Burnout Can Severely Increase Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

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Workers in the United States tend to log more and longer hours, and continue working much later in life, than most people in industrialized nations. Combine this with some of the shortest vacation time in the world, and these workers often suffer from burnout, a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress that leads to a progressive spiral of diminished health. This can become a chronic condition, leaving those who suffer from it feeling fatigued, hopeless, resentful, and more prone to obesity, insomnia, anxiety, and workplace errors.… Read more »

Stress and Physical Activity–Get Moving!

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Do you find yourself saying, “I’m too busy and stressed to fit exercise into my daily routine”? You’re not alone. Seven out of ten adults say they experience stress every day—it’s an inevitable part of life and impossible to eliminate, but you can learn to manage it. Physical activity is one of the best antidotes for stress, so get moving. What are you waiting for?!

Engaging in physical activity can help you feel more relaxed, become healthier, and enjoy life more.… Read more »

Technostress–Can Technology Affect Health?

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With cell phones chirping and playing music, wireless devices vibrating, and emails signaling their arrival at the computer’s inbox, is it any wonder that many people feel stressed and distracted by technology? Our minds may wander as we start to read a book, or we can be surprised to look at a browser window and see how many tabs we’ve opened. This can lead to feeling fatigued, anxious, and disconnected from the real world, or overwhelmed by technology. For many, it has been a long time (if ever) since they took a true vacation where they were really “off” and not answering emails or voicemails.… Read more »

Using Art to Heal

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Art and health have been central to the human experience from the beginning of recorded history. Visual art can be traced back to the Paleolithic era’s cave paintings, and it continues to be an integral part of people’s lives. Long recognized for its power to bridge differences and bring together people of different cultures, backgrounds, and experience, art connects individuals and communities. Thus healing communities and individuals can be connected through creative expression, too.

As an expressive language, art offers a nonthreatening form of communication over which the individual has control.… Read more »

Be Grateful, Be Happy

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Accept–then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it …This will miraculously transform your whole life.         Eckhart Tolle

The practice of gratitude is a powerful force that can be a state of mind as well as a way of life. Being grateful for what you have, instead of worrying about what you lack, enables you to let go of negative thoughts and attitudes and to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Being grateful increases feelings of love, knowingness, and awareness.… Read more »

Caregiver Wellness–It’s Up to You

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Caring for someone else can be rewarding and exhausting. Often, caregivers say, “My spouse is the one with cancer, but now I’m the one in the hospital!” The combination of loss, prolonged stress, and physical demands of caregiving, along with the biological changes that occur with age, can place caregivers at risk for significant health problems, as well as an earlier death.

If you are a caregiver, especially for someone with an ongoing disease or at the end of life, your role is likely to continually evolve as you meet your loved one’s changing needs.… Read more »

Hospital Construction Focuses on Creating Healthy Environments

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The La Alma/Lincoln Park neighborhood in Denver is undergoing a bit of a revolution. The city’s housing authority is using a relatively new decision-making tool called a health impact assessment to design a redevelopment plan that encourages physical activity and environmental sustainability.  The new project, known as Mariposa, will incorporate ecological construction materials and practices (such as solar power and geothermal energy) in an effort to create and support a healthy, vibrant community.

Doctors, nurses, community groups, and social agencies have long felt that environmental conditions contribute to such health conditions as heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.… Read more »

The Benefits of Meditation

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You’ve probably heard about meditation and may wonder, What is meditation, and what can meditation do for me?  Doesn’t it mean sitting all day in silence? Isn’t it for monks in far-away countries who can chant for hours?

Meditation is actually becoming quite popular in the Western world, among people from all walks of life, as a powerful and effective practice for reducing stress and creating relaxation. By quieting your mind, and becoming mindful of thoughts, feelings, and sensations while observing them in a nonjudgmental manner, meditating can help you become tranquil, and many aspects of life become clear.… Read more »

Holistic Stress Management for Nurses

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Virtually everyone experiences stress. It is the second most frequently cited work-related health problem. Health care providers are especially prone to the effects of stress. Explore the causes of stress, effects of acute and chronic stress, and holistic methods to manage your stress. Visit this website for further information.

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The Nurses’ Health Study

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The Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) is one of the longest and largest ongoing investigations regarding factors that influence women’s health. The NHS began in 1967 and expanded in 1989. Over 238,000 nurses have participated in the research which focuses on the impact of diet, physical activity, and lifestyle on the prevalence of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other health conditions. Visit the Nurses’ Health Study website for complete information or to join the study.… Read more »