Keeping the Happy and Healthy in Christmas

“The true Christmas spirit is putting others’ happiness before our own, and finding you’ve never known such happiness.”               —Toni Sorenson “It’s the most wonderful time of the year . . . ” While that’s the goal and the intention, it’s often not the reality. Some folks admit, and lament, that the holiday season winsContinue reading “Keeping the Happy and Healthy in Christmas”

The WHY, WHEN, and HOW of Hand Washing

Each first full week of December, Henry the Hand promotes National Hand Washing Week. His mission? To bring awareness of how hand washing is the best way to prevent epidemics and pandemics. Henry reminds us that it’s the direct contamination of mucous membranes—our eyes, nose, or mouth—that allow infectious disease(s) to enter our body. CheckContinue reading “The WHY, WHEN, and HOW of Hand Washing”

Promote a Safe and Healthy Halloween

As workers in the healthcare field, it’s essential to take advantage of opportunities to advocate for the safety of your patients. This October take time to promote a safe and healthy Halloween by sharing these reminders with the parents and families you encounter. Quizzing young patients and families about their fright night plans will openContinue reading “Promote a Safe and Healthy Halloween”

Back-to-School Tips for the Family

Across the country, store shelves are depleted of school supplies as the clang of the school bell signals the start of another year of learning. The days of carefree fun in the sun will slowly transform into the structured pattern we tucked away for the summer Help the entire family ease back into the school-yearContinue reading “Back-to-School Tips for the Family”

4 Strategies to Enjoy Greater Job Engagement

We know job engagement matters. Research shows that higher engagement impacts a plethora of positive outcomes including individual job performance and team effectiveness as well as customer satisfaction ratings.  “When you feel engaged at work, you’re energized, focused, and motivated to do better. And that energy spreads – you’re a joy to be around! And not justContinue reading “4 Strategies to Enjoy Greater Job Engagement”

Managing Seasonal Affected Disorder

It’s January. It’s cold and dreary. The anticipation and joy of the holidays have long passed. There is nothing bright about your spirit or the view of winter stretched out before you. While it’s common to feel a sort of letdown after Christmas, even a bit of lethargy and a blah mood as winter loomsContinue reading “Managing Seasonal Affected Disorder”

Beat the Post-Christmas Blues

A collective sigh has or soon will settle over your home. The festivities of the holidays have come to an end. Soon, the holiday décor, along with the cheer and good tidings that make Christmas a special time of year, will get tucked away. And if you’re not careful, the sigh of either relief thatContinue reading “Beat the Post-Christmas Blues”

The Power of Positive Reinforcement

Whether it’s getting the kids to do their chores or sticking with a weight loss regimen, motivating forces come in two distinct forms: positive reinforcement and negative reinforcement. You can threaten to ground the young’uns if their chore-duties lapse OR you could offer a unique adventure for consecutive completion of the weekly to-do list. WhenContinue reading “The Power of Positive Reinforcement”

Compassion Fatigue

Are you at risk for “compassion fatigue”? Known by a variety of definitions including “the cost of caring for others,” compassion fatigue must be considered an occupational hazard for anyone in a helping profession. This condition, with far-reaching effects for one’s personal as well as professional life, is so common that a majority of thoseContinue reading “Compassion Fatigue”

Self-Care and the Healthcare Professional

“Self-care is crucial for optimal health and wellness, especially for integrative health professionals who spend their days committed to helping other people heal. It can be rewarding work. And, it can also be draining,” reminds the American College of Healthcare Sciences. Although few would argue with the above advice, the issue of those employed inContinue reading “Self-Care and the Healthcare Professional”