How Do We Heal the Healers?
A number of studies have been carried out over many years worldwide that health workers are amongst the most affected by workplace stress.
A study carried out in the USA in 2014 found that overall, 60% of U.S. workers—not including government workers—reported stress in their current jobs, and 11% reported feeling “highly stressed.” The survey found that the most stressed profession was: Health care (69% of workers reported feeling stressed, and 17% reported feeling highly stressed)
That same report went on to conclude “high levels of stress sustained over a long-period of time can be a major detriment to employee health and ultimately stand in their way of providing quality care to patients.”
As such, health care leaders should strive to ensure that their employees have the resources and support they need to perform at the top of their abilities.
In the United Kingdom the Royal College of Nursing stated that “a higher risk of employees suffering a psychiatric disorder exists when employees are stressed because they need to resolve conflicting priorities or have a lack of recognition. Helping people who experience major health problems, although personally rewarding, can be a stressful situation when patients are not cognizant of the efforts made by nurses to assist them.”
If you’re reading this right now and you’re feeling a sense of anxiety or stress, the two are basically the same thing. Actually, over the last five years or more, the number of searches on anxiety on Google have just continued to rise. In fact, the amount of medication people are taking is increasing as well. This is not a good situation, and it is certainly a subject that a lot of people are experiencing regularly.
Stress can hit you in different ways. It can hit you when you least expect it and you should be aware of how it shows up in your physical body. Look out for any signs. Stress can show up physically in many forms. Being aware of it is the first step to any transformation, any sort of change is awareness.
So you’ve got to decide when you experience something different in your body,
- What is this I’m feeling?
- Maybe I’ve eaten something bad?
- Is my body reacting to a fall, but I don’t remember falling over?
- Maybe it could be stress
- Is that neck tension happening too often?
I Quote here the UK Royal College of Nursing Pamphlet (Working Towards a Healthy You.) the section on Stress and Fatigue has advice about how Nurses should deal with their own work life balance.
“Stress and fatigue impact on patient safety. Staff experience stress when they feel unable to cope with work demands or the work environment. Stress impacts productivity, to the detriment of physical or mental health.”
Accumulated hours and non-standard shift patterns can contribute to errors. Time pressures in places with lower staffing levels can lead to “missed care.” Nurses are often in situations where they must conceal their emotional state. They may have little routine support for this “emotional labour.”
That same pamphlet advises that one of the ways to deal with these stresses is to develop their religious or nature flows as follows:-
Self-care strategies could include:
- connecting with nature or the higher power
- being open to inspiration
- being aware of the non-material aspects of your life
- identifying what is meaningful to you
- making time for contemplation
- cherishing optimism and hope.
Nurturing your inner nature can provide you with meaning and purpose and improve your coping skills.”
There are many people with a sensitive nature that can feel, see and use their life energy force. If you have sensitive eyes the energy around the body is seen as a luminous field of light, surrounding your body and penetrating into it. This has been called “The Holy Fire.”
What affects this energy field can affect the physical body also. That is how dirty energy, thoughts and emotions can develop or translate into poor health.
You may have heard that a high per centage of diseases are psychosomatic and the theory behind that is down to the lack of energy in the body.
The small energy centres around the body soak up from the surroundings and expel any used-up energy back out into the atmosphere around the body. They are responsible for the proper functioning of the vital organs. Therefore, if the body is not performing because of stress, contamination, pollution or other obstructions, like negative emotions and thoughts in the energy flow, physical sickness will follow.
You can learn how to harness the energy around us to relieve the tension from the stresses of daily living and work. Imagine if the atmosphere is suffering from pollution your body will take in the harmful toxins and that in turn will have a deleterious effect.
Even if you are relatively strong and healthy now the methods that the Royal College of Nursing recommend will assist in your staying healthy and even retain some youthfulness.
As Quantum mechanics theories make us more aware of how the whole universe is connected we are learning more about the science of this energy and life force.
In essence various forms of meditation can help to reduce exposure to those workplace hazards of stress and occupational psychosomatic problems.
You can learn some of the ways to heal yourself and the benefits you and any patients can gain from those simplified methods.
Employers should understand then that they have a duty of care and as that earlier report quoted “their employees have the resources and support they need to perform at the top of their abilities.”
Employers lose when their worker, nurse, doctor or other health worker has time off sick or causes inefficiency due to their working conditions.
It is important to recognize that stress is a state, not an illness, which may be experienced as a result of an exposure to a wide range of work demands and in turn can contribute to an equally wide range of outcomes, which may concern the employee’s health and be an illness or an injury, or changes in his/her behaviour and lifestyle. This arises from a study that showed that three quarters of executives say that stress adversely affects their health, happiness and home life as well as their performance at work
Meditation methods can apply as much to the overworked executive as to the ordinary nurse or health professional and will be of huge benefit to many in the industry.
There are standardized courses, which continue to be taught by licensed instructors in many modalities and in many countries.
If you wish to learn more about meditation and its beneficial effects you can find many variations through your local representatives. These forms of energy relaxation reduce your stress levels and local leaders would be happy to put you in touch with a teacher of modern variations of these ancient arts.