INJURY RECOVERY 101: How To Get Back in Shape In No Time

Are You Still In Shape? Do you still want to get back in shape?

Having an active lifestyle is probably more important these days than it has ever really been. In this fast-paced world of hectic schedules and tempting but fattening foods, we don’t always have the discipline and mental strength to keep our bodies fueled with only the healthiest choices and put through the proper paces, which leads to the many health issues that we face these days.

Keeping the body active by engaging in a routine just requires a bit of discipline and, for those who can manage it, an investment in our well-being.

But all that can go out the window when we get injured, or so it seems.

Knee, ankle, and other joint injuries take us literally out of the running. Back pains can slow us down a lot, as they can act up when we least expect it. Depending on how severe the injury is, the loss of mobility can get relatively disheartening and can result in an accompanying loss of motivation as well.

That is, in some cases — and, as this video suggests, there are ways to avoid yours being one of them.

First of all, verify your condition with the help of your doctor. Your physician may be able to help you assess the level of your injury, which might not interfere with your active lifestyle to quite the degree of finality you once thought. Or, your doctor may be able to recommend a good physical therapist to help you work around the injury.

As a matter of fact, some injuries are better treated with a targeted, planned active lifestyle rather than falling into an utterly sedentary one, as this WebMD article suggests

THINGS TO REMEMBER
  1. Form and function.

Exercising after an injury, if done improperly, might make matters worse or leave you vulnerable to other injuries. Remember to always clear exercise plans with your doctor, or ask for the recommended ones. That way you can be sure you’re not being swayed by exercises you randomly encounter but aren’t designed with your needs in mind. Above all, when exercising, follow the proper form:

  • Your spine should be kept long. This will promote proper posture, which has many other benefits in maintaining proper form.
  • Keep your shoulders relaxed when possible, unless flexing them is explicitly part of the exercise. Tense shoulders are tight and won’t work well for you.
  • For full-body exercises or lower-body exercises, move from the hips. Avoid much lower-back involvement.
  1. Come back slow.

Don’t feel guilty or embarrassed about having to take the intensity down a notch when you come back to the exercise routine. Pick an exercise that isn’t as demanding or challenging as your usual — your doctor may even recommend a very slow burn with some really light stuff to start with, which is perfectly fine — or select ones that have more limited weight or motion involved.

Doing too much too soon is always a bad idea when coming back from injury, and the old normal might just be too much. Over time you’ll be able to scale back to what you used to do.

  1. On that note, listen to your body.

Pain is a useful tool here, and it’s how your body tells you something isn’t quite right and needs to be adjusted. Avoid painkillers if you can, especially before a workout, so you can let your body tell you if the exercise is giving you problems. After all, if you’re medically numbed so you can’t feel pain, that doesn’t automatically mean things are going well. There might be problems you’re just not aware of, that can add up over time and cause more significant issues. If you feel pain, try making these adjustments:

  • Feel out what range of motion is pain-free for you, and stick to that for the time being.
  • Change exercises to a different one that targets the same areas but doesn’t cause pain.
  • If it’s a weights exercise, decrease the amount of weight used.

This is another reason to involve your doctor in the planning or work with a personal trainer. Your knowledge alone of exercise design might not be enough to help you make appropriate adjustments, so be open to getting some help and insight.

Don’t forget to wear SocksLane compression socks when you exercise. This is essential to minimize re-injury and get you back in shape. Proper compression during exercise keeps muscles less prone to injury.  

Ultimately, active recovery is generally a must.

It’s certainly better than just giving in and letting yourself get sidelined entirely by the injury. Don’t forget, though, to make sure it’s a process that can work for you by considering your needs and your current limitations. Work with your physician and/or personal trainer or therapist, to avoid making matters worse or more complicated by causing more injury.

On a final note…

How else can you support your own efforts to come back from injury? An active lifestyle is best paired with some self-care. You can give your muscles an occasional massage with a foam roller, which is excellent for deep tissue massage around the injured area. Or you can splurge once in a while for a professional massage, although it’s okay to keep that to special occasions as the roller’s deep-tissue work does the job. Stay hydrated, make sure to support your recovery by eating well, and stretch periodically to make sure your muscles are keeping supple and limber, whether for exercise needs or merely going about your lifestyle — which you can be making more and more active as you go.  

Fight Gouty Attacks with These 3 Celery Recipes

Imagine not being able to walk. Now, imagine more specifically that you’re not able to walk because your foot joints feel like they’re on fire. And filled with broken glass.

Ouch!!!

If that seems a bit too intense, then you may not have ever had gout. For some of us, unfortunately, this experience is sadly all too familiar. Many people suffer from gout — it’s one of the most frequently recorded illnesses — which impairs mobility because of how it limits the movement of the joints in our feet.

Sadly, for many people, the pain can be too intense to grit their teeth against and to bear, but that doesn’t have to be the case for everyone.

Gout? What About?

Caused by a buildup of uric acid in the joints, gout is essentially a form of arthritis, with symptoms you’d expect.

Some people’s bodies don’t handle uric acid properly,– Uric acid is a byproduct of the body digesting purines from the food we consume, and it isn’t always easy to avoid having it in the body anyway. Excess uric acid can crystallize causing painful arthritis, kidney stones, kidney failure — and gout.

How Do I Know I Have Gout?

The symptoms of gout are relatively common as well. The affected joints will experience the following:

  •         pain
  •         tenderness and swelling
  •         may feel hot and have reddish discoloration
  •         Most people experience pain in the joint at the base of their big toe, but the joint pain can be felt in a variety of places such as the knees, ankles, wrists, elbows, and even fingers.

The pain can be quite intense, to the point of even slight movement causing severe pain. While gout pain tends to pass even without medication, it can take anywhere from hours to days. Attacks have also been known to last weeks, and people who have gout may experience repeated attacks over the years.

Who’s at Risk?

If you’re reading this, you may already have had gout, some risk factors include obesity, alcohol intake, abnormal kidney function, and high blood pressure. Diets heavy in foods that contain uric acid may also contribute to the higher likelihood of getting gout.

How Do I Prevent Gout?

One crucial step that can help stave off gout is hydration. Keeping your water intake up is likely to help prevent acute attacks and kidney stone formation. Don’t try to hydrate with alcohol though, as it is a diuretic that will lead to dehydration; alcohol will also slow down the excretion of uric acid, which will only lead to it gathering and eventually forming crystals in the joints.

Reviewing your diet will also contribute to lowering your risk of gout, as avoiding food with lots of purine chemicals will help reduce the uric acid your body develops. Purine-rich foods include shellfish, as well as organ meats like liver and brains. Generally, research has found seafood and meat to raise the likelihood of gout attacks, while increased consumption of dairy products has the opposite effect. Overall, losing weight contributes to lowering the probability of gout as well.

How Do I Treat Gout?

There are medical treatments available for gout such as anti-inflammatories, corticosteroids, and colchicine that should be taken only under medical supervision after consulting one’s physician. Uric acid levels in the blood can also be lowered medically reducing the likelihood of it settling and forming deposits in the joints, kidneys, and tissues.

However, should you be interested in natural treatment, it’s hard to go wrong with celery.

Some might say celery is perfect for fighting gout, which is an easy thing to say given that history is firmly on its side.

Celery has been used as a gout treatment for thousands of years because of its potent anti-inflammatory effects, and its powerful diuretic nature makes the body expel uric acid through urine more often. Its chemical makeup also helps manage uric acid, and its alkaline properties help reduce the buildup of uric acid.

Celery contains 3nB, or 3-n-butylphthalide, a compound that acts as a xanthine oxidase inhibitor that helps improve blood circulation. This helps our bodies process and eliminate uric acid through the kidneys, which prevents uric acid from being in the body long enough to build up and cause gout. There are many phytonutrients in celery as well, and these include the COX-2 inhibitor apigenin and the flavonoid luteolin.

Enough of the scientific stuff. Here are 3 CELERY RECIPES which can make you it easy for you to take celery.
APPLE/GINGER CELERY JUICE 

A juice made of celery and some citrus will be sure to refresh the body and help prevent gout as well. Blend the following ingredients to form a sweet green juice that packs flavor and health benefits.

  •         1 cucumber
  •         1 green apple
  •         1 squeeze lemon juice
  •         1-inch ginger root, fresh
  •         8-10 ribs of celery
LEMON-GINGER CELERY BREAKFAST DRINK

You’ll need:

  •         1 cucumber
  •         7 ounces ginger
  •         juice of 1/2 lemon
  •         1 cup water
  •         2 celery stalks

Peel and cut the cucumber and celery into chunks small enough to fit the blender. Measure out the juice and ginger (7 ounces of ginger, to be sure). Add the solids into the blender and liquefy, then mix in the water and lemon juice. You can add ice to this drink. This will help promote digestion if you take it just after breakfast.

KALE-CUCUMBER-CELERY COOLER

You’ll need:

  •         1 cup kale
  •         1-inch root of ginger
  •         1 cup sweet potato
  •         juice of 1/2 lemon
  •         1 medium cucumber
  •         1 medium-size apple
  •         6 sticks celery

Make the juice in stages. First, juice the kale, sweet potato, and ginger together. Then, juice the celery and lemon, and finally, add the cucumber and apple.

3 TOP SECRET STEPS FOR MAINTAINING GOOD HEALTH AT ANY AGE

Health and wellness are things we often don’t think about until… it’s too late.

A large part of this is because of the old stereotypical quote that suggests that “youth is wasted on the young” — when we’re young and strong, we don’t often stop to think of the consequences of things like what we do and what we eat.

And so we go our merry way, until we’re surprised later on by the consequences of these choices. Of course, we then try to turn back the hands of time, which is much easier said than done — trying to get healthy again later in life can be quite daunting.

Daunting, but not impossible! (You should agree with me here)

Getting back into the healthy range is certainly doable at any age. Although it may be more of a challenge for some than others, it’s not irreparably beyond your reach. all it takes is some smart decision-making and a lot of commitment, which anyone can offer at any age.

STEP ONE

What are your parameters for “health”? Identifying the markers you should aspire for is an important initial step, because this is what you’ll design your goals around. For men, there are certain brackets to fit within.

Check your height, and opposite that your ideal weight is identified:

For men at the age of 35, the ideal blood pressure level is around 123/77 mmHgArt, while for men at 45 and above 127/80 is ideal. Resting pulse rate is best at 72-78 bpm (beats per minute), with exercise heart rates not exceeding 140 bpm.

IMPORTANT! Knowing whether you are overweight or underweight is the first step. If your BP is ideal or not.

STEP TWO

You guessed it: EAT HEALTHY!!!

This is something you can truly do at any age, and so it’s part of pretty much any program you’ll encounter for getting healthy. Really, if it’s a “secret”, it’s an open secret, and one everybody looking to get back in step with health should follow.

The body begins to slow down in terms of what it can realistically accomplish the older we get, and a large part of that is its ability to break food down in a healthy manner. Totally normal, but something we should plan for — and a cornerstone of that plan is having a balanced diet. There’s a reason this has been drilled into our heads since the early days of science and health classes we attended as kids — it works.

The sedentary lifestyles and low mobility we fall into as we age (around the ages of 35-45 on) result in the accumulation of fat we don’t burn, among other things like rising uric acid and blood sugar levels. As such, we should take active roles in designing our diets to control calories. The recommended ratio for dividing a full, 100% meal, is 50% carbohydrates, 30% proteins, 20% fats.  Here are some other diet notes:

  • For proteins, avoid fried meats and favor stewed, baked, or boiled meats.
  • Also for proteins, favor lean fish, which should be eaten regularly. Eat good amounts of fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, which can help improve heart health and fight inflammation.
  • Eat lots of salads, preferably colorful ones — the colors are actually important, as this means you’re getting a variety of vegetables, each bringing something healthful and important to the table — dark-colored lettuce leaves, for instance, bring more iron and vitamin A than the lighter-colored variety. Whether in salads or other vegetable dishes, bell pepper, tomato, zucchini, green onion, cabbage, and pumpkin can bring a lot of health benefits as well.
  • Keep dairy products in your diet, but favor the low-fat varieties. Dairy gives you plenty of calcium and vitamin D and A.
  • Minimize intake of eggs to three times a week maximum.
  • Bananas, nuts, and liver can help the body weather the increased levels of stress and tension that tend to pop up at this age.
STEP THREE

Again, not much of a secret, but an idea and rule that truly works:

EXERCISE!

As noted previously, getting up there in years means the body naturally but inevitably slows down, meaning we have to take a more decisive, deliberate role in bringing it back up to speed. This is partly to fight the increased speed at which body fat accumulates and the increased rate at which we lose muscle mass, and to keep our bodies functioning effectively as we grow older.

If you are in the senior age bracket, you can check this previous article on low impact exercises.

Just to be safe, any exercise should be cleared with your physician — partly to avoid committing to something your body is not ready for, and partly to make the most of any recommendations the doctor might have.

  • Engage in sports, because a lack of activity on that level increases the risk of coronary heart disease.
  • It doesn’t always have to be team or contact sports — swimming ,jogging, distance running, biking, and other pursuits are also helpful for developing better cardio and training all muscle groups. Swimming has the added bonus of being low-impact on joints.
  • Endurance training might be an important prerequisite to this. Alternate endurance training with the main physical activity.
  • Have a training regimen that gets you moving up to four times a week.
  • Don’t forget the expected heart range parameters.

OF COURSE… wear proper exercise attire not just for safety but to motivate you as well. Look good and feel good! Don’t forget your compression socks!

Finally…

Keeping healthy at an advanced age is more of a challenge than it might have been for us when we were younger, but it’s far from impossible. It might not even be all that challenging if you really want to commit to it, as making time and room for it in our routines is all a matter of deliberate, smart decision-making and commitment.

 

5 Low Impact Not-So-Achy-Breaky Exercises for Seniors

Are you a senior citizen? Do you need to exercise? Well, there are not-so-achy-breaky exercises for you.

As a Senior, you are supposed to be in a comfortable phase of your life, but sometimes, this may not be the case for everyone. Studies dating from 2013, found that 8 in 10 senior citizens live with a chronic health condition, and about 5 out of 10 have more than one.  

It’s essential for any senior citizen to take better care of themselves to reduce the load they have to carry — and to make their senior years the best they can be.

WHY EXERCISE?

For sure, people often say that you “have” to slow down in your old age, but let’s be honest about it — there is no need to make that slow down drastic or permanent. With your doctor’s approval, moderate physical activity can provide a lot of health benefits.

Because when you don’t exercise, you might experience some of the following: (or you are already suffering from them)

  • lower stamina
  • loss of strength
  • reduced balance, with the risk of falling and breaking bones
  • High blood pressure if you’re hypertensive
  • Exercise is good for Seniors! Just choose the right ones. Without further ado…
WHAT EXERCISES CAN SENIORS DO?

Remember that exercises must be done with your doctor’s okay, okay? The ones that we suggest are simple and doable, but it’s always best to be safe.

Some exercises will help improve balance and strength.

SIMPLE LIMB STANCE

One easy balance exercise is the simple limb stance. Stand behind a solid chair without wheels, holding on to the back of the chair. Lift your right foot, balancing yourself on your left foot. Simply hold this for as long as you can, and then switch foot. Eventually, you should be able to stand on one foot for up to a minute without holding onto the chair.

WALKING HEEL TO TOE

Walking heel to toe might not seem like a specific exercise, let alone one that targets improving your balance and strength, but it works. It’ll strengthen your legs, in particular, and you’ll be better at walking without risk of falling. The “heel to toe” part comes from walking with the heel of your right foot touching the toes of your left foot. With each step, the heel of one foot should touch the toes of the other. Put your weight on your heel, then shift to the toes with each step. Do 20 steps at a time.

ROCK THE BOAT

An exercise called “Rock the Boat” will help with strength and balance too. Stand with your feet firmly planted, about the same width as your hips apart, and keep your head level. Shift your weight to your right foot, and slowly lift your whole left leg off the ground. Hold this pose for up to 30 seconds, then slowly lower your left leg and foot to the ground. Shift your weight to that leg, and raise the right the same way as before. Do this for five times each side.

THE CLOCK REACH

The Clock Reach requires a chair, one light enough to comfortably lift. Imagine you are at the center of a clock, with the number 12 in front of you and the number 6 behind. Holding the chair with your left hand, lift your right leg and stretch out your right arm to point to 12. Then, looking straight ahead the whole time, move your arm to point to 3, then to 6, then 3 again, then 12 again. Do this twice per side.

BACK RAISE

One last exercise is the simple Back Raise. This will strengthen your back and your bottom. Stand behind a chair, and slowly raise your right leg behind you (don’t point your toes but don’t bend your knees either). Hold for one second, then lower and do the same with the other leg. Do this 10-15 times per leg.

WHAT TO WEAR WHEN EXERCISING?

It’s important to dress the part when you exercise.

It doesn’t have to be fancy gym stuff, of course, but it does help to wear loose, comfortable clothing that lets your body breathe. The one exception to loose clothing would be compression gear. Compression gear is basically today’s version of the compression hose of yesterday. (Don’t tell me you don’t remember those compression hoses? 🙂 ) – except these days they are trendier and more technological while maintaining the helpful and healthful benefits of before.

Cotton compression socks are especially suited for seniors.

The super-snug fit and superior comfort of cotton compression socks help to keep circulation going in your legs, something very important at this age. This helps ward off varicose veins and other unpleasant effects of having blood pooling in your veins, which could happen if your circulation isn’t up to par. For that matter, because of the snug fit, compression socks have been known to help stave off fatigue in people working their legs, which will make the exercise routine even better.

LET’S START EXERCISING NOW!!!

Life is supposed to be fun and easy once you get to a certain age, so let’s keep it that way. Don’t sell yourself short by being one of the people who slow down after a certain age — as long as the doc gives you the green light, you’re ready to go. Remember, a bit of moderate physical activity can go a long way toward improving your lifestyle.

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Powerful, Safe and Herbal Antibiotics That Are Yummy for the Tummy

When was the last time you got sick and took a medicine from your cabinet instead of just sipping a hot bowl of garlic chicken soup and resting the whole day?  I guess you don’t remember! (Unless it was just yesterday. If so, I hope you feel better now.) 

Because of the advancement in medical technology people have been so accustomed to prescription medicine almost thinking that these medicines are the go-to meds for sickness. People have forgotten that there are natural medicines that are actually powerful, safe, cheap and effective. One of which are herbal antibiotics.  

What are antibiotics in the first place?

WebMD defines antibiotics as “medicines that help stop infections caused by bacteria. They do this by killing the bacteria or by keeping them from copying themselves or reproducing.” These medicines help stop infection caused by bacteria.  

When you say antibiotic, you literally mean, “against life”. Drugs that kill germs inside the body are technically antibiotics. Before it’s discovery, many people died even from minor bacterial infection. Do you believe, even from a sore throat! But during the 1940s, antibiotics were made available.
Of course, there is no perfect drug, there are side effects.

What are the side effects of taking prescription antibiotics?
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea  
  • Bloating
  • Abdominal Pains
  • Loss of Appetite

If you notice, the side effects listed above all boil down to compromised stomach function. If not taken properly, the side effects mentioned above can be felt.  

But, did you know that herbal antibiotics are found in your kitchen?  


Yes! That’s correct, they are found in your kitchen! So before opening that medicine cabinet again, take time to go to your kitchen and take herbal antibiotics because although prescription meds are effective, there are side effects of prescription antibiotics.  


Open that kitchen cabinet and try to look for these natural herbal antibiotics:

1. Garlic

Garlic is good on chicken. It is great on fried rice! AND it is also great as an antibiotic. It has actually been used all over the world as an antibiotic for thousands of years. It has many medicinal properties. It is not just a good antibiotic but also a strong antiviral, antifungal and antimicrobial herb.  

What’s good about garlic as an antibiotic is that it is great with a meal and it doesn’t leave harmful side effects like prescription antibiotics. (Although consuming too much of it can leave you with “garlic breath”). If you notice above, prescription antibiotics practically cause an upset stomach, garlic is actually good for your stomach.  

Here’s an easy to make HONEY GARLIC CHICKEN that is such a delight.

Ingredients

6 chicken thighs, bone in or out, with or without skin*
Salt and pepper, to season
2 teaspoons garlic powder, to season
6 cloves garlic, crushed
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup water (or chicken broth)
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar, or any white vinegar)
1 tablespoon soy sauce

To know more about this recipe, click here.

2. Ginger

Ginger’s antibiotic effect is, particularly against food poisoning. It is a good treatment for indigestion and other stomach ailments. Aside from tummy ailments, it is a great anti-inflammatory herb as well. If you have swollen feet or tired legs, ginger can help.  

How to take ginger for anti-inflammation? You just add a few tablespoons of grated ginger to your diet or stir-fry it. If you want to take it as a tea, you can grate two teaspoons of ginger and simmer it in a hot pot for five minutes. This is not just good as an anti-inflammatory herb but the smell of ginger tea itself is very relaxing and soothing.  

Ginger is also great for people who have arthritis.  

Here’s a quick 1-minute video on how to make a yummy ginger tea for the tummy.  

Added tip: If you have a tired calf or inflamed ankles, it is best to wear cotton compression socks while you rest your foot. It helps promote proper blood circulation which in turn lessens inflammation. To know more about compression for ankles, click here.  

3. Cayenne pepper

Cayenne pepper is almost available in every kitchen in America. (Or at least for those who like spicy food.) Some benefits of this herb include improvement of blood circulation and is a great stimulant for bowel movement. It is one of the key anti-inflammatory foods that are always available in the market. It also helps with weight loss.

For those who like it hot, here’s a BLACKENED SALMON FILLET from Allrecipes that’s good for you. 

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons ground paprika
1 tablespoon ground cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
4 salmon fillets, skin and bones removed
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

On a final note

These herbs are more effective than you think. They are not just great as an antibiotic but at the same time, they are yummy for the tummy. You will enjoy taking them rather than taking a pill. Natural remedies like the ones above have been time-tested. All you need to do try them out. So, the next time you look for that antibiotic, go to the kitchen and not the medicine cabinet.  

Secrets A Nurse Can Learn from Navy Seals to Lessen Stress in the Workplace

Is your stress level in the workplace so high that you think you could fall on the floor one day because of too much exhaustion?

As a nurse, you have to deal with stress every day, especially if you are assigned to the emergency room.

But you know what, it might be a surprising connection to some, but nurses need to be like Navy Seals. As a nurse, you can actually learn at least 6 secrets from Navy Seals so that you can lessen your stress levels at work. Yes! You read that right. Navy Seals can teach you how to handle stress.

 What Does a Navy SEAL Know about Handling Stress?

Image result for lady navy seal

Well, the question should be, what does a navy seal DON’T know about handling stress? There is a common misconception that Navy SEALs are super athletes. They need not be super athletes. What they need to be is mentally ready to handle stress and not break down!

Aha! So, they really can handle stress!

The secret then lies not in their physical toughness but their mental capacity.

6 Secrets A Navy SEAL Can Teach You About Stress

If you think that your life as a nurse is full of stress, think again. Navy SEALs live and breath stress. It makes them tough. Yes, they are tough. Maybe the toughest in the world. So, you as a desk worker, a nurse or any other civilian could learn a few things about handling stress from them.

Here are their secrets:

  1. Navy Seal Focus – Fine tune your senses

Image result for sniper focusImagine a code blue and a code white in the middle of the night during your shift in the ER.

How will you deal with this effectively with less stress? A Navy SEAL will handle with focus! When Navy tries to focus, they stay calm, take deep breaths and focus on a particular task at hand.

2. Take one step at a time

Don’t step on a landmine or you will blow up! Image result for one step at a time

Take one step at a time! When you are faced with a problem as big as an elephant, solve it one chunk at a time, the ear first, then the tail, one foot. Well, you get the point! Visualize the goal and focus. 

Then solve the problem little by little. I tell you, although this might sound cliche, it really works. Navy SEALs do it and it gets things done. Why not do the same. 

3. Breathing Technique to Lower Stress

SEALs have what they call a 4 x 4 x 4 breathing technique. They claim that this is an effective way to handle high stress. How to do it?Image result for navy breathing technique

  • Breathe IN for 4 seconds
  • Breathe OUT for 4 seconds
  • Repeat for 4 minutes

Here is a quick video on how you should properly do it.

If some of you find this technique familiar, you are correct, this is also what yogis teach. This breathing exercise switches your stress hormones and relaxes your body, preparing it to focus.  

4. Non-reactivity

This means that you should “reframe” your view of a particular situation. You can refocus and turn an adverse event into a positive one.

During “Hell Week” Navy SEAL trainees experience a lot of physical hardships, mental torture and even emotional breakdown. The way to handle this is by non-reactivity. Instead of giving up because of helplessness, say this mantra “I believe I am capable of succeeding!”

5. Wear the Correct Gear 

When a Navy SEAL goes into battle, they are prepared. They are always prepared! They have the right gear and are appropriately dressed for the occasion.

As a nurse, you should be ready for every shift you go into. First of all, you should have had a lot of rest before your shift as this will make you more focused when you go to work and then:

  • Stethoscope? Check!Image result for nursing gears
  • Scrub suit? Check!
  • Clogs? Check!

…And of course,

Cotton Compression Socks? Check!

As a nurse, you do a lot of standing up, moving and running around or even sitting for long hours. To lessen your stress levels, wear a good pair of comfortable cotton compression socks that will help reduce fatigue, swelling and boost your blood circulation in your feet and calves.

To know more about the best cotton compression socks for nurses, check out these.

6. Celebrate Small Victories

Small victories are the best victories!

Image result for celebrate small victoriesQuoting –Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace-by Anne Lamott: “…You have to be grateful whenever you get to someplace safe and okay, even if it turns out it wasn’t quite where you were heading…”

Think about it, small victories when added together win the battle! So, put a smile on your face and drop the stress celebrating your small victories.

What about you? What are your secrets in making a stressful day seem like a breeze? You may want to share them in the comments below for everyone to learn from as well.

Thanks for reading!

 

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