Ep. 180: How Your Mindset Affects Your Life with Gary Clinton

Ep. 180: How Your Mindset Affects Your Life with Gary Clinton

How Your Mindset Affects Your Life with Gary Clinton

Your mindset affects your life in ways you don’t even expect. The truth is that many factors could affect our mental health. It could be stress, frustrations, or pent-up emotions that we cannot express. It could also be pressure at work, studies, or it could also be the way you think. We tend to put pressure on ourselves. And when we can’t fight these, it will indeed affect us. It is also the reason why many of us suffer from depression and anxiety. 

But is there a way to combat these mental health issues? How can we keep a healthy mind? And most importantly, how can your mindset affect your health and life in general?

In this episode, we would like to introduce you to Gary Clinton. Gary Clinton is a mental health enthusiast passionate about mental health, dreams, nutrition, fitness, and creating a ripple effect on this earth to change human consciousness.  He will help us understand how our mindset affects our life

We talk about the philosophy of life and how Gary overcame depression to become the person he is today.

QUESTIONS FOR GUESTS

The questions below are some we’d like to tackle. We go off-topic, so we don’t expect to hit them all. If you have any ideas, please let us know. We are looking forward to our conversation!

These are the questions you had in Calendly. We’ll go off your questions and wherever else our conversation goes.

QUESTIONS:

You told us that you lost your father, how did you cope with a death of a loved one? How did it affect your childhood?

  1. What were you trying to emotionally escape from? How did you deal with depression?
  2. What is the value of talking to someone?
  3. How do you clean up the mind?
  4. What are non-negotiable habits? And how important are they?
  5. How do you describe life and suffering in a metaphor?
  6. Any words of wisdom for people suffering from depression?
  7. How do we overcome suffering?

ENDING QUESTIONS

Before we end the show, we have one last question we like to ask all our guests.

If you had the opportunity to have a Cup of coffee with anybody one last time, who would it be & why? 

To learn more about how our mindset works and mental health, check out Gary on Instagram @mentalhealthhelp.ie for more helpful lessons and tips that you can use in life.

Learn more about your mindset by watching this full episode. Click here for the best advice! 👇

TIME STAMPS:

00:00 Introduction
01:38 About Gary Clinton
05:58 How acceptance molds our future
07:57 Coping with the loss of a father and Healing Childhood
11:13 Escaping emotions and dealing with depression
14:48 Value of talking to someone
18:13 Goals, Dreams, and going through change
21:36 Shifting perspective
25:39 Tools to keep you on track
27:33 Cleaning up the mind
32:43 The non-negotiable habits
40:18 Metaphors for life and suffering
58:19 Wrapping up the episode

EP 179: Healing Healthcare With Annette Tersigni

EP 179: Healing Healthcare With Annette Tersigni

Healing Healthcare With Annette Tersigni

Healing healthcare should be our number one priority. And as nurses, our health matters the most. We must take care of ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. While eating right and doing exercises is a must, it is also essential to take time to breathe and prepare your mind for the tasks ahead. 

Remember, our daily lives as healthcare professionals can be grueling, and our patients rely on us. We cannot serve others if we don’t serve ourselves first. It is why learning to take care of our mind and body plays a vital role in our everyday lives. How can you do this? Is there a trick to being “superhuman”? Of course not, but the good news is that there are plenty of ways to do them. 

In this episode, we would like to introduce you to Annette Tersigni. Annette is a former Hollywood actor, and Cover Girl turned nurse healer and wellness crusader. She is the founder of YogaNurse® and YogaNursing, a new movement in health care, nursing, and yoga. For 25 years, she has motivated thousands of nurses, patients, and students to live more enlightened, healthful, and spiritual lifestyles. 

We talk about how nurses handle trauma and the powers of mindfulness and wellness. 

QUESTIONS FOR GUESTS

The questions below are some we’d like to tackle. We go off-topic, so we don’t expect to hit them all. If you have any ideas, please let us know. Looking forward to our conversation!

These are the questions you had in calendly. We’ll go off your questions and wherever else our conversation goes.

  1. When did you decide to merge nursing and yoga practices, and what inspired you?
  2. How has Yoga helped you professionally and personally?
  3. Tell us more about your teaching and how your training differs from other yoga styles.
  4. How can yoga help nurses in both their personal and professional lives?
  5. Tell us more about the YogaNurse Model of Care as an adjunct therapy in patient care.
  6. How would you describe nursing leaders’ desire to support nurses’ role in contributing to yoga and nursing as a successful holistic modality?
  7. Please share your landmark news about the “Yoga Teacher Training. Exclusively for Nurses!”

ENDING QUESTIONS

Before we end the show, we have one last question we like to ask all our guests. If you had the opportunity to have a Cup of coffee with anybody one last time, who would it be & why? 

You can find Annette on Instagram at @yoganursefounder or visit her website  https://www.yoganurse.com/ or be part of her yoga academy and training https://yoganurseacademy.com/the-yoganursing-essentials-training/.

Let’s learn how we can take care of our health as nurses by watching the full episode here 👇

TIME STAMPS:

00:00 Introduction
01:52 About the guest
05:36 How did you get into nursing?
09:24 Nurses are the most trusted profession
10:09 How do you view consciousness?
11:39 All illness starts in the immaterial world
14:17 Changing the nursing conscious
15:03 How do you change trauma and heal healthcare
20:11 How do you heal the nursing consciousness?
22:11 Becoming the healer: 3 sacred remedies
26:54 Where to start awakening your consciousness
29:38 How to find your internal voice
31:56 The gap between our thoughts
35:31 How do you heal the inner child
40:08 Looping in the victim mentality
43:25 Wrapping up the episode

EP. 172: 5 Skills for Better Nursing Communication

EP. 172: 5 Skills for Better Nursing Communication

5 Skills for Better Nursing Communication

Better nursing communication is essential in patient care, but it is also as important when communicating with colleagues and other healthcare professionals. What makes an effective way of communication? And what can you improve to be better at communicating? Here are five skills that you must learn. 

Better Nursing Communication is a Must

Communication with friends, family, and coworkers is crucial for success. It gets your message across to others and allows you to understand what others need and want. Without proper communication, personal progression is impossible. It’s just as necessary for the speaker to get the message across as it is for the listener to understand. 

1. Non-Verbal Communication

Communication begins with nonverbal cues. How often have you looked at someone and known they were open to a conversation, or even that time someone seemed that they didn’t want to be bothered. The nonverbal cues are the first things we notice. 

Nonverbal communication is used throughout a conversation; think about:

  • Eye contact
  • Tone
  • Posture
  • Body language
  • Facial expression 

 

2. Active Listening

Listen to understand, not just to respond. Really think about that because often, when someone is talking, we are already thinking of a way to respond. This leads to missing the whole picture or the other person not feeling understood.

It’s good to repeat a portion of what the person is saying to ensure that the intent is clear and that there are no misunderstandings.

Not everyone is coming to you for a solution sometimes, people just want to be heard and understood, not told what to do in response. 

3. Inspire Trust

Keep your word. Don’t make promises you can’t keep, no matter how small. People tend to remember you for your best actions and for how you didn’t follow through with what you said. 

Be honest; don’t say you can if you can’t do something.

An excellent way to build honest trust is to be open with your flaws. Share your mistakes and show your vulnerability. We are all human.

This is important when speaking with management. You might not see them every day, but it is essential not to sugarcoat things and really talk about how you feel about the unit environment.

4. Cultural awareness makes better nursing communication 

People come from all walks of life, even your coworkers and managers. Don’t judge them on what they do. Don’t be ignorant, be open. Instead of judging, ask to learn about the things you don’t understand. 

5. Verbal Communication 

Verbal communication is the most important. It’s the primary way we get our message across. 

Know what you are going to say and why. Is it going to be a serious conversation with a manager, or are you just catching up with a friend? 

The most important thing to remember is to just talk to people. Talk to your coworkers and make them more than just a body to help you with turns. Share with them things about you and your stories, and ask them questions.

Do you want to learn how to communicate better as a nurse? Click on the full episode here 👇

TIME STAMPS:

00:00 Intro
01:12 Episode Introduction
02:43 I. Non-Verbal Communication
07:13 II. Active Listening
12:37 III. Inspire Trust
16:51 IV. Cultural Awareness
27:03 V. Verbal Communication
33:49 Wrapping up the episode

6 Tips for Creating a Healthy Workplace Environment

6 Tips for Creating a Healthy Workplace Environment

6 Tips for Creating a Healthy Workplace Environment

A healthy workplace environment is possible, but it takes cooperation to do that. Our place of work should be something that we love going to. It should be a safe space where employees can communicate openly, discuss issues, and work together to keep the company moving. But sometimes, misunderstandings among coworkers or employers do happen. A toxic workplace can sometimes be unavoidable. It’s part of the work-life, but it doesn’t always have to be like that. 

Why a Healthy Workplace Environment is Essential

Keep in mind that the people you work with have different ideologies, points of view, and opinions. One way or another, someone will clash with somebody at work. But wouldn’t it be nice if we keep our work environment a healthy and happy place for everybody? 

As nurses, we have our fair share of ups and downs in our workplace. What makes a company a great place to work? It can be perks, locations, and incentives, but creating a healthy work environment will retain employees. And to do that, here are helpful tips that you can apply: 

Give your employees a real voice

  • Employers need to create a space where employees can express their feelings. After all, that’s how you identify pain points. Feedback is one of the most valuable tools you can get, to improve the workplace. There are tools such as annual surveys, but they don’t result in timely action. 
  • Feedback is excellent in real-time; that is why your charge or manager must have excellent leadership skills to honor your voiced opinion. Are there issues with other units or staff, and how are these problems addressed in real-time? 
  • There needs to be change implemented post feedback, just like in the surveys. If things continue, this leads to lower engagement, and ultimately your staff will fail to voice future concerns. 

Showing appreciation every day

  • When was the last time you got a shout-out from your manager when you least expected it? Sometimes those little words of affirmation can give you a big boost of confidence, instantly improving your mood. Recognition is essential to let employees know that their hard work is valued. 
  • Meaningful recognition can dramatically improve employee engagement, retention, and satisfaction. What is a simple way to show appreciation? Maybe something small like having a day off on your birthday. 

Create an environment of psychological safety and trust

  • Creating an environment of psychological safety is where employees are comfortable being themselves. When an employee feels safe, there is a sense of confidence that the team will not embarrass, reject or punish someone for speaking up. 
  • On the opposite spectrum, employees will be scared to speak up if they fear failure, judgment, or disrespect. 

Clean and functioning workspace 

  • Nothing makes life more complicated as a nurse than dealing with faulty equipment. Equipment includes things like computers, scanners, glucometers, suppliers, etc. Nothing grinds our gears more than not having the proper equipment to complete our tasks.
  • In every facility we worked at, this has been a reoccurring problem. It only added stress to the nurse who’s already dealing with patients’ lives. In the current facility we work in, we salute them for having proper lift equipment in every room.

Empowering your team members

  • This multifactorial approach requires managers, HR, and anyone else in the chain of command. No matter how capable your workforce is, they still need support to be their best selves at work. It is important to establish open feedback to show that your organization listens and encourages the team to keep voicing their wants and needs. 
  • Get to know your employees on a human level. Taking the time to do this will help uncover the best way to empower them and create an environment that makes them feel safe.
  • Empowering team members should also include building team-building skills. Often, nurses work individually within their role, but employers can encourage teamwork to make a better workspace environment. We all felt that unit where nurses and staff come to ask you if you need help with anything. 

Promote wellness through a healthy workplace environment

  • Wellness can be overlooked in the workplace, but psychological, emotional, and physical are essential to having a healthy workplace environment. Being a frontline health worker requires us to juggle between chill mode and fight-and-flight. The constant release of cortisol in stressful situations can inhibit rational and logical thinking.
  • A healthy workplace should encourage breaks for shifts and be mindful of workloads. Encouraging employees to rest is overlooked in most healthcare, but it’s crucial to take a break and boost energy to continue a busy shift. Randomly, imagine if a unit invests in apps like Headspace to help mitigate stress?

Do you want a healthy work environment? Follow these tips here 👇

 

SHOW NOTES:

00:00 Intro
00:47 Plugs
02:27 Episode Introduction
04:23 Tip 1: Give your employees a real voice
07:20 Does annual surveys work?
08:50 Tip 2: Showing appreciation every day
11:06 Difference between Professional and Genuine Appreciation
12:41 The power of giving and take
16:16 Money as the solution
19:09 Tip 3: Create an environment of psychological safety and trust
21:57 Compromised and abused nurses
23:09 Inadequate Ratio
24:28 Tip 4: Clean and functioning workspace
26:38 Additional protocols for additional profit?
29:06 Nurse’s safety being last on the list
32:29 Tip 5: Empowering your team members
37:32 Being considerate to other practitioners, races, and cultures
42:09 Tip 6: Promote wellness
45:54 Incentive program for nurses

EP 160: Would You Rather – Nursing Edition

EP 160: Would You Rather – Nursing Edition

Would You Rather – Nursing Edition

You’ve probably heard someone ask you a would you rather question once in your life, right? How did you answer back? Life is full of options to take, and we have to make the best choices when faced with situations. Sometimes, these choices are not as favorable, but we make them work. And how we wish that our life, work, and relationships are easy as making a “this or that” choice. Wouldn’t that be more manageable? 

In this episode, we will be taking a break from our usual topics and let a little loose in this one. Today we will ask our “Would You Rather” questions nurse edition and share our thoughts about them. We hope you find this episode entertaining as much as we enjoyed answering these questions. Check it out!

Would You Rather: Nursing Edition Questions

  1. Would you rather do admission or discharge?
  2. Would you rather work a 24-hour shift or oversleep and be late for your shift?
  3. Would you rather redo your nursing school program or high school?
  4. Would you rather be punched in the face or spit in the mouth?
  5. Would you rather have a rude, ungrateful patient or a patient with a difficult helicopter parent/family member?
  6. Would you rather be a nurse on a cruise ship or a nurse at a music festival? 
  7. Would you rather have co-workers love you and your manager hate you? Or have your co-workers hate you and your manager love you?
  8. Would you rather be ignorant and blissful or smart and never happy?
  9. Would you rather have a C. Diff vs. GI Bleed patient?
  10. Would you rather do the laundry or the dishes for the hospital?
  11. Would you rather be the strongest man on earth or the smartest man on earth?
  12. Would you rather get shit slapped in the face while trying to subdue a psych patient or have to give a bed bath to a patient with bed bugs? 
  13. Would you rather love your hospital, pay, co-workers and managers and hate your city and your life outside of work? Or would you rather hate your hospital, pay, co-workers and managers but love your city and life outside of work?
  14. Would you rather have spilled urine on your pants or trach sputum on your shirt?
  15. Would you rather have vomit in your hair and mouth? Or poop down your shirt?
  16. Would you rather live the rest of your life as a Buddhist monk or be followed continuously by the paparazzi?

Join us as we answer these questions! Watch the full Episode 160 by clicking here 👇

TIMESTAMP:

00:00 Intro
00:53 Plugs
02:57 Episode Intro
03:42 Admission or discharge?
05:12 Work a 24-hour shift or oversleep and be late for your shift?
06:24 Redo your nursing school program or high school?
07:50 Punched in the face or spit in the mouth?
09:14 A rude, ungrateful patient or a patient with a difficult helicopter parent/family member?
11:05 A nurse on a cruise ship or a nurse at a music festival?
12:54 Have co-workers love you and your manager hated you? Or have your co-workers hate you and your manager love you?
14:14 Ignorant and blissful or smart and never happy?
16:26 C. Diff vs. GI Bleed patient?
18:00 Do the laundry or the dishes for the hospital?
19:33 The strongest man on earth or the smartest man on earth?
20:16 Get shit slapped in the face while trying to subdue a psych patient or have to give a bed bath to a patient with bed bugs?
22:49 Love your hospital, pay, co-workers and managers and hate your city and your life outside of work? Or would you rather hate your hospital, pay, co-workers and managers but love your city and life outside of work?
24:11 Have spilled urine on your pants or trach sputum on your shirt?
26:02 Have vomit in your hair and mouth? Or poop down your shirt?
28:25 Live the rest of your life as a Buddhist monk or be followed continuously by the paparazzi?