I have always loved that famous quote from Aunty Mame: “Life’s a banquet and some poor suckers are starving to death!” I believe there is so much to be enjoyed in this world and that a big part of personal wellness is making the effort to find those things that nourish our minds, bodies and spirits…and bring them into our lives!
Mental stimulation outside of work is a very important part of my wellness plan. I love to cozy up with a good book, keep up with what’s going on in the world and learn other languages. I have been studying Mandarin for three years now, and I’m finding it stimulating, challenging and a lot of fun. Exercising my brain in this way improves my memory and gives me the opportunity to make new friends and learn from other cultures.
My spirit is fortified in many ways. I belong to a religious congregation and engage in philanthropic work within my community. I make time to nurture my relationships because I laugh more and I know that connecting with others in a positive way makes me more resilient to emotional stress. To unwind in the evening I burn essential oils, play my favorite music and often light a few candles. We are now into autumn, and during this season I especially love to diffuse sweet orange, cinnamon and clove!
In 2017, when I started writing newsletters for Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation, NJ I was already walking, playing tennis and doing yoga. However, committing to the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation Grand Challenge (HNHN) motivated me to take better control of my diet. I became more consistent with packing lots of nutritious, lower-calorie foods to get me through the day. I also started running again. So far I have lost twenty-five pounds. This summer I joined the North Jersey Masters Track and Field Club. I’m currently training for a half marathon.
I am really proud to be part of the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation movement and I am looking forward to witnessing the transformative power of this large-scale commitment to mind, body and spirit. Nurses will lead the way!
Lisa Ertle, BA, RN
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