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How to stick with your resolutions

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New Year’s resolutions. We hold of our big changes and plans for this moment, but then most of us never follow through to even the next month. What gives?

It’s tough to make a big change so quickly. We all would probably like to lose 10 pounds, but making your goal to do that can seem daunting. So we put it off, and put it off. We make excuses not to go to the gym. We eat an extra slice of pizza because “what the heck” let’s go for it! Then you eventually give in to the fact that you’re not going to make any progress.

That’s the way it goes for many of us, whether it’s losing weight, eating healthy, stopping a smoking habit, picking up an instrument, learning a language.

So how do we get better at sticking with our resolutions and goals for longer than just a few weeks?

Here are a few tips from Life Hack that can help you out.

  1. Pick just one goal
  2. Plan ahead
  3. Anticipate problems
  4. Pick a start date
  5. Go for it
  6. Accept failure
  7. Plan rewards

Picking a goal

Picking your goal can be tough, especially when you have so many things you want to accomplish all at once. Take some time to decide just which one is most important for you right now. Maybe it’s losing weight for your upcoming wedding, or you want to learn French for your summer trip to Nice.

Doing everything at once is a recipe for disaster.

Plan Ahead

Don’t just jump right into your resolution. Break it down into actionable bites that you can do each day. If you tell yourself “Learn French”, you will never want to get started because that’s such a huge, scary goal. But if you tell yourself “Day 1-4: Learn pronunciations”, you will be more likely to follow through because now you know you should be focusing on pronunciation and nothing else.

Anticipate Problems

There will be issues that come up. You get sick, get caught up at work, have a trip that causes you to miss some gym days. Plan for this and don’t give yourself a hard time about it, because that won’t help you succeed.

Pick a start date

It doesn’t have to be New Year’s Day, just find a day where you know you can start taking action.

Go for it

If you plan to go to the gym daily, keep a full gym bag in your car so you have no excuse not to go after work. Take your goal seriously, because if you start slacking or giving excuses, you won’t succeed.

Accept Failure

It’s ok if you miss a day at the gym, or forget to do your vocabulary flashcards for French. Figure out what caused you to skip out on those tasks and try to avoid doing that next time. If you notice that stressing too much at work causes you to not go to the gym, try going before work.

Plan rewards

Have weekly, monthly, and milestone rewards for yourself. If you go to the gym daily for a week, you get to enjoy an ice cream out with the family. If you are able to learn 100 words this month, celebrate with something you enjoy.

Resolutions can be scary and daunting. We wait all year until we start working on them, so it’s time to start giving them your all!


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Why you should do a social media detox

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Does social media run your life? Answer these simple questions to find out.

Within 30 minutes of waking up, do you check social media?

When you have downtime, does your thumb automatically hover over to an app icon (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat) and click it?

When you’re on the computer, how much time per day are you spending on Facebook or scrolling through Pinterest/Twitter/Instagram?

We’re not saying that social media is a bad thing that you need to cut from your life. It’s an important piece of our lives now and a way to stay connected to far away (and close by) friends and family.

But do you find yourself distracted by it? Are you at work and find that you type “F” into the search bar and automatically click enter to go to Facebook? Do you use social media as a way to fill the lulls in your day?

Maybe it’s time for a short social media detox.

What is a social media detox?

Like any other type of detox, it’s a period of time where you abstain from using social media. No posting, no checking, no scrolling.

Here’s what to do:

  • Delete social media apps from your phone
  • Turn off all notifications if you don’t want to delete the apps (you really should delete the apps)
  • If you post a lot, let people know you’re not going to be on for a week or 30 days so they don’t wonder what happened to you
  • Find other things to do!

What’s the purpose?

The purpose is for you to fill those gaps of time where you would be checking social media with activities of meaning. You’ll be surprised to find how much free time you have when you’re not checking Facebook all the time.

It’s also a chance to reset yourself. Rediscover what you used to do all day without social media. Learn who in your contact list will actually reach out to you by phone or text to keep in touch, not just on social.

You will find yourself talking to people more and being present. You’d be surprised at how many times you are probably looking at your phone when you’re having a conversation with someone. Now you’ll start noticing everyone on their phones.

You will realize you don’t need the validation from people anymore. When we post on Facebook, as much as we hate to admit it, we want a ton of likes and comments. You’ll realize that you don’t need to be sharing so much information all the time.

Here are some activities you can do instead:

  • Reading
  • Cooking
  • Exercise
  • Hobbies (painting, knitting, writing, etc)
  • Go outside

When you finish your detox, whether its one week or 30 days. Take note of how you feel and if your social media habits are different now.

Did you crave checking apps during the entire period? Do you feel less anxious about constantly keeping up to date with everything on your accounts?

The purpose of this exercise is to relieve stress, get you feeling more present, and really reset yourself so you can remember what life before social media was like.

Here’s a great article on a 30 Day Social Media Detox and what this person went through every day.

Tips for a social media detox


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Unique gifts for nurses

Nurses are a unique bunch. You love to give back to others, and don’t really expect much in return. But for the holidays, you should expect at least a little something. If you’re not sure what to ask for, direct your friends and family to this article!

We put together some ideas of fun gifts for nurses, nursing students, assistants, or anyone else in the medical care field. We know how much you all do for others throughout the year, the holidays are your chance to get a little something in return.

Many of these items are just plain fun, others are relevant to the nursing profession. Let us know if you receive any during the holidays by commenting below!

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Nurse Clipboard
Sure, it looks a bit nerdy, but once you’re on the job and need to be taking notes while walking around, while also having a few extra papers stashed away you will love this thing. Be careful, your coworkers may want to steal it.

Travel Mug
Early mornings, late nights, long days, nurses know the pains of lack of sleep and exhausting hours. Grab this travel mug which keeps coffee hot for up to 8 hours!

True Stories of Becoming a Nurse
This book is great for students or those just starting out.

Aeropress
If you need something a little stronger than that watered down coffee from the communal pot, get the Aeropress. Just add your grounds and hot water, push down, and you’ve got fresh coffee!

Art Prints
You need a little motivation before and after a day of work. Grab a few of these nursing inspired prints to put around the house.

Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul
Everyone needs a little inspiration now and then, especially nurses. This book has 101 stories of appreciation and wisdom for nurses.

Otterbox
Running around on the job is not safe for delicate smartphones. Put your phone in an Otterbox to prevent cracked screens.

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Nurse Buttons
Add a little fun to your scrubs or bag with these nurse pins. Give a few to nursing friends as well.

Ok nurses! Which of these gifts are you going to ask your friends and family for? Or better yet, which are you going to give to your fellow nursing friends? Let us know in the comments below! And feel free to leave your suggestions as well.


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Ways to give back for the holidays

How do you plan to show your gratitude this holiday season? Will you give gifts? Volunteer? Visit far away family and friends?

There are tons of ways to give back not only to your friends and family, but also to your community. The holiday season is a time of giving, and it’s the perfect time to go out of your way for a stranger or someone needing a little joy or helping hand.

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We’re putting this guide together focused on the Lee & Collier County area, as that’s where we are based. We hope you take a chance to look this over and plan to give back a little something to someone in need during the holidays.

Salvation Army

We all know about the bell ringers (which you can volunteer for) but did you know they also need assistance sorting and packaging toys and food boxes for holiday distribution? Click here to find out more.

St. Matthew’s House

St. Matthew’s House is known for helping fight hunger, homelessness, and addition in Collier County. They are always accepting donations for:

  • Cars
  • Stock
  • Cash
  • Material donations (free pickup of large items)

You can apply to volunteer online.

  • Staff support
  • Help retail staff & stock merchandise at thrift store locations
  • Kitchen assistance
  • Serve holiday meals
  • Serve meals at Justin’s Place Feeding Ministry
  • Hold a fundraiser
  • Admin support
  • Pack groceries and organize in food pantry

Stockings 4 Kids

Stockings 4 Kids gives less fortunate kids in the SWFL area a filled stocking for Christmas. They’re always accepting donations and each stocking costs $15.

Brook’s Legacy Animal Rescue

Give a dog or cat a loving home this holiday season, or volunteer to be a foster parent. Volunteers are always needed, especially for adoption events.

Collier County Hunger and Homeless Coalition

This group is dedicated to preventing and ending hunger and homelessness in Collier County. Donations are welcome any time of year.

Cancer Alliance of Naples

The Cancer Alliance of Naples formed 13 years ago to help those touched by cancer. Donations are always welcome and there are plenty of volunteer opportunities.

  • Volunteer in the office
  • Speakers on cancer-related topics (nutrition, beauty, stress reduction, etc)
  • Sponsorships

Habitat for Humanity

Help build homes for the less fortunate. Volunteers 16 years of age and older are welcome on the job site. Those younger can help by setting up refreshments for volunteers. You can also volunteer in the office, fold newsletters, and help in the Habitat Store.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank

The Harry Chapin Food Bank has been helping to fight hunger in Collier, Charlotte, Lee, Glades, and Hendry counties. Volunteer to hold a food drive, become a partner, or a general volunteer. Donations of money go a long way, every $1 donated helps distribute $8 worth of food.

Meals of Hope

This Naples organization has packaged over 36 million meals to date. Join a food packing event or host one yourself. There are also volunteer opportunities and an online donation section.

Youth Haven

Youth Haven’s Holiday Angels runs from November 23-January 5. Each donation amount provides something to a child in need such as supplies, one week enrichment summer camp, animal assisted therapies, and more.

Besides donating they also have various volunteer programs:

  • Open Windows art program
  • Healthy Starts pantry program
  • Helping Hands program
  • Admin support
  • Special events