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Ways to Reduce Work Stress During These Stressful Times

Life during a pandemic can be stressful. Working daily with patients only adds to that stress. Anxiety and fear can overwhelm you. Following the rules of social distancing, staying at home can make you feel isolated. All of these things can add to your stress level and cause burnout. Figuring out ways to cope with all these emotions will help you and those around you.

 

Try these tips to help make your day less stressful:

  1. Sleep – Starting your day after a good night’s sleep is a great beginning. Getting a full 8 hours of sleep at night can make a real difference.
  2. Stay connected – Phone conversations, chats, video calls – stay in touch with friends and family. Six feet apart doesn’t have to mean you can’t see the people who matter to you. Reach out and connect you will feel better.
  3. Exercise – Regular exercise is important, shoot for 20-30 minutes daily. Be creative, changes things around but get your body moving daily. Exercise is good for the mind and the body!
  4. Eat lunch (not at your desk) – A healthy balanced lunch helps you keep your blood sugar level which keeps your energy up. Overall, try and eat as healthy as you can.
  5. Walk away and take a break – Not taking a few breaks during the day hurts more than helps. You might think you’re being a trooper but you’re not. Working too long can affect your ability to concentrate. So walk away and if you can get some fresh air.
  6. Inhale – Taking a few deep breaths can calm you and releases stress. Just inhale and hold for a second or two, then exhale through your nose. Slow and steady.
  7. Music – Music soothes you. Create a playlist of calming, happy tunes to listen to while at work and at home. Wonderful way to feel good.
  8. Meditation – Finally mediation is sure fire way to cope with stress. Slow down your thoughts. Try one of the many apps to help you learn the mediation techniques.

 

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Fuel Your Productivity with Exercise

How Daily Exercise fuels your productivity

The benefits of regular exercise include weight loss and being in better shape, but it can also increase your productivity at work. Exercise increases blood flow to your brain. It releases feel-good endorphins which improves your mood and makes you more alert. Several studies of employees, who exercise versus those who didn’t, showed that their concentration was better and it improved their work performance.

 

Here are 4 reasons that exercise can fuel and improve your productivity.

  • Energy – feeling more alert and ready to go can make a real difference in the amount and quality of your work.
  • Mood – exercise improves your mood, making tasks, even the ones you don’t like easier to do.  A better mood gives you a better outlook on your day.
  • Stress Reliever –  regular exercise can reduce the level of stress hormones while the serotonin your brain releases make you feel happier, more content.
  • Mental Health – exercise can reduce negative thoughts, anxiety and depression. It’s an effective way improve your mental health.

 

And exercise doesn’t have to mean a long workout; it can be walking for 20 minutes, a yoga class or a bike ride. Even taking the stairs instead of the elevator can make a difference. So get moving and get more done and feel better doing it.

 

 

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Importance of Staying Healthy During COVID-19

Living healthy is easier said than done when you’re stuck in your house. There’s sugar, television and your couch. It can be hard to be motivated to do anything that is healthy.

As Advanced Practice Providers you are working hard during this pandemic whether it’s telemedicine or in the office or hospital, staying healthy is vital for you to be at your best.

Try these 6 Tips to help you stay healthy during this COVID-19 outbreak:

 

 

Embrace an Attitude of Gratitude – Having a positive, grateful attitude does wonders.  Gratitude reminds you of all the good and positive things you have going on in your life and turns your focus away from negative thoughts. Gratitude can make you happier.

 

Go outside – Change of scenery is a good idea. You can still practice social distancing and enjoy the fresh air. Going out to appreciate nature is great way to care for yourself.

 

 

 

Get Moving – Exercise is vital to living a healthy life. It increases blood flow to your brain and releases feel-good endorphins, which improves your mood and makes you more alert. It’s also a stress reliever and can be an effective way to improve your mental state. There are plenty of online options for workouts of every type.

 

Stop and Meditate – Spending as little as five minutes meditating can help calm and make you feel better. A few deep breaths; quiet yourself and you will be refreshed and ready to go. There are several great apps to help you meditate even some with timers.

 

Get Enough Sleep – We are all on edge, which can affect our sleep patterns. But our bodies need eight hours of sleep. Not getting enough affects your well-being and adds to your stress. Getting the right amount of sleep has loads of benefits including letting your body and mind heal, improving your memory and can help you live longer. Turn off the television, shut down your phone and get some much needed sleep.

 

 

 

Better Food Choices – Use the 80 / 20 rule – eat fruits, veggies, lean protein and healthy fats 80% of the time and you’ll be doing better than most people and your body will thank you.

 

These tips can help you feel good and be able to handle the challenges we’re facing and make you better able to care for yourself and your patients.

 

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Being Grateful During a Pandemic

It’s not easy feeling grateful during a pandemic. The news gets more depressing by the hour, taking our emotions on a roller coaster ride. And now many of us are sheltering in place at our homes with most of the things we love to do cancelled. It’s hard not to feel afraid. It’s natural. We’re all on edge and unsure.

 

So how can an Attitude of Gratitude help get you through the COVID-19 pandemic?

 

 

John Quincy Adams said: Gratitude, warm, sincere, intense, when it takes possession of the bosom, fills the soul to overflowing and scarce leaves room for any other sentiment or thought.

 

How being grateful can help:

Reminds you – Being grateful for something good in your day can make a difference. Gratitude reminds you of all the good and positive things you have going on in your life, even with all the negative things happen. Simple things like your child’s laughter, FaceTime with a friend or even your dog’s paw. It’s easy to forget but by taking a minute to focus on feeling good can do so much for you.

 

Focus  – Gratitude turns your focus from the negative things and thoughts to the good stuff, even if it’s only for a few minutes. It still helps.

 

It can make you happier – By focusing on the positive, it changes your thinking and your outlook. Doing something nice for someone is another way to show gratitude.

 

 

Keep track – take a minute everyday to note something you’re thankful and grateful for – no matter how small.

 

 

 

 

 

“Thank you is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” —Alice Walker

 

 

Gratitude goes a long way and can make a difference during this tumultuous times.

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New Year, Try These Tips

Start 2020 off the right way

The beginning of a new year is hopeful and we start it with excitement and a renewed sense of our ability and what we might be able to accomplish. It’s important to figure out the best way to start the year off right and give yourself the best possible chance to make it what you want it to be.

 

Hopefully you worked on your 2020 goals (not resolutions) and have worked out your plan to achieve them.

 

What else can you do to make sure 2020 exceeds your expectations?

 

Review – Learn from the past by reviewing 2019 and even 2018 – what worked, what didn’t. What are you carrying over to get done in this new year?  How can you learn from your past mistakes and successes? Be honest and take a hard look.

 

Goals – Review your goals making sure they are specific and what you want to accomplish. Your goals should focus on what you truly want. Not what someone wants for you. And remember it’s important that your goals be: S.M.A.R.T (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-sensitive).  If you haven’t created your goals for 2020, take time last weeks post on setting goals. Review our January 3rd post on goal setting.

 

Money – so many of our goals have to do with money – buying a home, investment, retirement, etc.

So what things can you do to boost your financials? Do you have a budget including a plan to save? Review your personal debt situation and if it’s required – set up a payment plans to rid yourself of debt, school loan debt can be difficult but you should look into loan repayment locations to speed that along and some organizations have their own programs.  If you haven’t, make this the year that you start your retirement account and if you have one, consider increasing your contributions.

 

Health – it’s easy to ignore our health until something is wrong. A few tweaks can make a huge difference: Get more sleep; try mediation for relieve stress, exercise 4-5 days week and eat 5+ fruits and veggies daily. Just these few things can help you be healthier.

 

 

Fun – all work and no play makes a very unhappy person. Take time for yourself this year. Plan a vacation or some long weekends and get away. Time away re-energizes you and makes you better.

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Set Goals Not Resolutions

Goals versus resolutions.

 

We are a few days into a new year and a new decade. The tradition of making resolutions is upon us. You might have already started or even finished your list.  Do not fall into the resolutions trap. Why? The problem with resolutions is that they fade, usually pretty fast. ‘I’m going to lose weight’ is a popular resolution. But the results can be a couple of weeks at the gym and then nothing. Want a better way?

 

Set goals instead.

 

Aristotle said:    “First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.”

 

 

 

Setting goals require a result, something you can achieve realistically. It’s specific, measured and targeted. And if you do it right it will include an actionable plan to get there.

 

 

Try these easy goal setting steps:

Less is better – Focus on just a few goals

Instead of creating a list of 10 or more goals, choose 2 or 3 goals that are the most important to you and that you want to accomplish. Focusing on a smaller number makes you more successful.  This keeps you focused and less distracted. And remember  goals require steps along the way to achieve. It could be a job you have always wanted, climbing a mountain or buying a house.

 

Set a timeline.

Set specific markers that you need to meet in order to achieve the goal. What needs to happen before this goal is accomplished? Do you need additional continuing education? Do you need to find a higher salary to save for a house? Figure out what steps need to be met in order to accomplish your goal.

 

Write it down.

This is a very important step. It is great to have an idea or a dream, but until you write it down it is less tangible. Once it is written down it tends to become more real and you are more adept to reach the small steps to get you to your big goal. Write down the steps, make commitments to help you along the way, sign up for classes or contact a realtor. Make those steps into actionable items.

 

 

Don’t give up.

If you are training for a marathon, you don’t just run for a month and you’re ready. No, you train for months while you keep increasing your running time and stamina. You continue to work at it.  More often than not, people set a goal and begin with amazing strides but after time they lose momentum. The little steps and goals along the way are vital to keep you engaged.

 

Visualization

Research has shown visualization can be a powerful mind exercise. Olympic athletes have been using the technique of visualization for many years and so can you. Take a few minutes every day seeing your goal accomplished. Create a mental picture as if it was occurring right then. How does it feel? What changes because of your success? The strength of the mind-body connection can be vital to achieving your goals.

 

Action is required.

On a daily basis, do your best to do something that is aimed at your goal, and keep track. This is a daily reminder of your end game and it is also a tangible thing that you can touch daily to keep you on task and stop you from giving up.

 

Most importantly, don’t ever give up on yourself or your goals.  No matter how crazy or outrageous they may seem. You could the person who changes the world!

 

 

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6 Healthy Living Tips for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

Living Healthy Tips for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

Advanced Practice Providers work hard and it can take its toll on you both physically and mentally. You cannot be at your best and take care of your patients it you’re tired. So how do you recharge?

Here are 6 Healthy Living Tips:

Embrace an Attitude of Gratitude – Having a positive, grateful attitude can work wonders.  Gratitude reminds you of all the good and positive things you have going on in your life and turns your focus away from negative thoughts. Gratitude can make you happier.

 

Go outside – Taking a walk in a park or on the beach can be so enjoyable. Going out and appreciating nature is great way to care for yourself.

 

 

Get Moving – Exercise is vital to living a healthy life. You don’t have to run marathons – just move. Exercise increases blood flow to your brain. It releases feel-good endorphins which improves your mood and makes you more alert. It’s also a stress reliever and can be an effective way to improve your mental state.

 

Stop and Meditate – Spending as little as five minutes meditating can help calm and make you feel better. A few deep breaths; quiet yourself and you will be refreshed and ready to go. There are several great apps to help you meditate even some with timers.

 

Get Enough Sleep – our bodies need eight hours of sleep but life sometimes gets in the way. Not getting enough affects your well-being and adds to your stress. Getting the right amount of sleep has loads of benefits including letting your body and mind heal, improving your memory and can help you live longer.

 

Better Food Choices – Use the 80 / 20 rule – eat fruits, veggies, lean protein and healthy fats and carbs 80% of the time and you’ll be doing better than most people and your body will thank you.

 

These tips can help you gain the work life balance you need to be recharged and feel good which makes you better able to care for yourself and your patients.

 

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Easy Tips To Finish The Year Strong

We all want to have a year filled with accomplishments. It’s the middle of September leaving us about 110 days left in 2019. Wow, time goes by fast. But there’s still time to make an impact.

 

Back in January many of us wrote goals and resolutions. Some are completed while others have been abandoned. That’s okay. Life doesn’t always go the way we want and sometimes we have to make adjustments.

 

The year isn’t over yet and you can get a lot done in 110 days even if your goals have changed.

 

TRY THESE TIPS TO HELP YOU FINISH THE YEAR STRONG:

 

BE WILLING TO CHANGE YOUR FOCUS – Look at what worked and what hasn’t. What needs to change? Slow down for a day or two and see what you need. Then reevaluate and set realistic goals.

 

RECOMMIT – Whether you create new goals or work on ones you made months ago, recommit to them and their completion.

 

LOG YOUR SUCCESS – Review what you have accomplished so far this year. Congratulate yourself for getting things done. Remember how you did it and use those successes to build on and create more success.

 

PLAN – Create a plan by deciding which goals you want the most and are the most likely to   complete in the next 3 1/2 months. Don’t forget down time for holidays and vacations as you plan. Write down the steps required to get it done. Be creative and don’t be afraid to try something different. Finishing strong will take a plan and maybe changing your habits and how you’ve been doing things.

 

ORGANIZE –Look at your desk, files (computer and paper), etc. and get organized and get rid of unnecessary clutter. Clearing your space helps clear your mind to be ready for the challenges ahead.

 

ACTION – Hard part – doing the actual work required to complete the goal. The steps, action and number of days it will take to meet the goal. Stop procrastinating because action is required. Do something every day! Be proactive.

 

SCHEDULE – Create the time required to meet the goals. Set aside the resources (time, money, etc.) so that you can complete your plan of action. Use your phone calendars to help.

 

ACCOUNTABILITY – If you take the time to create a 3 month plan, set up the actions required – be accountable – plain and simple.

 

TAKE CARE – And finally – take care of yourself. It’s hard to finish strong if your body is weak. Eat healthier, get enough sleep and exercise. And have fun.

 

With these tips, you can finish 2019 strong and carry that momentum into 2020.

 

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The Benefits of Gratitude

Gratitude

John Quincy Adams said:

Gratitude, warm, sincere, intense, when it takes possession of the bosom, fills the soul to overflowing and scarce leaves room for any other sentiment or thought.

 

Anytime is a great time to remember about being grateful. When you have a hard day at work with everything seeming to go wrong or when things are not going exactly like you want, being grateful is a good idea.

Why? It can lead you to a different outlook and that can make you happier. The feelings say something about your connection to the people around you. Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistants help people daily by offering guidance, information and care.

 

How Gratitude helps:

Reminds you – Gratitude reminds you of all the good and positive things you have going on in your life – it’s easy to forget them but by taking a minute to focus on feeling good can do so much for you.

 

Focus  – Gratitude turns your focus from the negative things and thoughts to the good stuff, even if it’s only for a few minutes. It still helps.

 

It can make you happier – focusing on the positive, changes your thinking and your outlook – that’s a good thing. Doing something nice for someone is another way to show gratitude.

 

Keep track – take a minute everyday to note something you’re thankful and grateful for – no matter how small.

 

 

 

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” Oprah Winfrey

 

Gratitude goes a long way and can make a difference in your personal and professional life.

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Volunteering Can Help Your Career

Why volunteer? Giving your time, knowledge and energy helping others can make a difference.

 

Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community. And you benefit too. It can improve your health, increase your passion and make you feel good. It makes you feel happier and increases your self-confidence.

 

Studies have proven this happiness effect. The London School of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and found the more people volunteered, the happier they were.

 

And the interesting thing is that volunteering can help you at work!

Volunteering benefits for your career:

  • Learn new skills
  • Master skills you already have and use them in the real world – can help you be a better team player too!
  • You never know who you might met – volunteering can help you make new professional contacts
  • You just might find a new job opportunity
  • Volunteering looks good on your resume

Additional benefit – you might make some new friends or find a passion you didn’t know you had. You just never know what can happen from giving a few hours of your time each month.

How do you decide where to volunteer?

For me it was easy, I had a beautiful sweet golden retriever and she became the perfect therapy dog.

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Pictured: Penny our office mascot is a regular volunteer. Here’s she’s participating in a reading program at one of the Clearwater libraries. We also visit an assisted living community every Friday at lunchtime.

 

The choices for you are endless – find something that interest you: free health clinic, schools, senior centers, community centers, museums, theaters, libraries, animal shelters and rescue organizations, service organizations, places of worship, veteran and military organizations just to name a few.

 

Volunteer Match is one site that can help you find opportunities in your area. There are other online sources to help as well. And with the holidays approaching there always opportunities to help.

 

If you love it, you will keep going back! So get out there and volunteer and see how you can help in your community. Enjoy.