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Embrace the Shade  - Healthy Nurse, Nurse, Healthy Nation - Snaps and Steps Challenge, sponsored by Humana - Day 10 4758

Congratulations on reaching the final day of the Snaps and Steps challenge, sponsored by Humana! Recharge in Nature Challenge! We hope you’ve seen over the past 10 days how just a few moments outside can perk up a tired, frazzled brain. Are you feeling less stressed and anxious? How about your happiness levels? We’ve explored nature’s effect on stress ...

Marvel at Architecture - Healthy Nurse, Nurse, Healthy Nation - Snaps and Steps Challenge, sponsored by Humana - Day 9 4757

Do you have a favorite architectural gem along your walking or jogging route? Maybe it's a charming Victorian house, an intriguing Tudor mansion, or a sleek modern high-rise. Whether you're drawn to the intricate details of historic architecture or the sleek lines of a newer build, let your feet lead you to your architectural muse. Your Action for ...

Cloud-Gaze for Serenity - Healthy Nurse, Nurse, Healthy Nation - Snaps and Steps Challenge, sponsored by Humana - Day 8 4756

How often do you take a moment to soak up the vastness of the sky? Slowing down and watching the clouds (cloud-gazing) can guide you into peaceful reflection. Cloud-gazing isn't just about observing nature's artistry — it's a type of meditation that calms the mind. As you watch the clouds drift across the sky, you can release any worries or stressors ...

Spot a Kindred Spirit - Healthy Nurse, Nurse, Healthy Nation - Snaps and Steps Challenge, sponsored by Humana - Day 7 4755

If you’re hoping for a mental health fix from nature, you’re not alone. Look around, and you'll find others who are also making the effort to take better care of themselves by getting outside. While they may be strangers passing by, there's a sense of solidarity in knowing that others share your commitment to self-care. Perhaps they, too, seek solace in ...

Find Your Zen Rock - Healthy Nurse, Nurse, Healthy Nation - Snaps and Steps Challenge, sponsored by Humana - Day 7 4754

Ever struggled to stay in the moment as your mind wanders to tomorrow's tasks or yesterday's worries? We get it — it happens to all of us. Today, let’s try a simple yet powerful trick: focusing on a specific object, which can ground you in the present and ease your stress. This activity might bring you back to when you searched for “treasures” as a child: ...

Soak Up Soothing Waters - Healthy Nurse, Nurse, Healthy Nation - Snaps and Steps Challenge, sponsored by Humana - Day 5 4753

Have you ever wondered why people gravitate toward water? There’s science behind that pull. Out of 3 kinds of natural sounds (birds, water, and a combination), a meta-analysis found that water sounds had the biggest impact on improving people’s moods. The sight and sound of water — a bubbling fountain, tranquil pond, babbling creek, or majestic river ...

Uncover Curious Critters - Healthy Nurse, Nurse, Healthy Nation - Snaps and Steps Challenge, sponsored by Humana - Day 4 4750

Just like us, animals have daily tasks and responsibilities. When you're out enjoying nature today, you might notice a squirrel scurrying to gather food or a rabbit carefully constructing a cozy burrow. Animals might seem busy, but they always take time to rest — and that's something we humans can do better. As you step outside for your walk, keep a ...

Listen for Nature’s Whisper  - Healthy Nurse, Nurse, Healthy Nation - Snaps and Steps Challenge, sponsored by Humana - Day 3 4749

There's something satisfying about the sound of a soft breeze rustling the leaves. This soothing sound even has its own name — psithurism (pronounced “SITH-yer-izm”) — which comes from the Greek word "psithuros," meaning "whispering." Branches and twigs swaying in the breeze create delicate vibrations that ripple through the air, producing the ...

Hear a Birdsong - Healthy Nurse, Nurse, Healthy Nation - Snaps and Steps Challenge, sponsored by Humana - Day 2 4748

Think about the last time you paused, closed your eyes, and listened to birds chirping. Did it calm you? Birds singing isn't just background noise — it's a symphony from nature that can soothe your nervous system. Research shows that listening to birdsong can reduce stress and anxiety while promoting tranquility and well-being. No wonder it’s such a ...

Pinpoint Your Favorite Flower 🌸 - Healthy Nurse, Nurse, Healthy Nation - Snaps and Steps Challenge, sponsored by Humana - Day 1 4747

Nature's stunning blooms have a powerful effect on our moods and emotions. You could even consider them an emotional support tool. It's a fact: Research suggests [PDF] that spending time around flowers promotes positive moods, leading to improved mental well-being. If you don't have any flowers on your porch, patio, deck, or yard, let's go for a walk ...

Never Stop Learning - Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation - Embracing Allyship Challenge - Day 10 4743

No matter how smart you are, it's impossible to know everything. Even the most brilliant geniuses don’t know it all. There’s always more to learn. That also holds true for allyship — it requires continuous growth and action. Even as we end this 10-day challenge, keep pushing yourself to expand your knowledge, deepen your understanding, and advocate ...

Reflect on Your Progress So Far - Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation - Embracing Allyship Challenge - Day 9 4742

As we near the end of this challenge, it's time to pause and think about the strides you've made to embrace allyship. You identified any implicit biases you may have. You learned to speak up. You used your voice to amplify the voices of others. Now let’s get more specific. What have you done over the past 9 days that’s making an impact? Where can you improve? ...

5 Ways to Embrace Active Listening - Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation - Embracing Allyship Challenge - Day 8 4741

At work, you have a massive to-do list. All you can think about is checking off a task and moving on to the next. But true allyship means focusing less on the task and more on the people. One way to do this is through active listening — which means you fully concentrate on, understand, respond to, and remember what's being said. Instead of focusing on what ...

How do you tackle biased language - Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation - Embracing Allyship Challenge - Day 7 4739

Words have power. The language we use can either reinforce stereotypes or promote inclusivity. It can either lift someone up or tear them down. Being an ally requires the ability to challenge unfair language heard in the workplace. Whether it's correcting a colleague's use of a derogatory term or suggesting more inclusive phrasing, every effort ...

Use Your Voice to Lift Others - Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation - Embracing Allyship Challenge - Day 6 4737

In a busy workplace, it’s easy for the voices of the minority to get drowned out by the majority. If you have privilege and a platform, why not use them to help those who don’t? The tricky part is deciphering which voices need amplification — it’s not always clear-cut. When someone is marginalized or overshadowed by dominant narratives and perspectives ...

Assess Your Allyship - Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation - Embracing Allyship Challenge - Day 5 4734

You’re halfway through the Embracing Allyship Challenge , and you’re doing great. Now, let’s take stock: How much of an ally are you? Allyship is a never-ending commitment. Measure where you are today by using this self-assessment tool [PDF] from the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing. Follow ...

Speak up for fairness - Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation - Embracing Allyship Challenge - Day 4 4733

Silence is acceptance. When people see unfair treatment or bias happening at work but don't speak up, it makes those unfair actions seem OK. This silence creates an environment where discriminatory practices can thrive, further marginalizing and disadvantaging certain groups of people. When we stand by and allow discrimination, bias, or racism to ...

Have courageous conversations - Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation - Embracing Allyship Challenge - Day 3 4732

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are sensitive topics. Having conversations about them can feel intimidating. But being open to talking about these issues fosters understanding, empathy, and allyship. Today’s goal is to start a conversation with a colleague about DEI. Approach the discussion with an open mind and a willingness to listen to ...

Educate Yourself - Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation - Embracing Allyship Challenge - Day 2 4730

It's sad but true: Not all nurses get the same level of support and respect from their jobs. Our survey found that 63% of nurses have personally experienced an act of racism in the workplace. Marginalized groups, including Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+ individuals, and people with disabilities, often face unique challenges ...

Start With Self-Reflection - Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation - Embracing Allyship Challenge - Day 1 4729

We all have unconscious (or implicit) bias. It’s something you might not realize you live with, but you do. Hidden deep within us, we have attitudes or stereotypes that unconsciously affect how we view things, act, and make decisions. These biases usually come from our backgrounds, experiences, and cultural environments. And despite our best ...

Try a Mindful Mealtime Ritual - Mindful Eating, powered by Morrison Healthcare, a Division of Compass One Healthcare - Day 10 Tip 4725

Wouldn’t it be great if everything you’ve learned and done over the past 10 days could stick with you for years to come? That’s the goal of every challenge — that the efforts gradually become habits you can lean on for life. After all, the benefits of mindful eating don’t carry much weight if you only do it once. Make mindful eating and moderation a daily ...

Become Portion Proficient - Mindful Eating, powered by Morrison Healthcare, a Division of Compass One Healthcare - Day 9 Tip 4699

Portion control is more than a weight management tool; it's a key to understanding and meeting your body's nutritional needs. When your schedule is demanding and breaks are limited, mastering portion control is a crucial skill. Instead of stressing over strict measurements, listen to your body's hunger cues and aim for balance. A general rule of ...

Unwind for Better Digestion - Mindful Eating, powered by Morrison Healthcare, a Division of Compass One Healthcare - Day 8 Tip 4696

Your hectic schedule leaves little room for a relaxed dining experience. But do you realize that unwinding during meals plays a crucial role in digestion? Here's the connection: The body's stress response, often heightened during demanding shifts, diverts resources away from digestion . This hinders nutrient absorption and can even give you ...

Sip With Awareness - Mindful Eating, powered by Morrison Healthcare, a Division of Compass One Healthcare - Day 7 Tip 4693

During a demanding shift, staying hydrated takes on a new level of importance. Mindful hydration supports your overall well-being and energy levels while boosting your ability to provide top-notch care. When your hydration is lacking , it can lead to fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and even headaches — all challenges you can't afford during ...

Ditch the Distractions - Mindful Eating, powered by Morrison Healthcare, a Division of Compass One Healthcare - Day 6 Tip 4687

In the hustle and bustle of your day, it's easy to turn mealtime into multitasking. Between patient care, paperwork, and buzzing pagers, you might find yourself grabbing a quick bite while simultaneously doing other tasks. The catch? Multitasking during meals can lead to overeating and hinder your ability to make nutritious choices. When you're ...

Mastering Mindful Moderation - Mindful Eating, powered by Morrison Healthcare, a Division of Compass One Healthcare - Day 5 Tip 4686

Craving that extra cup of coffee or eyeing the tempting snacks in the breakroom? Today's challenge is all about moderation, but we're not here to rain on your indulgence parade. Instead, let's talk about mastering mindful moderation — a crucial skill for a balanced and healthful life. Moderation doesn't mean deprivation. It's about savoring every ...

Cultivate Culinary Appreciation - Mindful Eating, powered by Morrison Healthcare, a Division of Compass One Healthcare - Day 4 Tip 4684

Remember how important gratitude is for your health? It also plays a key role in mindful eating. To approach your snacks and meals with mindfulness, you must appreciate them. And it takes a certain perspective to have more appreciation for food. It’s about visualizing the efforts involved in cultivating, harvesting, delivering, and preparing your ...

Make the Most of Meal Moments - Mindful Eating, powered by Morrison Healthcare, a Division of Compass One Healthcare - Day 3 Tip 4682

Timing matters when it comes to mindful eating. Your body operates on a unique schedule, and syncing your meals with its natural rhythm can enhance digestion, energy levels, and overall well-being. Navigating 12-hour shifts requires a strategic approach to meal timing. You may only get 1 break for a meal throughout your workday. That means you need to ...

Tune Into Hunger Cues - Mindful Eating, powered by Morrison Healthcare, a Division of Compass One Healthcare - Day 2 Tip 4681

Did you know your body communicates with you beyond words? It talks to you daily through hunger cues — physiological or sensory signals indicating the need for nourishment and sustenance. Learning your body's hunger signals is like deciphering the Morse code of your well-being — each cue is a distinct dot or dash guiding you to what your body needs. By ...

Reflect Before You Bite - Mindful Eating, powered by Morrison Healthcare, a Division of Compass One Healthcare - Day 1 Tip 4680

Mindful eating starts with understanding your body's cues and fostering a positive relationship with food. But how do you learn your body's cues? You can figure it out by asking the right questions before you take a bite of food. By pausing to ponder things like, "Am I truly hungry, or is this boredom?" or "What flavors and textures am I craving?" you ...

Prioritize the Positive  - Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation - Your Heart Needs Love Too Challenge, sponsored by Humana - Day 10 4675

Would you believe it if we told you that being positive helps prevent heart disease? It’s true! Science shows that having a positive perspective — like being optimistic, joyful, grateful, and purposeful — is heart-healthy. In general, any activity that lowers your cortisol (stress hormone) levels may benefit your heart. Chronic exposure to high ...

Take a Sweet Escape  - Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation - Your Heart Needs Love Too Challenge, sponsored by Humana - Day 9 4674

Sweet treats may seem innocent, but when it comes to your heart, keeping a watchful eye on added sugars is a must. Research links excessive sugar intake to an increased risk of heart disease. Diets high in added sugars may elevate blood pressure, promote inflammation, and contribute to unhealthy cholesterol levels — all factors that can jeopardize ...

Catch Those Zs for Heart Ease - Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation - Your Heart Needs Love Too Challenge, sponsored by Humana - Day 8 4672

Ever wondered if your rest affects more than just your energy levels? Turns out, your heart has a stake in your sleep quality, too. Poor sleep is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular issues. Disrupted sleep can throw off vital processes like blood pressure regulation and inflammation control, putting your heart at risk. The American ...

Power Up Your Heart - Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation - Your Heart Needs Love Too Challenge, sponsored by Humana - Day 7 4671

There’s a dynamic duo that’s  proven to benefit heart health : a workout blending aerobic exercise and resistance training. This combo enhances cardiovascular fitness, reduces blood pressure, and promotes overall heart well-being. It also improves your muscle tone and stamina. The  American Heart Association (AHA)  and the  American College of ...

Sip Smart, Save Your Heart  - Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation - Your Heart Needs Love Too Challenge, sponsored by Humana - Day 6 4668

Ever consider how easily sipping on a yummy drink can sneak in extra calories? From sugary lattes to fizzy drinks, liquid calories can pile up, leading to weight gain and potential heart woes. Why? Because these drinks often pack hidden sugars and excess calories, contributing to obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes — all major heart disease ...

Strike a Balance for Your Heart - Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation - Your Heart Needs Love Too Challenge, sponsored by Humana - Day 5 4667

Did you know that striking the right balance between calories and physical activity is a key move for a healthier heart?  Your heart loves a good rhythm, and that includes the dance between the calories you take in and the energy you burn. Maintaining a healthy balance is a powerful step in preventing heart disease.   Extra calories can lead to weight ...

Give Heartfelt Thanks - Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation - Your Heart Needs Love Too Challenge, sponsored by Humana - Day 4 4665

Gratitude isn’t just a warm and fuzzy feeling; it’s like a booster shot for your heart.  Research suggests that practicing gratitude can have a positive impact on biomarkers related to cardiovascular disease risk. In simpler terms, it’s a heart-healthy habit. So, are you ready to sprinkle a little gratitude into your day?  Start by taking time to ...

Shake the Sodium Habit - Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation - Your Heart Needs Love Too Challenge, sponsored by Humana - Day 3 4664

It’s time to dive into the salty details — how does that extra dash of salt impact your heart?  A sodium-rich diet can send your blood pressure soaring, creating a recipe for heart issues. Today’s goal is to be more mindful of your sodium intake and explore heart-friendly alternatives.  Keep in mind these high-sodium culprits:  Processed foods  ...

Take a Cardio Stroll - Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation - Your Heart Needs Love Too Challenge, sponsored by Humana - Day 2 4663

If you're used to being on your feet in direct patient care, you're already in motion. But let's make sure your heart is reaping the rewards. Today, let's take a brisk walk — a heart-pumping exercise beyond the typical on-your-feet movement.  As you stroll, try to move at a speed of at least 4.5 mph (fitness apps, watches and pedometers can help you measure ...

Scrub-a-Dub-Dub  - Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation - Your Heart Needs Love Too Challenge, sponsored by Humana - Day 1 4660

We know you're no stranger to hand hygiene , but do you know the role it plays for your heart's well-being?  Your hands are the unsung heroes in the battle against germs. But scrubbing up with soap and water throughout the day isn't just about preventing the common cold or flu. It's about protecting your heart.  It’s true that when you get the flu, ...

Stay Mindful - Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation - Find Your Balance challenge - Day 10 4656

Over the course of this challenge, you’ve slowly transformed your work-life balance into one that benefits you. Moving forward, you can make the most of this challenge by incorporating mindfulness into everything you do. Being mindful involves staying aware and present in the moment. It will help you realize how you’re currently spending your time — ...

Do Something Social - Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation - Find Your Balance challenge - Day 9 4654

How can being more social help to improve your work-life balance? Cultivating human connection isn't just about having a good time — it's a powerful tool for boosting your overall well-being. Research shows the positive impact of social interactions on mental health, stress reduction, and life satisfaction. For example, the U.S. Centers for ...

Try a New Hobby - Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation - Find Your Balance challenge - Day 8 4650

Feel the need to add a splash of excitement to your routine? Discovering a new hobby improves work-life balance because hobbies are a much-needed escape from the everyday grind. They offer a chance to unwind and do activities solely for your own pleasure. The idea of trying something new might seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Start by narrowing ...

Ask for Help - Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation - Find Your Balance challenge - Day 7 4647

Is there a “superpower” that makes juggling tasks at work and home a little easier? The answer lies in a simple yet mighty skill — asking for help. If you find it hard to delegate tasks at work and home, try to shift your mindset. Instead of viewing it as burdening others, see it as fostering teamwork and mutual support. You do not have to do it all yourself. ...

Claim Your “Me” Time - Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation - Find Your Balance challenge - Day 6 4646

How much of your day is dedicated solely to yourself? When we talk about “me” time, we’re focusing on moments and activities exclusively for your personal well-being and enjoyment. As a nurse, it might feel unnatural to spend time only benefiting yourself, but every person needs a little “me” time each day. Having "me" time means engaging in activities ...

Optimize Time at Home - Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation - Find Your Balance challenge - Day 5 4644

You only have so much time in the day. When you’re not working, it’s important to take advantage of the moments you have to recharge and enjoy your personal life. To optimize your time at home, make intentional choices that prioritize your wellness and self-care. Use your time wisely. What could you do that would make you feel good? Do you have a project you ...

Start Small, Joyful Rituals - Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation - Find Your Balance challenge - Day 4 4643

What brings you joy? And do you have enough of it in your life? If you need more, today’s goal is to incorporate small, joyful rituals into your routine. This will enhance your overall well-being and create a more balanced work-life dynamic. Joyful, intentional practices give you a momentary escape from the demands of your nursing responsibilities and ...

Start Time Blocking - Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation - Find Your Balance challenge - Day 3 4640

To have better work-life balance, it’s important to manage your time wisely. You can do this through time blocking — breaking your day into distinct blocks of time dedicated to specific tasks or activities. This is a great opportunity to make some room in your schedule for mini vacations (remember last month’s challenge ?) to ensure you get plenty of ...

Learn to Set (and Stick to) Healthy Boundaries - Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation - Find Your Balance challenge - Day 2 4639

You can’t have a healthy work-life balance without boundaries. Setting and enforcing personal limits helps reduce stress , prevent burnout , and enhance mental and emotional health. And when you establish boundaries, you create a sense of control over your time and energy. We admit that putting your foot down (and holding your ground) isn’t always ...

Do a Work-life Balance Pulse Check - Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation - Find Your Balance challenge - Day 1 4638

Welcome to day 1 of the Find Your Balance challenge! Reality check time: How is your work-life balance?  Research shows that 48% of Americans consider themselves to be workaholics. Those who don’t maintain a healthy work-life balance likely burn out faster than those who do. An unhealthy work-life balance happens when work takes over, causing ...

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I absolutely LOVE being around water. Being in a swimming pool, floating on my back with my ears under the water, staring up at the sky…… Im basically in heaven!! One of my all time favorite memories is when I had my own private balcony next to the ocean in Cancun Mex., and I left the door open every night to feel the ocean breeze and hear the waves…. again, heaven...

yes meditating while walking is great! You're active, but getting relaxed at the same time!

it also works for me.  I use it to talk to God and it works. It is relaxing and soothing. 

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!