My Top Health Mistakes Part 3

Everyone has made health mistakes at one time or another and wished they had known better. As mentioned in Part 1, being healthy is a choice and takes action. You need the correct knowledge to make the right choice. By learning from my mistakes and me learning from your mistakes I hope we can help each other live happier and healthier lives. Our bodies and our families are depending on us to be equipped with the right information.  If you missed Part 1 & 2, you can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here

My Top Health Mistakes Part 2

Everyone has made health mistakes at one time or another and wish they had known better. As mentioned in Part 1, being healthy is a choice and takes action. You need the correct knowledge to make the right choice. By learning from my mistakes and me learning from your mistakes I hope we can help each other live happier and healthier lives. Our bodies and our families are depending on us to be equipped with the right information.  If you missed Part 1, you can find it here.

My Top Health Mistakes Part 1

Believe it or not, there was a time when I was totally oblivious as to what makes someone healthy. I was not even aware of how our choices and actions even had an impact on health outcomes. I thought health was something you either had or did not have based on genetics, age, chance, or even God’s will.  Over the years I have radically changed my views on all of those beliefs. Trust me; you have control of your health. You have to be empowered with the correct information and be motivated to take action.

Persistence Is Essential For Your Health

When it comes to your health, you must be persistent by asking questions, always learning and never settling for poor health. I have a little story about persistence I want to share with you.

A couple of years ago my wife (Bethany) and I took a trip to Asheville, North Carolina, just after Thanksgiving. We both wanted to see the Christmas decorations at the Biltmore Estates. If you ever get a chance to go to Asheville, NC, you need to check out the Biltmore. I promise, you will not be disappointed. I believe this was the second time for myself, and the third time for my wife that we had been to this beautiful home.  The Biltmore holds a special place with both of us because that is where I proposed to her a year, or so, before.

On this trip, I wanted to take more time to check out the grounds and gardens around the house. We went walking all around, and on our way back I had this genius idea that it would be much shorter to go around to the opposite side of the house from which we had originally come. At this point, we are about one thousand feet behind the house and looking up the hill at it. So we walk down this well-paved road to the other side of the house, which would be the right side if you are looking at it from the front. By this time we were starting to get hungry and tired of walking. I began to have this little insecurity in my gut that this may not have been such a great idea. Then I would have to tell Bethany we are going to have to walk all the way back around to the other side which would have taken over a good thirty minutes of walking.

As we were approaching the right side of the house, I could see this is where the employees parked, but I could not see how to get where we needed to go unless we did something drastic. Like hop over a railing or scale a 6-foot high rock wall. Then somehow pull up my wife over the wall. By this time Bethany was pretty frustrated saying, “Brian, I knew we should of went back the same way we came.” I just knew it was shorter, so I took a chance on going this way. We were the only ones back there amongst a bunch of cars. I just knew if I found where the employee entrance was we could try to convince them to let us in.

Finally, we found a door open where they were taking food into some of the restaurants. However, there was a rope blocking our way. Fed up, my wife sped through the back door passing Biltmore employees, looking casual, of course, and stepped over the rope. Within seconds we were amongst all the other tourists and no one had followed after us.  I told Bethany this was my plan the whole time and that I never sweated us getting lost at all. Of course, she let out an indignant, “Ha!” and headed towards the bathrooms.  

In this situation, I did not give up, I persisted and took a chance, and everything was fine.  I am not saying it will always work out like this. Often it does not work out this way. If we would just go for it, I think we would be surprised at what we can get away with if we just asked, took action, or persisted on something long enough when most others would have given up already.

The point of this story is if you are struggling to reach your health goals and you are not sure you are going the right way, I challenge you not to give up.  I want you to persist by learning all you can and not being afraid to try new things that you have learned. I strongly feel whatever health crisis you are facing there are answers out there. It is often not easy to find them, but do not give up and work with your doctor to come up with a solution or a plan that creates progress.  If your doctor is not open to your suggestions, then you need to find another doctor. The days of just doing whatever your doctor says without question are over.

Be persistent in taking control of your health for yourself and for those who love you. It will be scary, and you may get funny looks if you do something other than following the conventional advice. You may have to step out in faith and do something different if you are not getting the results you are looking for. You may have to look into integrative or functional approaches to your health challenge.  In many cases, your doctor will not know what is best for your health, and you will need to look outside the box, and that is ok.  I am here to help you every step of the way.

What are some of the ways you have been persistent in improving your health?  Have you followed the normal advice, and did it or did it not work? Did you try something different and did it work for you? Let me know in the comments below or message me with your questions.

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3 Reasons You Should Make Your Health A High Priority Now

Every day, I encounter people who do not seem to care about their health.  They are prioritizing other aspects of their lives. I think we all do this to some extent and have to at times.  As a nurse, I have found once people have a health crisis they finally start paying attention and prioritizing their health. Often, the damage is done, and it will be hard to undo the years of neglect.  It is not that many people do not care about their health, but they are not aware health will be affected by daily actions from when you were feeling well.

18 Ways To Sleep Better Tonight

Sleep is a major issue for many nurses and health-care workers in general. We are a very go-go profession that will not stop until our body makes us.  Switching back to day shift has helped me a lot on this.  Here are some things I have done to help increase my quality of sleep.  These principles I have learned over the past ten years are universal for sleeping at night or during the day. I have had experience with both and here is what I have learned.

1.       Keep your room as dark as possible. That includes cutting the TV off, no nightlights and cover up any digital clocks you may have in the room. Even install some black-out curtains.

2.       Do not drink coffee or other caffeinated beverage within six hours of bedtime.  For some of you coffee does not affect you that much, but with the caffeine, it is a good general rule to follow to allow your body to get into a deep sleep. Also, since coffee is a diuretic, it may increase your chances of having to urinate.

3.       Do not drink fluids too close to bedtime and urinate before you go to bed. This will allow you to minimize your chances of waking up from having a full bladder. If you wake up once during the night (or day), it is not a big deal as long as you can go right back to sleep. However, two to three times could have a negative impact on your sleep.

4.       Try not to watch TV or be on electronic devices right before going to bed. Your body needs time to adjust to going to sleep and for the melatonin to kick in. If you must use electronic device before bed, use blue-light blocking glasses. This will allow your natural circadian rhythms to occur normally.  

5.       Wear blue-light blocking glasses For those who work the night shift, wear them in the morning on your way home to block out blue light from the sun.  Day shifters should use blue-light blocking glasses on their way home in the evening to block out the LED street lights. Here is where you can purchase some more stylish blue-light blocking glasses. Also, for those who sleep during the day, wear these anytime you have to get up while you are sleeping and may be exposed to sunlight. If you must have nightlights, use red bulbs for nightlights. They are less stimulating and easy on the eyes.

6.       Make sure you finish eating three hours before you go to bed. This will allow your body to be relaxed for rest. Also, it will decrease your chances of waking up from acid reflux issues.

7.       I would not exercise before bed. Whether you work day shift or night shift. It speeds up your heart rate and raises your body temperature. This makes it difficult for your body to settle down and rest.

8.       Use a fan to block out noises that may disturb you.  I use a Lasko floor fan.  They are cheap and durable.

9.       Go to bed earlier so that you have a better chance of waking up before your alarm goes off. I love it when I wake up on my own two minutes before my alarm clock is set to go off.

10.   Take a hot shower before bed. I have found this relaxes me and soothes sore muscles which helps me to sleep better.

11.   Keep as little clothes on as possible. I have found the fewer clothes I have on while sleeping, the more comfortable I feel. It helps your body cool down which is important for sleep.

12.   Keep the room cool and have blankets available if you get chilly.  It is better to be too cold than too hot while sleeping.  Keep the room between 68 and 71 degrees.

13.   Download the App for iPhone called Sleep Cycle. It allows you to get details on how deep you are sleeping.  What I like the most is the app allows you to put in a thirty-minute window you want to wake up, and it will wake you up when you are most awake during that thirty-minute window.   This allows you to wake up feeling rested and refreshed and not wanting to hit the snooze button. It also wakes you up to some soothing music. Try it out; I think you will be glad you did.

14.    For supplements, you can use 1mg of melatonin, lavender essential oils on the bottom of your feet, and Natural Calm magnesium. I do not recommend medications to help you sleep. I think they should only be used in extreme cases and are way overused.  Use medications after you have implemented everything on this list.

15.   Use an eye mask or ear plugs if your spouse comes to bed at different time than you do. They are also good for sleeping during the day or if you might hear lawn equipment or dogs barking.

16.    I would recommend against having pets sleep in the bed with you. Some pets will be still all night, and that is fine, but if they tend to need to attention during the night, I would keep them out of your bedroom.

17.   Turn off your Wi-fi off at night. During the day your body is pounded with EMF(Electromagnetic Fields) from Wi-fi at work, the coffee shop, at home, and almost anywhere you go. New research is showing many ill health effects from constant exposure to EMF, and many say they feel better with a break from it at night. So try turning your Wi-fi off at night, or install an EMF blocker near your bed. Also, put your phone in airplane mode if it is near your bed, so it will not be putting out small doses of radiation while you sleep.

18.   Put your electronic devices in night mode.  You can put your iPhone or iPad in night mode while you are looking at it before bed. Some of the older versions of iPhone and iPad may not have this feature. To do this, on the main screen, or screen saver, swipe your finger up from the bottom and turn night shift to “on”.

There you go! Eighteen ways you can improve your sleep tonight. What are some of the ways you have been able to sleep better at night?  Have you tried any of the techniques mentioned above? How did they work for you?  Let me know in the comments below or message me with your questions.

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How To Prevent Back Injuries And What To Do If One Occurs

Back injuries are very common in nursing and second only to construction workers. I remember one time in my ten-year career I was going to pick up a patient who fell on the floor and as I was lifting this patient my lower back gave me a quick reminder this is not such a good idea. At the time, I was powerlifting, so I was over confident in my back’s ability to lift whatever it needed to. Luckily, I never hurt my back at work and only had that one incident in ten years where I was close to hurting it. 

5 Ways To Lose Weight Without Stepping Foot In A Gym

It is possible for you to lose weight and have the body you always wanted without being a member of a gym.  You may want the convenience of working out on your own time, not having to pay gym dues or sign contracts, and maybe not being out in a public setting. Even as a male nurse, I get what you're saying.  Maybe you like going to the gym because it provides you with a support group of others who are on a similar journey and they keep you motivated and accountable. Either way, there are some key things you can do to lose weight without needing the gym.  

Do You Want To Be Liked? Here’s How!

Have you ever started a new job and felt no one liked you, or maybe, one person, in particular, had it out for you?  I have been there myself and want to tell you how I have been able to solve this problem almost every time in my nursing career.   This practice can work in many other professions as well, especially other healthcare professions. Some of these techniques will take time, patience, and persistence if you want to be successful.

What To Eat When You Don’t Have Time To Stop

This is a question mentioned by many who are on the run whether it is on their days off or at work.  As a nurse, I am very familiar with eating on the run and not having time to sit down for lunch, let alone have a complete lunch. I have days at work where my only choice is to eat while I chart. Luckily they allow me to do that. I could stop, but it would be almost impossible to relax with so many deadlines that need to be met and constant phone calls.  I am not advocating this, but it is necessary sometimes and especially when working day shift as a nurse.