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  1. Hi all, I’m a baby nurse (new grad) going into day 3 of orientation with my preceptor. She mentioned that she lives close (within 5 mins) to the hospital so she usually gets there early [at a time that places her 40 minutes earlier than the start of her shift] so that she can get her day started ahead of clocking in. When our shift was coming to an end, I hadn’t looked at the time so I thought it was time to go because I saw night shift staff all over... but no, we had at least 45 minutes to even give handoff. One person (still in her coat, who I realized was a nurse) was even there more than an hour before shift start. So I realized this was a majority thing. But why? Is this a common trend? When my professors in nursing school mentioned this, most scoffed at the idea of working for free. Yes I’m a new nurse but I’m not fresh out of school entering the workforce for the first time. It just feels weird that the notion is - in order to be successful and get home on time we have to work off the clock. I do understand being there in time to get settled (lunch purse away lol, snack eaten, coffee refill, non-patient chit chat, etc.) and getting your ducks in a row, mentally, to begin your shift. I’m not really an early riser but I do get in early enough to be on the unit at an appropriate time. I just feel like I can’t compete with the nurse who’s there an hour early. It’s like I’ll look ill-prepared being on the unit only 15 minutes prior to starting. I just figure - I’m here for 12 hours and of course I’m still learning time management as an RN but gooooodness! Isn’t half of a day enough?? And if not, why? Do you do this? Is it so that you are able to be ahead or question the nurse who’s giving you report? Is it a reflection of management that it’s allowed or even required in order to feel comfortable with your patients? I hope this doesn’t come off as offensive or snooty but I am really curious and kinda nervous at the same time.
  2. I am now deep into the content and already feeling empowered about how to redesign the way I work, plan, organize, and manage my business and my life. I’m noticing that this is not your average Time Management course, in fact, it doesn’t even look like one. It is all about energy and how we work with it in a positive way to achieve the feeling of timelessness and flow, instead of constantly paddling upstream against the current of daily life. Here is the big Ah Ha for me. There is a cycle for everything and it is tied to everything we do! Let me share just a sampling of how just one group of connected cycles can have a powerful effect on how you can manage your energy. Cycles of Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall The 4 seasons are each Cycles with their own unique qualities. I mentioned in a past blog that during the Winter season by being inside more, in the dark more, in stillness more, that it aligned perfectly with my need to rest, reflect and evaluate my life and work. As it turns out based on the concepts in this program, it aligns perfectly with the content I presented in my blog. I found myself intuitively being content this winter and didn’t push myself so hard because I honored the quiet energy of the season. It was also an opportunity to meditate on what the next steps are for my business. How is your energy affected by the Winter season? Are you in alignment with your Winter energy or challenged by it? If challenged, what can you do differently to realign your energy toward more flow? Moon Cycles There are basically 4 phases of the moon - new moon, waxing moon, full moon and waning moon, each has it’s own energy and can affect us. For example, the New Moon is commonly regarded as the first phase in the lunar month and lines up with the energy of the Winter season. New moon time is traditionally a time of retreat, a time when we are more sensitive, introspective and intuitive. It’s also a good time for research and making decisions. How is your energy affected by the cycles of the New Moon? Are you in alignment with New Moon energy or challenged by it? If challenged, what can you do differently to realign your energy toward more flow? Menstrual Cycles There are 4 phases of the menstrual cycle – follicular, ovulation, luteal and menstruation. During Menstruation, which also correlates with Winter energy and New Moon energy, is a great time to focus on the tasks of purging and organizing your workspace. Rearranging and simplifying, removing unnecessary paperwork and establishing new systems of organization can help you be more productive. How is your energy affected by Menstruation (if you are still having a period)? Are you in alignment with Menstruation energy or challenged by it? If challenged, what can you do differently to realign your energy toward more flow? (no pun intended) Daily 24 Hour Cycles Your circadian rhythm is basically a 24-hour internal clock that is running in the background of your brain and cycles between sleepiness and alertness at regular intervals. It's also known as your sleep/wake cycle. The 24 hour daily cycles are morning, noon, afternoon, 6 PM, evening, midnight, nighttime, and 6 AM. If we correlate with Winter, Lunar and Menstruation, then Midnight is the match for obvious reasons, because we should be asleep at that time. However, when you are sleep-deprived you’ll notice bigger swings of sleepiness and alertness which can affect your energy level. So the takeaway message is to get enough sleep to rest and restore your body and mind, and don’t forget the power of naps. How is your energy affected by the different cycles of the day? Which cycles are you in alignment with and which are you not? If out of alignment, what can you do differently to realign your energy toward more flow? What Do You Think About This Approach So Far? I’m grateful to have this information because the typical Time Management strategies just don’t work for me. This approach targets the underlying and internal processes that when recognized can help us be truly productive and happy on our own terms. Of course, this just scratches the surface so you might want to go deeper into exploring the other cycles not covered. Please share how you manage your day by honoring the energies of your unique self.
  3. Carol Ebert

    Cultivating Winter Stillness

    I have a chronic condition that has plagued me for about 2 years called Tracheal Stenosis (Idiopathic Subglottic Stenosis). Upon seeing an ENT specialist after experiencing shortness of breath when I tried to make speeches, wheezing, and having difficulty expelling mucus from my lungs, the diagnosis was obtained using a scope into the trachea. I got to see my beautiful insides, but the entry to the trachea had a narrowed opening which was causing my symptoms. And what is it caused by? Who knows. And only white women have this, and not very many I might add. Leave it to me to be a public speaker who now can’t speak publicly! Well, the good news is it can be resolved (temporarily) through a surgical procedure that makes small snips in the opening and then the opening is stretched, and I’m good as new. However, it seems to be a repeat procedure approximately every year. And here I am right now scheduled for surgery (for the 4th time) in the next 3 weeks. Yes I am frustrated because it can’t be cured no matter how healthy I am - and I am Nurse Wellness and have been a role model for wellness for over 40 years. All those wellness strategies I live my life by still couldn’t prevent this. And, so I will survive and do what I need to do to keep on my path as a wellness educator. So how does this tie into STILLNESS? I find that all I can do right now is go into stillness and the fact that it coincides with the Winter Solstice seems to be no accident. I have found that late December through January are cocooning times for my business and for life in the countryside of Minnesota – where we are usually snowbound - which lends itself to being still. Looks like the universe is giving me a reason to be still since I generally have difficulty cultivating that trait. Just to further make that point, a good friend gave me an “Energizer Bunny” stuffed animal for Christmas because that is my M.O. as I am always on the go with teaching. Now let’s go a bit deeper to better understand what surrounds the Winter Solstice. December 21 is the shortest day and longest night of the year. The Winter solstice is a time of quiet energy, where you get the opportunity to look within yourself and focus on what you want and need. It's a time to set goals and intentions for the coming year, to examine and let go of our past, and to make changes within ourselves. The solstice is essentially tied to a personal awakening. What Does The Winter Solstice Mean Spiritually? It's Celebrated In Tons Of Religions And Cultures. Nature remembers what we humans have forgotten every cycle must return to stillness, silence, the dark; every out-breath requires an in-breath; every outer endeavor turns back inward to its origins, its center, and begins again; from death comes new life, and from the darkest night, the new dawn is born. A Winter Solstice Mystery: Beauty In the Belly of the Dark Great words of wisdom. But how can we apply the teachings of the Winter Solstice and capitalize on the stillness of this part of the year? Here are some strategies to consider. Solstice is an opportunity to look within yourself and focus on what you want and need Practice “doing nothing” by meditating, visualizing or just sitting in silence with your eyes closed. Just do this for very short periods of time at first to get used to being still and then extend the time. Focus on what you want to have happen this upcoming year that will be fulfilling and pleasurable. Solstice is a time to set goals and intentions for the coming year Once you decide what you want to have happen, write it down as a goal. By December 31, 2020, I will have accomplished: The steps I need to accomplish this goal are: The dates for accomplishment of each step are: Solstice is a time to examine and let go of our past Write down on paper all the past beliefs that have stood in your way from having all you were meant to have in life. Crumple up the paper into a ball and burn it. Thank the burning ball for all the lessons you have learned from those roadblocks Feel the sense of release as they disappear into ashes Solstice is a time to start making changes within ourselves Commit to one personal change you want to make during the new year Determine how you will monitor your personal progress (Journaling, marking on your calendar daily or weekly, chose the method that works for you) Solstice is essentially tied to a personal awakening and the above steps fit right into what most of us already do as we embark on a new year. We set intentions and goals and just forge ahead. This time, however, consider incorporating the STILLNESS factor into your daily life as a way to monitor your progress and keep yourself on track. And this is the perfect reminder for me as well. Once I am post-op I could jump right back in the fast lane with my voice intact and not slow down until next year when it will predictably slow me down to stillness once more. Or I can take time out for stillness along the way to monitor and appreciate my personal growth in an ongoing way. Now, how about you? How can you incorporate stillness in your day – week – month – year?

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