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Carol Ebert

Carol Ebert, RN, BSN, MA, CHES, CWP, is a creative force for education and wellness and is a certified wellness practitioner and wellness coach, mindful coaching certification trainer, certified law of attraction facilitator, and certified nutrition advisor. She has been a bedside nurse, school health educator, college health service director, medical center wellness specialist, and mindful coach and trainer. She is now CEO of her own wellness business, She can be emailed at

Rock Your Health: My favorite wellness tips for the holidays

1. Determine the primary health goal that you want to keep alive and well during the holidays.

Write it in BIG LETTERS on BIG PAPER so that you can see it every day and so that it will keep you on track. Don’t give up on yourself and all the great work you’ve been doing to stay healthy by caving in to over-indulgence.

2. Stay nourished while you are on the go so you will avoid fast food temptations.

I love a smoothie to go that is packed with nutrition. Let me know if you need recipes.

3. Have a healthy snack before you go to a party to avoid overindulging. [more]

Rock Your Health: Got the sugar blues?

Depression is predicted to be the second-leading burden on society among all diseases by the year 2020. At the same time, global consumption of refined high glycemic index (GI) foods is steadily rising and there is some evidence that these trends may be related.

A study I recently came across in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that the incidence of depression in postmenopausal women may be linked to an increased consumption of high glycemic index foods, added sugars, and refined grains (Gangwisch, J., et al. High glycemic index diet as a risk factor for depression: analyses from the Women’s Health Initiative. Am J Clin Nutr doi: 10.3945/ajcn.114.103846).

Now that we are entering what may be termed the Sugar Season, it is a good time to pay attention to this message. Ask yourself these questions: [more]

Rock Your Health: Nurse leaders and nurse managers can say no to negativity

At any given time, nurse leaders and nurse managers have a choice: to be negative or to be positive.

Think about it this way. Do you choose to laugh, have fun, and see the bright side of everything? Or do you do the opposite? A positive “can do” attitude is a frame of mind that will serve you well as you go through your day. [more]

Rock Your Health: Nurses can trade in the old for the new

As a nurse manager or nurse leader, are you hanging on to old behaviors that once were useful but now are not?

For example, do you not speak up when you have the opportunity because you think what you have to say is not important, you are not eloquent, or you think you are not good enough.

To overcome this, first write down one old behavior you cling to that isn’t getting you what you want. [more]

Rock Your Health: How nurse managers can remove the roadblocks of life

As a nurse manager or nurse leader, you probably have many unfilled dreams. What is standing in the way of you realizing those dreams? Think about whether this roadblock is a true obstacle or a false belief about yourself. Break it down into small components so you can chip away at it a little bit at a time. You can’t move a large boulder, but you can chisel off small rocks, until you have the strength to push it aside.

Write down one roadblock standing in the way of what you want in life. [more]

Rock Your Health: Living your true passion

If you have lost the passion as a nurse manager or nurse leader, it’s time to ask yourself whether you are willing to challenge the status quo to begin living your passion. Try the below exercise to identify what you love to do.

First, make a list of five things you love to do. Then prioritize your list.

Is priority number one your passion?

How much time do you devote to priority number one? How does it relate to the work you are doing? [more]

Rock Your Health: When comfort becomes uncomfortable

This may seem like an unusual question to ask nurse managers and nurse leaders, but it’s one that is worth thinking about. Is your job too comfortable? Is it not stimulating enough? Are you stuck in a rut?

Being in your comfort zone is comfortable, but it may not be the best place for you. If your goal is to have a more joyful existence, then take some risks. [more]

Rock Your Health: How nurse leaders can get unstuck and move again

We all get stuck in the mud once in a while. On a regular basis in my case! But it doesn’t have to stop nurse managers and leaders completely and sabotage your dreams. It’s easy to give in and give up when this happens, but I just see it as business as usual. Time for a course correction to jump start yourself once again. You’re just a tweak away from getting up and getting going again.

Here are some tips that might help:

U – Unwind for a while and relax to clear your head. Schedule time on your calendar to ensure you will do this.

N – Note what’s going on. Consider writing in a journal about it.

S – Speak your truth and be honest with yourself. [more]

Rock Your Health: Respecting your inner voice

Your internal voice—the voice of your truth—may be giving you messages and needs to be heard. Access this important information by taking time to slow down, quiet your mind, get comfortable with stillness, and find a way to meditate that is right for you. Turn off the world’s input for a while and just “be”.

How can you practice quieting your mind? Consider methods such as meditation, prayer, gentle movement, or walking in solitude.

Become aware of what happens to you when you have quieted yourself. Do a quick body scan from head to toe. [more]

Rock Your Heath: Stress release tip to show your nurses you care

Has work got you and your nurses operating on overload? Sometimes we need a wake-up call before we are willing to change and it usually manifests itself as pain resulting from stress. Headaches, neck and shoulder pain, back aches, indigestion, insomnia, and other ails.

What signs are you experiencing that might indicate stress overload and imbalance?

It’s time to re-assess your situation and start some self-care practices. Here is one idea I love and if you do this for your staff, they will really appreciate you.

Get a crock pot and fill it with water. Add many washcloths to soak up all the water and then put the crock pot on low so the wash clothes get nice and warm. [more]