EP 151: Steps to Sobriety With Dr. Stephan Neff

EP 151: Steps to Sobriety With Dr. Stephan Neff

EP 151: Steps to Sobriety With Dr. Stephan Neff

Are there actual steps to sobriety and recovery for good? How do you overcome addictions to substances like drugs and, in our today’s topic, alcoholism?

While many physicians recommend consuming a few milligrams of alcohol for our health, developing alcoholism is a growing problem. According to statistics, people in the United States alone who are at the age range of 12 years old and older were reported to consume alcohol even with the strict laws that the country has implemented.  

Over time, this alcohol experiment among young adults can develop into severe alcoholism and significant health problems, which are harder to overcome. Along with this, the growth rates of juvenile crimes committed by teenagers are also on the rise. It is why we must understand how a person develops alcoholism so we can also take the necessary steps needed to help them. 

In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Stephan Neff, anesthetist, and author of the book My Steps to Sobriety. Dr. Neff is also an alcoholic in recovery. Besides talking about his work, we will also discuss his involvement with alcohol and the state of the healthcare system from a healthcare provider’s point of view. In addition to that, he also shares his experience dealing with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and alcoholism – both from a patient and doctor’s perspective and the lessons he has learned the hard way. 

The questions below are some that we tackled with Stephan:

  1. Can you give us a background about yourself and your experience?
  2. What can you tell us about the field of Anesthesia?
  3. When in your life did you notice your drinking is becoming a problem?
  4. Talk to us about the 12-step program
  5. How do you deal with urges? 
  6. Why do you take consistent steps every day for yourself? 
  7. How do you become the best version of yourself?
  8. Your current obsession for Krav Maga?

To learn all about alcoholism, how to recover from it, click here for the full episode 👇

TIMESTAMP:

0:00 Introduction
1:00 Cup of Nurses Introduction
2:17 Guest Introduction
2:37 Meet Dr. Stephan Neff
4:04 How Private Anesthetist Differs From Public Anesthetist
7:05 Healthcare System in Smaller Countries
10:27 Travel Nursing or Agency Nursing in Other Countries
14:21 The United States Response to the Pandemic
17:53 Trauma Experience Working in the Healthcare System
22:31 The Positive Aspect of Alcoholism
30:32 Exchanging Alcoholism to a New Lifestyle
33:10 What are the symptoms of PTSD?
35:18 Recognizing & Dealing with PTSD
39:35 Stephan’s Recovery Experience
44:17 The Journey After Rehabilitation
49:23 Steps to Sobriety By Stephan Neff

 

 

No Nut November

No Nut November

Benefits of Sex

In this episode, we will talk about no nut November and if it is something we should practice. We’re all adults here, so we can admit that sex is great. It’s something that everyone has the urge to do, it’s programmed in nature, and it’s in our genes to procreate. It’s something that we do to keep our species going.

Sex During the Pandemic

We took a look at how the pandemic has impacted no nut November and sex worldwide. When the pandemic hit, it forced many businesses to close; many of those businesses were where people went to socialize, so one can hypothesize that there would be a decline in sex [1]

We looked at a meta-analysis that included a review of 34 articles from 18 countries, and their finding was quite stunning.

  • About 43% of people had a worsening or a decline in sexual intercourse.
  • A 28% increase in solo masturbation has been reported.
  • Increase in desire but no increase in sexual intercourse.
  • 32% of people that had planned on having children abandoned the idea. 

We also took at birth trends from March 2019 to 2020, and there was a decline of 0.91%, about 1.5 million less than the prior year. It makes sense because people were not sure about the effects of Covid-19 on newborns and pregnant women [2]. 

The Health Benefits of Sex

According to the American Sexual Health Association, being sexually healthy means :

  • Understanding that sexuality is a natural part of life involves more than sexual behavior.
  • It is being able to experience sexual pleasure, satisfaction, and intimacy when desired.
  • It is about being to communicate about sexual health with others, including sexual partners and healthcare providers.
  • Having access to sexual health information, education, and care.

1. Headache relief

One observational study looked at 800 migraine patients and 200 cluster headache patients, asking for experience with sexual activity during a headache attack [3].

  • In total, 38% of the migraine patients and 48% of the patients with cluster headaches responded. In migraine, 34% of the patients had experienced sexual activity during an attack. Out of these patients, 60% reported an improvement in their migraine attacks.
  • In cluster headache, 31% of the patients had experienced sexual activity during an attack. Out of these patients, 37% reported an improvement in their cluster headache attack. 91% of them reported moderate to complete relief.
  • Researchers concluded that sexual activity could lead to partial or complete relief in some migraine. It can also help a few cluster headache patients.

2. Good cardiovascular exercise

The objective of this study was to determine energy expenditure in kilocalories (kcal) during sexual activity in young, healthy couples in their natural environment.

  • The energy expenditure and intensity during the 30 min exercise session in men were 276 kCal or 9.2 kCal/min and 8.5 METS, respectively, and in women, 213 kCal or 7.1 kCal/min 8.4 METS, respectively.

Just like any physical activity, healthy sex is good for your heart. A study published in January 2015 in the American Journal of Cardiology found that men who had sex twice weekly or more had less risk of cardiovascular diseases, like stroke or heart attack than those who had sex once a month or less [4].

3. Helps with menstrual cramps

One study took a look at if there is any benefit of sex for menstruating women.

  • We hypothesized that pain relief evoked by viewing pictures of a romantic partner would be associated with neural activations in reward-processing centers. This functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study examined fifteen individuals in the first nine months of a new, romantic relationship.
  • Greater analgesia while viewing pictures of a person’s romantic partner was associated with increased activity in several reward-processing regions, including the caudate head, nucleus accumbens, lateral orbitofrontal cortex, amygdala, and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex – areas not associated with distraction-induced analgesia. The results suggest that the activation of neural reward systems via non-pharmacologic means can reduce the experience of pain [5].

4. It makes you happy 

One study we looked at examined how long does the post-sex glow last.

  • We explored how long sexual satisfaction would remain elevated following sex and predicted that stronger sexual afterglow would characterize more satisfying partnerships.
  • 214 couples were surveyed
  • Spouses reported their daily sexual activity and sexual satisfaction for 14 days and their marital satisfaction at baseline and 4 or 6 months later. Results demonstrated that sexual pleasure remained elevated approximately 48 hr after sex, and spouses experiencing a stronger afterglow reported higher levels of marital satisfaction both at baseline and over time [6].

Effects of Porn

It has been reported that porn addiction has risen here in the US. The internet is vastly used. The ease of access to any search puts almost no limitation on what you can view. Porn addiction has become natural for 5-8% of men. 

What is Porn Addiction?

Thanks to the internet, everyone has access to porn sites these days. If you are addicted to porn or have a developing porn addiction, you should watch out for the warning signs and seek help before it’s too late [7].

  • People addicted to porn spend at least 11 to 12 hours per week viewing porn.
  • Most people who have a porn addiction say that porn hurts their relationships.
  • Many conditions co-occur with porn addiction, including anxiety, depression, sex addiction, social anxiety, and substance use disorders.
  • The prognosis for porn addiction is good with cognitive behavioral therapy and counseling.

Effects of Porn Addiction

The purpose of one study was to examine the relationship between men’s pornography use. It also shows their frequency and problematic use. This study also showed the effects on their heterosexual female partners. It includes the psychological and relational well-being among 308 young adult college women.
 
Results showed that women with male partners who view porn often have a negative impact on their relationships. It has affected their self-esteem, relationship quality, and sexual satisfaction.
 
Additionally, a woman’s self-esteem and their partner’s problematic porn use affect the quality relationship [8].

Have you participated in the No Nut November? Watch here for more 👇👇👇

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 Cup of Nurses Intro
1:45 Episode Introduction
4:00 Sex During the Pandemic
8:03 Health Benefits of Sex
10:24 Headache Relief
13:49 Good Cardiovascular Exercise
15:40 Helps With Menstrual Cramps
17:23 Makes you happy
20:57 What is Porn Addiction
25:15 Effects of Addiction

 

EP 137: Three Centers of Intelligence With Janna Thomason

EP 137: Three Centers of Intelligence With Janna Thomason

EP 137: Three Centers of Intelligence With Janna Thomason

In this episode, we would like to introduce our guest Janna Thomason, who is an Enneagram Practitioner, who offers in-depth insight to individuals based on their three centers of intelligence; the mind, heart, and gut.

Find out more about what Enneagram is and how it can help you find a deeper understanding of how you view the world.

  1. Janna, you have an amazing array of nursing specialties under your belt, Trauma/Burn Intensive Care, Critical Care, Post-Anesthesia Care, Nursing Professional Development, and Nursing Informatics, can you tell us about all those units and your experiences?
    1. Why did you shift through those specialties? Many nurses think that whatever unit they start on is the one they should end on and that is a major fallacy.
  2. You have battled through your own set of adversity and struggle with your husband and father. How did you feel during those times and how were you able to help yourself? 
    1. Did you talk about it with friends and family? How did you deal/cope with it?
    2. What do you think is a good approach to dealing with a stressful period in life and what have you learned?
  3. Why did you leave the bedside or the nursing setting?
  4. What is an Enneagram Practitioner and how did you get involved with it?
  5. How do you figure out someone’s Enneagram and how can they use it to look at their past and future?
  6. Can you help Matt and Peter find their Enneagrams?
  7. Burnout and PTSD, we currently are not in the Post phase, at least for some nurses. What is your experience with burnout?
    1. How do you help nurses in that situation?
    2. Your FB group
  8. Current obsession and why?
    1. Kayaking, building a barn, watching dogs on TikTok

Want to know more about the centers of intelligence? Watch the full Episode 37 here 👇

 

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 Cup of Nurses Introduction
1:43 Guest Introduction
2:04 Janna’s Nursing experience
4:30 Advice to new grads
5:05 What made you jump from bedside to informatics?
7:55 Day to day activities of an informatics nurse
8:49 How did you start being an entrepreneur?
11:24 What can you recommend to stressed-out nurses?
12:59 What affects burnout outside nursing?
14:00 When did you become aware of your own burnout?
16:19 How did you transition to helping people through your business?
17:50 What is Enneagram?
18:45 How can Enneagram helps a person?
22:20 How do you figure out your motivational factors?
24:47 What category do nurses fall into?
27:24 Do you use other assessments?
29:48 Have you tried implementing the Enneagram numbers in the workplace?
30:48 What kind of question do you ask when doing Enneagram?
31:10 What is the Enneagram?
40:04 Who is your inner critic?
41:07 What women criticize most within themselves?
43:53 How do you break the mindset of being not good enough?
44:50 How do you practice self-love?
50:50 What is your current obsession?
54:08 Where can people find Janna Thomason?

November Horoscopes

November Horoscopes

CON EP 72: November Horoscopes

Are you interested to know what’s in store for you this month? If you are curious like us, here’s our take on the November horoscopes.

Horoscopes and Zodiac Signs

A horoscope is an astrological chart or diagram representing the positions of the Sun, Moon, planets, astrological aspects, and sensitive angles at the time of an event, such as the moment of a person’s birth. Within the November horoscopes, you have zodiac signs which are supposed to tell you a little bit about yourself and who you are. 

12 Zodiac Signs and November Horoscope Predictions

Aries

Dates: March 21 – April 19

Strengths: 

  • Courageous, determined, confident, enthusiastic, optimistic, honest, passionate

Weaknesses: 

  • Impatient, moody, short-tempered, impulsive, aggressive

Aries likes: 

  • Comfortable clothes, taking on leadership roles, physical challenges, individual sports

Aries dislikes: 

  • Inactivity, delays, work that does not use one’s talents

As the first sign in the zodiac, the presence of Aries always marks the beginning of something energetic and turbulent. They are continuously looking for dynamic, speed, and competition, always being the first in everything – from work to social gatherings. Thanks to its ruling planet Mars and the fact it belongs to the element of Fire (just like Leo and Sagittarius), Aries is one of the most active zodiac signs. It is in their nature to take action, sometimes before they think about it.

  • For you dear Aries this is the month of creation. Your creative nature is at its highest level and you need to achieve things for yourself. From the beginning of the month without losing a minute you set up your future projects and you benefit from good vibrations so take advantage of it. You make unexpected encounters, you jump on every opportunity, and your will to succeed is striking.
  • At work we flatter you, in your private life we seduce you. Most of the time you trust your instinct when making your choices, this month it will still be the case. Around November 18th you face an incongruous situation, in spite of everything, you keep calm, you do not go headlong towards the conflict. Your initiatives are bold, whether you adhere to them or not, it does not matter, you continue on your path.

Love in General:

The stars accompany your choices in love, on this front you are well protected. Your feelings gain in depth, you have the will to build a real relationship. Since nothing prevents you, without restraint, you reveal your emotions to people you love. Book yourself moments of pleasure, escape alone or in pairs.

In a relationship:

Overall, couples are doing well, with no major difficulties on the horizon. You share pleasant moments. Towards the 21st you feel the need to step back, to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, to take off and cut the routine, your other half is in agreement with your decision.

Single:

If you are single, you are not frustrated this month, on the contrary, you live your celibacy very well, you are free and it shows. The 14th is an important day, expect to experience love at first sight. Over the adventures of a night you prefer stable and sincere relationships.

Taurus

Dates: April 20 – May 20

Strengths: 

  • Reliable, patient, practical, devoted, responsible, stable

Weaknesses: 

  • Stubborn, possessive, uncompromising

Taurus likes: 

  • Gardening, cooking, music, romance, high-quality clothes, working with hands

Taurus dislikes: 

  • Sudden changes, complications, insecurity of any kind, synthetic fabrics

Practical and well-grounded, Taurus is the sign that harvests the fruits of labor. They feel the need to always be surrounded by love and beauty, and turned to the material world, hedonism, and physical pleasures. People born with their Sun in Taurus are sensual and tactile, considering touch and taste the most important of all senses. Stable and conservative, this is one of the most reliable signs of the zodiac, ready to endure and stick to their choices until they reach the point of personal satisfaction.

  • Focus on projects. At the beginning of the month, you are not more motivated than that, you let yourself become lazy, around you the climate is warm, and you feel like you are in a cocoon so that explains why you do not necessarily want to leave.
  • Towards the 13th some small financial worries will be managed, you will not be able to escape, but we can say that you will keep the upper hand and you will master the situation.
  • Professionally you may be put under pressure because of a change in planning or something like that. Your personal life is protected, the planetary aspects presage a harmonious situation when it comes to your loves, dialogue is favored, from the 19th to the 23rd the period is ideal to concretize or engage yourself.

Love in General:

The stars are watching, you are in love and everything is going well. Feelings are growing deeper. The time has come, you want to build your love life. The little flings do not interest you, you need something concrete and suddenly you reveal yourself in your best light. If you have wishes they will be granted.

In a relationship:

You pretend not to be motivated, your partner does not understand your lack of enthusiasm but, don’t worry it’s just a slump, it does not last. Very quickly you recover, you decide to prepare a surprise for your other half. Until the end of the month, your relationship rolls well.

Single:

A little love story turns into passion, you do not touch the ground anymore. You may want to tackle everything for this person, your entourage is trying to reason with you but it is lost. This month you hear nothing but what your heart dictates.

Gemini

Dates: May 21 – June 20

Strengths: 

  • Gentle, affectionate, curious, adaptable, ability to learn quickly and exchange ideas

Weaknesses: 

  • Nervous, inconsistent, indecisive

Gemini likes: 

  • Music, books, magazines, chats with nearly anyone, short trips around the town

Gemini dislikes: 

  • Being alone, being confined, repeating and routine

Expressive and quick-witted, Gemini represents two different personalities in one and you will never be sure which one you will face. They are sociable, communicative, and ready for fun, with a tendency to suddenly get serious, thoughtful, and restless. They are fascinated with the world itself, extremely curious, with a constant feeling that there is not enough time to experience everything they want to see.

  • A little sensitive, you are not easy to live with right now. This month you have responsibilities (professional, family …) if you lack the will, get closer to people who spread positive energies and do not lock yourself in your bubble. Winter is a special time, the decrease in brightness can affect the morale of everyone differently, the important thing is not to sink into bad thoughts.
  • Until November 11th, your ideas are confused. Around the 19th you receive an answer that should please you, psychologically everything will be better. Your priority is to do what you love, you set up personal projects by following your intuitions, it is already a big step towards success. Your generosity arouses admiration, you can be proud of your actions.

Love in General:

If your feelings are often contradictory, what is certain is that they are sincere. Your loves are going up and down in the first half of the month, then over the last fifteen days, everything is much better. You succeed in preserving harmony in your romantic relationships. The family is present, in case of need you can count on your loved ones.

In a relationship:

Between the obligations of daily life, children, and activities you have trouble managing everything, but you ask your partner to get their hands dirty, if they agree to do it, there will be compensation for it, even if you do not quite agree with them.

Single:

If you are single, you’re tired of loneliness and you go around in circles. The November horoscopes stars encourage new encounters, you may experience a relationship with an ex or live a loving friendship. In any case, you say goodbye to isolation, you find your zest for life.

Cancer

Dates: June 21 – July 22

Strengths: 

  • Tenacious, highly imaginative, loyal, emotional, sympathetic, persuasive

Weaknesses: 

  • Moody, pessimistic, suspicious, manipulative, insecure

Cancer likes: 

  • Art, home-based hobbies, relaxing near or in water, helping loved ones, a good meal with friends

Cancer dislikes: Strangers, any criticism of Mom, revealing of personal life

Deeply intuitive and sentimental, Cancer can be one of the most challenging zodiac signs to get to know. They are very emotional and sensitive and care deeply about matters of the family and their home. Cancer is sympathetic and attached to people they keep close. Those born with their Sun in Cancer are very loyal and able to empathize with other people’s pain and suffering.

  • At the beginning of the month, some conflicts can arise from nowhere. Turn down the volume and bury your head in the sand to calm things down, everything will be fine. As soon as the situation does not turn to your advantage you get on your high horse, quiet your mind instead and leave to take a rest in peace, disconnect from the daily routine even if only for a few hours.
  • It is only from the third week that calm returns. At that moment you are ready for new adventures, you let the pressure drop, the planets then open the way, opportunities are at your fingertips. You finally get out of your shell, you express yourself and your feelings, your mind is freed from all constraints. You are free.

Love in General:

You have the right to be in a bad mood, except that if it lasts too long you risk putting people against you. Make an effort because your irritability makes your entourage run away from you. If you feel guilty because of a particular situation, by relativizing you will regain your self-confidence. We love you, we show it to you, and we reassure you.

In a relationship:

You spend time with family rather than in private, if it does not seem to bother you it’s not the same for your partner. This month the invitations are many, you enjoy them together, it is a situation that suits you very well.

Single:

If you are single, the stars put you on a pedestal and the people you meet around the 23rd are constructive, you are not at the end of your surprises. It will be necessary to review your priorities, the planets have decided to change your plans. You benefit from good astral influences.

Leo

Dates: July 23 – August 22

Strengths: 

  • Creative, passionate, generous, warm-hearted, cheerful, humorous

Weaknesses: 

  • Arrogant, stubborn, self-centered, lazy, inflexible

Leo likes: 

  • Theater, taking holidays, being admired, expensive things, bright colors, fun with friends

Leo dislikes: 

  • Being ignored, facing difficult reality, not being treated like a king or queen

People born under the sign of Leo are natural-born leaders. They are dramatic, creative, self-confident, dominant, and extremely difficult to resist, able to achieve anything they want to in any area of life they commit to. There is a specific strength to Leo and their “king of the jungle” status. Leo often has many friends for they are generous and loyal. Self-confident and attractive, this is a Sun sign capable of uniting different groups of people and leading them as one towards a shared cause, and their healthy sense of humor makes collaboration with other people even easier.

  • This month, you’re one of the luckiest signs of the zodiac. From the first week, you find your balance. New projects are gaining value, you are growing in strength, and your past efforts are finally paying off! Little by little the snowball effect works pretty well, you take off, and your determined character will make all the difference.
  • Throughout the month the professional field is highlighted, proposals flow, contacts multiply, and you lay your foundation. The stars draw attention to the fact that some of your commitments may have some consequences on your private life. However small victories give you motivation. In the third week, you are completely devoted to your family (parents, children).

Love in General:

To avoid overflowing you know how to handle several situations at once. But if you want to get involved in the work too much, we could blame you for being less available in your private life. So, around the 23rd you decide to make concessions by devoting yourself more to your loved ones, in order to strengthen the bonds.

In a relationship:

If at the beginning of the month you hide your bad mood it is only to avoid arguments. It is true that because of your workload you are a bit on edge. Quickly you raise the bar, you offer your partner a little moment of intimacy, you know very well how to do it!

Single:

Around November 17th, Venus offers you the opportunity to make an exceptional meeting, as well as to tell you that you will shine with a thousand lights. At that moment your power of seduction is at its peak, you are bewitching. You experience very romantic moments.

Virgo

Dates: August 23 – September 22

Strengths: 

  • Loyal, analytical, kind, hardworking, practical

Weaknesses: 

  • Shyness, worry, overly critical of self and others, all work and no play

Virgo likes: 

  • Animals, healthy food, books, nature, cleanliness

Virgo dislikes: 

  • Rudeness, asking for help, taking center stage

Virgos are always paying attention to the smallest details and their deep sense of humanity makes them one of the most careful signs of the zodiac. Their methodical approach to life ensures that nothing is left to chance, and although they are often tender, their heart might be closed to the outer world. This is a sign often misunderstood, not because they lack the ability to express it, but because they won’t accept their feelings as valid, true, or even relevant when opposed to reason. The symbolism behind the name speaks well of their nature, born with a feeling they are experiencing everything for the first time.

  • It’s around November 9th that everything around you is starting to change. You are in a rather favorable period, in the combative sign of Virgo, you lead the work and your personal life, you are a real little soldier. However, be careful not to exceed the limits, because, in terms of your well-being, towards the 19th, it can very quickly spoil.
  • Instead, release the pressure, it will allow you to relax, after all you have the right to take a little time just for yourself. The strong Virgo shines when others need them, they want to reassure, they serve without expecting anything in return. At work it’s different, you let others believe that you agree with everything yet you do things your own way.

Love in General:

When it comes to matters of the heart beautiful surprises await you but when it comes to family small quarrels or disagreements will come to thwart your plans. To be able to think about the possible consequences, you just need to distance yourself. The first week is stressful, fortunately, the people who are most important to you, support you.

In a relationship:

If at the beginning of the month a slight malaise settles in your relationship, it will be up to you to identify the reasons. You are looking for a way out of this little crisis but to your amazement, your other half takes the lead, you are relieved and very satisfied.

Single:

From the 13th the planets give you multiple possibilities to meet people. You are not necessarily on the defensive but you remain suspicious. A person catches your eye, you let yourself be charmed, the attraction is reciprocal, there is a closeness in the air, you let your guard down.

Libra

Dates: September 23 – October 22

Strengths: 

  • Cooperative, diplomatic, gracious, fair-minded, social

Weaknesses: 

  • Indecisive, avoids confrontations, will carry a grudge, self-pity

Libra likes: 

  • Harmony, gentleness, sharing with others, the outdoors

Libra dislikes: 

  • Violence, injustice, loudmouths, conformity

People born under the sign of Libra are peaceful, and fair. They hate being alone. The partnership is very important for them, seeking someone with the ability to be the mirror to themselves. These individuals are fascinated by balance and symmetry, they are in a constant chase for justice and equality, realizing through life that the only thing that should be truly important to themselves is their own inner core of personality. This is someone ready to do nearly anything to avoid conflict, keeping the peace whenever possible

  • Like the good scales that you are, you seek your balance, but as of the 2nd, you seem destabilized by a situation that you do not control. However, the stars protect you since you succeed where you thought you had failed, it’s a great victory! Around November 17th, opportunities arise. The planets offer you quite extraordinary possibilities if you have to travel, change jobs or move.
  • By giving priority to your goals, you multiply your chances of success, even your wacky ideas find takers. If you are looking for a comfortable life, the changes that are coming will satisfy you. In family, the relationships are cordial and sincere, the bonds are strong. Around the 26th new contacts are favored, you attract sympathy.

Love in General:

The period is sweet for your loves, everything is fluid, you are stimulated by life-giving energy, and you are a real magnet. However, you do not know if this positive phase will last but you live for the moment without worrying about the rest. The exchanges are rewarding, you are very happy with this turn of events.

In a relationship:

As a couple, you express your desires, your partner is all ears, your communication goes well, together you consider future projects. You have found your balance, your relationship brings you total fulfillment. You do not need anything else, the love of your other half is enough for you.

Single:

You like to please and charm, the Libra is flirtatious and this cocktail makes you irresistible. Whether you chose a one-night affair or a stable relationship for the long term, you give it your all, seduction is your area of expertise. Whether at work or in the evening you turn heads.

Scorpio

Dates: October 23 – November 21

Strengths: 

  • Resourceful, powerful, brave, passionate, a true friend

Weaknesses: 

  • Distrusting, jealous, manipulative, violent

Scorpio likes: 

  • Truth, facts, being right, talents, teasing, passion

Scorpio dislikes: 

  • Dishonesty, revealing secrets, superficiality, small talk

Scorpios are passionate and assertive people with determination and focus you rarely see in other zodiac signs. They will turn to in-depth research to reach the truth behind anything they find important. Great leaders and guides, Scorpios are resourceful, dedicated, and fearless when there is a challenge to be overcome. They will hold on to other people’s secrets, even when they aren’t very fond of them, to begin with, and do anything they can for those they tie themselves to.

  • At the beginning of the month, doubts and many questions emanate from your mind. As of November 10th you move on, everything becomes less messy in your head, everything is more evident, you decide to give a new meaning to your life, and you start to set up professional projects. Be careful not to raise the bar too high.
  • Then it’s time for your personal projects to see the light, which is worth the busy schedule, everything is well set, and love in all that? Have you thought about it? Towards the 21st the changes are announced. You have the energy to spare; happiness is at hand, and the beneficial action of the planets makes you want to dedicate yourself to your family life, your relationship, or to create new encounters.

Love in General:

If you have to make a decision or make a choice in love, that until now you had the time to make, everything changes. Take courage with both hands, the astral vibrations are favorable, it is now or never. Let your emotions express themselves, do not hold back your feelings. Thanks to your sixth sense you will live very exciting moments.

In a relationship:

There is a good understanding between couples, each one finds their equilibrium. The basics are solid, you very easily agree, this facilitates everyday life. Between you two everything is fluid. This mutual benevolence is palpable from the outside. In anticipation of the end of the year, you could embark on a project related to vacation.

Single:

A romantic meeting could happen from November 22nd. The stars breathe good energies, love comes to you, you have no effort to make. If you are afraid of being disappointed, that you are being restrained, the planets prove you wrong.

Sagittarius

Dates: November 22 – December 21

Strengths: 

  • Generous, idealistic, great sense of humor

Weaknesses: 

  • Promises more than can deliver, very impatient, will say anything no matter how undiplomatic

Sagittarius likes: 

  • Freedom, travel, philosophy, being outdoors

Sagittarius dislikes: 

  • Clingy people, being constrained, off-the-wall theories, details

Curious and energetic, Sagittarius is the traveler of the zodiac. Their open mind and philosophical view motivate them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is an extrovert, always optimistic, full of enthusiasm, and ready for changes. This is a Sun sign of individuals who are often preoccupied with mental work, but when they find grounding, they show their ability to transform visions and thoughts into concrete actions and circumstances.

  • Good news dear Sagittarius, at the beginning of the month, the planets slow down your projects but only so you can act better afterward. From the 13th your projects are set for the long term, their realization is close. You put away your impatience, you are ready to take your time, you are on the road to success, opportunities arise, and the time for change has come.
  • From the 19th the stars teach you to surf on novelty, you transform due to the tests, you are on the brink of achieving a feat, and in return, you will be asked to remain constant. Strokes of luck punctuate the month. In your private life, it’s something else, the hour of truth has come, and if you have anything to say, now is the time to do it. The exchanges are good, the general atmosphere is beneficial.

Love in General:

The stars are very understanding with you. Love is protected, however, do not do anything. The small family annoyances do not interfere in your matters of the heart, you have enough perspective to make the difference. The third week brings calm, the atmosphere in love is invigorating, and you build very strong bonds.

In a relationship:

Your partner seduces you unless you are blind, their love for you is obvious. Towards the 15th, a nice project in love emerges, far from everything (family, children), a real moment in love. You have nothing to do, your other half takes care of everything, reservations, activities, leisure, what a beautiful program!

Single:

Dear singles, the past may resurface, a person comes back to court you. If at first, you are surprised, the approximation is smooth. Everything is going very well for you, until the end of the month, life is full of surprises.

Capricorn

Dates: December 22 – January 19

Strengths: 

  • Responsible, disciplined, self-control, good managers

Weaknesses: 

  • Know-it-all, unforgiving, condescending, expecting the worst

Capricorn likes: 

  • Family, tradition, music, understated status, quality craftsmanship

Capricorn dislikes: 

  • Almost everything at some point

Capricorn is a sign that represents time and responsibility, and its representatives are traditional and often very serious by nature. These individuals possess an inner state of independence that enables significant progress both in their personal and professional lives. They are masters of self-control and have the ability to lead the way, make solid and realistic plans, and manage many people who work for them at any time. They will learn from their mistakes and get to the top based solely on their experience and expertise.

  • For you Capricorn, the month is half-hearted, before starting anything, you have things to settle. If you expect new and sensational things you may go hungry. The first week seems hesitant, so do not do anything that could compromise your plans and make yourself discreet.
  • Situations you have never faced, make you doubt your abilities, it is only at the end of the second week that the difficulties dissipate, your talents are put to the test, you are tested, you are confident enough, you gain credibility. In the last fifteen days, everything is better, the energy of the stars allows you to succeed in all your projects, and you have the will. You receive compliments from your loved ones, the family circle is welded.

Love in General:

In love, your feelings come and go, you lack certainty and yet you should not. Even if sometimes your dream of living serenely escapes you, you are in good energy. If your relationship has been tainted by your jealousy or your possessiveness, you have understood that on these points you have work to do.

In a relationship:

You’ve seen better times, especially in the first fortnight, you may be tired of the routine or have a little difficulty in situating yourself in your relationship, this explains the small malaise that settles in your relationship. Very quickly, everything calms down, your partner does everything to distract you.

Single:

For a good part of the month, you seem a little capricious when you learn to appreciate the people who revolve around you, your nervousness disappears, and you become more pleasant and less demanding. Around the 14th the stars place someone along your path, you know how to recognize it.

Aquarius

Dates: January 20 – February 18

Strengths: 

  • Progressive, original, independent, humanitarian

Weaknesses: 

  • Runs from emotional expression, temperamental, uncompromising, aloof

Aquarius likes: 

  • Fun with friends, risky business, fighting for causes, intellectual conversations.

Aquarius dislikes: 

  • Limitations, broken promises, being lonely, dull, or boring situations.

Aquarius is a sign different from the rest of the zodiac and people born with their Sun in it feel special. This makes them eccentric and energetic in their fight for freedom, or at times shy and quiet, afraid to express their true personality. In both cases, they are deep thinkers and highly intellectual people who love to fight for idealistic causes. They are able to see people without prejudice and this makes them truly special. Although they can easily adapt to the energy that surrounds them, Aquarius representatives have a deep need to have some time alone and away from everything in order to restore power.

  • At the beginning of the month, you are losing speed, there is a small drop in energy or a lack of will, you lag, and you might decide to take a step back, just to decompress. Your situation does not change, you are tired. The stars allow you to take breaks. Do not hesitate to look inside yourself and reflect in-depth on your real desires.
  • As far as the social field is concerned, around the 16th of November, you are surrounded by good allies, they help you and you develop beautiful ideas, very nice proposals come to you, you flourish. The family supports you, feeling supported is good for you, yet you try not to build castles in the sky too quickly.

Love in General:

In the field of love, you would like to take action. You are tired of waiting for a situation that does not evolve fast enough for you, you decide to take things in hand. As soon as you have the opportunity, go for it! Seizing the opportunity when it comes up seems like the best thing to do. Do not postpone anything for the next day.

In a relationship:

You lead your relationship with an iron fist as if you were running your own business, be careful your partner does not agree with you, they also have a say, so show a minimum of flexibility and everything will be better between you two.

Single:

The stars could surprise you. Without searching, you could meet someone nice. Initially, a friendly relationship can eventually evolve into a loving relationship. Around November 20th, everything is going faster. Your emotions sparkle, you are happy. The month ends under good aspects.

Pisces

Dates: February 19 – March 20

Strengths: 

  • Compassionate, artistic, intuitive, gentle, wise, musical

Weaknesses: 

  • Fearful, overly trusting, sad, desire to escape reality, can be a victim or a martyr

Pisces likes: 

  • Being alone, love, sleeping, music, romance, swimming, spiritual themes

Pisces dislikes: 

  • Know-it-all, being criticized, the past coming back to haunt, the cruelty of any kind

Pisces are very friendly and often find themselves in the company of very different people. They are selfless and always willing to help others, a very fine intent for as long as they don’t expect anything much in return. People born with their Sun in Pisces have an intuitive understanding of the life cycle and form an incredible emotional relationship with other humans on the basis of natural order and senses guiding them.

  • For you Pisces, the month of November is sunny, luck and confidence are back. The planets are shaking up your little habits, a little shaken at first, you do it very quickly. This fuss is destabilizing but for the right reasons, you could see it as a way to change your destiny. Your projects put the wind in your sails in terms of novelty, you seem delighted with these transformations.
  • The second week is significant, indeed, everything is played out at this time. You find financial support, your ideas are reliable and viable, you have support, and your projects are concrete with a bonus: a satisfactory collaboration exceeding all your expectations. The end of the month is very favorable, although calmer on a general level, this month could be decisive.

Love in General:

Success is waiting for you whether you are in a relationship or not. You are full of good energies, it is the end of the period where you swim between two waters, you know what you want and what you do not want anymore. In love you make a new start, you’re on your way to living your dreams.

In a relationship:

There is room for tenderness, as a couple. You’re good together and it’s obvious. With your partner you are fusional, you multiply the tender gestures, and your complicity is beautiful to see. Throughout this month, between you everything flows, no clouds are on the horizon.

Single:

The feelings you have for someone make you believe in love again. If you have been in contact for only a few days, your relationship grows, it takes on importance. You start to envision a future for two in the very near future, it’s a chance to seize.

Matt’s Chart

Sun in Pisces – The sun determines your ego, identity, and “role” in life. It’s the core of who you are.

  • You are fundamentally dreamy, insightful, and in your own world. 
  • You exist on a chaotic plane of the divine that is not at all material. 
  • Your rich imagination endows you with a strong intuition for hidden emotional currents. 

Moon in Gemini – The Moon rules your emotions, moods, and feelings. This is likely the sign you most think of yourself as since it reflects your personality when you’re alone or deeply comfortable. 

  • Your emotional self is often restless and unsettled. 
  • You’re extremely adaptable, which sometimes makes you feel pulled in too many directions. 
  • You are easily bored and need to feel like you are free to be creative and create meaning, which can make you feel like you’re in a constant identity crisis. 

Ascendant in Scorpio – Your ascendant is the “mask” you present to people. It can be seen in your personal style and how you come off to people when you first meet. 

  • You come across as passionate, incisive, cunning, strategic, and perceptive. 
  • Your intense and tenacious drive comes off as intimidating and powerful if not malicious or aggressive.

Peter’s Chart

Sun in Gemini

  • ​​The sun determines your ego, identity, and “role” in life. It’s the core of who you are and is the sign you’re most likely to already know. 
    • You are fundamentally dynamic, quick-witted, eclectic, and curious. 
    • Fascinated by everything, your childlike energy is often scattered in a million directions. 
    • On a social level, this may come off as gossipy or flaky.
    • It’s in your fifth house, meaning you feel the need to distinguish yourself from others through romance, self-expression, creativity, and pleasure.

Moon in Virgo

  • The moon rules your emotions, moods, and feelings. This is likely the sign you most think of yourself as since it reflects your personality when you’re alone or deeply comfortable. 
    • Your emotional self is analytical, responsible, and pacifying. 
    • A bundle of nerves, you struggle with a need to be pure that may come out in self-sacrificing or nitpicky tendencies.
    • It’s in your eighth house, meaning you find security and safety through darkness, taboos, rebirth, sex, and transformation.

Ascendant in Aquarius

  • Your ascendant is the “mask” you present to people. It can be seen in your personal style and how you come off to people when you first meet. Some say it becomes less relevant as you get older. It changes every two hours. 
    • You come across as broadminded, intellectual, and prone to abstraction, though somewhat detached or abrupt in your dealings with the real world. 
    • Your unconventional interests may seem eccentric or pretentious to others.

To watch this episode on zodiacs, click here 👇

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 Cup of Nurses Introduction
1:55 Episode Introduction
02:45 What are horoscopes and zodiac signs?
04:00 Aries
07:13 Taurus
09:55 Gemini
13:39 Cancer
17:25 Leo
20:44 Virgo
23:54 Libra
26:53 Scorpio
31:40 Sagittarius
35:08 Capricorn
38:35 Aquarius
41:42 Pisces
45:11 Matt’s Chart
47:15 Peter’s Chart

Health Anxiety with Aleks Zubek

Health Anxiety with Aleks Zubek

Health Anxiety with Aleks Zubek

Anxiety and depression are something that many of us are dealing with these days. It has been reported that about 264 million people suffer from it all over the world.

In this episode, we would like to introduce our guest, Aleks Zubek who is a Licenses Professional Counselor with a Master’s in Counseling Psychology.

We dive into some interesting topics such as depression and anxiety, how it affects us, what we can do, and finding our inner self. It is another informational episode where you’ll surely have a lot of takeaways.

The questions below are some we tackle.

  • You’ve got your Master’s in Counseling Psychology and now are a Licensed Professional Counselor, what made you choose that route? And what’s the schooling process?
  • What does an LPC do? Do you work with a team?
  • Is there a certain psychological or mental demographic that you specifically help or is it a wide range?
  • You taught us a little about health anxiety, it’s almost like the fear of getting sick or imagining an illness, can you explain what it actually is?
  • Where does this stem from? Are certain people more susceptible?
  • How do you treat it or help someone with health anxiety?
  • What kind of patients do you work with?
  • Is there a trend or an increase in certain mental illnesses that you are seeing?
  • Do you have a favorite type of patient?
  • Is there any advice that can generally help most people?
  • More open communication, being honest, getting help, meditation?

To watch the full Episode 71, click here 👇

 

TIME STAMPS:

0:00 Cup of Nurses Introduction
1:56 Guest Introduction
2:15 News and updates about Aleks Zubek
5:15 What is your day-to-day as an LPC?
9:46 What is the state of the unit in terms of mental health?
11:28 What are the common mental health issues of your patients?
12:48 Are you seeing a lot of health anxiety lately?
17:00 How do you help someone manage their anxiety?
19:38 How do you stop the disease that is causing the symptoms?
21:50 Is it depression that causes anxiety or the other way around?
23:30 What are your tips to people who are suffering from anxiety/depression?
28:23 Have you noticed any trends or issues that are more prevalent now?
34:28 What are the traits that a person needs in order to overcome trauma?
36:47 Questions you can ask yourself to assess your own mental health
41:48 How do you get somebody to open up 100%?
46:20 How do you develop emotional literacy?
49:40 How soon do you start seeing improvements in your patients?