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 »

Men’s Health

Posted by & filed under Brain Health, Cardiology, Diabetes, Men's Health, Spirituality, Health, and Healing, Stress Management, Wellness.

Men, you can stay safer, stronger, and healthier by taking a few steps toward health each day and by seeking care when you need it. To get serious about improving your health, start by reviewing these suggestions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other organizations.

  1. Learn Your Family Health History. Know which conditions or diseases have occurred in your close relatives. Knowing your family history and taking appropriate steps can influence your risk of developing many conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer.
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The Attitude of Gratitude

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Kindness in words creates confidence.

Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.

Kindness in giving creates love. — Lao Tsu

During the holidays when there is so much temptation to buy, buy, buy, it’s important to take a moment and think about what you are actually celebrating. The holiday season is a time for giving thanks, spending time with those you love and those who love you, and expressing gratitude.

When you are grateful for the good things in your life, you manifest more good things for which to be grateful.… Read more »

Happiness and Health

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You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it, you must make a might effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.

—Elizabeth Gilbert

Each of us wants to be happy and healthy. By focusing on becoming happier, research suggests that we will not only feel better, but also have more energy, improved immune function, increased creativity, improved relationships, and increased productivity.… Read more »

Certificate in Holistic and Integrative Health Endorsed by the AHNA

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The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) has endorsed ALLEGRA Learning’s Certificate in Holistic and Integrative Health!  This is ALLEGRA Learning’s second certificate endorsed by the prestigious organization!

Certificate programs are only endorsed by AHNA after a rigorous peer-review process and approval of the AHNA Leadership Council. These endorsements attest to the high quality of this program by this national organization dedicated to the global support and growth of holistic nursing.

The concepts of alternative, holistic, and integrative medicine have their roots in various healing traditions that have been around for thousands of years.… Read more »