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Time flies: seasonal self-reflection
An inspiring invitation to consider what you want as we move into autumn, with five questions and four tips for seasonal self-reflection
Let your pet reduce workplace stress
Even if you are working and your pet is at home, they can reduce your stress. Tap into the unconditional love from your pet with these six quick stress breaks. Don't miss the free download!
Three Steps to Power Down Before Sleep
How to get to sleep when you’ve had an exceptionally difficult day or your mind feels very full.
How to breathe: this way, or that?
Concise information about six ways you can effectively use breathing techniques for yourself or your patients, with credible links for further exploration.
How to Use Dr. Benson’s Relaxation Response
How you can use the Relaxation Response technique for patient care and self-care.
Home alone, again, for the holidays
Inspiring ideas of what to do if you find yourself home alone, again, for the holidays. Especially for family caregivers.
When Nurses Need to Carry On
How do nurses continue on in the face of fear? When you next face fear, here’s three approaches you can consider using to carry on.
Side by Side: for family caregivers
A poetic tribute to family caregivers for National Family Caregivers Month, November 2021
How much time in nature is enough?
Nature may soothe you, reduce stress, and increase your well-being. But how quickly? Learn how much time in nature it takes to increase your well-being.
How can busy people reduce stress?
Are you too busy for stress management? In a busy life, often only the most urgent and most important things get done. Get motivated and move stress management up on your to-do list. Learn what problems reducing stress solves, and where to find quick and easy solutions.
In a stressful situation, especially a never-ending stressful situation, try to retreat and regroup. Soothe yourself and return to reality with more resilience to stay centered instead of stressed.
Escape stress cycles with three M’s
Here are three powerful ways out of stress cycles when you are spinning with hypothetical “what if” scenarios, worries, and concerns.
Giving back to Nature
Nature heals, soothes, and nurtures us. With gratitude, how can we do enough for the environment that needs so much? Every now and then I am inspired by poems and spiritual writings; today I found an answer to this question that I’ve been asking for some time now.
Am I stressed?
The signs and symptoms may surprise you. Learn how stress shows up and use that information to prevent future problems by managing your stress effectively.
Walking In and Out of Grief
Walking a labyrinth may sooth your grief. Here’s how.
Nurses: When sleep eludes you
Effective stress management interventions help nurses to cool down after a challenging shift. You’ll sleep better after a cool-down experience!
Soothe Yourself with a Blink of your Eyes
No matter if your screen is on a laptop, mobile phone, or tablet, your eyes likely need a stress break and so do you. Here’s how, and what’s in it for you.
Nursing in stressful work environments
Health care needs to change. It’s time to improve work environments for nurses and ultimately improve the patient experience. A systems approach to reduce burnout and unnecessary systems challenges can result in greater well-being, engagement, safety, and career satisfaction.
Daily Deliveries of Stress Relief
How to set up daily reminders with stress management interventions that make you feel "ahhh!"
Home alone for Valentine’s Day?
In a long line of ‘not the same’ experiences in 2020/2021, here comes Valentine’s Day. What to do? Frankly, Valentine’s Day isn’t the easiest of holidays for many. Can we reframe this as a self-love day? Sure!