular exercise—and walking in particular—with improved mental health, including lower incidence of anxiety and depression. 

With too many benefits to pass up, why not take a stroll for better health?

Source: LifeHacker – Walking Benefits

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