In the second part of this series, Why Do You Get Stressed…, we looked at why we become stressed due to our thoughts and thinking. In this final part, we’ll explore how mindfulness and meditation can help us to work differently with our mind and emotions.Details
Jerome Stone, author, speaker, RN
More Happiness at Work
In the first part of this series, Is Nursing All About Stress?, we looked at the definitions of stress, stressor, emotions and feelings. We also looked at some of the statistics on the causes of stress in nursing, the negative effects on the body and mind and how emotional and mental reactivity to stressors and stress can perpetuate the stress that we experience.
In the second part of the series, we’ll look at why we become stressed and begin to explore ways to stop our habit of “stressing out.”Details
As nurses, we know the meaning of stress. In fact, we may know its meaning more intimately than most of our peers who work in other professions. This is partially because we’ve seen the devastating effects that chronic stress has on the bodies of our patients. It’s also because nursing is reported to be one of the most stressful professions. Why is it that when we enter into discussions on how to decrease stress in nursing, we usually point to changing things external to ourselves and that when we try to change how we deal with stress, we usually end up stressing out about that too?Details
How comfortable are you with pain? Does it depend on whether it’s your own pain or someone else’s? Would you like to find comfort in pain…or at least in pain management?
For many of us, pain is something to be avoided, whether it’s our own pain or the pain of another. When confronted with this most daunting physical experience, we’d rather turn and run…or at least walk quickly, in the other direction.Details
The topic of bringing our meditation practice into our workplace, whether as a nurse or as a supermarket cashier, requires of us an understanding of what we mean when we use the word, “meditate.”Details
Are you a nurse? Are you compassionate? Do you feel fatigued? Could it be…compassion fatigue? (Is there really such a condition?)
There’s a lot of talk in nursing, in healthcare and in the literature about “compassion fatigue.” When I searched Google® for the keywords “compassion fatigue in nurses ” I came up with 168,000 links…168,000! Seriously?!
You’d think that we’re all suffering from this syndrome, which can’t be possible…or, is it?!Details