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Written by Kristal Roberts
gifts for nurses

Nurses are some of the hardest working people on the planet and if anyone deserves to have something nice in their stocking this holiday season, it’s them. However, the Christmas holiday is so close, you can practically hear the sleigh bells ringing.

If you aren’t a nurse, finding the perfect gift or a small token of appreciation can be a bit challenging.

Written by Kristal Roberts
Holiday Depression
 

We all know the holidays are generally a happy-go-lucky, celebratory time of the year where family and friends get together to celebrate, but for many people, it can be a dark and painful time.

Depression, anxiety or sadness around the holidays can occur for a number of reasons.

In some cases, it’s connected to major shifts in one’s personal life, including negative family relations, the loss of loved ones or not having anyone with whom you can celebrate.  


Written by Julia Tortorice
Photo by: Rich Pearce (Flickr)

Photo by: Rich Pearce (Flickr)

Many people fret over the increased risk of catching a cold or the flu during the winter months. The chances of you or your patients coming down with these common ailments increase exponentially when the outside temperatures drop. But, as healthcare professionals, we need to consider that colder weather wreaks havoc on many other medical conditions as well, including an increased risk of heart attacks. As such, living well during the winter months should be a primary focus of any patient's healthcare practices.


Written by Julia Tortorice
Photo by Fractured Studios (Flickr)

Photo by Fractured Studios (Flickr)

We all suffer from the “winter blues” every once in a while, but many people suffer from a more severe form of the winter depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. The acronym fits, doesn't it? As a nurse, you might notice a change in your regular patients' moods during the winter months. Some might come into your care a little more tired and a little less enthused about life. Don't make the mistake of assuming they are stuck in a winter funk. Take the time to assess whether your patients are suffering from SAD or just the winter blues.


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