Not only today, but every single day.

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Today is International Nurses Day! Coincidentally, it also happens to be Mental Health Awareness week.

This past year, the world has seen first-hand the fundamental role nurses play. We have seen nurses going above and beyond their call of duty, and shattering stereotypes of nursing. We saw their exemplary courage, resiliency and commitment to their profession.

We also saw the heartbreaking reality behind the brave faces nurses put on everyday. The blood, sweat, and tears that not many speak about. The weariness, frustration, and disappointment nurses carry silently in their hearts.

Let today be a chance to show your appreciation…

What I learned might change yours, too.

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Three summers ago, I had a close encounter with death.

His name was Tom and he was 3 years younger than me. Tom collapsed in the middle of a touch rugby game we were playing in due to a cardiac arrest. Mind you, I am a cardiac nurse and I see this happen all the time in my workplace but for some reason this was different. While I performed CPR on him, my mind kept screaming “He is too young! He is too young!” …

And no, you don’t need to spend more time in the gym

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Daily movement is probably one of the most underrated things you can do to improve your general health. And no, I’m not talking about lifting weights or sweating it out doing HIITs either. I’m referring to simple, raw, organic movements such as walking, climbing, jumping, dancing, running, crawling, swimming.

The human body is designed for movement. Studies show that physical activity has dropped significantly across the globe in the last couple of years — more so in high-income countries. Technology, machinery, and vehicles now do the moving for us. …

I'm so glad this resonated with you Xandra and reading comments such as yours is always a gentle reminder for myself as a writer/ artist to just go out there and be my most authentic, vulnerable self. So thank YOU! And I'm glad to hear you are accepting your introverted self! I always tell my friends, being an introvert is not a limitation. Rather, it's what makes us special :)

Mariana, this is such an amazing idea! Doing something like this really helps you both stay accountable for each other. And I feel like this is also a great opportunity to strengthen your friendship. :)

It’s simpler than you may think

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Last year, working in the Intensive Care Unit as a nurse became too much for me to handle, I ending up seeking help from a mental health coach.

I wanted to share some simple yet practical he has given me. So simple, you might even say… well, this is all common sense. But one thing I learned from this pandemic is that oftentimes when we are thrown in an extremely demanding and traumatic situation, the stress and anxiety could get so overwhelming, it’s difficult to put things in perspective.

Next thing you know, you’re spiraling out of control. Having someone…

Because the right questions would always lead you to the right answers.

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Many of us go through life aimlessly, letting the demands of society dictate what is or isn’t important. But when we live a life of intention and purpose, we become more aware of what actually matters. We then become more mindful of how we choose to spend our time, and how we go about our day.

One way to develop self-awareness is to have regular check-ins with yourself. Get into the habit of asking yourself these questions, reflect on your answers and let that guide you in your path to a more intentional way of living.

What am I grateful…

I'm so glad it resonated with you Danielle. Like you, I have learned to work around what I used to think were my weaknesses, and gained cofidence over time. Friends don't believe me when I tell them I'm an introvert. But oh, if they only knew!!!

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Growing up, I always felt different from everyone around me. I was quieter than most, I overthought everything, and my emotions tended to overrule me. It wasn’t until I hit my mid-20s that I discovered I’m an INFJ — the rarest of the 16 Myers-Briggs personality types. INFJs tend to operate on a different wavelength.

I remember reading the description about it, and everything suddenly made perfect sense. I understood why I tend to think and act the way I do. …

Jessica Anne Filoteo

Nurse • Artist • Yogi • Wellbeing Advocate • INFJ

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