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Rock Your Health: Rethinking your nursing career

If you’re lucky enough, there will be a moment in your nursing career where things don’t go as planned. No matter how carefully you plan or meticulously you control, your career choice starts to unravel. Instead of thinking this is a bad thing, it might be the point where the magic starts to happen and you embark on a new adventure.

I chose a nursing career based on what my college roommate was majoring in because I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do. Even though my heritage said it was my destiny: my mother was a nurse, my grandmother was a nurse, and my great-grandmother (as the story goes) was a healer.

After all the hard work of studying to be a nurse, upon graduation I should have felt great about what I had accomplished, but what I was really feeling was “I don’t want to just sling bed pans as a nurse, there must be something more exciting for me to do.” As it turns out, my restless nature plus that wonderful nursing degree (for which I remain extremely grateful) allowed me to shift many times into many different nursing roles that provided me with great satisfaction in my long and varied career. [more]

Rock Your Health: How to coach yourself to be healthier

How can busy nurses keep themselves on a healthy path? Coaching can help. You can start by doing some role playing in front of a mirror. Feel free to copy my lines if you need them

Reflection says: “Hello. How you are doing with your goal?”
 
You say: “Thanks for asking. To tell the truth, I don’t feel committed to my goal.”
 
Refection says: “What is stopping you?”
 
You say: “I don’t have support at home, so it is easy to stay with my old habits.”
 
Reflection says: “What is one step you can take to move forward with your goal?” [more]

Walk, don’t run, for wellness

I’d been struggling to find resources for a project and I was coming up empty. As my frustration grew, I finally said to myself: “Step away from the computer and go take a walk.” How many times have I advised others to do this as a stress management strategy and I wasn’t taking my own advice? So I did.

As I strolled along on a beautiful day with blue sky and puffy white clouds, my head started to clear and I could feel the creativity flowing.

So here is the “power of a WALK” and what it can do for you.

W – Walk off all the stress in your body. Keep walking until your pace starts to slow down into a rhythm, you stop thinking about everything you were doing that was getting to you before you started walking, your mind starts to open up to creative thoughts, and you start noticing your surroundings. Now you are starting to let in what will rejuvenate you. [more]

9 ways to transition into the Boomer retirement zone without having a meltdown

If you are about to retire or are simply inching closer to retirement, here are some important things to think about. The first big message as you make the transition is to CELEBRATE! After all, retirement is inevitable, so why not enjoy? You have a choice to either take the negative path or the positive path. Since I know that the positive path is the wellness path, and your bodymind is happier this way and functions better, I choose that one.

C – Celebrate your transition day in a great way totally designed by YOU!

Why not? It’s your big day. Take a moment and decide what would be the best way for you to celebrate. Some want a big bash, some want a big trip, some want a big present, some want a ______________ (fill in the blank). Sometimes just spending time creating a new life plan is the best celebration there is. You are on the way to another phase of life and what does that look like? [more]

Rock Your Health: What I didn’t know then and I do know now about how to be really healthy

As a wellness professional, it is only in the last few years that I even heard about low glycemic eating and living an anti-inflammatory lifestyle. Are you familiar with those terms? This information certainly was not part of the many wellness presentations I have provided to the masses over the years. However, by chance−or probably by universal intervention−I realized there was more to learn about nutrition and its effect on the body, besides the old “food pyramid” I used to promote with great zeal.

I now know that all food is not the same, and that “low-glycemic” foods are what your body desires. Not the high carb, high sugar, processed, and artificially flavored temptations found in today’s food chain. And I also now know that restaurants are often not our friend. Their goal is to get us to love what they serve so much that we will return again and again because the taste was so spectacular. [more]

Nurses: What inspires you to reach for excellence?

Nurses Week is a good time to reflect on what sets the nursing profession apart from so many others. Nurses have a reverence for the work (however flawed circumstances may be on a day-to-day basis), and a commitment to bettering the “caring profession.”

This Nurses Week, please give some thought to what inspires Elizabeth Kenney2you to reach for excellence. Submit your favorite inspirational quotes and sayings in the comments box below and we will share them so all can be uplifted. We’ll also compile the best into a resource to sustain you on the days when you face challenges.

Here’s a quote from an amazing Australian nurse, Elizabeth Kenney. In the 1930’s, she pioneered the use of physical therapy, rather than immobilization, for polio victims.

 

It is better to be a lion for a day
than a sheep all your life.

             —Elizabeth Kenney, 1880-1952

 

NOTE⇒ You can use the 20% Nurses Week discount offered in this post through 5/12/2015.

Rock Your Health: Seven ways to calm a busy boomer

I am a busy boomer. Always on the move and always doing more than I need to. I am an energizer bunny. It seems to be a trait of many fellow boomers that we don’t want to slow down.

What I have noticed, however, is I get so busy “doing” that I don’t take enough time “being.” And by doing all the time, I miss out on a lot of what is great about my age and wisdom and being a boomer. In an effort to correct that, I (sadly) have to schedule time on my calendar for relaxation and reflection, which is apparently what we have to do today to get any free time for ourselves. As crazy as that seems, it actually works and is a great tool if you are looking for a way to build time into your day for YOU!

So pull out your calendars and create some space for you every day where you can REFLECT on all that is great about your life and what lies ahead. Here are a few steps to follow.

R – Realize what is happening in the present moment

If you are caught-up rehashing something in the past or projecting into the future, you have totally missed what is happening in the present moment. And that is all we have! Take a breath, and pay attention to the right now time and what is in your mind. Is it what you want to be thinking about? Is it serving you well or making you stressed? Is it negative or positive? Right here, right now, think about something pleasant and stay with that thought, and your body and mind will thank you.

E – Escape from your current focus and take time out to think

Now that you have adjusted your thoughts toward positivity, stay there for a while and think of all the things you are grateful for. As you continue these thoughts, you might notice a smile creeping in on your face as you ponder what is great about you and your life. How good does that feel? [more]

Rock Your Health: Seven secrets to being a healthy Boomer

What does it mean to be a healthy Baby Boomer? I am one and am proud of it! But I latched on to the concept of Wellness early-on. Right out of nursing training I spent three years as a Navy Nurse caring for Vietnam casualties and really got a wake-up call about war and how it is not a good thing! But I learned a lot, grew up a lot, and then entered civilian life again doing the nursing thing at the bedside. That may have been the turning point for me because I felt the problems I was treating could have been prevented, and it all seemed senseless to me.

So I became a school nurse, got hooked on teaching kids how to stay healthy, and made the shift from treating problems to helping people prevent them. Much more rewarding for me and thus I was dubbed “Nurse Wellness.”

How to be happyWhat I have learned and “know for sure” (as Oprah would put it) is that there are some core principles that if you adhere to them, all will be well.  Why people don’t is still a mystery to me, but once you get in the groove of these things, it becomes fun, with a huge payoff—like you might live forever! And right now as a Boomer, that sounds mighty nice, doesn’t it?

So here is that magic formula for staying HEALTHY.

H – Happy attitude
E – Exercise daily
A – Abundance of antioxidants
L – Low glycemic foods
T – Take time for yourself
H – Help others
Y – Young at heart

So how healthy are you?

Be well on your wellness journey.