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Keep Building 4178

  It's day 10 of the  Building Your Strength Challenge, powered by Humana . Congratulations, you made it to the last day of the Building Your Strength Challenge! This 10-day challenge may be over, but you’re not done. Never stop trying to improve your strength.   Flexibility, balance, and strength are so important for a nurse’s well-being. Stronger ...

Schedule Time To Go For A Swim! 4177

It's day 9 of the  Building Your Strength Challenge, powered by Humana. Yesterday we raved about the health benefits of resistance training. Today, we’ve got another resistance exercise for you: swimming.  Water acts as the perfect resistance for our muscles, making it an ideal strength-building workout. Swimming is a low-impact workout that’s ...

Add Some Resistance   4175

 It's day 8 of the  Building Your Strength Challenge, powered by Humana . Resistance training — when your muscles have to work against a weight or force — is good for you. Research shows that resistance training may increase metabolism and reduce fat. Plus, it improves:  Cognitive abilities  Functional independence  Movement control  Physical ...

Aim For The Hills 4174

 It's day 7 of the  Building Your Strength Challenge, powered by Humana. Walking and running are fantastic cardiovascular exercises, but they’re not ideal for strength training. You can easily change that by adding an incline.  Don’t avoid that steep hill that makes your legs ache — aim for it. If you’re on the treadmill, increase the incline while ...

Exercise While Watching TV 4173

It's day 6 of the  Building Your Strength Challenge, powered by Humana. Who says watching your favorite show must be sedentary? Make it active today (and build strength while you’re at it) with some simple exercises.  Worried you’ll miss a tense scene or plot twist while exercising? Take advantage of those 15- second breaks between episodes. Do a body ...

Tackle Your Lawn Care To-Dos 4171

It's day 5 of the Building Your Strength Challenge, powered by Humana. It’s true: Outdoor chores like mowing the grass, pulling weeds, and spreading mulch are hard work. While they’re boxes you want to check off your to-do list, there are more benefits to lawn care than you think. It’s also a great way to build strength in different muscle groups. For ...

Get Your Yoga On 4170

It's day 4 of the Building Your Strength Challenge, powered by Humana. Flexibility can prevent injury, improve muscle tone, and help you stay on your feet. If you don’t stretch regularly, you might not be very nimble. Luckily, yoga can help. Today’s challenge is to try yoga for any amount of time you can squeeze into your day. Yoga can help your muscles and ...

Introduce Weights 4169

It's day 3 of the Building Your Strength Challenge, powered by Humana! Today, we challenge you to work your muscles by lifting some hand-held dumbbells. Using your muscles with weights helps you get stronger in two ways: It targets specific muscles (like working your biceps during biceps curls). It strengthens your core and other muscles because you ...

Every Little Bit Helps 4168

It's day 2 of the Building Your Strength Challenge, powered by Humana! Are you worried that you don’t have enough time to do a strength training workout each day? Studies show that any amount of physical activity is beneficial. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans say that small bouts of exercise throughout the day can help you meet your ...

Use Your Own Body Weight 4167

Welcome to the Building Your Strength Challenge, powered by Humana! When increasing your strength, you don’t need expensive equipment or gym memberships. The weight of your body is a perfect workout tool. The catch: You’ve got to use it properly. Correct form is what makes body weight exercises most effective. Today, we challenge you to pick a few of ...

Keep Advocating For Change 4158

Thank you for participating in the #healthynurse  #EndNurseAbuse Challenge ! Who you spend most of your time with has a significant impact on your health , therefore it is imperative that we all strive towards a positive, healthy work environment. By working to improve the way your workplace responds to violent incidents, you can help ...

Foster A Positive Work Environment 4157

Workplace violence isn’t just between nurses and patients. It can happen between colleagues, too. One of the best ways to prevent situations from escalating among coworkers is to foster a healthy, positive workplace culture. Today’s challenge is to counteract bullying and incivility by spreading positivity and kindness. Try one of these ideas: ...

Report, Report, Report 4156

  The likelihood of health care workers being exposed to violence is higher than correctional officers or police o­fficers. That reality is unacceptable, yet many nurses are convinced that abuse is just part of the job and isn’t worth reporting. They’ve lost hope that the violence will ever end. Today, we’re challenging you to instill some hope in ...

Form Or Join A Committee 4154

One of the best ways to prevent and address nurse abuse is to have a task force committee responsible for doing so. This diverse group should include employees at all levels — nurses, leadership, and other health care professionals. The job of this task force is to examine issues surrounding a violent event and answer the following questions: What were ...

Be An Advocate For Change 4152

  It's day 6 of the #ENDNURSEABUSE challenge .   Whether or not you’ve witnessed workplace violence personally, you are on the front lines. Registered nurses are 4.3 million strong — when each nurse becomes an advocate for change, real change can occur. Lawmakers in Washington need to hear about the issues affecting the well-being of nurses like you. ...

Help Spread Awareness 4151

  It's day 5 of the #ENDNURSEABUSE challenge .   You can be a catalyst for change. Today, we’re challenging you to initiate conversations at work about ways your hospital or organization can help eradicate workplace violence. Consider talking to your supervisor about it, too. Here are a few additional ways to help spread awareness to #EndNurseAbuse: ...

Learn To De-escalate 4150

  It's day 4 of the #ENDNURSEABUSE challenge .   Proactively defusing or removing yourself from a potentially violent situation is one way to prevent an incident. But what are the signs of an escalating situation ? And once you notice things are ramping up, what should you do? When a situation with a patient is escalating, they’re probably getting ...

Improve Your Situational Awareness 4149

  It's day 3 of the #ENDNURSEABUSE challenge .   As a nurse, you’re always focused on your patients. But you also need to protect yourself. Being aware of your surroundings at all times can help protect you from possible violence. Keep these strategies in mind during your next shift: Ask for help if you feel uncomfortable around a patient or visitors. ...

Are You Familiar With The Workplace Violence Reporting Process At Your Organization? 4148

  It's day 2 of the #ENDNURSEABUSE challenge . Would you know how to report a violent event at work? You have a 25% chance of experiencing nurse abuse at some point in your career, so it’s important to be prepared. In an ideal world, every employer would have a workplace violence reporting process in place. But that’s not always the case. Today, find out what ...

What's A Workplace Violence Incident You Should Report? 4147

  Welcome to day 1 of the #ENDNURSEABUSE challenge . One common reason nurses don’t report workplace violence is “the belief that the incident was not serious enough to report.” Another common barrier is a “lack of agreement on definitions of violence.” If these are both the case, what constitutes an incident you should report? Workplace violence is ...

Wrap It All Up 4140

   It is day 10 of the Meditate, Activate, Rejuvenate Challenge, powered by Humana . You’ve done a lot to rejuvenate and refresh over the past 9 days. Now that it’s day 10, it’s time to take your learnings with you and incorporate them into a routine as healthy habits. You’ve come so far, and we encourage you to keep going. If you want more inspiration for ...

Practice Breath Awareness 4139

   It is day 9 of the Meditate, Activate, Rejuvenate Challenge, powered by Humana . Stress is inevitable. We can’t avoid it, but we can find healthy ways to cope with it. Staying in prolonged bouts of stress can wreak havoc on your mind and body, so it’s important to find ways to relieve it, even if the relief is temporary. Breath awareness is one coping ...

Move More Throughout The Day 4136

  It is day 8 of the Meditate, Activate, Rejuvenate Challenge, powered by Humana. Movement is more than just being on your feet. It’s about working all areas of your body (arms, shoulders, abdomen, legs) and getting your heart pumping. Today, your challenge is to move more. This doesn’t have to be the addition of a long workout or something that requires a ...

Tonight Use Yoga To Reenergize 4135

  It is day 7 of the Meditate, Activate, Rejuvenate Challenge, powered by Humana . Want the perfect activity to both relax and reenergize yourself? Try a short yoga session tonight. Yoga is beloved by many for good reason. This physical activity is simple for anyone to do, and it has plenty of health benefits . Yoga helps with: Depression and anxiety ...

End Your Day With A Positive Mantra 4133

  It is day 6 of the Meditate, Activate, Rejuvenate Challenge, powered by Humana .   Your thoughts have a powerful effect on your well-being. They can impact how you feel and how much energy you have. As today draws to a close, focus on an optimistic mantra that makes you feel good. Repeat the mantra several times in your mind as you get ready for bed. Consider ...

Do A Time-Crunch Workout 4132

  It is day 5 of the Meditate, Activate, Rejuvenate Challenge, powered by Humana. Who says your exercise routine must be a certain length of time, like 30 minutes or longer? Whether it’s 5 minutes or an hour — every little bit adds up to provide health benefits and bursts of energy. One study from the University of Utah found that small sessions of exercise ...

Use The Headspace® App 4131

It is day 4 of the Meditate, Activate, Rejuvenate Challenge, powered by Humana . Find your calm today with the Headspace app. There are tons of guided meditations to choose from — there’s something for everyone. All HNHN members have access to a free one-year trial of Headspace . Once you’re signed in, you can access short courses like: Breathing into ...

Introduce Intervals 4129

Welcome to Day 3 of the Meditate, Activate, Rejuvenate Challenge, powered by Humana . A quick, easy way to spice up your movement and reenergize is to use interval training. This is when you alternate short bursts of intense activity (30 seconds or so) with periods of rest or recovery. For example, instead of taking one long walk, add 30 seconds of jogging ...

Meditate, Activate, Rejuvenate Challenge Day Two 4128

Welcome to Day 2 of the Meditate, Activate, Rejuvenate Challenge, powered by Humana . (Editor's note:  This tip has been removed.  If you m issed day 1, catch up here . Feel free to keep going with   day 3 .) Powered by support from 

Walk It Out 4127

Welcome to Day 1 of the Meditate, Activate, Rejuvenate Challenge, powered by Humana . We’re kicking this challenge off strong with some movement. If you work in direct patient care, you’re already on your feet a lot, but that doesn’t mean your movement is giving you the same benefits that true heart-pumping exercise does. This evening or if you have ...

Carry It Forward 4122

It wouldn’t be day 10 of our challenge if we didn’t encourage you to take the past 9 days with you. While we love that you’ve come this far, we want you to keep going! Take the lessons you’ve learned and the new tactics you’ve tried into the year ahead. Remind yourself how important your diet is to the health of your heart. Let these best practices guide you: ...

Start The Day Right 4121

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? If it’s so crucial, we should make it as heart healthy as possible. That’s your goal for today. Instead of grabbing that convenient granola bar, swinging through a fast-food drive-through, or skipping breakfast altogether, let’s eat something nutritious. Schedule a few extra minutes at the ...

Fill Up With Fiber 4120

  Many nutrients promote heart health, and fiber is one of them. Found in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, fiber can lower cholesterol, help with weight loss, and even prevent heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, which all contain fiber. A quick way to help your heart ...

Embrace The Mediterranean Lifestyle 4119

The Mediterranean-style diet is known for its heart health benefits, and for good reason. It prioritizes: Vegetables Fruits Whole grains Plant proteins Nuts Olive oil Time and time again, this way of eating is recognized by experts (including the American Heart Association) as one of the healthiest diets. It emphasizes some of the most ...

Make Every Monday A Meatless Monday 4118

Plant-based foods are SO healthy for you and your heart. You can get all of the nutrients you need from fresh, unprocessed foods, including protein. Eating less red meat and more plant protein is good for your health. Studies show that it reduces risk of early death among various groups, such as postmenopausal women and those with certain risk factors.   ...

Try A Healthy Recipe Swap! 4117

One small change can have a major impact on your nutrition. For example, consider swapping a traditional dish like mashed potatoes or stuffing with a recipe that uses cauliflower . Mashed cauliflower is a lower calorie, lower carbohydrate option (and it’s just as delicious). Today, make one healthy swap with a food or recipe you enjoy. Here are a few ...

Add An Extra Serving Of Fruits And Vegetables 4116

You know the basics of nutrition, like how it’s healthier to eat more whole foods and fewer processed foods. So, why is it such a hard thing to actually do? The American Heart Association recommends 4 to 5 servings of both fruits and vegetables per day. Take stock of your fruit and veggie intake lately. Do you meet this recommendation? Do you come close? ...

Incorporate Healthy Fats & Omega 3s 4114

Are all fats bad? No. In fact, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends a diet with some unsaturated fats and fewer saturated fats. Studies show that unsaturated fat lowers rates of cardiovascular mortality. It also lowers bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Foods like fish, avocado and nuts give your body the essential fats it needs but ...

Control Your Sodium 4113

Sodium-loaded foods are everywhere. The American Heart Association tells us that more than 70% of the sodium we eat comes from packaged and restaurant foods. And even if you don’t reach for the saltshaker, you’re probably getting more sodium than you need. 9 out of 10 Americans consume too much of it. Large amounts of sodium in our diets increase our risk ...

Choose Healthier Sweets & Treats Today 4112

Welcome to Day 1 of the Eat Your Heart Out Challenge! Today is Valentine’s Day — a day synonymous with chocolates, sweets, and sugary goodies. It’s also Day 1 of our heart healthy challenge — so it’s a good time to talk about sugar. Natural sugars are a healthier option compared to added sugars. You’ll often find added sugars (also called corn sweetener, ...

Foster Hope In Your Professional Life. 4108

  “Once you choose hope, anything is possible.”  Christopher Reeve Nurses are facing many hazards such as inadequate staffing and insufficient pay and recognition.  But there is hope and some solutions. Recently Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation and The Well-Being Initiative staff met with seven hundred plus nurses over two days virtually at the 2021 ...

Process Your Thoughts…in Writing! 4107

  Have you tried journaling? It can help with stress, stimulate personal growth, promote peace, and provide other mental health benefits.  Journaling can be an ongoing jot down of your thoughts, a letter to yourself, answering prompts, an action-oriented list, whatever you want!  There is no right or wrong way to journal.  For pointers, read  Ways to ...

Give Yourself Grace 4104

  Practice self-compassion to be kinder to yourself. You can do this! Try an option below: Be more mindful.  Recognize when you’re being hard on yourself. Pause, take a few deep breaths, and exhale out all those negative thoughts. Treat yourself like you would a good friend, with understanding and compassion. Practice saying “no” more often without ...

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Self-care Means Taking A Break 4101

Caring for yourself is not a selfish act, but rather a critical piece of caring for patients. In fact, Provision 5 of the Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements requires that “nurses hold the same duties to self as to others.” Think of ways for renewal in your own life, like going to bed even a little earlier, making time to do deep breathing ...

Get 'appy! 4100

Want to track your health, have someone really listen to you, improve your sleep, or decrease your stress?  There really is an app for that. Here are a few to try: Headspace Learn meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes a day. Choose from hundreds of guided exercises, listen to sleepcasts and sleep sounds, and squeeze in bite-sized meditations ...

Learn More About Available Resources 4098

There are so many free, open access mental health resources available now.  Understand available support systems and services and how to find them. Today, choose at least one of the offerings below to explore further or share with a colleague who may be in need: We’ve been identifying some of the Well-Being Initiative’s resources , but delve into the ...

Share Resources With Others 4097

Even if every nurse prioritizes their own mental health, a larger cultural shift towards openly addressing mental health issues and decreasing mental health stigma will require structural shifts from policy and employers to increase free or low-cost, accessible, anonymous programs and resources. Here are some tips for nurse leaders at all levels ...

Take A Moment And Share Your Feelings 4094

Are you okay today? How do you feel right now?  What are your emotions?  Is anything bothering you? Make a list of your top ten worries.  What can you do about them?  Are they dependent upon someone else? Share how you’re feeling with a trusted friend, colleague, family member, or religious leader.  Research suggests that putting feelings into words may ...

Discover What Resources Are Available To You 4095

Do you know what resources are available to you through your community, place of worship, or employer? Explore what might be available, including: Counseling services Debriefing sessions Educational opportunities Peer-to-peer support Employee assistance programs (EAPs).  This often under-utilized tool offers many confidential ...

Assess Your Stress 4093

As we get started in this Mental Well-Being challenge, take some time to know where you are. The Well-Being Initiative offers a simple 10 question anonymous self Stress Self-Assessment test to measure your stress level here (about half-way down the page). Your results are available immediately, along with some suggested resources. Want further ...

Arm Yourself With Resources 4085

You’ve come so far on this gratitude journey — don’t stop now! Take some time today to think about how you can maintain a grateful attitude the rest of the year. Here are a few ways to keep going: Put a gratitude list on a sticky note and put it on your bathroom mirror Keep your gratitude notepad by your bedside and continue to write something new each day Use a ...

Make Gratitude A Habit 4084

You have focused on practicing gratitude during this challenge, it’s important to keep this practice going. Daily habits of gratitude can attract and maintain joy in your life . Happiness is key to a life full of health and wellness. Habits take time to develop, but the more you do now, the more successful you’ll be long term. Let’s work today to instill ...

Show Others What Gratitude Looks Like 4083

Sometimes people are hesitant to be the first to do something. That’s especially true with random acts of kindness or gratefulness. Step up to the challenge and set an example for those around you — they are watching! While practicing physical distancing (of course), incorporate one of these ideas into your day: Hold the door open for someone When ...

Answer A Daily Gratitude Question 4082

  With so much going on in the world right now, it’s hard to focus on the good. Reminders can help. That’s what this challenge is designed to do: provide you with a daily tool to help you stay focused on what’s important. Try  Gratefulness.org’s Daily Questions. Every day, the website posts a new question to get (or keep) you focused on gratitude. For ...

Play Gratitude Fill-in-the-blank 4081

“The root of joy is gratefulness.” – David Steindl-Rast  Congratulations! You’re halfway through our Cultivate Gratitude challenge. Let’s have some fun to celebrate! Get your mind in a joyful place by thinking more broadly. Take a few moments to answer these gratitude prompts with whatever comes to mind: A strength of mine I’m grateful for is… ...

Plan An Appreciation Break For Yourself 4080

It's day 5 of the Cultivate Gratitude challenge. Thank yourself! You are an amazing nurse, showing care and dedication.  To show gratitude to yourself, ask what makes you joyful? Today, jot down 10 things that truly fill you up. Make a list of what you love to do. Your list may include getting a massage, spending time with a friend, or dancing to a favorite ...

Open Up To Others 4079

It's day 4 of the Cultivate Gratitude challenge. Let’s spread more gratitude today. When talking with a coworker, friend, or family member, start a conversation about what you’re thankful for. Then get the other person to share their appreciation, as well and share your own answers. Watch as both of your spirits are lifted — all it takes is conversation ...

Recognize Others 4078

It's day 3 of the Cultivate Gratitude challenge. Recognizing nurses for their skills, dedication, and caring is crucial, especially in times of high-stress.  Research shows   that meaningful recognition can renew and replenish a nurse’s commitment to their profession. How often do you recognize and show appreciation to the other nurses in your ...

Are You Ready For Tonight's Event? 4077

    Thank you for registering for our  #healthynurse Coffee Break, powered by CeraVe,  tonight,  December 8, 2021   at   6 PM ET. We look forward to an engaging discussion with you and empathy educator Tena Brown and our nurse panelists on topics of resilience and more. Please access this virtual event via Zoom with the following link: ...

Try An Appreciation Exercise 4076

  It's Day 2 of the Cultivate Gratitude challenge! Appreciation and gratitude start from within. But with the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s easy to get distracted. Taking a few moments for an appreciation exercise can help settle the mind and promote a gracious attitude for the rest of the day. Try this heart-centered exercise: Focus on your ...

Count Your Blessings — Literally 4075

It's Day 1 of the Cultivate Gratitude challenge! With the pandemic, we all have experienced loss, sadness, fear, and/or anxiety. But try thinking about any positivity that has come out of this stressful time. For example, have you had more time with loved ones? Have you learned a new skill or rediscovered a hobby? Felt appreciation for an unexpected ...

Stay Consistent 4072

Welcome to Day 10 of the Healthy Holidays Challenge, powered by Compass One Healthcare! A healthy, nutrient-filled diet shouldn’t be a short-term plan. The best way to make your nutrition the best it can be is to take the tips from the previous 9 days and use them every day through the holidays and beyond. That means: Adding more unprocessed, whole foods ...

Grab The H2O! 4067

Welcome to Day 9 of the Healthy Holidays Challenge, powered by Compass One Healthcare! Water is involved in almost every physiological function in the body. It’s a critical component of a healthy diet. As busy nurses who barely have time for bathroom breaks, it’s hard to willingly chug that bottle of water. But drinking enough water is one of the best ...

Treat Yourself, In Moderation 4065

Welcome to Day 8 of the Healthy Holidays Challenge, powered by Compass One Healthcare! You can’t give up your favorite treats and sweets cold turkey (nor should you). You will be much more successful in your effort to eat healthier if you don’t deprive yourself of foods you love. Today, we’re encouraging you to treat yourself sparingly. Do you love ...

Consider A Mocktail Offering At The Next Holiday Meal 4064

Welcome to Day 7 of the Healthy Holidays Challenge, powered by Compass One Healthcare! It’s easy for calories to add up at holiday gatherings, especially when there’s alcohol involved. But drinking your calories isn’t as beneficial for your body from a nutrition standpoint — and it’s certainly not as filling. One small step you can make to improve your ...

Are Whole Foods On Your Menu? 4062

Welcome to Day 6 of the Healthy Holidays Challenge, powered by Compass One Healthcare! A nutritious diet isn’t just about eating fewer unhealthy foods. It’s also about eating more beneficial foods. We’re talking about whole, unprocessed foods like: Fruits Vegetables Whole grains Beans Green Raw nuts and seeds Today, add more of the foods on ...

De-Stress In Non-Food-Related Ways 4061

Welcome to Day 5 of the Healthy Holidays Challenge, powered by Compass One Healthcare! By the time you sit down for a meal, you’re probably physically hungry and emotionally depleted. Does this sound familiar? The combination of these circumstances can quickly lead to emotional eating, which often involves less-than-healthy food choices. It’s ...

Make Healthy Substitutions 4059

Welcome to Day 4 of the Healthy Holidays Challenge, powered by Compass One Healthcare! During the holidays, you can’t escape classic recipes like stuffing and mashed potatoes. Or can you? If you’re preparing the meal or bringing a dish to a gathering, contribute a healthy (yet delicious) substitute. Cauliflower is a versatile, low-carb, ...

Go Small, More Often 4057

Welcome to Day 3 of the Healthy Holidays Challenge, powered by Compass One Healthcare! When it comes to portion sizes smaller is sometimes better. During the holiday season remind yourself that moderation is key. You can have some of that pie you love but try to keep the portion small. Another tip to consider is choosing a smaller-sized plate. No matter ...

Prepare In Advance 4056

Welcome to Day 2 of the Healthy Holidays Challenge, powered by Compass One Healthcare! Only 56% of nurses report having access to healthy food during work hours. And, almost half of nurses report eating fast food once or twice a week, and 40% eat fast food three or more times a week. It’s not always easy to find healthy foods while at work during long shifts ...

Embrace What Works For You 4054

Welcome to Day 1 of the Healthy Holidays Challenge, powered by Compass One Healthcare! Let’s start this challenge on a positive note by recognizing the progress you’ve made BEFORE we even begin. Everyone has healthy habits hidden within the hustle and bustle of the day-to-day. What are yours? Now is not the time to start a juice cleanse or cut out your ...

Keep Moving & Stay Mindful 4047

Congratulations, you made it to the last day of the Mindful Movement Challenge, powered by Humana! We hope you enjoyed getting active while focusing on your mental health this past week and a half. While we’ve reached the end of the challenge, your mindful movement doesn’t have to stop here. In fact, we encourage you to keep your physical activity as ...

Move With A Mantra! 4046

Welcome to day 9 of the  Mindful Movement challenge, powered by Humana! When you exercise today, do it with a positive mind. Choose a special mantra to repeat inside your head as you work out. No matter what you do — whether it’s going for a jog, doing an online workout, riding a bicycle, or enjoying a walk outside — do it while repeating an optimistic phrase. ...

Dance It Out! 4045

Welcome to day 8 of the  Mindful Movement challenge, powered by Humana! You already know how physical activity benefits your mental and emotional health. Now let’s add another element into the mix: Music. Research proves that music has a positive effect on emotional well-being, including: Improving mood Decreasing anxiety Managing stress If you ...

Tackle A Chore You’ve Been Putting Off 4044

Welcome to day 7 of the  Mindful Movement challenge, powered by Humana! We’ve all got things to do around the house that we push to the bottom of our to-do lists. As we enter the height of fall and approach the start of winter, what better time to cross those must-do items off your list? If it’s a chore that gets you moving, it’ll do your body good. And if you are ...

Bring Out The Younger You 4042

Welcome to day 6 of the  Mindful Movement challenge, powered by Humana! Remember when you were a child, before adult responsibilities added extra stressors to your day? For many people, times were simpler when they were younger. Not to mention you got so much physical activity from running, jumping, climbing, and playing. Today, we challenge you to do ...

Get Your Hands Dirty This Weekend! 4041

Welcome to day 5 of the  Mindful Movement challenge, powered by Humana ! You may be wondering, what does dirt have to do with mindful movement?  Gardening has multiple mental health benefits . It’s been shown to: Reduce stress Boost mood Help addiction recovery Foster human connections Improve memory Whether it’s planting something, weeding ...

Try Movement Meditation 4039

Welcome to day 4 of the  Mindful Movement challenge, powered by Humana! When most people think of meditation, they think of stillness. But there is such a thing as meditation that relaxes the mind while moving the body — it’s called qigong (pronounced chee-gong), which literally translates to “energy work.” In this Asian form of yoga, specialized ...

Work Out With A Friend 4038

Welcome to day 3 of the  Mindful Movement challenge, powered by Humana! There’s something calming about knowing you’re not alone. Maybe it’s the sense of camaraderie, or the reassurance that someone else understands what you’re going through (because they’re going through it, too.) Either way, research shows that social connections help improve ...

Decompress With A Walk Through Nature 4037

Welcome to day 2 of the  Mindful Movement challenge, powered by Humana! You already know that movement is good for mental health. But did you know that being outside can also boost your mood ? Why not combine both benefits into one mood-boosting nature walk? Find a nearby trail with this search tool called All Trails . Grab a loved one, a good pair of walking ...

Get Your Stretch On! 4036

Welcome to day 1 of the  Mindful Movement challenge, powered by Humana! You know how when you wake up (before getting out of bed), your body naturally stretches without thinking twice? It feels good to “wake up” your muscles after a full night’s rest. Stretching is healthy and beneficial for the body (and mind). It can help reduce body aches, keep you ...

Set Some Rules (And Stick To Them!) 4022

  Congratulations on finishing the Hydration for Health Challenge! After 10 days of fueling your body with the fluids it needs, we hope you’re feeling energized, refreshed, and healthy. We’ve got one more daily challenge for you to tackle, but we hope you continue prioritizing hydration once you’ve completed it. Today, it’s time to set some ground ...

Keep It Convenient 4021

You’re probably more likely to stick to something if it’s easy. Staying hydrated is no different. If you have to go out of your way to access water all the time, you’re probably less likely to do so. But if you have plenty of water an arm’s length away, there’s no excuse not to take a swig. Make your life more convenient by filling up a bunch of bottles with fresh ...

Make A Smoothie 4019

Remember yesterday when we recommended you incorporate more hydrating foods into your diet? Today's tip builds on that by turning water-rich foods into a delicious smoothie. In the hot summer months, smoothies are a refreshing way to cool off. When you add healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables to your smoothie, you’re also filling your body with ...

Hydrate Through Foods 4018

Hydration isn’t only about drinks. As we mentioned previously in this challenge, 20% of your daily fluid intake likely comes from the foods you eat, while the other 80% comes from water and other liquids. If you’re strategic about the foods you eat, however, you can increase your hydration at snack and mealtimes. Delicious fruits and vegetables often ...

Infuse Your Water 4017

What if your water could look and taste like a summertime treat? When you infuse water with different fruits, vegetables, and herbs, it can. BONUS: Adding these flavorful ingredients to your water is lower calorie and much healthier than guzzling a soda or sports drink. You’ll get the hydration you need without all the excess ingredients. Tonight, ...

Friendly Competition Anyone? 4016

If you’re having trouble getting the right amount of fluids your body needs each day, try increase the fun by challenging a coworker, neighbor, friend or loved one. It will help you get the job done AND who doesn’t love a little competition? Get started this weekend! See who can finish their recommended daily fluid intake the most days in a row. Try to ...

Turn To Technology 4015

These days we have so many tools at our disposal to help us stay healthy. Why not take advantage of them? When it comes to hydration, there are options for using technology in your favor. First, consider downloading an app on your phone to help you track your fluid intake throughout the day. Free hydration apps are popular choices to help you keep tabs on ...

Find The Fizz You Crave 4013

  Sometimes water can feel flavorless and flat. Which can make opting for sodas seem like a better option. While these fizzy drinks are delicious and do contain water, drinking sodas on a regular basis means tons of extra sugar (and calories) your body doesn’t need. Did you know the average 12-ounce serving of cola has 10 ¼ teaspoons of sugar? Root beer ...

Ice Ice Baby! 4012

  During the summer, there’s something special about a frozen treat. Ice is an easy, alternative way to hydrate yourself if cold water isn’t cutting it. Grab yourself a BIG cup of ice and chew or suck on the ice throughout the day. Crunching on ice pieces can also satiate yourself and eliminates excess calories that come from boredom ...

Start Your Day Strong! 4010

Welcome to day 1 of our Hydration Challenge. Habits form on average anywhere from 18 to 254 days after starting. Throughout this challenge and beyond, keep starting your day with water. Over time, this healthy routine will become automatic, and you’ll find it easier to get the recommended amount of fluid intake each day. The key to getting enough fluids ...

Keep your eyes open 4002

Welcome to day 10 of the  Stride-and-Seek Challenge, Powered by Humana ! Congrats on finishing the #healthynurse Step Up & Reconnect Challenge, Part 2! While our 10-day challenge has come to an end, your new routine of going on walks/runs with renewed perspective doesn’t have to. Continue to challenge yourself to turn off technology and notice more of ...

Look For Someone Like You 4001

Welcome to day 9 of the  Stride-and-Seek Challenge, Powered by Humana ! You are not alone. Thousands of other people are working hard to take better care of themselves, get enough exercise, and eat healthier. If you open your eyes, you’ll see that they’re all around you. That’s why today’s scavenger hunt item is to look for another person who is out for a ...

Have A Playout! 4000

Welcome to day 8 of the  Stride-and-Seek Challenge, Powered by Humana ! When you were a child, did you love to ride your bike to the nearest park? Or maybe a family member would drive you to a playground for some time outside. There’s something nostalgic and carefree about a big, colorful playground plopped in the middle of a grassy park. Today’s scavenger ...

Spy A Fruit Tree 3999

Welcome to day 7 of the  Stride-and-Seek Challenge, Powered by Humana ! Summer is the prime time for fruits of all types. And we don’t have to get into the specifics of why fruits are so good for you — we’re sure you already know that. But both are good reasons for making today’s scavenger hunt about fruit trees. As you get your steps in, keep your eyes peeled ...

Bring A Buddy 3998

Welcome to day 6 of the   Stride-and-Seek Challenge, Powered by Humana ! Part of this challenge is about steps, and the other part is about reconnecting. Today’s focus is on both. Invite a friend or family member along for your walk/jog and use the time to catch up. BONUS: It’s even better if it’s someone you haven’t seen in a while. Research shows that ...

Spot A Blue-colored Bird 3997

Welcome to day 5 of the   Stride-and-Seek Challenge, Powered by Humana ! On Day 2 of this challenge, we encouraged you to look for wildlife that didn’t include birds. Today, we want you to zone in on our aviary friends, but specifically look for a blue one. This can be anything from a: Thrush Blue jay Mountain bluebird Songbird Indigo bunting ...

Capture A Flag 3995

Welcome to day 4 of the  Stride-and-Seek Challenge, Powered by Humana ! Remember the classic childhood game called capture the flag? Today, let’s get into that same kind of mindset during your walk or jog. While you don’t have to physically “capture” it, we’re on the hunt for a flag. Summer is a patriotic time of year since Independence Day falls right in ...

Appreciate Architecture 3994

Welcome to day 3 of the  Stride-and-Seek Challenge, Powered by Humana ! Do you have a walking route you love because of the beautiful buildings and houses? Is there a particular piece of architecture that wows you? Today is the day to find it, document it, and share it with us.  Whether you love that Victorian house on the edge of town, the mysterious Tudor ...

Welcome The Wildlife! 3991

Welcome to day 2 of the  Stride-and-Seek Challenge, Powered by Humana! Explore nature during your walk today! Keep a lookout for any kind of wildlife. We’re talking about non-domesticated animals, so cats and dogs don’t count. Of course you’ll see birds, but let’s go broader. What about squirrels, chipmunks, deer, beavers, or wild turkeys? ...

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I did the standing calf raises, the push ups and took the stairs between documenting on patients. 

Taking care of self is not always easy, so today I challenge myself to indulge in Self Care. Be Well!

Really appreciated all of the tips, strategies and resources that were provided during this challenge. 

As nurses we are encouraged to advocate for our patient's wellbeing and safety, it is equally important that we advocate for our own wellbeing & safety also.

Wellbeing initiatives often take the form of incorporating self-care more effectively in...

@Mrs Sheena D Pracyk, RN When I had to leave late at night and walk through the dark lots or parking garage I always carried something to make me feel a little safer. I had pepper spray on a keychain that I knew how to use. My grandfather had always told me when he worked late night and had the same situation, he would grab a cup of hot coffee before heading out knowi...

Great steps suggested in the article and we definitely tried to avoid the second scenario on the Neuro-Trauma unit I worked on for many years. Our patients were often unpredictable so being prepared for anything and staying calm was key to getting through the shift.