On this special coronavirus episode of The Nurse Keith Show nursing career podcast, Keith interviews nurse and spiritual coach Lisbeth Overton regarding healthy and empowering coping strategies for nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Lisbeth Overton is a mom of two amazing humans and two cats; wife to her soulmate who she found on Match.com; a nurse of more than 20 years; a spiritual entrepreneur; and the Certified Energy Officer (CEO) of Healthy Nurse by Design, a spiritual coaching company. Lisbeth is on a mission to guide women to a deeper relationship with their soul using simple tools so that they can create a life of fulfillment, ease, and bucketloads of joy in carrying our their lives’ passions.
Nurse Keith and Lisbeth met some years ago at the National Nurses in Business Association (NNBA) annual conference and they’ve been “soul family” ever since.
Topics of interest covered in this episode:
- Did the World Health Organization (WHO) have such a global emergency in mind when they deemed 2020 The Year of the Nurse and Midwife?
- Transitioning to home from work on an energetic, emotional, spiritual, physical, and physiological level
- Protecting your family from bringing home contagion from work
- “A hotbed of innovation” where “necessity is the mother of invention.”
- A golden opportunity to come together as one
- Using essential oils for self-care
- We have no choice but to collaborate and cooperate in this historic and chaotic time
- “We don’t have time to dillydally.”
- “The Walking Dead” and other zombie-related popular culture can be seen as powerful metaphors for our lives and the COVID-19 pandemic
- Regarding the British study that projected a potential 2.2 million American deaths if our COVID-19 response was not increased exponentially.
- Healing from pre- and post-trauma
- The grieving process
- Present moment awareness
- Pity parties and unintelligent choices and actions aren’t helpful, those who make such choices will be left behind on the wrong side of history
- Tear down the “silos” at work
- The importance of the collective versus the ego and individualism
- How the global emergency and crisis of World War II led to The Marshall Plan, Victory Gardens in Great Britain, the United Nations, and the World Health Organization
- The Coming Plague: Emerging Diseases in a World out of Balance
- The dismantling of our public health system and how we should actually bow in gratitude to public health professionals and the system they populate
- “Your vibe attracts your tribe”: who do you spend time with?
- Keith’s article written for Multibriefs News Service on the grieving process amid the COVID-19 pandemic
- Anticipatory grief and “pre-trauma”
- Heroism, courage, and generosity
- Healing from individual and collective trauma after COVID-19
- Poking holes in the trauma with humor
- Music, art, and creativity can help
- “My Corona” gallows humor parody video by musician Chris Mann
- “Stay at Home Vogue” video parody by musician Chris Mann
- “Hello (From the Inside)” video parody by musician Chris Mann
- Any of the following techniques were described by Lisbeth in the course of this episode and can be practiced as a means to reduce tension, stress, and anxiety. (see the following three simple exercises):
Tree pose: Stand with your feet hip-width apart. If possible, remove your shoes. Imagine you’re plugging your feet into the earth. Stand nice and tall. Take a deep breath in as you raise your arms wide to the sky. Bring your hands together in front of your heart and imagine you’re a tree. Your feet are connected to the earth and you have deep roots going deep into the earth. Keep your hands where they are or place them above your head in whatever configuration you wish (e.g.: steeple grip, cactus arms — do whatever feels good in your body). Now imagine the energy of the earth coming up through your roots and feet, pumping up into your entire body and flowing out through the crown of your head. Stay here for a few breaths. Notice how you feel.
Seated footwork: Sit down and cross your left ankle onto your right thigh. Some call this seated figure 4 pose. Using both hands massage the bottoms on your left foot. Close your eyes if you wish and take a few slow cleansing breaths. Switch sides and place your right ankle on your left thigh. Massage your right foot with both hands. Close your eyes and receive this grounding exercise to help reduce anxiety and fear. Notice how you feel.
Tarzan/Jane move: Stand with feet hip-width distance apart. Take both hands and make a fist. Pound gently on the front of your body. This is a Qi-Gong move that is helpful for releasing emotional tension. Notice how you feel.
Trampoline exercise: Stand with your feet hip-width distance apart and begin to gently bend your knees and shake both arms as if you are trying to wick water off your arms. Lift your shoulders and then release them as you shake your arms. Simultaneously bend both knees and allow your body to gently bop up and down. It’s as if you’re on a trampoline but you’re on land and creating this experience in your body. This also releases built-up tension.
Connect with Lisbeth Overton:
- Healthy Nurse by Design
- 2nd Facebook page
- The Divine Downloads Podcast with Lisbeth Overton
DISCLAIMER: In these episodes regarding COVID-19, I reference the most up-to-date information I can, as well as adding personal opinions and reflections from me and my guests. Please note that the situation is changing by the moment, and any information shared in the course of any episode may not apply once new data or evidence emerges. Please also note that nothing shared in the course of any Nurse Keith Coaching COVID-19 podcast is intended for diagnosis or treatment; please consult your healthcare provider, your local Department of Health, the CDC, the WHO, or other reputable evidence-based sources.
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