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Safety, Health & Wellness Committee Minute: Healthy Habits HealthONE Nurses Live By

Posted by Kim Coleman on July 3rd, 2018

By Partnership for a Healthy Wyoming

How do you stay motivated to exercise?

“My job keeps me motivated. By working in the ER and caring for people who are sick and ailing, it’s very motivating for me to keep myself and my family healthy with clean food choices and exercise.”

“Work out with friends as much as possible. Set a time to meet at the gym so you feel more obligated to go. Listen to a great playlist to get you pumped up and able to push through tough workouts. Buy fun work-out clothes as a treat. Have your labs and hormone levels drawn regularly and fix any imbalances that would make you tired or unmotivated.”

“Motivation is fun. It will get you in the door, but it won’t get the job done. What you’re really looking for is discipline. That’s the hard part. To win the battle of the body, you must first win the battle of the mind. Get your mind right, and in time, the body will follow. This isn’t to say you can trick yourself into the right mindset. In fact, the trick is there is no trick. You must be willing to be brutally, hard-core, radically honest with yourself, and accept no excuse. You can have results, or you can have excuses, but you cannot have both. You must maintain and nurture discipline. You will suffer pain, either pain of discipline or pain of disappointment. Forget rewards; they’ll come in their own time. Do it for its own sake. Do it because it’s right. Do it because it’s good for you. Do it because no one else can do it for you.”

“Join a regularly scheduled class so that a routine is formed. On the days that I do not feel like going I tell myself to “just show up”. This helps me get out the door. When I enter the gym environment, the rest follows. You’re still doing more than you were on the couch. JUST SHOW UP!”

How do you fight off a cold?

“First of all, wash your hands like a maniac. Don’t touch anything in public you don’t have to: use your elbow to push elevator buttons and your forearms to push open doors, and cover your hands with your sleeves to open doors.”

“Sleep, Vitamin C, and sleep!”

How do you curb a sweet tooth?

“I make a nut mix with almonds, dark chocolate, and coconut pieces! A much better option than a candy bar.”

“When I run to my secret stash of chocolate before I even unwrap a piece I ask myself, ‘why?’ If it’s a reward then great, but if I’m unwrapping while I’m angry, stressed or even sad, I try and take a walk and assess my feelings instead of trying to feed them.”

How do you manage stress?

“I have a wonderful group of girlfriends who are nurses that I have known for 20-plus years. Although we now work in different areas of nursing, we get together for breakfast about every two months. It is so nice to share our joys, concerns, questions of aging, or just spend time catching up and laughing.”

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense – Ralph Waldo Emerson”

What do you do for a good night’s rest?

“I have a spa radio station on Pandora and a lavender neck wrap that I heat in the microwave for about two minutes, then wrap around my neck and shoulders. I lay in a comfortable position and focus on the music and my breathing.”

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