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5 Ways to Stay Happy During a Long Shift 11 February 16 09:24 AM postedby Maria Senior

By Stephanie Weaver - 

Nurses are obligated to work long shifts. But when you’re on your feet for 12-hour durations taking care of patients, your own well-being could be put on the backburner.  As a healthcare professional, your happiness is critical for your physical and mental health, as well as for your work performance and bedside mannerisms. Here are five ways to stay happy during a long shift, even if you’re dealing with impatient patients and have sore feet.

Stay Healthy

Keeping up with your physical health plays an important role when it comes to your mental and emotional welfare. Regular exercise boosts energy, keeping you awake and alert. Not to mention, exercise increases serotonin, your body’s natural happiness drug (but we’re sure you knew that already). On your time off, be sure to hit the gym (or the pavement) two to three times per week. Consider joining a 24-hour gym so you can exercise when it’s convenient for you.

Keep an abundant supply of healthy snacks on hand to ward off fatigue. Nuts, dried fruit, and granola can all be easily stored in your tote bag or in a drawer at the nurse’s station for easy access and consumption. Additionally, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Keep a water bottle, such as our stainless steel “SLP Find Your Voice” bottle, close by to sip on when you’re thirsty.

Wear Comfy Shoes

All nurses can appreciate a pair of supportive and comfortable shoes. When you’re constantly on the move, having the proper footwear is essential. Opt for nurse clogs or convenient slip-ons. With a plethora of color and style options to choose from, footwear for nurses is the perfect blend of functionality and fashion.

Have a Solid Support System

When you work long shifts, it’s important to have folks in your life who understand that your work schedule doesn’t sync with their own. Your friends and family should be understanding of your job.

Be sure to schedule time to hang out with your tribe. Whether it’s a night out on the town or a laid back lunch date, hanging out with people who care about you boosts happiness.

Find Joy in the Little Things

It can be tough to take pleasure in your job when you’ve been running around for 10 hours straight. But it’s critical to find joy in mundane tasks or moments. Whether it’s a smiling patient or encouraging words from your boss, basking in little achievements can keep you motivated and happy.

Treat Yourself

Having something to look forward to at the end of a long shift can keep you going.  Schedule a little TLC time for yourself by drawing a nice, warm bath or treat yourself to a fashionable t-shirt for nurses, or pretty jewelry item, such as our “Nurse, Comfort, Kindness” sterling silver finish bracelet

Working long hours can be rocky, but there are many ways that you can maintain your happiness during your long shift. 

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8 Ways to Live Life to the Fullest 26 January 16 01:47 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

8 Ways to Live Life to the Fullest

What does a typical day look like for you? If your answer is a ringing phone, screaming kids and a frantic schedule, we sympathize.

When you’re working long hours and trying to balance your home and work responsibilities, it’s difficult to seize the day. That’s why we’re sharing these 8 tips for living each day to the fullest!

1. Act like a kid – Sure, you’re a grown up which means you have to do grown up things like pay the bills and take your car in for inspection. But some days, you just need to have some fun and be a kid again. Maybe, you could go roller skating, play a video game or board game, or just be silly for a little while. You’ll have a blast and feel much better about doing all that boring adult stuff!

2. Take time to appreciate the little things – I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “Stop and smell the roses” before. Well, people say it for a reason. When you’re working a busy schedule, sometimes you forget to take a moment for yourself. No matter how hectic your life may be, it’s important to carve out some quiet time to appreciate all the good things in your life. You could take this time to meditate or simply sit and think.

3. Take a walk – The next time you feel overwhelmed by work and your responsibilities, pull on your walking shoes and take a nice stroll down your street or around your neighborhood. The walk will clear your head and give you time to reflect on your life.

4. Work out – Make working out a priority by finding ways to fit exercise into your busy schedule. Working out not only gets you into shape; it also improves your mental health and overall well-being. Whether it’s running or yoga, any physical activity can do wonders for your mood.

5. Let bygones be bygones – Harboring feelings of resentment towards someone only wastes precious time and energy. Everyone gets angry, but you need to let go of grudges as they can hurt you more than the person you’re holding it against. 

6. Sing at the top of your lungs – Whether you sing in the shower, the car or at karaoke night, it doesn’t matter. Even if you’re the worst singer in the world and completely tone deaf, singing can help uplift your mood and is loads of fun. So, we encourage you to let out your inner Beyoncé.

7. Get some shut-eye – You may have a million things to do and no time to do them, but you’re not helping anyone if you’re going through the motions like a zombie. Getting a good night’s sleep can help your mood, improve your memory and increase your focus. Plus, no one wants to deal with you when you’re cranky.

8. Be creative – Expressing your creative side can help you let go of negative feelings. You could try painting, knitting or a DIY project. If you’re more of a writer, writing in a journal may help boost your mood.

How do you live life to the fullest? Share your ideas in the comments below!

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8 Ways to Reward Yourself Without Food 21 January 16 03:20 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

8 Ways to Reward Yourself Without Food

While it’s important to reward yourself for your accomplishments, celebrating with junk food might not be the best idea. This is especially the case when you have just reached a weight loss goal.

Instead of going out to eat, check out these 8 healthier ways to reward yourself!

1. Get a manicure or a pedicure – When was the last time you had your nails done? If you can’t remember, it may be time to go to the salon! If you don’t want to pay to have them professionally done, then do your own. You’ll still be pampering yourself and feel better afterwards.

2. Take some me time – Try to set aside some time each week to do something for yourself. You could read a favorite book, go for a walk, listen to music or watch a movie. It’s all up to you!

3. Go shopping – Whether you’re buying new shoes or a kitchen appliance, shopping makes for a fun experience! Especially when you’re treating yourself to something you’ve been wanting for ages!

 

4. Get a massage – Nothing relaxes you like a professional massage or some spa time. You’ll feel like a whole new you!

5. Plan a movie night – Have a fun night at the movies with a friend or a family member. You’ll finally see that movie you’ve been dying to see, and you’ll have an enjoyable night! Remember to skip the popcorn though. 

6. Visit a local attraction – Make the most of your day off and check out a local museum or tourist attraction. You’ll have a fun field trip and learn more about your town or city!    

7. Take a day trip – A weekend getaway or a day trip is a great way to celebrate your recent achievements! You could grab some friends and spend the day at the beach or go hiking with the family. Make sure you pack some healthy snacks in a lunch bag to avoid the temptation of junk food!

8. Get a good night’s sleep – What better way to reward yourself than a good night’s sleep? Take certain steps to ensure that you’ll sleep the whole night through. Help yourself wind down in the evening by using aromatherapy oils or taking a bubble bath.

How do you reward yourself for a job well done? Let us know!

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5 Tips For Getting Out of Bed on Cold Mornings 19 January 16 01:23 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

5 Tips For Getting Out of Bed on Cold Mornings

If you’re not a morning person, you’re not alone. Waking up in the morning and crawling out of bed is never easy, but it’s even more difficult to do so in the cold winter months.

Staying under that warm, cozy blanket is tempting when you think of your work responsibilities and the hectic day ahead of you. That’s why we’re sharing some ways to make getting out of bed easier on cold, dark mornings. Even if you work the night shift, these tips are sure to come in handy if you struggle to wake up.

1. Change your alarm sound – Sure, loud, obnoxious alarm tones will do the trick, but they hardly make for a pleasant wake-up experience. Instead, why not choose some classical music or birds chirping or anything that’s preferable to loud wailing noises? These calming sounds contribute to a more natural wake up process where you won’t be tempted to throw your phone across the room.

2. Set your coffee maker’s timer – If you’re a coffee lover like me, nothing wakes you up like the tantalizing aroma of a freshly brewed batch. Getting out of bed on a cold winter’s morning will be so much easier if you know a steaming mug of coffee awaits you.

3. Jump right in the shower – A hot shower first thing in the morning will boost your circulation and feel amazing. To wake up even more, we recommend using a shower gel with mint, lime or another invigorating scent to leave you feeling alert and refreshed.

4. Have something to look forward to – If you need some convincing to roll out of bed, you might want to try focusing on something you actually want to do that morning. Instead of sleeping in, make an effort to wake up earlier so you have time for morning activities that you can look forward to. Maybe, you could drink coffee in bed, read a few pages of a favorite book, enjoy a warm breakfast or just relax for a few minutes before you start another busy day.

5. Lay out your clothes the night before – If you decide what to wear the night before, you’ll save time in the morning and feel better knowing you can wake up and simply get dressed. After all, there’s nothing worse than searching endlessly for a scrub top or a misplaced sock when you’re already running late. 

How do you force yourself out of bed in the mornings? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

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6 Tips for Staying Warm in Cold Weather 14 January 16 02:18 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

6 Tips for Staying Warm in Cold Weather

Do you want to build a snowman? Some of you may be thinking, yes, I’d love to participate in cold weather fun! But if you’re like me, you’d much rather be curled up indoors, wrapped in a cozy blanket by the fire.

I’m sure, if we had the choice, we’d all prefer staying inside where it’s warm rather than braving the cold outdoors. But, unfortunately, this is not the case for hard-working healthcare professionals who have to travel to their workplace rain or shine or snow.

Luckily for these healthcare workers, we have some helpful suggestions for staying warm in even the coldest weather. On top of your scarf, hat and coat, try these tips if you’re having trouble warming up!

1. Layer up – This may seem obvious, but we want to address it nonetheless. Along with your usual sweater and jacket, we suggest that you also wear an under-layer – a layer that would go under your normal clothing. Maybe, you could wear stockings, leg warmers or a thermal shirt – whatever keeps you nice and toasty.

2. Take advantage of warming materials – At first, you may think it’s silly to carry around travel mugs of soup or wear heated gloves, but you’ll appreciate them when you’re walking outdoors in frigid temps. If you’re outside for long periods of time on your work commute or while running errands, you could even try stuffing your coat pockets with reusable hand warmers.

3. Wear clothing that fits you – We know you want to look good and can understand the appeal of form-fitting clothes. But when you’re venturing outside in cold weather, it’s important that you wear clothes that are the right size. When your clothing is too tight, you’ll have trouble staying warm and comfortable.  Instead, try to find clothing that provides a protective layer between your skin and the environment, such as looser pants or a larger coat.

4. Prepare your bed – There’s nothing worse than climbing into bed after a long day, only to feel icy cold sheets against your skin. If you’ve had this issue, try placing a hot water bottle under the blankets in the lower center of the bed, or you could throw your bedding into the dryer for 10-20 minutes on medium or high heat.

5. Bake something – Winter is the perfect time to bake! Whether you bake cookies or a casserole, it doesn’t matter. The act of turning on and heating up the oven will make the room nice and warm.

6. Drink something hot – Maybe, you’re a tea person. Or perhaps, you need to start your day off with a cup of coffee. Either way, a mug filled with your favorite hot beverage will help keep you warm from the inside out. If you’re tempted to spike that beverage, be careful, as alcohol may have you feeling warmer but it actually lowers your body temperature.

How about you? How do you stay warm in the brutally cold months of winter? Share your suggestions in the comments below!

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6 Tips on Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick 07 January 16 12:23 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

6 Tips on Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

It’s a new year, and you know what that means – time for New Year’s Resolutions! When you’re overwhelmed with home and workplace responsibilities, sticking with your goals can be tough. But it’s important to stay in good health and realize your full potential.

If you struggle with keeping your resolutions, try these 6 ways for sticking to your New Year’s resolutions. 

 

1. Make a shorter list – Instead of committing yourself to a large number of goals, it’s better to focus on two or three resolutions that you truly want. You’ll feel less overwhelmed and have a better chance of following through.

2. Be specific – When you’re making a list of your New Year’s resolutions, it’s very important that you outline a specific goal. Instead of stating that you’ll work out more, you could set aside certain times of the week for exercise.

3. Create a plan – Before you make a New Year’s resolution, map out a strategy for making that goal a reality. Write down a series of smaller steps that you will need to complete rather than starting off with one daunting task.

4. Be realistic – Don’t chase after unattainable goals; you’re only setting yourself up for failure. For example, cutting chocolate out of your diet entirely may not be the wisest move if it’s your favorite food. Instead, you could set a goal for eating chocolate less or only so many times a month. The same goes for spending less money. Avoiding malls or stores altogether could result in disaster, so set yourself a reasonable budget or only go clothes shopping every so often.

5. Talk about it – Don’t keep your resolutions to yourself. Share your New Year’s resolutions with your friends and family so they can support your efforts and keep you motivated. If you can, find a friend with the same goal so you can work together and strengthen your resolve.

6. Reward yourself – If your resolution is to eat better, you may not want to treat yourself to a box of chocolates, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate your success in some other way. You could reward yourself with a shopping trip, a pedicure or a fun gift just for you!

What are your 2016 goals? Feel free to share them in the comments below!

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6 Tips for Waking Up Earlier 17 December 15 03:57 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

6 Tips for Waking Up Earlier

Whether you’re waking up bright and early, or rolling out of bed for the night shift, leaving the comfort of your bed is never an easy task. Somehow, your hand keeps reaching for the snooze button, and before you know it, you’re in a mad rush to get dressed and out the door.

Getting out of bed faster and starting your work day off right shouldn’t be so difficult. Conquer those hours before work by using these tips for waking up earlier. 

1. Use a different alarm clock – When you’re sleeping soundly, a traditional alarm clock just doesn’t do the trick. And there’s always the snooze button to contend with. Instead of using your run of the mill alarm clock, or even your cellphone alarm, you may want to invest in a unique alarm clock that forces you out of bed. Some alarm clocks have you chase them, while others challenge you with a puzzle you must finish to shut off the alarm.

2. Wake up a minute earlier each day – If you want to wake up half an hour earlier than usual, but can’t seem to find the motivation, why not start off small? Help your body adjust to the new time by setting your alarm one minute earlier each day. Then, you’ll have an easier time reaching your goal. 

3. Manipulate your environment – Getting out of bed will be so much easier if you create an environment that’s conducive to waking up. Maybe, you could place a cozy robe or sweatshirt by the bed, or you could move your alarm clock across the room. Once you’ve gotten up to turn off the alarm, you’ll be less likely to return to bed.

4. Lay your clothes out the night before – Be prepared and lay out all of your clothes, scrubs, shoes or any accessories you may need before you go to bed. Then you won’t have to decide on what to wear after waking up. Knowing that’s taken care of can help you wake up in the morning.

5. Have a reason to wake up earlier – Are there chores that need to be done? Maybe, the dog needs to be walked? Do you want to really enjoy your cup of coffee and watch some TV? Whatever the reason, having something productive to do will make waking up easier.

6. Let people know you’re waking up earlier – Telling people that you’re waking up earlier will actually hold you accountable. Then if you end up sleeping in, you may feel ashamed for fibbing.

So, what about you? What tricks do you have for waking up earlier?

Struggling with sleep issues? Sleep the whole night through with these 14 tips for a good night’s sleep.

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5 Things Healthcare Professionals Should Never Post on Social Media 15 December 15 03:16 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

5 Things Healthcare Professionals Should Never Post on Social Media

Social media can be a blessing and a curse. It serves as an emotional outlet and keeps long distance friends connected, but it can also be dangerous.

Of course, there are certain things you should never say to coworkers in the office, but this rule also extends to online communications. Healthcare professionals have been penalized or fired for inappropriate postings on social media. That’s why it’s important to carefully consider what you share on social media and the possible ramifications.

Protect your reputation online by avoiding these 5 things healthcare professionals should never post on social media.

 

1. Pictures of Patients – You may have bonded with your patient, but posting pictures or videos of them on social media is a huge no-no. You’re not only violating your patient’s privacy; you’re also putting your job at risk. If you need to share medical images for educational purposes, you should follow the proper procedure of obtaining consent.  This means forget tweeting an image of an ongoing surgery. No one needs to see that.

2. Patient’s Status – There’s a huge difference between telling everyone on Facebook what you had for breakfast and giving a play by play of your patient’s medical status. Once again, this is a serious violation of a patient’s privacy and also illegal. So, do yourself a favor and stick to sharing baby photos and pictures of cats.

 

3. Bashing your workplace – Yes, not everyone is going to like where they work, but there is a time and a place for venting. You might need that hospital or facility for a future reference, so keep your negative feelings off of social media. Instead, talk to a friend, invest in a stress reliever or take your feelings out on an unsuspecting punching bag. 

4. Party pictures – After a hectic week at the office, you may want to let your hair down and have some fun. There is nothing wrong with living a little, but be mindful of what you post on your social media accounts, especially when you’re looking for a new job. Hospitals and healthcare facilities will scan your social media, and those party pictures may hinder your efforts.

5. Trash-talking coworkers – No matter where you work, there will always be one person that will rub you the wrong way. But even if they’re extremely annoying, that does not mean you should criticize them on social media. Be careful of what you say on your social media accounts, as it could come back to haunt you in the future.

So remember, never post anything on the internet that you may regret sharing later. Once it’s out there, you can’t take it back.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Wearing Scrubs 10 December 15 02:34 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

The Do’s and Don’ts of Wearing Scrubs

There are two schools of thought when it comes to wearing scrubs outside of the workplace. Some healthcare workers feel that scrubs should only be worn in a work environment to avoid the spread of germs, while others believe that it doesn’t pose any real threat.

Whatever your beliefs, there are certain guidelines to follow when wearing scrubs outside of the workplace. Today, we are taking a closer look at the do’s and don’ts of wearing scrubs.

Scrubs Don’ts

1. Don’t wear scrubs to a party – There’s just no reason to wear your everyday scrubs to any party. You may be running late to a holiday party, but it’s still a huge no no. Unless it’s a Halloween party, be sure to change to your regular clothes before arriving. Even if it is a Halloween party, why not dress up in something different for a nice change? Though of course, we understand the temptation to dress up as a zombie nurse.

2. Don’t wear scrubs with stains on them – If you’re wearing scrubs outside of the office or facility, keep them clean and stain free. Always carry a fresh change of clothes with you so you’re not stuck wearing those soiled scrubs outside of the workplace. Also, remove pesky stains and keep scrubs looking amazing with these essential tips for long-lasting scrubs.

3. Don’t wear scrubs at restaurants – Whether you’re dining at a nicer, sit down restaurant or a Taco Bell, it can be unsettling to see healthcare professionals eating in their scrubs. Even if those scrubs have been cleanly laundered, we strongly suggest not wearing scrubs whenever you’re eating out. Plus, just imagine the nightmare of getting spaghetti sauce out of your scrub top.

Scrubs Do’s

1. Do wear scrubs when stopping for coffee before work – Wearing fresh scrubs on your coffee run is perfectly acceptable. Because caffeine. And sometimes, you absolutely need that cup of coffee to survive a long work shift.

2. Do wear scrubs when at home – If you’re in for the night, why not wear an old, clean pair of scrubs? You’ll be comfortable while binge watching your favorite TV show.

What are your thoughts on wearing medical scrubs outside of the workplace? Let us know in the comments below!

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5 Ways to Reward Yourself After a Crazy Work Week 08 December 15 03:56 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

5 Ways to Reward Yourself After a Crazy Work Week

A difficult work week can leave you feeling emotionally and physically exhausted. That’s why it’s important to reward yourself for all of your hard work. It will help boost your mood and alleviate work stress.

Treat yourself with any of these 5 ideas for rewarding yourself after a crazy work week. 

 

1. Give yourself a gift – Maybe, it’s that pair of shoes you’ve been dying to buy or a new purse. Whatever it is, nothing makes you feel better after a hectic work week than a gift just for you. You definitely deserve it!

2. Take a field trip – Remember those field trips you used to take back in school? Well, who says you can’t go on one as an adult? Take some time for yourself and go on an adventure! You could go to a museum, the aquarium, the theater or wherever your heart desires! It will make for a fun and educational experience.

3. Sign up for a class – Have you been meaning to take a cooking class? Then go for it! If you’ve been stressed out at work, it might be time to schedule a class that fits your interests. Plus, if you do take that cooking class, you can show off your newfound skills by hosting a dinner party! Or by just cooking scrumptious meals for yourself…

4. Eat dinner somewhere new – Now’s your chance to try out that new Mexican restaurant. Reward yourself for a job well done with delicious food from a restaurant you have yet to go to.

5. Do absolutely nothing – Sometimes, you just need to lounge around and binge watch Netflix. We completely understand. There’s no better feeling than curling up on the couch with a blanket. If you have kids, you could hire a babysitter or ask a family member to watch them for the night.

So, what about you? How do you wind down after a long work week?

Need to de-stress after a long shift? Try these 11 stress relief techniques to manage work stress.

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Top 8 Stocking Stuffers for Healthcare Professionals 03 December 15 03:14 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

Top 8 Stocking Stuffers for Healthcare Professionals

You’ve bought all of their big gifts, wrapped them beautifully and placed them under the tree only to discover that their stocking is still empty. What do you do now?

Not to worry! If you need fun, inexpensive gift ideas for their stocking, check out these top 8 stocking stuffers for healthcare professionals.

1. Badge Holders – Do you have a friend that is constantly losing track of their ID? Help them keep their credentials within reach with a snazzy new retractable badge holder.

2. Lanyards – While it’s not the most exciting gift, it will certainly see plenty of use. A professional lanyard will keep their credentials and keys accessible and secure all work shift long.

3. Pens – Because a medical professional can never have too many pens. When you’re working long hour shifts and constantly on the go, pens tend to get misplaced. So, why not give your favorite healthcare worker some fun, colorful pens so they always have one on them?

 

4. Water bottles – Dehydration only leads to cranky healthcare professionals and nobody wants that. Do everyone a favor and buy your co-worker or friend a new water bottle. That way, they can stay hydrated all day long.

5. Coffee mugs – A mug may take up a lot of room in the stocking, but coffee lovers and busy professionals will appreciate this gift. You could even have the mug customized for a personal touch.

6. Notepads – Hardworking healthcare professionals and students are constantly taking notes and jotting down reminders. Help them keep track of important information by giving them a notebook or sticky book!

7. Watches – Every healthcare professional needs a watch! Prepare them for their everyday duties with a clip-on watch or wristwatch.

8. Gift certificates – If no other gifts come to mind, a gift certificate is always a safe bet. Whether it’s a gift card to their favorite scrubs store or restaurant, they’ll definitely enjoy using it.

What about you? Do you have any stocking stuffer suggestions? Be sure to let us know!

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6 Ways to Relieve Holiday Stress 01 December 15 02:16 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

6 Ways to Relieve Holiday Stress

It’s that time of year again – the holiday season. While the holidays can be filled with joy and laughter, they can also be stressful. On top of your hectic work schedule, you now have gift shopping, baking, party planning, family visits and other holiday activities to worry about.

Enjoy a stress-free holiday season with these 6 tips for alleviating holiday stress! 

1. Take breaks – You may have gifts to wrap and holiday dishes to prepare, but it’s important to take a much-needed break every now and then. Whenever you feel frustrated or overwhelmed, just close your eyes and take several deep breaths. This slow breathing can help calm you down at home or while waiting in line at the supermarket or the mall.

2. Stay active – Keeping up with exercise can be difficult during the busy holiday season, but sticking to a fitness routine can make all the difference.  Research shows that physical activity can increase your energy levels and elevate your mood. Find ways to exercise in cold weather, such as an indoor class or sports league, buy new outerwear and schedule workouts as you would any other engagement.

3. Cut back on holiday treats – We know, easier said than done. Those sugar cookies may look delicious, but healthier, energy-boosting snacks and meals can fuel your shopping and holiday activities. Replace that peppermint bark with healthier options like fruit and vegetables, lean protein, healthy fats, nuts and seeds. Don’t worry, you can still indulge, but try to limit your overall consumption of sugary foods. 

4. Express gratitude – Giving out small treats, paying a compliment or simply saying thank you can lift spirits and spread holiday cheer. Whether you send an email, call someone or even mail a card, you should take time to appreciate coworkers, friends and family. These thoughtful gestures will not only brighten up their day, as you’ll be feeling happier as well.

5. Stay organized – Keep track of tasks and events by creating lists or using a planner. Make sure to schedule time for baking, shopping or visiting friends to avoid last minute gift shopping. 

 

6. Be realistic – Striving for perfection will only lead to frustration, disappointment and even more stress. Instead of trying to create the perfect holiday, focus on traditions and having fun with loved ones.

How do you survive the holiday season? Let us know in the comments below!

Need help finding a great gift for a friend, family member or coworker? Find the perfect gift with our holiday gift guide for all healthcare professionals!

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8 Tips for Staying Healthy This Holiday Season 24 November 15 01:46 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

8 Tips for Staying Healthy This Holiday Season

The holiday season is a time for giving and spending quality time with family – and also consuming large amounts of food. With so many holiday treats and dishes to choose from, it can be difficult to avoid temptation.

Thankfully, we have some helpful suggestions for staying healthy during this time of year. Keep the pounds off this holiday season with these 8 healthy holiday tips.

1. Stock up on healthy meals – In all the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, it’s hard to find time for making healthy meals. Prepare ahead of time by cooking meals that can be stored in the freezer. Then, just stick the meal in the oven or microwave for a hassle-free dinner. You’ll avoid temptation and have more time for decorating, shopping and other holiday festivities.

2. Go easy on the gravy and sauces – Nobody likes dry turkey, but if you’re watching your calories, try to pour on gravy and sauces lightly or forego them entirely. Your mashed potatoes, turkey and stuffing will be healthier when they’re not swimming in gravy. 

3. Focus on fun, not food – Instead of making food the main focus, you could participate in holiday rituals or activities. Whether it’s trimming the tree, wrapping gifts or caroling, you’ll be having so much fun, you’ll forget all about that plate of sugar cookies.

4. Eat slower – Eating slower gives you time to digest and helps you pay better attention to your fullness level. Take your time when eating holiday meals and place your fork down between bites.

5. Get moving – When cold winds are blasting, finding the motivation to exercise can be a challenge. But it’s important to schedule regular exercise during the holiday season. Working out not only prevents weight gain; it also decreases holiday stress. You could go for a brisk 10-15 minute walk, exercise indoors or find other ways to stay fit in cold weather.

6. Wear form-fitting clothes – As comfy as they may be, those sweatpants could be hurting you. Elastic waistbands may be more forgiving when consuming large meals, but tighter, form-fitting clothes serve as a reminder of your fullness and can prevent overeating.

7. Drink plenty of water – Sometimes, we think we’re hungry when we’re actually thirsty. Drinking enough water will help keep you hydrated and feeling full. Cut back on soda and other sugary beverages and keep a water bottle on hand instead.

8. Indulge in only your favorite treats – Try to be selective about what you eat and watch your portions, especially at holiday parties or dinners. Forget those store-bought cookies and indulge in only homemade, special treats to save some calories. That way, you can enjoy grandma’s apple pie with a little less guilt.

How do you stay healthy during the holiday season? We’d be happy to hear from you!

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10 Tips for Staying Optimistic 19 November 15 02:45 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

10 Tips for Staying Optimistic

Try as hard as you might, it’s not always easy to stay optimistic. When you’re working long hour shifts while trying to cram in family time and still run errands, keeping a positive frame of mind can be challenging.

For every situation you find yourself in, try to find a silver lining. It may take some searching, but there’s bound to be one in most cases. Also, look out for common stressors and steer clear of them. If there’s simply no way to avoid them, unwind after work or a rough day with these stress relief tips.

If you tend to look at a glass as half empty instead of half full, you may want to try these techniques for finding a positive viewpoint in even the toughest of times. 

1. Find the positive in any negative situation – This may seem difficult, we know, but it really can make all the difference. Instead of getting caught up in the negatives, try to find a positive in the situation. If there’s an issue at work, look at it as an opportunity to demonstrate your skills. Take some time to process the situation before considering the positives, especially if you’re in shock or emotional turmoil.

2. Create a positive environment – If possible, limit the time you spend with Debbie Downers and seek out positive individuals instead. Who you spend time with can have a huge impact on your outlook. Also, consider how much TV, internet and magazines you are exposed to on a daily basis. While it’s important to keep updated on current events and the latest news, certain websites and shows can affect your positivity. If this is the case, you may want to limit how many articles you read or news specials you watch, or view some cute cat videos every once in awhile.

3. Don’t allow fear to hold you back – Is there a new class you’ve been meaning to take? A new position you’ve wanted to apply for? Then go for it! All too often, we imagine the worst and allow our doubts to hold us back. Just ask yourself, what is the worst that could happen? Then, figure out how you would handle that nightmare scenario, so you know you’re prepared for anything.

4. Go slowly and savor the good things in life – Whether it’s walking your dog in the morning, a weekly visit to your favorite café or a phone call with a best friend, it’s important to take time and enjoy these relaxing moments. Carve out some me time every week and find fun activities for your days off. Whatever makes you happy, allow yourself to slow down and truly appreciate that activity or experience. 

5. Lend a hand to others – Helping others can do wonders for not only them but you as well. Whether you help someone move, give a friend a ride to work or just listen to someone venting, you are improving someone else’s life. You can even go a step farther, and volunteer at a soup kitchen or a favorite cause. Helping out others adds value to the world and can also improve your mood.

6. View criticism in a positive light – No one likes having their work criticized, but it’s important to handle criticism in the best way possible. Try to remain open-minded when you receive negative feedback and treat it as a learning experience. Ask yourself if there’s anything useful you can take away from this? For all you know, this could help you improve your work performance and lead to better things.

7. Acknowledge your negative thinking – If you want to change your negative thinking, first, you have to recognize when you’re thinking negatively. Then, and only then, can you work on turning those negative thoughts into positive ones.

8. Keep a journal – Writing in a journal can help you keep track of negative thoughts and discover the reason behind these feelings. For example, you might notice that you’re upset at certain times of the day or only in certain places. Take a closer look at these factors and figure out what you can change and what you can’t. For elements you have little to no control over, such as your heavy workload, you may want to talk to your boss or make a list of actions you can take. 

9. Start your day on a positive note – A bad morning can leave you in a funk all day long. That’s why it’s important to start your day off the right way. Maybe, you could eat breakfast with the family, sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee or read a chapter of a favorite novel. Try to do something that brings you some peace and comfort.

10. Get out and socialize – When we’re feeling down in the dumps, we tend to avoid social contact. Unfortunately, this can make matters even worse. Slowly reenter society by planning a coffee date with a family member or friend, calling loved ones every so often or making small talk with coworkers. Even smiling at someone can help improve your mood. 

No matter what the situation, remember to always believe in yourself and your capabilities. With a little self-confidence and effort, you can tackle any obstacle that presents itself.

How do you stay positive during tough times? Let us know your suggestions!

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Top 10 Healthy Foods for Boosting Energy 17 November 15 01:42 PM postedby Courtney Feairheller

Top 10 Healthy Foods for Boosting Energy

Does this sound like you? You’re working a long work shift, energy levels plummeting, practically guzzling mug after mug of coffee just to stay awake. If this sounds familiar, don’t fret. We may just have the thing to eliminate that ever-present drowsiness.

Your diet can have a huge impact on your energy throughout the day. Replacing heavy, greasy foods with nutritious, healthy snacks can replenish depleting energy reserves. Fight off fatigue in the workplace by consuming these energy-boosting foods.

1. Eggs – Rich in vitamins B and D, eggs are an amazing source of long-lasting energy. Plus, eggs are filled with high-quality proteins, leading to a significant energy boost.

2. Almonds – Just a small serving of almonds can do wonders for your energy levels. This healthy snack contains magnesium and B vitamins that help produce energy. For the perfect serving size, stick to 1 ounce or about 23 nuts.

3. Peanut Butter – Although peanut butter is high in calories, a small serving can offer sustained and steady energy. Loaded with healthy fats, protein and fiber, peanut butter curbs cravings, stabilizes blood sugar levels and aids in the production of energy. So, instead of eating buttered toast in the morning, spread some all-natural peanut butter on your bread. Try to steer clear of products with added sugars and keep to a 2-tablespoon serving size.

4. Bananas – Bananas are just about the easiest snack you can find. All you have to do is throw one in your lunch bag or purse and go! Filled with fiber, B vitamins and potassium, this portable snack fuels energy and promotes muscle function.

5. Kale – Forget iceberg lettuce and add nutrient-rich kale to your salad instead. High in vitamins and minerals, kale helps improve your mood, stave off hunger and prevent fatigue. Prepare it as a side dish, add it to soup or pair it with whole-wheat pasta.

6. Oatmeal – It’s no secret that oatmeal is a healthy breakfast or snack option. Rich in fiber, oatmeal will provide energy with staying power. If you’re in a hurry, prepare overnight oats ahead of time and store them in mason jars. Then, you can just grab one on your way out the door!

7. Pistachios – Pistachios are high in protein, fiber and heart-healthy monosaturated fats to give you sustainable energy throughout your work shift. Keep calories in check by sticking to a small serving size.

 

8. Hummus – If you’re a fan of hummus, here’s some great news: this Mediterranean dip is a wonderful pick-me-up snack! Hummus is an excellent source of fiber and protein and can give you the burst of energy you need. You can use it as dip for nutrient-rich veggies like red peppers or carrot sticks, or you spread it on bread for a healthy sandwich spread.

9. Ginger Tea – Coffee lovers may scoff at this suggestion, but why not replace that afternoon coffee with a cup of ginger tea? Ginger tea is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients for an afternoon pick-me-up without the undesirable side effects of caffeine.

10. Whole-wheat Snacks – The beneficial properties of whole-wheat snacks are indisputable. Whole grains, and whole wheat especially, are loaded with essential nutrients for the production of energy, including fiber, magnesium, iron, protein, carbohydrates and B vitamins. Combine whole grains with protein for an optimal energy boost. You could try whole-wheat crackers with low-fat cottage cheese or whole-wheat toast with sugar-free nut butter.

Try any of these high energy foods to stay alert all work shift long!

How about you? How do you stay energized throughout the day?

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