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Finding Your Inner Strength During Stressful Times

By Susan Luck, RN, BS, MA, HN-BC, CCN, HWNC-BC.

Nurse Coaching Rezilir Health Susan Luck

During these challenging times with COVID, it is normal to feel vulnerable, and experience stress, fear, anxiety, and depression. With social interactions limited, and routines interrupted or put on hold, the challenge is how can we sustain momentum toward achieving our established health goals? How are you including movement, food plans, rest and sleep, and still maintaining connections with family, friends and neighbors in your community while social distancing? Rezilir will continue to keep you up to date on the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit our website regularly at https://rezilirhealth.com/covid-19-updates/ for current updates.

Managing Stress is Key

We hear a lot about finding our inner strengths and being resilient during stressful events in life. Resilience is the capacity to adapt to change and get through challenging times. The simplest way to do this is to connect with yourself, acknowledging with each breath a feeling of self-compassion and self-caring. Begin with creating your own affirmation or mantra that you can repeat throughout the day and especially when feelings of anxiety, fear, or depression surface. Several additional factors are associated with resilience, including:

  • The capacity to make realistic plans and take steps to carry them out.
  • A positive view of yourself and confidence in your strengths and abilities.
  • Skills in communication and problem solving.
  • The capacity to manage strong feelings and impulses.

All of these are steps that we can develop to improve the quality of our daily life.

This is an important time for engaging in learning techniques to lower stress to guide you in reassessing and setting realistic goals that are achievable. It is a critical time for consistent support while exploring concerns for getting through these challenging times. Many tools and techniques have been designed and proven to reduce stress and anxiety and lift one’s spirit. We know that when we are stressed, it is much more difficult to think creatively, control impulses, and make good choices.

As we connect with ourselves, we can recognize our old patterns and behaviors and can choose healthier responses knowing that stress can promote inflammation and interfere with immune function, energy, sleep, emotional stability, pain, and cognition. When stress is lowered, we achieve inner balance and we have more access to our creativity and energy, all critical to staying well or getting well.

Working with an Integrative Nurse Coach can assist you in connecting with what you would like to see change, challenge your current, often self-limiting beliefs, and shifting you to a positive cycle for discovering new possibilities.

  • We know coaching is one of the most effective ways to help people navigate rough waters. Coaches helps us recognize our own needs, desires, and boundaries. Coaches help develop one’s inner strengths and confidence.
  • Given the impact of the circumstances we find ourselves in, it is important that we each find our way in these times and have the support and guidance we need.

Why Nurse Coaching?

The Integrative Nurse Coach is an integral part of our team approach that explores the totality of the person, body, mind, and spirit within the context of one’s culture, environment, and community. The Nurse Coach listens to your story of how your history and beliefs influence your decisions around lifestyle choices. When partnering with a Nurse Coach, it becomes easier to find one’s inner resilience while restoring a sense of control in what can feel like an uncontrollable world. An Integrative Health Coach works with you to co-create a care plan toward making your goals actionable and sustainable.

Partnering with a Nurse Coach Can Assist You

As we increase our awareness of our feelings and concerns, we are better able to cope with our health issues and during and after COVID.

  • Guide you in tapping into your own resilience, strengths and capacity, even when you can’t change the external landscape. Getting through this challenging time becomes easier for those finding your calm center when experiencing anxiety and uncertainty.
  • Help you get unstuck and move out of fixed patterns or mindsets. Surviving and thriving in this time requires an adaptable brain that can respond with flexibility while still being thoughtful and applying logic.
  • Identify limiting beliefs and move into more open and responsive mindsets. People are thinking about purpose and meaning as a result of this crisis.
  • Powerfully reflect on what we are learning about ourselves. People will be using this opportunity to make major life and work changes and will need a coach to help navigate this change. Our old patterns and habits are well-wired into our brains. Making real change is disruptive to the system, and we need support to make major changes. Coaching is all about the reflection-action-reflection cycle of learning.

If you are ready and willing to move forward in your health and well-being, it is the perfect time to make an appointment with our Master Integrative Nurse Coach, Susan Luck, a key member of our team at Rezilir.

Rezilir Health is currently open for in-person appointments as well as Telemedicine. To schedule your appointment or for more information, please email us at therezilirway@rezilirhealth.com or call the office at 786.780.1188.

About Susan Luck, RN, BS, MA, HN-BC, CCN, HWNC-BC

Susan Director of Nurse Coaching at Rezilir Health nursing

Susan is the Director of Nurse Coaching at Rezilir Health™. She is Board Certified in Health and Wellness Coaching, Holistic Nursing, and Clinical Nutrition.

Susan has an extensive background in nursing, clinical nutrition, medical anthropology, and public health which she has used to help numerous organizations pioneer the emerging integrative health paradigm and establish health and wellness promotion initiatives. Her collaborations include: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center, American Holistic Nurses Association, Florida Atlantic University, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, NIGH Initiative for Global Health, and the annual international Integrative Health Symposium.

She also is the Co-Director of the International Nurse Coach Association and serves as core faculty, teaching and developing coaching programs nationally and internationally. She works collaboratively with her nurse colleagues to bring Integrative Nurse Coaching into higher education and currently is teaching at Florida Atlantic University in the Master’s Program.

In 1987, the American Holistic Nurses Association presented her with the prestigious Holistic Nurse of the Year Award.  She is co-author of the award winning book Nurse Coaching: Integrative Approaches for Health and Wellbeing (2015) and The Art and Science of Nurse Coaching, an ANA Publication (2013), that led the way to establishing the standards for practice in the emerging Nurse Coach role. She has been an editor for Lippincott nursing textbooks on nutrition and herbal medicine and serves on the editorial board of the Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine Journal.

As a concerned global citizen, Susan is the founder and education director of the Earthrose Institute, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to environmental health education and advocacy for health practitioners and community organizations.

For her own self-care, she takes a sunrise or sunset walk on the beach daily that serves as a reflective moment to give thanks for another special day.

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