EP 200: Understanding Your Body Language With Kelly Love

EP 200: Understanding Your Body Language With Kelly Love

EP 200: Understanding Your Body Language With Kelly Love

Your body language is essential to your well-being, but do you know when your body speaks? Psychosomatic bodywork is an approach that combines different techniques that are rooted in guiding a person to reach their goals through different therapies. Among these include talk therapy, breathwork, and movement. It also includes somatic-emotional awareness and trauma release to reclaim one’s energy and physical presence.

Psychosomatic bodywork works by tapping into mind and body communication. It focuses on this connection so the therapist can work toward physical and emotional healing. In a way, it is possible to heal the mind and the body through the mind. But how does this truly work? Is it possible to adapt this in our everyday life?

In this episode, we would like to introduce you to Kelly Love. Kelly is a rewilding coach guiding you back to the truth of what your soul came here to do, be, and express through the body’s wisdom. Kelly uses transformative psychosomatic bodywork to help achieve physical and emotional healing. 

Questions for Our Guest

The questions below are some we’d like to tackle. We often 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. Please give us a little background about yourself. 
  2. What is the language of the body? 
  3. How can we use the body’s language to live aligned with our soul’s purpose?
  4. Can you hear what pain and trauma you store in your body?
  5. How can nurses use body Language to understand their patients?
    • How does this body language allow us to treat the root cause of disease to better care for our patients?  
  6. Tell us how you help patients heal. 
  7. Where can people find you?

Matts’s Experience with Body Language 

The left pectoral muscle is also lower than the right, speaking again into the feminine heart energy being drained out, exhausted, or having challenges encouraging and uplifting your own heart.

This is your solar plexus, and when the elbows are turned out, it signifies a history of giving away your power. Imagine a young boy with his arms out asking, “How much more do I have to give you for you to love me?

LOWER BACK: More hollowing shows a long history of busting your back to please/care for others vs. caring for your own needs and desires.

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 and why? 

Enjoy Kelly’s services and use our code CUPOFNURSES10, which is suitable for any service of $500 or more. To know more about Kelly, send her a DM thru her socials or visit her website at:

www.KellyLoveRewilding.com

Join her Group coaching program Soul Much Love at KellyLoveRewilding.com/SoulMuchLove

Connect with Kelly through her Instagram at @KellyLoveRewilding 

Do you want to learn about your body language? Watch the full episode by clicking here 👇👇👇

 

TIMESTAMPS:

00:00 Introduction
01:35 About Kelly Love
03:26 How Kelly learned about the relationship between the body and emotions
07:31 How does body language impair our physical state?
11:56 How emotions impact particular body parts
13:41 Body language as a two-way system
15:37 How does the condition of our patients affect us as nurses?
21:31 How to tell if there is a medical or mental problem
25:56 How can a nurse give their patient greater care?
27:49 Common issues that most people have
29:42 How Kelly treats her patients
32:36 How can you heal yourself
33:42 A recurring theme in Kelly’s client
38:13 What should women do during their period?
41:49 Wrapping up the episode

7 Attainable Goals for Your Nursing Career

7 Attainable Goals for Your Nursing Career

7 Attainable Goals for Your Nursing Career

Nursing is an incredible career with rewarding rewards. You’ll meet all kinds of people and work in different fields. But it would be best if you had nursing career goals in mind. Remember, you will not be working in this field for the rest of your life. Set goals, work on them, and achieve them. 

Why should you have career goals?

Having your first nursing job is exciting. And while it is good to have a job, you must also have career goals. Why? Career goals help you stay focused. It will keep you from getting stuck on a cycle where everything looks and feels the same. Goals are your finish lines. They make your job more exciting. It gives you something to look forward to, steps to follow, and progress to make. 

As a nurse, your career goals may vary. But as you go through these goals, be sure to have achievable ones. What kind of career goals should you have as a nurse? Here’s what you need to know.

#1. Having an Advance Degree is a Plus

Furthering your career is always a wise decision. Advancing your career in nursing can boost your resume, increase job opportunities and security, and even help you earn more money. An Associate’s Degree is good but consider working towards your Bachelor’s Degree. It will allow you to work in magnet-status hospitals and offer you management positions. It will also open doors for leadership positions in nursing administration and management. That said, a Master’s Degree of Science in Nursing is helpful to have. 

Advanced practices are also an excellent option to take. This path requires you to have either a Master’s or a Ph.D. It will also give you more one-on-one care relationships with your patients. 

Choosing any specialty is one advantage of having a higher or advanced nursing practice. It will also give you better hours and a pay raise. Sometimes, nurses in this field become physician’s assistants or even pursue being a doctor. The most common paths for advanced practices are:

  • Nurse practitioner 
  • Nurse Anesthetist 
  • Nurse Midwife 
  • Physician Assistant

#2. Upgrade Your Nursing Certifications

As your nursing career grows, so should your certifications. Certifications are helpful in all stages of your nursing career. Whether you are new or already working as a nurse, this could put you in a good position. It will also give you an advantage over other candidates, especially when applying for a particular area you are interested in.

If you aim to work in a specialty area like ICU or other intensive care units, increasing your knowledge and credentials is the best way to do it. 

Be always on the lookout for ways to increase your knowledge. Specific certifications can also increase your competency as a nurse, and the more knowledge and skills you have, the more valuable you are. 

Many hospitals offer classes in-house for nurses who wish to obtain advanced certifications. All you have to do is sign up and start your journey from there. 

#3. Volunteer to boost your career

There is a constant need for nurses to volunteer all the time. Many clinics, hospitals, and other facilities need the help of volunteer nurses both in the United States and abroad. This is the best time to do some volunteer work. Nurses who volunteer internationally are highly appreciated in developing countries. There is a greater need for them in countries that need medical help. 

The excellent news about volunteering is you can start doing them even as a nursing student. As a registered nurse, volunteering can help boost your career. It is also a gratifying experience that no textbook or classroom can teach you. So, list volunteering as one of your career goals in the nursing field. You may enjoy it in the future. 

#4. Learn advanced technologies

The use of medical technology is constantly evolving, and nurses working in medical fields must adapt to these changes. These technologies could be portable patient monitors or telehealth services – all used to create, update or access patient files. Nurses must learn to use these technologies; mastering them can benefit your career in many ways. 

How can you stay updated with advanced technologies? For one, you can read free blogs for nurses. There are also many apps that nurses can use and familiarize themselves with the latest technologies used in patient care. Subscribing to journals and magazines for nurses is also helpful. They keep nurses updated with the latest technologies in healthcare. If you want to take it a step further, joining professional organizations for nurses can also help you. 

#5. Specialize in a specific nursing field

Nurses are the Jack of All Trades in this industry, but it is always wise to master one trade. There must be a reason why you decided to be a nurse. Maybe a family member inspired you to be one, or you have a passion for working with children. Either way, having a specialization helps you advance your career. If you are thinking of an area to specialize in, consider the following:

  • Ambulatory care
  • Cardiovascular 
  • Dialysis 
  • Gastroenterology
  • Geriatrics 
  • Holistic care
  • Infection control and prevention
  • Medical-surgical
  • Neonatal 
  • Neuroscience
  • Obstetrics 
  • Oncology 
  • Orthopedics 
  • Pediatrics or children’s healthcare
  • Psychiatric or mental health care

#6. Improve your communication skills

Nurses must communicate well with patients, families, and colleagues. And improving your communication skills can boost your career and growth as a professional nurse. 

Strong communication skills can boost patient health outcomes and enhance professional relationships with co-workers, patients, and their families. But beyond oral and written communication, nurses must also be good at active listening. It is your job to care for patients, take orders/directions from doctors and be part of a nursing team. 

Effective communication also includes patient education, compassion, awareness of people’s cultures, and presentation skills. 

#7. Climb the professional ladder

You can stay as a bedside nurse or change your career path. If you want to step away from bedside nursing, you can do that, but you can start small and work your way up. Start with a charge nurse position. As a charge nurse, you can handle different patient issues and are resourceful. You will also manage nursing staff, create shift schedules, and solve disputes during your shift. These roles are your precursor role in becoming a unit manager. 

Unit managers must have at least five years of nursing experience and administrative work. Sometimes, hospitals may require a bachelor’s or a master’s degree to qualify. 

Administrative positions remove nurses from the bedside and direct patient care, but big pay raises and banker’s hours come with that. If you want a thriving nursing career in the future, consider aiming for such a position. It will be an excellent option to keep open. Hopefully, these tips will help you reach your goals for your nursing career. 

 

EP 195: Psychotherapy & EMDR with Stephanie Polizzi

EP 195: Psychotherapy & EMDR with Stephanie Polizzi

Psychotherapy & EMDR with Stephanie Polizzi

Psychotherapy & EMDR are therapies for many mental health issues, but what is it all about? What goes on during these sessions? 

Feeling anxious or stressed is something that we don’t want to feel. But unfortunately, we all go through this. Some of us have good coping skills, while others cannot deal with these negative emotions. The bad news is that we will go through many stressful life situations. The good news is we can overcome the negative thoughts that cause us to be anxious. How can we do it? What steps should we take to rid ourselves of anxiety? And can psychotherapy & EMDR help? 

Our Guest

In this episode, we would like to introduce you to Stephanie Polizzi. Stephanie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) at Peaceful Living Mental Health Counseling in Westchester County, NY. She also works with teens and adults struggling with eating disorders, anxiety, trauma, behavioral challenges, and life transitions.

Stephanie is also a trained Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist at a trauma-informed practice. She uses a combination of EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and other modalities when working with clients.

Questions for Our Guest

The questions below are some we’d like to tackle. We often 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. Can you give us a little background about yourself?
  2. How did you first get involved with therapy? What made you want to become a psychotherapist? 
  3. Your primary focus is on adults, teens, and children, specifically those with eating disorders, anxiety, and challenging behaviors; what made you go down that path?
    • How does a teen with an eating disorder act?
    • What does an anxious teen look like?
    • What are some challenging behaviors teen show?
    • Is there a core reason why teens exhibit those problems (eating disorders, anxiety, challenging behavior)? Where do these issues stem from, or what is the teen looking to solve with those behaviors?
    • Do these issues mainly come from trauma or some issue the persona has with society or their parents?
  4. How do you figure out the core issue with children or teens going through these difficult times? Do you talk to them, and they eventually open up and speak about it?
  5. Once you figure out the problem, how do you solve it? How do you take the teen with an eating disorder and show them how to solve whatever they are going through correctly, or how do you make the teen with challenging behavior content with their situation?
  6. What is EMDR, and how does it work?
    • Have you found success with it, or is it an approach you take when other things fail?
    • What does an EMDR session look like?

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? 

Catch or connect with Stephanie through her socials via:

Instagram: @peacfullivingcounseling

Website: https://www.peacefullivingmentalhealthcounseling.com/ 

Stephanie about: https://www.peacefullivingmentalhealthcounseling.com/stephanie 

Learn more about psychotherapy and EDMR by watching the full episode here 👇👇👇

TIMESTAMPS:

00:00 Introduction
01:48 About Stephanie Polizzi
03:18 How therapy helped Stephanie
05:10 The patients’ common problems
06:46 What is EMDR
10:10 What takes place during an EMDR therapy session?
13:19 How does an eye movement fix our suppressed body
18:42 How Stephanie went about studying eating disorders
20:58 The reasons why people have an eating disorder
23:02 The common issues that adults and teenagers have
25:16 How to approach someone with an eating disorder
28:21 Indications that a patient is benefiting from the treatment
32:30 What to do if you’d prefer not to see a therapist
35:40 A determination to improve yourself
39:59 Contemplating positive aspects
44:47 Understanding when to seek help
48:27 The negative implications of sickness labeling
53:16 The lack of expertise in managing eating disorders
58:52 A healthcare system that will benefit us
01:04:56 The gains of mental health awareness
01:08:10 Wrapping up the show

4 Ways to Expand Your Nursing Career

4 Ways to Expand Your Nursing Career

4 Ways to Expand Your Nursing Career 

 

You don’t have to do bedside tasks or work in a hospital to expand your nursing career. An article on ‘Lifelong Learning and Nurses’ Continuing Professional Development’ states that nurses are becoming more interested in their professional development to update their skills and provide better healthcare services. These professional development opportunities allow many nurses to obtain knowledge and skills to help them reach their career goals. 

These development activities are vital because they can broaden your career opportunities. The good news is there are plenty of opportunities for nurses to join in and learn. To expand and advance your career path, you must try these strategies. 

Consider a Specialization

A specialization in a specific field increases your expertise, improves your job prospects, and leads to more fulfilling work. The types of clinical specializations for practicing nurses include, but are not limited to:

  • Adult critical care (CCRN)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
  • Pediatric critical care (CCRN)
  • Perioperative Nurse (Surgical/OR Nurse)
  • Progressive care (PCCN)

To be part of these leadership roles, obtain certifications geared toward nursing managers, administrators, and executives through organizations like the American Organization for Nurse Leadership (AONL) and the American College of Healthcare Executives Nurses.

If you want to work independently of healthcare organizations, one career path you can consider is becoming a nurse practitioner. Our article on the ‘Highest Paying Nursing Careers’ notes that you must earn an additional Master of Science in Nursing degree to enjoy it. You can even pursue a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree to pursue this path. You must also obtain national certification and state APRN licensure to qualify as a nurse practitioner.

However, all that effort will be worth it because nurse practitioners earn a good salary. Aside from being a high-paying career path, there are remote opportunities for nurse practitioners in Iowa, Pennsylvania, and other states with nursing shortages. Through these opportunities, nurse practitioners can pursue specializations in pediatrics, behavioral health, and women’s health while enjoying working from home. Nurse practitioners can even provide care to patients throughout their lifespan, guaranteeing more career security.

Find a Mentor to Help You

Finding a mentor is an option you should consider when you’re looking to advance your career. Like an experienced nurse, a mentor can provide guidance that will help you manage the emotional and professional aspects of the healthcare industry. It also offers new nurses a safe space to learn and grow in their nursing careers. 

Being able to find a mentor to help advance your career, give you the support you need, and develop your leadership skills are vital. A good mentor can provide networking opportunities, professional references, and many resources that will be helpful in your career.

You can be your boss by becoming a nurse entrepreneur. To run a qualified nurse business, you must complete a bachelor’s degree and pass the NCLEX-RN exam. Researchers from Chicago and Maryland emphasize that nurse entrepreneurs can experience tremendous success through formal mentorship programs. Mentors can teach entrepreneurial skills and broaden the business network of nurses, which is why nurse entrepreneurs rank them as the most critical ingredient for success.

If you’re aspiring to sell health products or services, you can find a business mentor by joining professional networking events or industry meetups. You can also join mentorship platforms like MentorCruise or Clarity to work with professionals who can develop your entrepreneurial skills.

You can expand your nursing career to new heights, especially if you’re willing to invest in your skills development. Whether you plan to get formal or informal training, you can ensure that your new competencies and knowledge can significantly contribute to your new career path.

Network Through Professional Organizations

A nursing career will only flourish with a network of professional organizations. It is essential for landing new job opportunities and networking. Not only that, but it will also help advance your career and gives you access to the latest techniques and practices in your nursing career. Among the most popular nursing organizations are: 

  • American Nurses Association
  • National Student Nurses Association
  • National League for Nursing
  • National Black Nurses Association
  • National Associations of Hispanic Nurses
  • International Council of Nurses

A member of professional organizations are often invited to events and even have discounts on healthcare conventions. It also gives members continuing education courses and other employment assistance or resources.

Get Your Certifications

It will help you pursue specialized fields and high-paying positions as a nurse. Many health professionals require ACLS, PALS, and BLS certifications. It includes nurses working in emergency, urgent, and critical care units.

  • ACLS Certification is Advanced Cardiac Life Support training. It helps healthcare providers the training to enhance life support skills, team dynamics, and basic drug therapy. 
  • BLS Certification or Basic Life Support training helps individuals recognize life-threatening emergencies, use an AED, and provide CPR. 
  • PALS Certification is Pediatric Advanced Life Support training that teaches medical professionals to provide life-saving care to children and infants. 

The healthcare industry is time-intensive by nature, and many healthcare professionals need help finding the time to earn their certifications. Finding options like online certification classes offers them a convenient and efficient way to earn the needed certifications and recertifications at their own pace. 

Besides earning your certifications, you must join organizations to develop foundational leadership competencies to help you adapt to external pressure and crises. These include soft skill development like good decision-making, diplomacy, team-building, and adaptability. These can be developed through experience and learned through online courses or professional development classes. 

Nurse leaders need these soft skills to manage nursing teams and serve as knowledge resources in clinical settings. They also fulfill human resource and administrative functions, making it crucial to learn how to run a team with empathy and authority.

EP 183: How to Optimize Your Body with Aidan Muir

EP 183: How to Optimize Your Body with Aidan Muir

How to Optimize Your Body with Aidan Muir

Optimize your body through nutrition and you will live longer and healthier. Our bodies are naturally amazing; we heal even if we experience trauma, injuries, or wounds. We can go through some of the most grueling physical activities and can still recover within a few days. But to achieve all that, it would be best to take care of our bodies the best way we can. 

Athletes, in particular, are almost superhuman. They go through intense physical training, and stress, and experience brutal injuries. But how do they stay healthy? Are their bodies different from ours? Do they recover differently than us? 

Nurses also experience stress and physical exhaustion. We may not be athletes, but our bodies also go through all stress and trauma. Nutrition plays a big role in keeping up with our work. It is why it is essential for us to stay fit and eat healthily.

Our Guest

In this episode, we would like to introduce you to Aiden Muir. Aidan is a dietitian with a role split relatively evenly between seeing clients and creating content. He has a broad range of areas of interest, but he mainly sees clients in sports nutrition (particularly strength athletes), weight loss, and gastrointestinal disorders.

We talk about gut health, how to build muscle, and how to optimize your body while working nights. 

QUESTIONS FOR GUEST

The questions below are some we’d like to tackle. We often 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. Can you give us a background about yourself?
    1. How did you get involved and find a passion for sports nutrition, weight loss, and gastrointestinal disorders?
  2. As a nutritionist, what kind of diet do you follow, and is there a specific reason(s) for it?
  3. How do you develop a good relationship with food?
  4. Are there different nutritional requirements for men and women?
    1. When it comes to fat loss, is it any different?
    2. When it comes to building muscle, is it any different?
    3. How do you find your metabolic rate? Is there a way to get a rough estimate without having to o through tests?
  5. Should people be eating at night?
    1. A good portion of our audience works the night shift. Should people eat throughout the night while working? Or should the day be limited to a particular hour?
      1. Does our body absorb food differently at night, or does it have different nutritional requirements?
    2. What foods do you recommend for someone who struggles not to eat a night?
      1. What foods, in general, do you recommend, and what should people avoid eating while working nights? 
  6. Do you think intermittent fasting is a good idea for someone that works nights?
    1. What is your general perspective on Intermittent fasting?
  7. When it comes to building muscle, what are some of the critical concepts of hypertrophy and nutrition?
    1. Do you believe in body recomposition, and what is the proper approach?
      1. Specifically, as someone that trains marital arts 4-5 times a week and weightlifters 3-4 times a week, how could I maximize my nutrition to not lose weight, gain muscle and lean out?
  8. Creatine, how much do you need to get a performance boost, and how consistently do you need to take it?
    1. Do you recommend any sports supplements?
  9. Gut health is a big trending topic; we know that specific hormones are derived from the gut, what is the key to a happy, healthy gut?
  10. There is a big push for everything plant-based. What is your opinion on meat? 
    1. Some studies show meat protein’s superiority over plant-based proteins. Is there a difference? 
    2. I’ve read studies stating that meat proteins are more bioavailable, digestible, and have higher anabolic potential than plant-based proteins.

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? 

Follow Aidan on Instagram for more tips and tricks so you can optimize your body at @aidan_the_dietitian and for online consultations @idealnutrition__.

You can also listen to his Podcast at The Ideal Nutrition Podcast  or visit his website at https://www.idealnutrition.com.au/ for more information.

Here’s why nutrition matters, click here and watch the full episode 👇

TIME STAMPS: 

00:00 Introduction
01:45 How did you get involved and find a passion for sports nutrition?
04:03 What types of diets have you experimented with?
04:31 How much protein can your body tolerate?
06:25 How to develop a proper relationship with food?
08:49 How do beliefs play a role in nutrition?
11:25 Difference in Marco nutrition between Males and Females
15:08 Nutrition for night shift workers
17:21 What snacks should you be consuming?
18:32 Outcomes of Intermittent fasting?
21:24 Muscle building and intermittent fasting
25:19 Muscular hypertrophy and body recomp
28:28 How to figure out your metabolic needs?
34:18 What should be on your plate for health and vitality?
37:10 Key to a healthy gut microbe
40:11 Supplement recommendations
42:04 What is creatine?
47:07 How long do results last from creatine?
48:47 Nutrition Do’s & Dont’s
52:47 Wrapping up the episode