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Will You Wear Out? Or Rust Out?

Posted by capcityspeakers on November 9, 2016

by Barbara Bartlein, RN, MSW

After foot surgery last November, I was forced to sit for months while the bones in my left foot healed.  A relatively minor procedure, I was amazed how long it took me to recover and get moving again.  It seemed that everyday I was sitting around, I had new aches, pains and stiffness.  I mentioned this to the Dr. on a recent visit and he said, “You can either wear out or rust out. People that sit all the time rust out.”

I thought about what he said and it is really true.  The longer I sat around, the less I felt like doing. Because my foot would swell up whenever I tried to be active, it was an easy excuse to sit.  But I quickly realized that everything was starting to break down. Now my back and neck hurt, my legs were stiff and I had no energy.  Realizing that I was rusting, I forced myself to get up, get to the pool and start moving.

Now I try to do at least 10,000 steps per day and weight training twice per week.  I can tell that my stamina is coming back and I have dropped the 10 pounds I gained over the winter.  Talking with other folks a lot older than me, all say that the key is to be active.  Keep moving, and fight the rust.

Barbara Bartlein, RN, MSW, is the People Pro.  A workplace cutlure expert, she offers keynotes, seminars and consultation to increase teamwork and productivity.  For more information on her programs and services, please contact Capitol City Speakers Bureau.


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The Secret to Success? Could be a good nights sleep

Posted by capcityspeakers on May 26, 2016

by Barbara Bartlein, RN, MSW


What do Matthew McConaughey, Cameron Diaz and Warren Buffet have in common?

They all believe strongly in the value of a good nights sleep.  It may surprise you to learn that chronic sleep deprivation significantly affects your health, performance, safety, and pocketbook.

Some of the consequences of missing your shuteye include:

  •  Decreased performance and alertness.  Reducing your nighttime sleep by as little as  one and a half hours for just one night could result in a reduction of daytime  alertness by as much as 32%.
  •  Memory and cognitive impairment.  Decreased alertness will impair your memory  and your ability to think and process information.
  •  Stress and relationship problems.  Let’s face it, you just might be crabby.
  •  Poor quality of life.  You may be unable to participate in activities that requre  attention or physical stamina.
  •  Occupational injury.  There is more than a twofold higher risk of sustaining an  occupational injury when fatigued.

Sleep just might make you more attractive as well. Swedish researcher say there’s an important link between sleep and your physical appearance.  In a study in the British Medical Journal, researcher John Axelsson and his team at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm found that sleep-deprived individuals appear less healthy, more tired, and less attractive than those who have received a full night’s worth of sleep.

“Sleep is the body’s natural beauty treatment,” Axelsson siad.  “It’s probably more effective than any other treatment you could buy.”

Barbara Bartlein, RN, MSW is the People Pro.  A workplace culture expert, she offers keynotes, seminars and consultation to increase teamwork and productivity.  For more information on her programs and services, please contact Capitol Speakers Bureau.

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Do You Have Toxic Worry?

Posted by capcityspeakers on November 18, 2015

by Barbara Bartlein, RN, MSW, CSP

The psychology of the mind changes when the human moment vanishes.  At its worse, paranoia fills the vacuum.  But for most of us, the human moment is replaced by worry.  Electronic communication does not convey the cues that typically alleviate worry such as body language, tone of voice and facial expression.  Human contact is like a safe place for the psych where we feel understood and grounded.

Little misunderstandings are common as the number of human moments decrease. Wrong impressions from a misunderstood e-mail, or voice mail are the result of vanishing human moments.  People may take offense and question the motive of others when they discover they are not on a certain circulation list or included on a memo.

The human moment appears to be a “regulator.”  When it is not present, people’s primitive instincts become more apparent.  Just like calm, stable people can become road raged in the anonymity of their automobiles, so too can courtesy be thrown out the window at the computer keyboard.

High tech work habits can dull our brains and our performance.  The human brain, like every other muscle, needs rest and variation for peak performance.  Long and monotonous hours on-screen or on-line, leave the user feeling tired and fatigued.  Searching to refuel, the brain needs rest and human contact.  By late afternoon, most workers are in a brain dead state from the tedium of technology.  That is why people get up and wander the corridors with a cup of coffee.

Reduce your worry by connecting with others.  Often what seems to be overwhelming can become an amusing story when shared with friends.  Connections protect us from being isolated and alone.  Spend the extra time to build and maintain relationships.

Barbara Bartlein, RN, MSW, is the People Pro.  A workplace culture expert, she offers keynotes, seminars and consultation to increase teamwork and productivity.  For more information on her programs and services, please contact Capitol City Speakers Bureau.

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The Benefits Of Having An Attitude Of Gratitude

Posted by capcityspeakers on November 12, 2015

by Kathy Brown

How grateful are we, REALLY, for all that goes “right” in our lives? The more I observe others behavior when they start a conversation, I do Not detect gratitude and thankfulness as the lead item of conversation. Gratitude is not just a catchy rhyme for attitude. It has been said that gratitude is the most powerful of all emotions.

Gratitude can take away fear, hopelessness and doubt. It can heal a broken heart, slow aging and restore relationships. Greed is the enemy that leads us into debt, anxiety and waste while we pursue More. Greed says “I must have more” while gratitude says ” I have more than enough”. Enjoying what we all ready have and being thankful for whatever we do get restores joy into our lives. Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life giving us an amazing attitude adjustment for all to see and enjoy!

An interesting observation from people who travel to third world countries is that those who live in poor countries are more joyful than people in rich countries with material wealth.


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Don’t Worry. Be Happy.

Posted by capcityspeakers on November 5, 2015

by Donna Cardillo, RN

sun rays

It is reported that the Aztecs worried every night about whether or not the sun would rise again the next morning. I’m sure that if it didn’t they would have found a way to work around it. But imagine all the unnecessary fear and stress they caused themselves, not to mention loss of sleep, worrying about something that might happen in the future but never did.

Worrying is not productive, doesn’t change anything, and causes unnecessary suffering and stress. Plus, when we worry about things that might happen in the future, we are missing the opportunity to appreciate all that is in front of us right now– loved ones, a beautiful day, the opportunity to make a difference. So the next time you are inclined to worry about something, stop and consider what you have to be grateful for in the present. Your time will be better spent, your stress will be less, and you’ll better relish today’s ‘sunshine’.

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Quote of the Day

Posted by capcityspeakers on October 19, 2015

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Can a Bad Attitude Kill You?

Posted by capcityspeakers on October 14, 2015

by Barbara Bartlein

We all know that stress is not good for our health but can our attitude kill us?  Dr. Hilary Tindle, a physician and researcher at Vanderbilt University, has conducted a massive study that points to the power of just being hopeful.

Tindle analyzed data from 97,253 women who had filled out questionnaires for the National Institutes of Health’s Women’s Health Initiative, trying to correlate hopefulness and mortality.  Women who had scored high on optimism–being hopeful about the future-had significantly lower rates of heart diease, cancare and mortality than women who scored high on pessimism.

The study also focused on cynicism, described as feelings of pessimism about other people.  Women with lower cynicism, compared with those who viewed most other people with suspicion, had lower risk of death.

In a previous study by Dr. Tindle, she compared more than 430 people who had coronary bypass surgery–284 of whom were diagnosed with clinical depression and 146 of whom were not.  Within eight months of the surgery, the depressed pessimists had more than twice the complication and rehoispitalization rate than the optimistic group.

While not always easy to change, an investment in your attitude can pay dividends with better health and a longer and happier life.  Start with the basics;  good food, exercise, sleep and positive people in your life.  Do activities that “tune up” your attitude.  These include great music, art, reading, and getting out to nature.  You will be amazed how much better you feel.  And remember, enjoy each day and you just may get more of them.

Barbara Bartlein, RN, MSW, is the People Pro.  A workplace culture expert, she offers keynotes, seminars and consultation to increase teamwork and productivity.  For more information on her programs and services, please contact Capitol City Speakers Bureau:

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Quote for the Day

Posted by capcityspeakers on September 16, 2015

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”      ~Buddha

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Keep the Connection

Posted by capcityspeakers on September 10, 2015

by Donna Cardillo

nurse patient

One of the most important things you can do as a professional nurse is to be “present” in your work by staying focused on and fully aware that you are charged with caring for a fellow human being. That individual has a life and existence outside of the healthcare setting. And yet it is so easy to lose that perspective when you get caught up in performing tasks, following a routine, and trying to stick to a schedule. At the end of the day, it is the personal connection—or lack of it—that matters most to the nurse and the patient.

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September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month! 

Posted by capcityspeakers on August 31, 2015

Shannon Miller stole the hearts of Americans in 1992, when she won five Olympic Medals in gymnastics. She then delighted the country when she led the “Magnificent 7” to gold in the 1996 Olympics and followed up with the first US gold medal on the balance beam, making her the most decorated gymnast in American history.  However, her biggest challenge yet may have been the diagnosis of a rare form of ovarian cancer in January 2011.  Shannon describes her move from Olympic athlete to advocate for the health and wellness of women and children as we asked her a few questions recently:

SML-8705-CREDIT-Renee_ParenteauCCSB Question: You were only 32 years of age when diagnosed with ovarian cancer.  What were you thoughts when hearing that news?

Shannon Miller:  It was certainly a shock, as a cancer diagnosis always is. My company, which is focused on women’s health and wellness had launched the previous year. I was interviewing physicians regarding health issues on a weekly basis as host of a radio show and was involved with different organizations that raised funds for cancer research. In fact, my mother is a cancer survivor. But nothing prepares you for that moment. I was stunned, upset, resolute, and confused all within seconds of the diagnosis. My son was just over a year old and my thoughts kept coming back to one thing…..My son needs his mommy. As others around me went through denial, I began to feel isolated. For several weeks, I floundered until one day I decided I did not want to be the victim…..I was going to fight. I relied on my faith and many of the lessons I had learned through sport to give me strength during my battle.

CCSB Question:  What have you learned about ovarian cancer since beginning this journey?

Shannon Miller:  I had little knowledge of ovarian cancer at the time I was diagnosed. In fact, I had no idea I was having three of the main symptoms in the weeks before my doctor’s appointment. I was going in for a post baby appointment and gearing up to try for baby #2. I think many of us have this perception that ovarian cancer only happens to “older” women. That’s simply not the case. It’s also true that there are different types of ovarian cancer. The form I had which is a germ cell tumor, and very rare, often happens with women in their late teens and early 20’s.

I learned the primary symptoms such as bloating, stomach aches, weight loss and frequent urination. I also learned that there is no specific test for ovarian cancer. That’s why it is critical that women know the symptoms and communicate them clearly with their physician. It’s also one of the reasons I am such a big advocate of yearly exams. These yearly visits create a base line so that both we and our physician can see when changes occur. We can’t prevent a cancer diagnosis, but the earlier we catch it the more options we’ll have. In addition, you may catch other issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes.

What I learned was that I am not invincible. I have to make my health a priority.

CCSB Question:  What would you like to share with other women about your experience?

Shannon Miller:  Mostly I want women to know that there is hope. A diagnosis of ovarian cancer, or any kind of cancer, can be devastating. It’s critical for positive stories to be out there. Women need to know that there are new ways of battling this disease. Hearing stories of women who survived and thrived was an important part of my journey. These stories gave me hope on the most difficult days. I needed to know that I was not alone.

If you would like to learn more about Shannon’s courageous story, please check out her bio at: Shannon Miller  She also recently released her new book, It’s Not About Perfect: Competing for My Country and Fighting for My Life.

You can help raise awareness of Ovarian Cancer, too, by wearing a teal ribbon, the symbol of ovarian cancer awareness.


Did you know that approximately 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, and the survival rate is only about 30%?  If detected early (Stage 1), the five-year survival rate is more than 93%.  However, there is no screening test to detect ovarian cancer, which is why this cancer is often discovered in later stages.  The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often subtle and easily confused with other ailments.

Symptoms may include:

  • Bloating
    • Pelvic or Abdominal pain
    • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
    • Urinary urgency or frequency

Other symptoms may include:

  • Nausea, indigestion, gas, constipation or diarrhea
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Backaches
  • Weight Gain

Talk to your doctor if symptoms last more than 2-3 weeks. You are your best advocate.

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