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NURSING IS A WORK OF HEART

Being a nurse takes a lot out of you. Our genuine love to help others, serve others, care for others, and help their day a little better is what makes us happy doing what we are doing. There so much that we do for our patients, for our co-workers, and for our family. It takes incredibly hard work, long hours, compassion, love, empathy, brain, and skills, and honestly, we don’t get thank enough, we know that.

Nonetheless, take a step back and think of all the lives you have able to touch and made a difference in. The smile you have put into someone’s face. The wisdom you learned listening to their stories. The tears you shed when you have been touched by others’ story of healing and devastations or the cycle of healing and devastations. The things you learned when you are surrounded by challenges. The support and friendship you found from the people who shared your passion. The preceptors and leaders who shaped and influenced you to be the best of a nurse that you can be.

It is a week to celebrate you, to celebrate us, and the fellow nurses in our lives.  Let’s take it in because once it’s over we have to wait a whole year. Grab a coffee, close your eyes, and give yourself a little pat on the back. You are as amazing as the care and teamwork that you embody. Thank you for all that you do!

Happy Nurse’s Week, fellow Nurses!

Love,

Jinky xx

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FIVE EXERCISES FOR BACK PAIN

There are simple and doable exercises that can help ease back pain as much as Natural Ways like meditation and massages can do. The following exercises can also help with mobility, muscle stretching, and strengthening.

Cat-Camel

  • kneel on hand and knees
  • slowly arch your back up towards the ceiling while lowering your neck
  • hold when you feel stretch in mid and lower back
  • perform the reverse
  • extend your neck upwards while lowering your spine

Knee-to-Chest

  • lie on your back with your knees bent and feet resting on the floor
  • with your hands, pull one knee to your chest, then the other knee until you feel a gentle stretch in the lower back
  • hold both knees for 20 counts, and then put one leg down at a time

Bridging

  • lie on your back with knees bent feet on the floor
  • tighten your abdominal muscles to keep your back in a neutral position
  • use your buttock muscles to slowly rise off the surface without bending your lower back
  • relax your shoulders and neck as you hold
  • make sure to keep your breathing even

Piriformis

  • cross your leg over the other
  • pull the bottom leg toward you
  • repeat on opposite side

Bird Dog

  • starting position with hands and knees on the floor
  • tighten your stomach muscles
  • extend the right leg while lifting left arm
  • reverse position and repeat

Back pain can be caused by aging, disease, injury or stress. Exercises can help tremendously in preventing not only back pain but other health issues as well as restoring our overall well-being.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day or night!

Love,

Jinky xx