Since starting my coaching practice in 2006, I haven’t really worked as a nurse, although I certainly want to maintain an active license. New Jersey requires that nurses participate in continuing education as part of the license renewal process. For me, obtaining these credits felt like a chore, because I don’t have the same level of interest in medical office management or recent advances in diabetes or the latest and greatest antidepressants, as I once did.
So you can imagine my excitement when I took a 2nd look at what I had dismissed as “junk mail” yesterday. It was a flyer titled “The Immune System: The Mind-Body Connection~Who Gets Sick and Who Stays Well”. This class is actually being taught by a psychiatrist who’s done a lot of research on the effect of mood and attitude on our physical well-being. Here are some of the highlights:
- The Type B Personality: replacing hostility and urgency with caring and mindfulness
- Treating Depression: seeing challenges as temporary, solvable and impersonal
- Emotional Resilience: how thoughts influence physiology and immune suppression
Needless to say, I registered for the class and am so looking forward to learning and sharing the medical research behind the Mind-Body Connection. Funny, I’ve often wondered how I could integrate my nursing experience with my passion for coaching people on the power of their mind. So grateful my intuition had me take a 2nd look at something I’d put in the trash. I’ll keep you posted and until then THINK healthy, because YOU ARE.