Energize me! caffeine-Free Energy!

Streamed Session

Brief Abstract

Need a boost of energy without the ups and downs of caffeine?!  The presenters, both Board Certified Advanced Holistic Nurses, will provide holistic self-care tips to invigorate the mind, body, and spirit. From essential oils to forest bathing, there are many easy and enjoyable ways to rejuvenate teaching energy!


Dr. Nancyruth Leibold is an energetic and passionate nurse educator who launched her nursing career in 1981. Nancyruth has nursing experience in critical care, medical/surgical nursing, public health nursing, health leadership education, and nursing education. Dr. Leibold has served as a Staff Nurse, Travel Nurse, Nursing Coordinator, Director of Nursing, Nurse Researcher, and Nurse Educator. She has an EdD from College of Saint Mary, MS in Nursing from Creighton University, and BSN from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Nancyruth completed a certificate program from Minnesota State University-Mankato in Faculty Teaching and a certificate program at Minnesota State University-Mankato for Excellence in Online Teaching. Nancyruth is a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) through the National League for Nursing. Also, Dr. Leibold has a certificate in teaching online from the University of New South Wales in Australia. Nancyruth is a Reiki Master/Teacher and certified in mindfulness as a meditation guide and forgiveness coach. Dr. Leibold holds Advanced Holistic Nurse-Board Certification. Dr. Leibold’s research interests include holistic nursing and health, civility, nursing education, online nursing, instructional technology, feedback, and teaching strategies. Nancyruth is active in Sigma Theta Tau International, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the National League for Nursing, and the American Holistic Nursing Association. She is also an active member of the Watson Caring Science Institute, Society for the Advancement of Modeling and Role Modeling, Online Learning Consortium, and Association of Nursing Professional Development. Nancyruth is a reviewer for the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Journal of Effective Teaching, the Journal of Effective Teaching in Higher Education, and the Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practices. She is a Sigma Theta Tau International Virginia Henderson Fellow. Dr. Leibold is the Editor of Health Sciences at MERLOT. Nancyruth has received numerous nursing awards and teaching awards, such as the Caring in Nursing Award from the Sisters of the Incarnate Word at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, the Outstanding Faculty Award from the nursing student body at Creighton University, and the Excellence in Nursing Award from Sigma Theta Tau, Nu Rho Chapter. In 2013, Dr. Leibold received the Midwest/Heartland Nursing Excellence Educator and Mentor GEM award from nurse.com. She received the 2014 National Nurse Educator Award from Wilson Shepard Associates. In 2014, Nancyruth received the Phyllis Roseberry Service Award from Sigma Theta Tau International, Mu Lambda Chapter. Dr. Leibold received the 2018 Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award from the Nursing Honor Society! In May of 2018, Dr. Leibold was awarded 'Lesson of the Week' for a virtual lesson she authored: Comprehensive School Health Program by SoftChalk! In March of 2020, Dr. Leibold was honored to receive the 2020 Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award from the Omega Omicron Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. In 2021 and 2022, Nancyruth received The MERLOT House Cup, and the Peer Reviewer Extraordinaire Award From MERLOT. Dr. Leibold began developing web pages for her courses in 1994, and her passion for distance and online teaching/learning has only grown since then. Nancyruth, a Certified Nurse Educator, has completed several online teaching/learning certificates. During a 2014 Presidential Teaching Scholar Fellowship from Minnesota State University, Mankato, she authored and designed virtual instructional modules and a virtual simulation about civility and conflict management for nurses. Multimodal publications are a favorite of Nancyruth, and she has written many for her online courses. Nancyruth has many professional presentations, grant awards, book chapter publications, multimodal publications, textbooks, and peer-reviewed journal article publications. Nancyruth recently published the second edition of her textbook: The Praxis of Critical Thinking in Nursing. She published the first edition of The Art and Science of Evidence-based practice in Nursing in 2020. In early 2021, she published a textbook for Health Educators titled Community Health and Health Promotion. Also in 2021 Nancyruth authored, edited, and published two holistic nursing textbooks that are Open Textbooks and found at MERLOT, Health Sciences. In 2023, Dr. Leibold published the second edition of the The Art and Science of Evidence-based practice in Nursing textbook.

Extended Abstract

 Topic & Relevance

The topic of this session is holistic self-care to re-energize oneself.  It is important to the community of online educators because stress and a resultant lack of energy is a common issue for the distance educator.  Increased stress and lower satisfaction with teaching online are associated with burnout (Mosleh et al., 2022). Lack of energy may be even more relevant when balancing online versus live teaching of hybrid courses.  We have suggestions of holistic and healthy ways to re-energize the mind, body and spirit.

There are several causes of stress in online work. Technostress, for example, is a recent and undesirable phenomenon online educators may experience. Technostress is defined as “n. a form of occupational stress that is associated with information and communication technologies… with affected employees becoming anxious or overwhelmed by working in computer-mediated environments in which there is a constant flow of new information” (American Psychological Association, n.d.). It takes a great deal of energy to continually learn new and everchanging technology, so why not use some fun holistic tools to boost that energy!

Zoom fatigue is another recently “discovered” phenomenon online educators may experience. Zoom fatigue is “tiredness, anxiety, or worry resulting from overusing these virtual platforms” (Wold, 2020). Stanford researcher Jeremy Bailenson (2021) theorizes that four possible contributing factors are: excessive (unnatural) direct eye contact, perpetually seeing oneself (in a constant mirror) is draining, reduced mobility sitting close to the computer, and increased cognitive load with video conferencing. Taking a break to energize through holistic self-care is important for those who spend much time in tele-meetings.

Work-life balance, particularly when teaching remotely from home, is another cause of stress and its lack of energy counterpart. A study by Mosleh et al. (2022) found personal burnout to be a more significant risk for those who were married and had school-age children. Having 24-7 access to the online classroom is a challenge to maintaining work-life balance and yet another reason to boost energy through healthy holistic self-care venues.


In this lively session, the presenters will invite participants on a virtual journey of their 10 favorite holistic self-care modalities to promote energy. By using healthy strategies, educators can increase their use of self-care health promotion strategies, which in turn promotes their overall performance. Attendees will participate in an interactive self-care modality. The presenters will use guided imagery to lead attendees on a simulated walk through several energizing self-care techniques. Holistic self-care nourishes the mind, body, and spirit of the whole person. Persons who empower themselves with holistic self-care benefit in many aspects of life.

Session Goals

Participants will be able to

  • Explain why rejuvenation is important for the online educator.
  • Describe types of energizing self-care.
  • Participate in a virtual energizing journey.


American Psychological Association (n.d.) Dictionary. Technostress. In APA dictionary of psychology. Retrieved October 28, 2022, from https://dictionary.apa.org/technostress 

Bailenson, J. N. (2021). Nonverbal Overload: A Theoretical Argument for the Causes of Zoom Fatigue. Technology, Mind, and Behavior, 2(1). https://doi.org/10.1037/tmb0000030

Mosleh, S. M., Kasasbeha, M. A., Aljawarneh, Y. M., Alrimawi, I., & Saifan, A. R. (2022). The impact of online teaching on stress and burnout of academics during the transition to remote teaching from home. BMC Medical Education22(1), 1–475. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-022-03496-3

Wolf, C. R (2020). Virtual platforms are helpful tools but can add to our stress. Psychology Today. May 14, 2020. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-desk-the-mental-health-lawyer/202005/virtual-platforms-are-helpful-tools-can-add-our-stress