Five Ways to Spring Clean Your Life

It’s time for some SPRING CLEANING! (Cue Snow White and her chirping birds). Ah, spring. Growing up in Miami, I just grew up with two seasons- summer and summer. So I never got into the seasonal traditions as much, spring cleaning being one of them. But now I am realizing that there is a TON of value to this concept. I realized that I can take this opportunity to spring clean not just my home, Read more…

Good news for March 2018!

Another month of good news! Check out last month   here

SyfyWire – Here’s the Mind-Blowing Science Nasa Will Be Doing In Space

Mind-blowing? A bit clickbaity, but interesting read none the less. Spoiler alert. Medications in microgravity, gamma rays from Earth’s thunderstorms, treating injuries in space.

The Verge – Ideas for new NASA mission can now include spacecraft powered by plutonium

Nasa has lifted a ban on the use of plutonium-238, a type of radioactive material for the generation of electricity for deep space missions where sunlight and other methods are not an option. This long lasting type of electricity means that these projects can perform lengths and types of missions previously impossible. Ideas are being proposed for the next potential mission to use this method could launch in 2026.

Lonely Planet – Driverless cars in a gigantic green city: the future of air travel is coming to Oslo

Those darn Norwegians are at it again, making this world a better place. Oslo’s “Airport City” construction is slated to begin in 2019 and will focus on renewable energy and efficient lighting, self driving cars, a park, and business hub. It aims to be the world’s first “energy positive” with electricity surplus to sell to the surrounding area. Skol!

Popular Mechanics – The First Floating Wind Farm Is Ridiculously Efficient

Off the coast of Scotland, the Hywind wind farm is the world’s first floating wind farm using bouys and anchors rather than drilling them into the seabed. This method is ideal for locations where the sea is too deep for traditional off shore wind farms to be an option.

Newsweek – Scientists Create Wonder Substance That Can Kill Five Deadly Drug Resistant Superbugs

Being a healthcare provider , I’m all too aware of superbugs like MRSA that are antibiotic resistant. This is thought to be one of the most pressing issues in healthcare today. Scientists in Singapore have developed a new polymer that not only kills 5 different types of resistant bacteria, but will also biodegrade and will not remain in the body after 3 days.

Yahoo! News – Genetic tweak makes plants use 25% less water

According to this article, 2/3 of Earth’s population lives in a region where water is scarce and that by 2030 the word will face a 40% water deficit. Researchers in the UK have found a way to genetically modify plants to use 25% less water while keeping yield the same.

By Dr. Michael T Frasso PT, DPT, Co-Owner and CFO of Joy Energy Time

Know of any good stories? Email us at erika@joyenergytime.com and we will include it in the next installment!

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About The Monthly Good - Your monthly dose of good news from Joy Energy Time

Do you hate everyone on the internet? Is netflix and a snuggie your favorite pastime to escape from the depressingly soul-crushing real world? Feel like you are constantly force-fed nothing but depressing media until you are fat, sick, and sad? Want to recluse to a cabin in the woods?

Take your pick: Shootings, terrorism, politics, corporate greed, poisonous food, climate change…Feel like humanity has lost its way?

Here at Joy Energy Time, we want to help people, it’s at the core of our business model. We try our absolute best to help people cope with their burnout, stress, and anxiety by helping them cultivate more positivity and joy in their lives. What we found is that it’s easy to dwell on the negative , it’s everywhere, but we disagree that we’re all headed into a downward spiral. The world is actually a beautiful, rich place, full of people and stories that restore faith in humanity and its ability to move our society forward. That’s why we created this blog series. We were sick of being depressed every time we turned on the tv, read an article, or opened social media. The positive stories are out there, you just have to do some digging. Ok a lot of digging. Like Holes level digging. Fear and negativity sells, just look at the trending stories on any given day. The fact is, the world hasn’t taken a turn for the worse, the research shows that globally things have actually improved for the average person. It’s just that current information exchange has never been faster or easier, so you hear about everything. Again, fear and negativity sells.

What to expect each month: This blog series will be a monthly compilation of various stories/articles/videos etc. that focus on the people who foster progress and make you proud to be a human! Let’s focus on the good! Monthly! The Monthly Good! Get it?

If you know of anything that you think belongs here please message us and we will add it to the next installment! Email erika@joyenergytime.com!

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The Monthly Good – Good News for March 2018

Good news for March 2018! Another month of good news! Check out last month   here SyfyWire – Here’s the Mind-Blowing Science Nasa Will Be Doing In Space Mind-blowing? A bit clickbaity, but interesting read none the less. Spoiler alert. Medications in microgravity, gamma rays from Earth’s thunderstorms, treating injuries in space. The Verge – Ideas for new NASA mission can now include spacecraft powered by plutonium Nasa has lifted a ban on the use Read more…

Healthcare Challenge 2018!!

We got a challenge on our hands!! Are you in for the 5 day healthcare challenge starting Monday?! Show us you’re participating on Instagram that you’re in by using the #HealthcareChallenge2018 in your Insta-stories and your posts!

What is the Challenge?

As healthcare professionals, we are susceptible to burnout. The consequences of dealing with burnout can impact us physically, mentally, and professionally. Burnout occurs gradually overtime and not overnight- so it’s our responsibility to be proactive practitioners and bash the burnout!

This challenge has a different theme each day about things you can do in and out of work for burnout prevention. I will go live either by myself or share the screen with another healthcare professional each of the five days. Here’s the loose schedule (may change!) of the scheduled lives and topics:

  1. Scary stats and facts
  2. Coping strategies
  3. Physical and mental energy
  4. Changes in workplace
  5. SURPRISE!

If you’re not already, follow me @joy.energy.time on Instagram and follow along the challenge!

What does it mean to participate?

Use the #HealthcareChallenge2018 to promote awareness of the challenge and get your friends to join too! You can make a post using the # and share your personal story with burnout. If you haven’t been been burnt out but you’re in healthcare, use the # to share your biggest stressors that you’ve dealt with at work.

It’s important that if you post your story that you include something you did to overcome that challenge. If you’re still in it and haven’t quite overcome it yet, that’s totally OK! Remember that this is a journey. Just as burnout does not occur overnight, the solution and strategies to address it don’t just happen overnight either.

People in social media want to see REAL over perfect. Share your true story! Your vulnerability may help you to move forward in this imperfect journey!

Can’t wait for the challenge- see you on IG!

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Healthcare Challenge 2018!!

Healthcare Challenge 2018!! We got a challenge on our hands!! Are you in for the 5 day healthcare challenge starting Monday?! Show us you’re participating on Instagram that you’re in by using the #HealthcareChallenge2018 in your Insta-stories and your posts! What is the Challenge? As healthcare professionals, we are susceptible to burnout. The consequences of dealing with burnout can impact us physically, mentally, and professionally. Burnout occurs gradually overtime and not overnight- so it’s our Read more…

Good news for February 2018!

Another month of good news! Check out last month here

Man Carries His Wife’s Urn During Eagles Parade: ‘I Had to Make Sure She Was Here For This’

FLY EAGLES FLY. In case you havn’t heard, the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl this month for the first time in franchise history. This guy brought his wifes ashes to the parade because she was  a die hard fan and would have wanted to be there. Shut up I’m not crying, you’re crying.

The Seabin Will Start Cleaning Australian Waterways in March – Futurism

Founded by sufers, Australian company Seabin Project has created a low energy, 24/7 floating ocean trash cleanup system you can install on any dock or floating structure. This nifty little guy cleans up 25 liters per hour of floating trash and debris by sucking in the water around it from the top into a removable mesh filter. Because who wants to surf in a dirty ocean. No one.

Alzheimer’s Disease Is Completely Reversed by Removing Just One Enzyme in New Study – Newsweek

A study this month in the Journal of Experimental Medicine performed by scientists at the Cleveland Clinic identified a key enzyme that, when removed via gene therapy, eliminated the prevalence of Alzheimer’s symptoms in mice as they aged. It remains to be seen how and if this treatment could potentially carry over into human trials, but in the fight against this awful disease, any victory should be celebrated.

New Super Wood Beats Metals in Feats of Strength – Smithsonian

Sure, call me a nerd. But the prospect of a “super wood” that is stronger than steel is interesting to me. By heating, compressing , and soaking boring old regular wood in sodium hydroxide and sodium sulfate, scientists at the University of Maryland have created an essentially renewable material that is 3x denser than regular wood and 12x stronger.

‘Anxiety cells’ identified in the brain’s hippocampus – Medical Press

Palms sweaty? Knees weak? Arms heavy? Published in Neuron, a recent study by neuroscientists at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco have identified “anxiety cells” in mice that, when “turned up” caused them to elicit more anxious behavior in the form of not wanting to explore their surroundings. Future anxiety treatments could take the form of “turning down” these cells in humans. One step closer to getting my wife to answer the door when pizza is delivered.

A concerned dad joined his son to hitch-hike around the world – Lonely Planet

Awesome read. Free spirited Yiğit Kurt claims to have traveled 20,000 km and over 30 countries via hitchhiking, much to the disapproval of his father. Like any concerned parent, Adnan Kurt only feared the worst could happen, until he accompanied his son and tried it for himself. Together they have experienced unprecedented kindness, and write about their adventures in their blog.

Environmentally friendly sunscreen ingredient made by scientists using genetically modified bacteria – Independent

Key ingredient used in the production of environmentally friendly sunscreen called shinorine had previously been hard to come by, having to harvest it from wild algae. Researchers from the University of Florida have genetically modified bacteria to produce it in large quantities using gene modification. Traditional sunscreen has been shown to contribute to coral bleaching so this is a happy day for the reefs. Horray reefs!

China Has Built a Huge Floating Solar Farm on Top of a Deserted Coal Mine – Futurism

Chinese power company Sungrow Power Supply has created the worlds largest floating solar farm on a lake over an abandoned coal mine.  Great step in the right direction for one of the worlds largest polluters.

By Dr. Michael T Frasso PT, DPT, Co-Owner and CFO of Joy Energy Time

Know of any good stories? Email us at erika@joyenergytime.com and we will include it in the next installment!

Check out last month    here

About The Monthly Good - Your monthly dose of good news from Joy Energy Time

Do you hate everyone on the internet? Is netflix and a snuggie your favorite pastime to escape from the depressingly soul-crushing real world? Feel like you are constantly force-fed nothing but depressing media until you are fat, sick, and sad? Want to recluse to a cabin in the woods?

Take your pick: Shootings, terrorism, politics, corporate greed, poisonous food, climate change…Feel like humanity has lost its way?

Here at Joy Energy Time, we want to help people, it’s at the core of our business model. We try our absolute best to help people cope with their burnout, stress, and anxiety by helping them cultivate more positivity and joy in their lives. What we found is that it’s easy to dwell on the negative , it’s everywhere, but we disagree that we’re all headed into a downward spiral. The world is actually a beautiful, rich place, full of people and stories that restore faith in humanity and its ability to move our society forward. That’s why we created this blog series. We were sick of being depressed every time we turned on the tv, read an article, or opened social media. The positive stories are out there, you just have to do some digging. Ok a lot of digging. Like Holes level digging. Fear and negativity sells, just look at the trending stories on any given day. The fact is, the world hasn’t taken a turn for the worse, the research shows that globally things have actually improved for the average person. It’s just that current information exchange has never been faster or easier, so you hear about everything. Again, fear and negativity sells.

What to expect each month: This blog series will be a monthly compilation of various stories/articles/videos etc. that focus on the people who foster progress and make you proud to be a human! Let’s focus on the good! Monthly! The Monthly Good! Get it?

If you know of anything that you think belongs here please message us and we will add it to the next installment! Email erika@joyenergytime.com!

Follow us on Instagram! :)

The Monthly Good – Good News for February 2018

Good news for February 2018! Another month of good news! Check out last month here Man Carries His Wife’s Urn During Eagles Parade: ‘I Had to Make Sure She Was Here For This’ FLY EAGLES FLY. In case you havn’t heard, the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl this month for the first time in franchise history. This guy brought his wifes ashes to the parade because she was  a die hard fan and would Read more…

Every failure is a learning and growing opportunity that ultimately teach you how to succeed.

We had the pleasure of sitting down with Belen Baquerizo, founder of A Hint of Life, to interview her about failure. Belen clued us in on the importance of FAILING FORWARD, and how failure is not something to be mourned, but celebrated.

A Hint of Life is a motivational lifestyle blog that aims at helping women live their best life. Whether that’s growing in the corporate world, starting a business, getting in shape, eating healthier or dressing up more, A Hint of Life is the source of motivation and inspiration to keep you accountable and on track to achieve your goals.

“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

– Winston Churchill

Enjoy!

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Joy Energy Time: So, 1st question is: For those who don’t know you, share a little bit about yourself. Where you were born, did you go to school, where do you live now and what do you do for work?

Belen Baquerizo: Hi! My name is Belen, I was born in Ecuador and moved to the USA when I was 11… that was 15 years ago (crazy!) – I did go to school, I got a bachelor’s in Fashion Management and an MBA in entrepreneurship. I’m one of those people that believes in education; although going to school might not be for everyone, I think it teaches you about discipline, time management, structure, and persistence which are super important for whatever you decide to do in life. I live in South Florida in a small town called Weston and although it’s far from the Miami city life everyone loves and craves, I love the easier, slower pace aced that the suburbs offer and I’m still close to Miami where I can go and have fun whenever I want 😊. For work, I’m a founder and blogger at www.ahintoflife.com and I work for ZICO Coconut Water as their regional marketing manager for Florida. I love and give 110% at both my jobs.

Working in a corporate scenario gives me the education and allows me to make mistakes and grow as a professional. Everything I learn from my “Corporate” job I put into practice on my blog which is my baby.

JET: Have you always worked in the same industry? Or have you moved around until you found what you loved?  

BB: I started my career working in fashion. I started an online boutique when I was 20 and then moved on to work for Ann Taylor but found that although I loved fashion it wasn’t my passion. Decided to move to the marketing side of things and here I am! I love marketing and growing businesses strategically.

JET: Aside from work, what is something else that you are passionate about?

BB: My work is my passion – which I’m SO happy about. I work 365 days a year and wouldn’t have it any other way. But, what else am I passionate about? REALLY hard question. I’m passionate about everything I write about on my blog: self-help, beauty, health, fitness, and style (not fashion!)

JET: Tell me about a difficult time in your life – what happened and how did you feel?

BB: I’ve had 2 really difficult times in my life, but I’ll tell you about my 1st one because I’m currently in the middle of my 2nd one.  

Like I said, I started my first business when I was 20. It was an online boutique and I really wanted it to succeed. After 2 years of working at it, I decided it was time to close it and move on. The reason I closed it was an emotional reason. My dad was financing the business and he was put in a terrible situation by his business partner. My dad’s company went out of business, he lost all his savings, we lost A LOT of money and I felt hopeless.

Although they say business is business, what happened with my dad’s business and his business partner broke my heart. I grew up with his business partner and our families were together every week and went on family vacations together, so it was a low point in my life.

I felt betrayed, I felt anger and plain sadness.

JET: What thoughts went through your head?

BB: All of my thoughts were based on anger. I couldn’t comprehend how someone I loved so much could do something like that to my family. I saw my dad go thru his worst moments and I blamed EVERYTHING on this guy (the business partner). I wished him the absolute worst and wished someone would do the same to him. I wanted him to pay for what he had done, what he had done to ME, to my dad, to my family’s future — these thoughts weren’t good ☹

JET: Was your health impacted in any negative ways because of the stress/depression/anger?

BB: I don’t remember getting sick, but I remember being very negative and just having a negative energy all the time. Everything was wrong, everything sucked, I was just living in a negative bubble. My dad though did suffer from all the stress that the situation brought him… he almost had a heart attack. I found out about it months later but when I did, that was another low moment… again, anger!

JET: What steps did you take to climb out of this situation?

BB: This wasn’t easy and to be totally honest, there are times at which I still deal with this but I’d say what put me on the other side of the bridge was to think about what I learned from the situation. Accept that everything happens for a reason – Every challenge you face is an opportunity for growth but only YOU decide if you grow or not. I decided I needed to grow.

Search for answers. For so long I was blaming him for being the reason I had to close my business and yes, money had a lot to do with it. In fact, money had everything to do with it. It sucked that it happened the way it did but, fashion and selling fashion wasn’t my passion. I learned this when I started working at Ann Taylor. I loved clothes and how they made me feel but style is what I love, so searching and finding my truth was a really important step in climbing out of my misery.

Also it’s important to invest time in yourself. Its the best investment you can make. I dedicated my time to things that made me happy. I read books, watched happy movies, researched online. Sometimes being alone and listening to your mind is the best advice. This is how I came up with a hint of life, by investing time in really getting to know myself.

JET: Although as they say you must flip the page and move on… it takes A LOT to do that and it’s not easy. Describe your internal process or how you moved from point A to point B until you felt a little more liberated.

BB: Again, still working on this haha but… my internal process of how to move on is to focus on the next thing. For a long time (maybe 2 years?) I thought it was over. I thought I would never own a business and I even started thinking that starting a business was bad and I should just find a great job with a great paycheck, but I kept finding that I LOVED every job for the first 6 months and then I started looking for what was next. Until one day, my boyfriend told me – “Stop looking for what’s the next great job, you are never going to find it. Your thing is to build your own company, you know that. Stop being afraid and create your own “What’s next”. So, whether your thing is to start a new business or you are trying to move on from a different situation, I encourage you to work on an inspiration board, think about the future and immerse yourself in that.

JET: When bad things happen, it’s hard to truly get over them. Today, what are some things you do throughout your day to day to keep improving? To keep moving forward instead of dwelling in the past?

I keep a badge of a Hint of Life stickers on my desk. I pasted a A Hint of Life sticker on my laptop to remind me of what I’m working for. The past is over. It happened, and I will always remember it, but it has given me the strength to move forward and for that I’m grateful. Things I do? I workout every morning to clear my head, I don’t pay too much attention to Instagram anymore (although my account follows a lot of people, there’s only certain people I look for everyday and it’s mainly for inspiration, not comparison), I surround myself with people that believe in me and keep pushing me forward.

Lastly, be present and conscious of what I’m thinking. If I find myself thinking negative stuff that take me back to 2012-2014, I stop, turn on some music, search for inspiration and keep going.

JET: Once you “turned the page” what happened and were you surprised with the results?

BB: Once I turned the page, YES! I was surprised and proud! A Hint of Life is 100% self-made and that is an incredible feeling. I let myself be free and start from zero which is scary but after 2 years of doing a Hint of Life, the hard work is paying off and although I continue to go back to the past every once in a while, I’m surprised everyday to see that I’m being recognized for my work. I think silence and letting your work speak for yourself is the greatest revenge.

JET: When we are in bad situations, we do things we normally wouldn’t do… what’s one thing you regret during this time period?

BB: I was mad at the world and I took it out a lot on my dad. I was VERY emotional and I blamed him for not paying more attention at his office to figure out what was going on. I thought he could have caught the wrong doings and everything could have been saved. I blamed him for not being 100% into my business because I needed his guidance (I was only 20!) but I was shellfish to think he had time or energy – he was dealing with his business getting ripped apart so that’s one thing I wish I wouldn’t have done. I should have been more supportive but all I saw was the negative.

JET: If there are 3 tips you could give someone going thru a similar situation, what would you tell them? How can they be strong enough to pull themselves together and improve their mental health in order to get out of darkness?

BB: Get a piece of paper and write a letter to the person that hurt you. If it’s not a person, the thing, the situation that’s hurting you. Pour your heart out, cry, scream while you are writing this letter. Read it over and over until you feel it’s ok to destroy it. Feel all the feeling and then let go. Burn it, throw it out, cut it in pieces but get rid of it – this will help you let go of negativity

Write down what you learned from the situation and write down what you want for the future. Be clear about your goals and figure out a way to be reminded of them every day. It can be stickers, it can be post-its, just put them in places where you won’t miss them – this will boost your motivation.

Surround yourself with the right people. Whether it’s friends or family, the people around you play a super important part in your life. They should be a support system and a belief system. Figure out who your real friends are and hold them tight – this will help you with happiness, the happiness that comes from within.

And then… go out and conquer the world!

Check out more from Belen at ahintoflife.com!

3 Things My Failures Taught Me [INTERVIEW]

Every failure is a learning and growing opportunity that ultimately teach you how to succeed. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Belen Baquerizo, founder of A Hint of Life, to interview her about failure. Belen clued us in on the importance of FAILING FORWARD, and how failure is not something to be mourned, but celebrated. A Hint of Life is a motivational lifestyle blog that aims at helping women live their best life. Read more…

By Anna Rodriguez, BSN, RN, CCRN @the.burnout.book

As an introvert, I sometimes find it exhausting to communicate with others (especially strangers, for some reason)! Do you ever have to give yourself a little pep talk before calling to make an appointment with a new doctor’s office? Do you ever stress about going to a party because you know there will be people wanting to do that small-talk chit-chat? And then you spend your weekend in solitude, perhaps reading a good book, trying to recharge your energy that you’ve been using all week to have all those interactions? Or maybe it’s just me?

I suppose you can imagine then, sometimes my work as a nurse can be overwhelming. I’m communicating with co-workers, doctors, managers, patients and their families, just to name a few. Communication can be stressful AF, especially when someone’s life is on the line! The stress response in the body can actually negatively affect your communication abilities- some people clam up and go silent, others get angry and blow up. I want to share a few things that I learned early on that will help you manage your stress so you can communicate effectively.

1. Be clear. Be concise. Stick to the script.

As a nurse, I’ve seen all sorts of communication tools that various employers have recommended.  It’s mostly tools to help staff communicate with patients, like AIDET (Acknowledge, Introduce, Duration, Explanation, and Thank), GREAT (Greet, Relate, Explain, Ask, Thank), or SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation). It doesn’t matter what tool you use, what matters is that you gather your information and you communicate with purpose and intention. You can reduce the anxiety you feel by mentally or physically preparing your “script.” If you’re about to call a doctor about an elevated blood pressure, it would be helpful to know what the heart rate is and what medications the patient is taking that effects the blood pressure BEFORE you call, because you don’t want to have a doctor on hold while you look up information they’re likely to ask for. So be prepared and remember that with anything, you get better with practice!

2. Be an Advocate

Don’t let people with, let’s say, “difficult personalities,” stop you from communicating! You are the patient advocate and you are their voice. If you’re every having to diffuse a tense family situation or call a grumpy doctor at night, it’s okay to remind them that we’re all on the same team and return the focus back to the patient. If you’re having difficulty getting your message across or if someone is “taking it out on the messenger,” feel free to work up your chain of command. The charge nurse, the manager, the supervisor- whoever your resources are, don’t hesitate to use them when you need to! I hate confrontation, so having those kind of conversations can be hard and a HUGE source of stress. Never, ever take it personally. While there’s no excuse for incivility, recognize the stress those families and physicians are under and know that their reaction would’ve been directed at anyone in your position and it’s not a reflection of YOU as a person.

3. You Can Never Over-Communicate

In my opinion and experience, there can never be too much communication. It’s why we learn to use closed-loop communication for code blue situations. It’s why we check back with the people we delegate things to and make sure it got completed. It’s why we read back physician orders on the phone to make sure we got it taken down correctly. It’s also why we fill out white boards in the patient’s room so they (and their family) will remember who their medical team is and what the goals of the day are. And it’s why we do a “time-out” prior to performing a procedure to verify that we have the right patient and performing the right procedure to the right body part. Mistakes happen, we’re all human, but the quality of our communication can help reduce those errors.

4. Use Terms that They'll Understand

It also helps to use terms that the person you’re speaking to will understand. I remember one instance when things escalated with a daughter of a patient who had suffered a heart attack. The medical team had been using words like “coronary occlusion” and “myocardial infarction (MI),” and it wasn’t until someone used the words “heart attack” that she fully understood what was happening. Taking time to have the patient or family repeat back what they heard is a useful tool in ensuring that they understand what’s being said.

5. Know When to Zip It

There are moments when the best form of communication is not saying anything at all. Instead of stressing about how to respond, simply LISTEN. I’ve found that you can learn all sorts of stuff about a person by just letting them talk about whatever is on their mind. To be fair, some of the things that come out of a person’s mouth are things you really didn’t want or need to know! Other times it can be extremely helpful. You may think their biggest concern is getting their infection treated, but they might be anxious about their cat at home or how they’ll get the trees pruned if they’re stuck in the hospital. Even if you can’t actually do anything to address their concern, maybe a listening ear and acknowledgment is what they need in that moment.

There will be difficult moments when you won’t know what to say. It’s okay to say nothing and just be with them. Have you ever watched the Empathy TED talk from Dr. Brené Brown? It’s like, 3 minutes, go check it out.  I love the part when the bear says to the fox, “I don’t even know what to say right now, I’m just so glad you told me.” Because, like she says, a response rarely makes something better. A connection on the other hand, now THAT can make a difference.

I hope these tips help you with your communication at work! It’s all about managing your stress and channeling that energy to help you effectively communicate your message. You got this!

BONUS: Take this quiz to see what your style under stress is!

By Anna Rodriguez, BSN, RN, CCRN @the.burnout.book

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5 Communication Stress Management Tips from a Nurse

By Anna Rodriguez, BSN, RN, CCRN @the.burnout.book As an introvert, I sometimes find it exhausting to communicate with others (especially strangers, for some reason)! Do you ever have to give yourself a little pep talk before calling to make an appointment with a new doctor’s office? Do you ever stress about going to a party because you know there will be people wanting to do that small-talk chit-chat? And then you spend your weekend in Read more…

What’s the difference between stress and burnout and what defines burnout?

Let’s begin by defining burnout. Burnout in a nutshell is a constant depletion of mental, physical and emotional energy – without expected or real needs being met. Burnout is a gradual process that builds up over time- sometimes without you even knowing. It can be caused by a mismatch between work and person which leads to outcomes of disrupted work performance and personal factors.

These personal factors can include stress, depression, fatigue, whereas work performance like time management and work ability and productivity can suffer. Burnout affects both areas. It includes three basic dimensions: overwhelming exhaustion, which includes what I mentioned earlier with a depletion of mental, physical, and emotional energy; feelings of cynicism and detachment from your job; and a sense of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment. The best way I can describe burnout is having that pit in your stomach of constant dread. It becomes about when too much of your life is draining and not enough is fulfilling, then a sense of hopelessness takes over.

Stress and Burnout are NOT the same thing.

Burnout is also not the same as depression, because burnout is associated with work and depression can be independent of work. Burnout is also not the same as exhaustion. It includes those other dimensions of cynicism and decreased self-efficacy or feelings of accomplishment.

The negative effects of burnout can spill over into every area of life—including your home, work, and social life. Burnout carries a significant weight of hopelessness or powerlessness. Burnout can also cause long-term changes to your body that make you vulnerable to illnesses like colds and flu . Are you experiencing any of these symptoms: low energy, muscle tension, headaches, digestive disorders, frequent colds, or changes in sleep patterns? Mental symptoms include feeling inadequate, overwhelmed, loss of meaning, boredom, frustration, sadness, irritability, feeling unappreciated or trapped. The outcomes of these symptoms can include withdrawal, increased sick days, presenteeism, accidents, crying or increased used of alcohol or food to self soothe.

Let’s focus our attention on stress!

When the body is stressed, the sympathetic nervous system generates what is known as the “fight or flight” response.

The body shifts all of its energy resources toward fighting off a life threat, or fleeing from an enemy. The sympathetic nervous system signals the adrenal glands to release hormones called adrenaline and cortisol. Stress signals from the hypothalamus cause the adrenal cortex to produce cortisol and the adrenal medulla to produce adrenaline. This starts the process that gives your body the energy to run from danger. These hormones cause the heart to beat faster, respiration rate to increase, blood vessels in the arms and legs to dilate, digestive process to change and glucose levels in the bloodstream to increase to deal with the emergency. Oh my gosh! Can you imagine this happening over a prolonged period?

Experiencing stressors over a prolonged period of time, can result in a long-term drain on the body. Duh. As the sympathetic nervous system continues to trigger physical reactions, it causes a wear-and-tear on the body. It’s not so much what chronic stress does to the nervous system, but what continuous activation of the nervous system does to other bodily systems that become a huge problem. Stress can involve a sense of urgency and hyperactivity, being over engaged and over active, and more physical consequences, whereas burnout aligns more with disengagement, helplessness and hopelessness, feelings of detachment, and more emotional consequences.  Stress increases our need to respond to whatever is stressing us out, creating anxiety in the process. In burnout, we respond less to the things that are stressing us out, which may lead to depression.

You can definitely be stressed, but not burnt out, but if you’re burnt out, it’s a result of unrelenting stress. Stress is not a disorder in and of itself, while burnout is, and that’s why there is such a thing as burnout syndrome. Since chronic stress can lead to burnout, stress management techniques can sometimes be helpful in managing burnout, like meditating, deep breathing, spa days, exercise, etc. But that’s only if we can get ourselves to actually do them, which is the challenge, right?

We may know what to do, and tell ourselves that we’re going to make changes but don’t. Having the motivation to do it or perceiving that you don’t have the time can really be frustrating.

To help with some of these problems, we created a mini-course called Revamp Your Joy. In this course, we address these things in greater detail, and teach you how to use and cultivate and increased level of joy in your life to decrease feelings of stress and burnout

If you want more on how to increase your joy, energy, and time to do the things in life that mean the most to you, subscribe to my site for weekly updates on new posts, freebies, announcements, and more!! Can’t wait to see ya again :)

xx, Erika

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What You Didn’t Know About Stress, Burnout, and the Difference Between Them

What’s the difference between stress and burnout and what defines burnout? Let’s begin by defining burnout. Burnout in a nutshell is a constant depletion of mental, physical and emotional energy – without expected or real needs being met. Burnout is a gradual process that builds up over time- sometimes without you even knowing. It can be caused by a mismatch between work and person which leads to outcomes of disrupted work performance and personal factors. Read more…

Good news for January 2018!

Another month of good news! Check out last month December 2017 here

Nasa tests tiny Uranium-powered nuclear fission plant designed to sustain future Mars colony – International Business Times, UK Edition

For the first time since the 1960s, NASA has tested a nuclear fission reactor lovingly named KRUSTY (Kilowatt Reactor Using Stirling Technology) in an effort create a viable power source for future colonies on Mars, the Moon, or elsewhere in the galaxy.

Scientists unveil a giant leap for anti-ageing – DeepStuff.org

University of New South Wales  researches have identified a possible avenue for regenerating of damaged cells due to ageing or radiation. Trials in mice have begun with an injection of a metabolite precursor to help the cells regenerate damaged DNA. Good news for astronauts, frequent flyers, cancer patients, and more.

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Researchers discover new catalyst for efficiently recycling waste carbon dioxide into plastic – The Independent

Using copper as catalyst, researchers at the University of Toronto have successfully managed to use carbon dioxide to create ethylene, used to make polyethylene, the most common form of plastic currently used.

Scientists find massive deposits of ice on Mars in breakthrough discover – Techly

In a paper published in Science Magazine, a team of researchers have discvered water ice sheets just below the surface of Mars that could be upwards of 100m thick. This development could be good news for future manned missions to the red planet. Liquid water tends to be rather heavy to carry with you.

Can we actually stop using fossil fuels? – Popular Science

Long but interested read about Seattle native Dawn Lippert, CEO of Elemental Excelerator, a Hawaii based company that funds start-ups developing renewable energy technology. With contributors including the US Navy, Department of Energy, and more, Elemental has awarded $22 million to 63 startups around the world to help us kick our habit.

Boeing’s New Prototype Cargo Drone Can Carry up to 500 Pounds – Futurism

Pretty self explanatory stuff, but neat nonetheless. Image a drone delivering a new couch you just ordered on Amazon!

This Startup Will Pay You To Use Less Electricity – Fast Company

San Francisco based startup OhmConnect signs up energy-conscious homes willing to participate in hour long “demand response” events, voluntarily lowering their power consumption at a set time where energy is needed elsewhere in the grip, giving them a reason to unplug for awhile (we can all use that) and giving the grid a meaningful boost in places where it needs it. Oh and they’ll pay you to do so. Awesome!

Tesla’s Solar Roofing Tiles Have Officially Begun Production in Its Buffalo Factory – Futurism

Expected to cost 10-15% less than a tradition roof with installed solar panels, ever-innovative company Tesla began production in January on these photovoltaic roof tiles.

New Virgin Hyperloop One Details Revealed at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show – Futurism

Check out Virgin’s 387 KPH bullet train. About time the USA caught up with Europe’s high-speed rail transportation.

Scientists Just Solved a Major Piece of the Opioid Puzzle – WIRED

Gets very technical and sciency, this one. But worth the read, especially after our President rightfully declared the opioid epidemic to be a public health emergency. Researchers classified the structure of a different opioid receptor in the brain, one where similar but less addictive opioids can be developed to treat pain.

SuperMeat Raises $3 Million to Produce “Clean Meat” in the Lab – Futurism

Israeli startup SuperMeat just raised $3 million in seed funding to continue work on their lab grown meat. Before you scoff, this meat is grown in a lab from cells humanely taken from real chickens and grown in conditions that promote its growth just as it would inside of the animal. Creating a real, actual, and more importantly, sustainable source of meat. “Clean meat”, as its called, could dramatically reduce energy, water, and land needs for our food. I mean, I’d try it.

Know of any good stories? Email us at erika@joyenergytime.com and we will include it in the next installment!

Check out last month December 2017 here

About The Monthly Good - Your monthly dose of good news from Joy Energy Time

Do you hate everyone on the internet? Is netflix and a snuggie your favorite pastime to escape from the depressingly soul-crushing real world? Feel like you are constantly force-fed nothing but depressing media until you are fat, sick, and sad? Want to recluse to a cabin in the woods?

Take your pick: Shootings, terrorism, politics, corporate greed, poisonous food, climate change…Feel like humanity has lost its way?

Here at Joy Energy Time, we want to help people, it’s at the core of our business model. We try our absolute best to help people cope with their burnout, stress, and anxiety by helping them cultivate more positivity and joy in their lives. What we found is that it’s easy to dwell on the negative , it’s everywhere, but we disagree that we’re all headed into a downward spiral. The world is actually a beautiful, rich place, full of people and stories that restore faith in humanity and its ability to move our society forward. That’s why we created this blog series. We were sick of being depressed every time we turned on the tv, read an article, or opened social media. The positive stories are out there, you just have to do some digging. Ok a lot of digging. Like Holes level digging. Fear and negativity sells, just look at the trending stories on any given day. The fact is, the world hasn’t taken a turn for the worse, the research shows that globally things have actually improved for the average person. It’s just that current information exchange has never been faster or easier, so you hear about everything. Again, fear and negativity sells.

What to expect each month: This blog series will be a monthly compilation of various stories/articles/videos etc. that focus on the people who foster progress and make you proud to be a human! Let’s focus on the good! Monthly! The Monthly Good! Get it?

If you know of anything that you think belongs here please message us and we will add it to the next installment! Email erika@joyenergytime.com!

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The Monthly Good – Good News for Jan 2018

Good news for January 2018! Another month of good news! Check out last month December 2017 here Nasa tests tiny Uranium-powered nuclear fission plant designed to sustain future Mars colony – International Business Times, UK Edition For the first time since the 1960s, NASA has tested a nuclear fission reactor lovingly named KRUSTY (Kilowatt Reactor Using Stirling Technology) in an effort create a viable power source for future colonies on Mars, the Moon, or elsewhere in Read more…

I’ve gone through my fair share of low energy days. I went to the doctor once for it- I had no energy, lots of fatigue, and sometimes my hands would feel tingly. It turned out that I had a significant deficiency in vitamin B-12 which impacts your energy! I always advise checking with your doctor if you’re feeling low on energy to see what’s up. However, if you’ve gone to the doctor and you’re still feeling excessive fatigue, try these lifestyle tips that will boost your energy right up!

Exposure to Sunlight

Our bodies circadian rhythm, or our sleep/wake cycle, can be impacted by the amount or lack of light exposure we receive. Checking your phone late at night with a bright screen? Waking up in the morning and getting ready in a dark room? These things can be negatively impacting your energy and causing fatigue throughout your day! Go with your body’s flow and expose yourself to bright light in the morning and avoid screens before bedtime. iPhone has a feature called “night shift” where you can automatically set your phone to use warmer colors at night, making it easier on your eyes before bed. Android has a similar feature now too.

Avoid the Snooze Button

Man, this struggle is REAL for me. I used to be (sometimes am- I’m not perfect!) a snooze queen. Snoozing for 8 more minutes will simply not benefit you. Seriously- before you hit that snooze, countdown from five and give yourself those five seconds to get out of bed instead of automatically hitting that snooze button. Instead of reacting by hitting the snooze button, stop and THINK! Count 5-4-3-2-1 and get UP. Do this every single morning until you’ve kicked the habit!

Drink Water

You wake up dehydrated- you have just spent several hours in the night without drinking water or eating. Plus, you lose some water throughout the night through breathing and sweat. Before you grab for your coffee or cafe con leche, drink a full glass of water. By a window. Squeeze half a lemon in your water. Now we’re talking- simple hydration and sunlight in the AM for a fatigue kicking energy boost!

Move After Lunch

How many of you want to fall asleep after having a big lunch? After lunch, do you go right back to slump at your desk? Do you experience a crash around 2-3pm? How about you take a more active lunch break? I recommend a short walk outside the office. It’ll wake you up, reduce fatigue, and even make you a bit more productive in the afternoon. Get moving, your body needs it, and better yet encourage these healthy daily routines with a co-worker! If you’re famished by lunch, make sure you’re eating a real breakfast and possibly a mid-morning snack to hold you over so you don’t overeat at lunch (sorry guys, that daily donut with coffee isn’t cutting it). You must be thinking Erika I know I have to move this isn’t new! Well, are you doing it?

Your Mindset

If you tell yourself you don’t have energy, you’re right. What you tell yourself becomes your story and your reality. It may sound silly, but start telling yourself “I have energy” even when you don’t feel like it. Ever smile and just feel happier, even if it started off as a fake smile? Same with energy- if you have to trick yourself at first, that’s ok. It’s a start. Tell yourself you have more energy and begin to feel that way.

If you want more on how to increase your joy, energy, and time to do the things in life that mean the most to you, subscribe to my site for weekly updates on new posts, freebies, announcements, and more!! Can’t wait to see ya again :)

xx, Erika

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Five Solutions to Fatigue Throughout Your Day

I’ve gone through my fair share of low energy days. I went to the doctor once for it- I had no energy, lots of fatigue, and sometimes my hands would feel tingly. It turned out that I had a significant deficiency in vitamin B-12 which impacts your energy! I always advise checking with your doctor if you’re feeling low on energy to see what’s up. However, if you’ve gone to the doctor and you’re still Read more…

We live in a society chock full of distractions and procrastination, making it hard to stay focused. I mean how can you not get distracted? Talk about SENSORY OVERLOAD. The consequences of being ‘ON’ all the time thanks to our smart phones and devices may lead to adverse effects on our productivity and, ahem, not truly being focused. Yup- just because you have all those productivity apps doesn’t mean you’re more productive! The majority of us experience so many distractions throughout the day that we spend the entirety of an hour a day dedicated to this wasted time.

Although the benefits of technology for the most part outweigh the cons, they can most certainly rob us of our creativity when we’re at work- those notifications we receive with new emails, texts, messages, and updating a social status take away from what we’re doing in the moment! Sometimes I feel like I can go crazy just being distracted by my phone.

Sooo here are three ways you can deal with your daily distractions and stay focused:

1. Prioritize to Stay Focused

Writing down the three-four most important tasks of the day that must get done either the night before or day of and setting a timer to complete these tasks without any distractions if possible will help to carve out that purely focused time. Hell, turn your phone on airplane mode- really cut yourself off for 45 minutes! You will survive. Don’t overestimate your to-do list- stick with three or four key things that must get done today.

2. Protect Your Time

There’s no such time as time management, rather, it should be called SELF management. Because time will do its thing regardless if you can ‘manage’ it or not. .I’d rather be productive for 2-3 hours then busy for 5 hours, when the task could have been accomplished in much less time. You procrastinators- I’m talking to you! If you’re the most awake and alert early in the AM, get your work in without hesitation. If your creative brain fires best in the PM, work on your projects then. Leave the reacting work- responding to emails, checking social media, etc. for a time OUTSIDE of your focused work, and not in it.

3. Treat Yo’ Self

How often do you carve out time for self-care? If you’re running on decreased sleep, crappy fast foods, your distractibility is bound to decrease as well. Sometimes we put self-care off because we don’t ‘have time’ for it- however, you will burn to the ground if you don’t make the time for self-care. It’s not selfish- it’s necessary. And if you don’t have time for YOURSELF, then Houston, we have a problem. If you’re like, ok but I really don’t have time for myself Erika- it’s because you must plan for it. It just won’t happen as you already know.  Set your intention-

“Tonight I will stop checking emails by 9PM and go to bed an hour early.”

“I will take my lunch break and squeeze in a HIIT workout instead of watching another episode of whatever.”

You get the point. You are cutting other things out that perhaps aren’t feeding your soul and replacing it with taking care of YOU. Amen.

If you want more on how to increase your joy, energy, and time to do the things in life that mean the most to you, subscribe to my site for weekly updates on new posts, freebies, announcements, and more!! Can’t wait to see ya again :)

xx, Erika

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Three Tips to Help You Stay Focused

We live in a society chock full of distractions and procrastination, making it hard to stay focused. I mean how can you not get distracted? Talk about SENSORY OVERLOAD. The consequences of being ‘ON’ all the time thanks to our smart phones and devices may lead to adverse effects on our productivity and, ahem, not truly being focused. Yup- just because you have all those productivity apps doesn’t mean you’re more productive! The majority of Read more…