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19th February

Hello!

I hope you have had a good week. You might have noticed that this is a different template from last Friday. I have shifted to another newsletter provider as I could only send limited emails via wix.

A big thank you for subscribing to my thoughts!

Quote for the week: " The body is what the body is fed. By the same token, the mind is what the mind is fed. Mind food, of course, doesnt come in packages. You cannot buy it at the store. Mind food is your environment- all the countless things that influence your conscious and sub-conscious thoughts."- David Schwartz, The Magic of Thinking Big.

Who and what are you surrounding yourself with? What is the message your mind is consciously exposed to? If you feel like you are not good enough, take a moment to look around you and introspect when and why did that message feed into your brain.

Book I'm currently reading: The Hypnobirthing Book by Katherine Graves and continuing The Company of one from last week.

Hypnobirthing is a fascinating subject. I've been creating content for our new company website so I needed to brush up my knowledge on the topic. Please recommend this book to every expecting couple you know!

Podcast recommendation: Design Systems That Fuel You with Srinivas Rao on The Chase Jarvis Live Show.

In the podcast, they discuss how we can create an environment and develop systems that ca help us harness and fuel our creativity instead of diminishing it. Find the link here

Book recommendation: Train Happy by Tally Rye. It's the best exercise-related book I've ever read! Tally is a famous Intuitive Fitness instructor based in London and her approach to movement is what we need. She talks you through finding the fun in movement, nurturing a positive relationship with your body and staying healthy. You can find the book here.

Note: This book is not for "weight loss" and doesnt follow the diet culture trend of toxic messaging.

Healthcare News in the UK: Do you know about the Department of Health and Social Care Proposal document? I haven't read it all yet but it does promise a plethora of changes. You can find it here

Another big news is the record number of admissions have been received for nursing programmes in the UK. Find the BBC article here. This is going to immensly help with the growing demand for health workers.

Do you think this trend will follow in other countries as well? Are we going to see creation of new healthcare programmes and roles?

Something that caught my attention: While researching current evidence on telehealth in maternity, I noticed a polarity behind the motivation to introduce telehealth in this sector. Private healthcare sees it as a value-add which can be charged more, or as a back-up due to covid. There is no reduction in out of pocket payments. Public healthcare sees it as a cost-saving initiative for both, the health services and the woman.

Telehealth has the potential to make health affordable and accessible to a wide geographical and socio-economical base. However, the telehealth sector is growing rapidly in countries with predominatly private healthcare. So basically, the consumer ends up paying an addition to what they would anyways have to pay.

The question to ask is, irrespective of private or public, as a society what is leading us towards providing telehealth to the privileged while we should ideally be working to provide accesssible and affordable care to the lesser privileged?

That's all for today. Hope you have an energising and restful weekend! See you next Friday!

Anjali

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