Healthy You, Healthy Planet

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The holiday season is a time of festivities, friends, family, food, and (hopefully), fun!  Yet this time of year can also bring with it excesses that can harm the environment. For example, over 85 million tons of wrapping paper are used in the United States throughout the year, much of it at Christmas. Approximately 25 to 30 million live Christmas trees are purchased in the United States, and another 6 million are purchased in the United Kingdom. Many of these trees end up incinerated or in landfills after the holidays.… Read more »

Creating a Stress-Less Holiday

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It seems like the holiday season begins earlier and earlier each year. As soon as Halloween is over, stores put out their holiday decorations and begin stocking their shelves with holiday merchandise. Our expectations are high, and we’re pulled in many directions, finding ourselves stressed and drained of energy at the very time we should be celebrating and having fun.

It’s important to make the most of the season and all the festivities and religious observances … to enjoy time with family and friends, and delight in sumptuous food.… Read more »

Tactile Massage and Hypnosis Help Emergency Room Nurses

Posted by & filed under Complementary and Integrative Health, Healing Environments for the Body, Mind, and Spirit, Holistic and Integrative Health, Men's Health, Mental Health, Stress Management, Wellness, Women's Health.

A recent study published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine explored the perceptions and experiences of emergency room nursing personnel who received tactile massage and hypnosis at a large university hospital in Sweden. Nurses working in many environments often experience chronic stress as a result of physically and emotionally exhausting work, constant interruptions, the stress of working with severely ill or dying patients, work-related conflicts among personnel, and the exposure to acute traumas and disease. Newly qualified or inexperienced nurses may be particularly vulnerable as they may not have the knowledge, skills, and support systems necessary to cope with the stress of an emergency room environment.… Read more »

Cyndie Koopsen’s Interview With National Health Care Jobs Site

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Interview from on November 29, 2011 by Eileen Beal, M.A., Editorial Consultant (Healthcare and Aging issues)

Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, has been a nurse for 30 years, is board certified in holistic nursing and is a nationally recognized teacher/expert on the role spirituality plays in providing compassionate care to patients and clients. She is the co-founder of ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, offering nationally accredited certificate programs in spirituality.

Recently she spoke with about what spiritual care is, what to look for in “good” programs and career opportunities for nurses who want to use aspects of spiritual care to further their careers.… Read more »