Senior Living on the Suncoast

The Crystal Method of Nursing

December 21, 2020 Steve Bennet-Martin, Crystal Whitlley Season 1 Episode 41
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Senior Living on the Suncoast
The Crystal Method of Nursing
Dec 21, 2020 Season 1 Episode 41
Steve Bennet-Martin, Crystal Whitlley

Steve welcomes Crystal Whitley, his new Director of Wellness at Heartis Venice, to the show. With no new updates for the week of December 12th, instead Steve and Crystal discuss some homeopathic ways to help stay calm and centered during the holidays. From literal crystals and puppy kisses to purposeful breathing and essential oils, you're sure to find a new way to relax during this holiday season.

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Show Notes Transcript

Steve welcomes Crystal Whitley, his new Director of Wellness at Heartis Venice, to the show. With no new updates for the week of December 12th, instead Steve and Crystal discuss some homeopathic ways to help stay calm and centered during the holidays. From literal crystals and puppy kisses to purposeful breathing and essential oils, you're sure to find a new way to relax during this holiday season.

Stay Happy and Healthy!

Support the show (http://www.patreon.com/happylifepod)

Steve:

Hello everyone and welcome to senior living on the Suncoast. I'm your host, Steve Bennet-Martin here to bring you the only senior centric podcast to assist us all. As we navigate the complex systems of aging together, up and down the coast of Florida. My mission with this podcast is to help make sure that the rest of your life is the best of your life, which means today we'll be talking with director of wellness and registered nurse, Crystal Whitley. So before we get into that, this episode is coming out on Monday, December 21st. And so, because it is the week of Christmas followed by the week of new year's, there will be no real marketing events or senior professional talks for caregivers or for seniors themselves really over the next two weeks. So just stay tuned for the new year, because there'll be a whole bunch of new fun stuff between the podcast and seniors blue book in the new year. But welcome to the show, Crystal.

Crystal:

Thank you, Steven.

Steve:

Yes. And so we are actually here at hardest Venice today at work. And I pulled you aside because without much to report in terms of news and events, I thought you can help provide our listeners some good ideas of how to maybe save a little bit of relax and give some self care during the holiday season.

Crystal:

Absolutely. That's actually one of my favorite topics, getting people to focus on self care.

Steve:

Yeah. Yes, exactly. So before we get into that, though, what drew you to nursing?

Crystal:

Oddly, I didn't think I could be a nurse. I actually have a weak stomach. And so I thought I would never be able to handle wounds or any of the things that ultimately I'm actually really

Steve:

great app

Crystal:

wounds. And I did, I had such a weak stomach. so I was afraid of it, but what drew me is I have family, And she would constantly encourage me that I would be an amazing nurse, all the opportunities. And it was truly the best decision of my life. It's my greatest love as nursing.

Steve:

Excellent. And I mean, even nursing alone, you could nurse pretty much any type of population. So what drew you to working with seniors specifically?

Crystal:

That was always a given I knew that was going to be my specialty. Oddly I, again, so a little. Tidbit that not everybody knows is that I actually, in as a child, we had a duplex in one side, we had a very small, section for about three to four residents would live with us on one side and my sister and I, and mom. All lived on the other side. And so I kind of, yeah, it's an odd, odd, it's odd, but

Steve:

it's unique.

Crystal:

It's unique, but I do think that's kind of what started it. I loved it. It was instantly like having, grandparents with you all the time. And so I really loved it.

Steve:

Yes. And you are one of the newest members of our hardest team. So what drew you to joining our team here and working in a community like ours, where it's independent and assisted living plus Vallejo, which has our memory

Crystal:

care. Well, I, I am passionate about seniors living and I love senior living communities and hardest is. Amazing. We have so many wonderful communities in the area and hardest is really taking a unique stance and doing things in ways that it's just inspiring and encouraging. And I honestly fell in love with the team as well as you know

Steve:

yes. And we love you

Crystal:

love our team.

Steve:

Yes. And so working though for a new community, I can personally attest is not always the easiest job because there's a lot of every day is very different in a community to begin with. But in especially a community that is. Constantly evolving because it's not fully built yet. It evolves at a quicker pace. So what do you do in your personal life to unwind and relax?

Crystal:

I practice a lot of self care. I do believe, and I say this all the time and I'm going to always say this. you know, as they say on the airplane, if you, you have to put your oxygen mask on first, before you can save anyone else. And that's what self care is all about. And so. I definitely take time to unwind. After a busy day, I need time alone. I need, relaxing things for me would be. sound bowls meditation. I love anything crystals.

Steve:

I was gonna say, Chris, you're a crystal who loves crystals. So were you, were you drawn to crystals because of your name or what, what's your story of how you got into crystals?

Crystal:

No, I really didn't realize that until fairly recently. I know it's so obvious because my name is even spelled in the exact same way. so no, they were always, always, even since a kid, it's the thing that when you pick it up and you hold this beautiful crystal and there's so many different kinds, it feels like magic to me. And so it's it to me is as juvenile as it may seem, even to this day, I think of how could you ever deny magic when you're holding something like these beautiful crystals that come from earth, just like this.

Steve:

Yes. And I mean, I love that because I mean, you're great at with all the Western medicine and all of that, but you also believe in a bit of the Eastern as well. And I think that that combination definitely is more effective when they work together rather than trying to work in opposition. And so, especially since this is the time of year, where many of us are feeling more stress and anxiety than usual, what are some crystals that might help with that?

Crystal:

Well, I. I always have on my person at all times and in my vehicle and my home and several locations, I always have selenites, which is just terrific for cleansing energy. It's very healing. And then, black tourmaline always have that. It's great for dispelling negative energy and it's so it's great for grounding. If you've had an a day that you're anxious or a situation that you're anxious, it's a quick way of holding that and it expels negative energy. So it's a grounding stone. My. Definite very favorite stone is amethyst and it naturally for mood stability and reducing anxiety. And plus it's just beautiful. Yes it is.

Steve:

That's the blue one, right?

Crystal:

It's purple,

Steve:

purple blue. I always get my blues and purples mixed up. So it's practically the same, but I probably know that cause then my husband probably has always all amethyst. Yes, yes. Yes. So thank you for that. And similarly to crystals that can help you a lot. You also are a big fan of essential oils. Aren't you?

Crystal:

I am. I love essential oils. So I,

Steve:

I was gonna say you brought a whole big box in, I remember one of your first days here. And so what are, what are some of your favorite essential oils or combos?

Crystal:

Well, so my daily routine is always, I love lemon mixed in with my moisturizer in the morning because it gives such a refreshing scent. Not only does it, you know, help skin and wrinkles and all that wonderful stuff. I didn't know that it does, but it's also super refreshing and a great morning since, and then, let's see. Tea tree oil is also incredibly important. So I love tea tree oil, especially. Since we've been taking on these masks and I don't know about anyone else, but I know my face has had some, some prones to some pop outs occasionally. And so teacher is great for that or any kind of, it's just a great cleanser, natural cleanser. And. But I would never miss the opportunity to talk about peppermint oil because peppermint oil is magic. It's it really, truly is. It helps nausea. It helps headaches. It helps, sinuses. I know I use it. peppermint oil with a splash of orange oil and it is the best breathing treatment. And so

Steve:

I was gonna say, I think it would smell nice too. I can't, it's not just a combo you normally would think of. And I mean right now with peppermint, we're all enjoying it for the holidays a lot. Anyway. But the peppermint and orange is a unique, I'll have to try that out.

Crystal:

So what I do is I put like three drops of peppermint oil in the Palm of my hand, and then a dropper. So of, of orange. I typically have wild orange on hand, but either way orange and I rub it in really good and it kind of warms up and then I cut my hands around my nose and then I let anyone else near me who else wants a breathing treatment because it does, it helps open up those allergies and sinuses. And it just smells terrific.

Steve:

Excellent. And yeah, there's another type of self care that I think you're a little more passionate about. How is pet therapy do for helping reducing anxiety and depression?

Crystal:

I am definitely the luckiest from mom on earth. I have the best little pet therapist. so if anyone's looking for a pet therapist therapy pop, I would say a docksin. I always, I ha but I have to, but all Ursa gray, they are the best

Steve:

there. Four dogs, huh?

Crystal:

Yes. Four. And they're all great. But you say that a doc sin has just this ability to bring so much joy and love. And so they're terrific for therapy.

Steve:

Well, Remy my Kaka doodle, or has a cockapoo is also pretty good for that too, but yes, if you are not allergic to pets, pet therapy is always a great option as well. and you don't always, you know, if you're a senior, you don't always necessarily need to commit to having a pet to take care of yourself. There are companies in town that do pet therapy, where they can come to you, or you can go to the pet store and, you know, pet the dogs and it's okay. So definitely being around puppies can cheer up most, anyone.

Crystal:

Yes. And you could always eat hardest is we're going to have so many pups yappy hour. So that will be a great place for pet therapy. We love so many.

Steve:

And so any other bits of advice for self care over the holidays?

Crystal:

I, I always encourage people to. To take time and truly do deep breathing exercises. It really does help. It helps reduce the stress in your body. It slows everything down. And when you're feeling anxious, you need to take that moment. At least do some deep breathing exercises.

Steve:

Yep. I learned that in therapy and like there, there have been times where like, Steven will watch me at home and I'm like, ah, And he's like, are you okay? And I'm like, I am now, you know, cause those sides, you know, it's not, you know, there's a difference between those breathing exercises. I mean, when I do, Oh, like he knows that that's a different thing normally, but the, the, the breathing exercises currently certainly can help.

Crystal:

I agree. There are so many different types. And so I always say, just do whatever it works. I like one that's like you, I think you deep breathe in for a count, a slow count of three. You hold for four, you exhale for seven. And so you exhale it all out and get out of that bad energy

Steve:

out. So many different numbers. I was gonna say I did one once where it was three, three and three. And I was like, I can remember that it's three threes, but that three, seven 11, it makes me, I would just make me thinking of like Slurpees. I don't know.

Crystal:

And Slurpee might be good self care to you because I saw

Steve:

still he's as well. So I would say as much as normally a healthy diet is a good thing to have. If you binge a little bit extra during the holidays, have some extra desserts, don't beat yourself up over that because that's what the need is for. Yes. Sounds good. So thank you so much for joining us on the show, crystal. I really appreciate it.

Crystal:

Thank you so much for having me.

Steve:

Yes. And we will be sure to talk with you soon.