Holistic ways to beat joint pain

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As a nurse, you want to feel your best so that you can devote your working days to taking care of your patients — not yourself. If the thought of taking prescribed pain medication for minor joint pain doesn’t appeal to you, consider looking into holistic therapies.

There are natural methods for nurses to combat pain with few side effects. Many of these therapies have the added benefit of contributing to your overall well-being. Here are five holistic therapies you may want to explore:

Food, Supplements, Herbs
Good nutrition is actually the simplest of all holistic therapies. You know that if you eat poorly, you won’t feel well and your joints will likely suffer. One general rule of thumb when you have joint pain is to avoid foods that are highly acidic, because they throw your body’s pH level off balance which exacerbates joint pain. Highly acidic foods that you should avoid or cut down on include red meat, bread, sugar, pastries, pickles, fruit juice, beer, and wine.

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A nurse’s guide to joint health

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Several months ago, Schiff Nutrition (makers of Move Free) started talking with us about offering our Scrubs readers a “Joint Health” series.

The idea made all sorts of sense. We know that the nursing profession and joint pain can unfortunately go hand in hand.

A nurse’s daily routine can involve a great deal of physical work that can create or worsen any joint pain you already have. You’re lifting and turning patients. You’re standing for long periods of time. And you’re likely engaged in many repetitive motions during each shift.

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6 day-to-day ways to trim the fat

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The longer I am a nurse, the more I understand why the United States’ population has a weight problem. We see holidays as an excuse to eat bad things.

We just got over Easter with all chocolate eggs and marshmallow bunnies associated with that. July 4th: hot dogs, hamburgers, and potato salad. Halloween: need I even mention it? Thanksgiving: an excuse to completely gorge yourself of your own body’s weight full of turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. Christmas/Hanukkah: meat, casseroles and cookies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for an entire week. Valentine’s Day: chocolate hearts, chocolate bath salts, chocolate teddy bears, chocolate roses, chocolate fountains, chocolate husbands…

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The myth of nurses dating doctors

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Why do so many dramas depict doctors and nurses spending more time having sex on the job than they do treating patients? Yes, nurses and doctors DO date each other, but not nearly on the scale that Hollywood would have you believe.

The long hours and extreme situations of a medical environment can lead to more intense closeness than other workplaces. Nurses date nurses, nurses date EMTs, nurses date cafeteria personnel, nurses date custodial staff.

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Post-GRAD … um … depression?

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Whether you’ve been in school for two years or three, or six like me, school has played a HUGE, monumentous, gigantor role in your life for that amount of time. Even if we had the joy of a long break in between, we were still in “school mode” thinking about what would come next, what we needed to study in the interim. I’m thinking about the day after graduation when I wake up and I don’t have to crack open a book – or even more – the day after taking the NCLEX. In the days when you don’t have another class to go to.

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Are you a vending machine sinner?

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Every day, all of us make choices about how to satisfy our need for food. Unfortunately for many of us in nursing, and despite the fact that we’re often called upon to counsel others about their poor eating habits, vending machines are often our only sources of meals during long shifts and heavy patient loads.

The good news is that all vending machine contents are not created equal, and more food suppliers are attempting to offer nutritious food. And while the majority of vending machines may be full of candy bars, creamy cupcakes and blood sugar-rising donuts, healthier alternatives such as apples, oranges and turkey sandwiches are becoming more commonplace.

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Quick tricks to take you from a bad to a good mood

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When was the last time you took inventory of your recurring thoughts? Studies have shown that freeing your mind of negativity is one immediate way of reducing stress that can have lasting effects on your health and mental well-being.

Whether it’s the first thing that flashes across your mind in the morning or those troubling “what ifs” that crop up during your busiest shift, examining these thoughts and reframing them in the positive can have a powerful effect on your mood.

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