5 Tips to Enhance Your Happiness and Improve Your Health

Ah, happiness. Even simply thinking about being truly happy can bring a smile to a person’s face and the feeling of pure joy. Some say happiness is learned, while others believe happiness is innate. I venture to think happiness is a fundamental part of who we are — consider an infant squealing with delight while… [Continue..]

Nature Calls: 5 Health Benefits That Will Do Your Body Good

The mere thought of watching a majestic sunset, tranquil river, or tree-lined forest may bring about a sense of joy.  But do you make time to spend in nature? Juggling a partner, children, aging parents, work demands, or health issues, among other things, may make adding one more item to the already jam-packed schedule seem… [Continue..]

Aromatherapy: The Hidden Gem of Health Care?

Essential oils seem to be all the rage these days due to the belief that they can enhance physical and psychological well-being. Often used in holistic health environments, essential oils have now made their mark in the medical model of the healthcare industry as well. Do not be surprised if you are offered essential oil options… [Continue..]

Why You Should Add a Dose of Gratitude to Your Day

Practicing gratitude has been clinically proven to have a profound and positive impact on a person’s health and quality of life — and it’s free! No co-pays, no time spent at appointments, no needles, no prescriptions. However, the fast-paced lifestyle that many of us have become accustomed to makes practicing gratitude difficult if we do… [Continue..]

New Nurse: Create Your Own Path

Never let anyone tell you what your nursing career should or shouldn’t be. Follow your heart. Carve out your own path in nursing. There is no one right way for all nurses to start their careers or to continue their careers. We all have differing backgrounds, interests, personalities, temperaments, goals, and dreams. Everyone told me I couldn’t work in psych right out of school because I would forget my skills. I don’t think I had any… [Continue..]

Heal the Past, Create the Future

Today is a day that many people remember and honor the souls of those who are departed. However, regardless of one’s beliefs, we can all take time to reflect on those who came before us, be grateful for battles fought on our behalf, hardships endured to create a better life and unspoken acts of love.… [Continue..]

Easy Ways to Cultivate Good Health in the Garden

There are many more ways to stay healthy and fit than simply just going to the gym. In fact, some options are right in our own backyard. While gardening may not be considered exercise by some, it can actually build or maintain strength, stamina, and flexibility. Some studies have shown that it can also reduce the prevalence… [Continue..]

What Holds You Up?

At twilight last evening, while out walking, I caught sight of this magnificent spider suspended between two branches. I couldn’t see its web but knew that something was holding it up. It reminded me of my own spiritual practice: yoga, meditation, journaling, gratitude, inspirational reading, prayer; it’s not something outsiders see, but it holds me… [Continue..]

Hurricane Harvey: How Can Nurses Help?

I have received many emails and social media messages from nurses around the world asking how they can help in Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The Texas Board of Nursing has posted this information about volunteer opportunities and temporary licensure https://www.bon.texas.gov/hurricaneharvey.asp A private jet full of nurses left from my home state of… [Continue..]

Retirement. Now What?

Dear Donna, I am getting ready to retire in a few months. Although I no longer wish to work in a hospital, I may want to still keep my hand in in some way. Do you have any suggestions of things I might be able to do part time, particularly something with flexibility so I… [Continue..]