Presence fueled by mindfulness and compassionate intention can greatly reduce stress, often caused repeatedly by ignoring psycho-spiritual imbalances and ongoing needs for rest, unprocessed loss, or time for reflection.
Stress is an altered state of mind that can profoundly affect the physical body. It is present in every society all over the world regardless of race, culture, religion, social level, gender and age. Symptoms of stress can be obvious and manifested as palpitations, shortness of breath, panic attacks, chest oppression, insomnia, nervousness, irritability, headaches and so forth; or the stress can be the cause for the aggravation or trigger of pre-existing conditions such as migraines, sciatic pain, ulcers, heart conditions, and basically every existing medical condition. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to address and treat stress.
Stress comes in many forms and affects people of all ages and all walks of life. No external standards can be applied to predict stress levels in individuals — one need not have a traditionally stressful job to experience workplace stress, just as a parent of one child may experience more parental stress than a parent of several children. The degree of stress in our lives is highly dependent upon individual factors such as our physical health, the quality of our interpersonal relationships, the number of commitments and responsibilities we carry, the degree of others’ dependence upon us, expectations of us, the amount of support we receive from others, and the number of changes or traumatic events that have recently occurred in our lives.
When caregivers are less stressed, they make fewer errors and this can make a direct influence on operational outcomes. At a recent sound health event at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, they reported on current research on the positive effects of music and health. Other research being conducted on the experience of AWE has demonstrated the health benefits of being in a nature experience that elicits the emotions of awe.
Our hope is that Rejuvenation Stations that are placed in wait spaces for families and patients will reduce levels of anxiety which allows better communication between caregivers and patients. When we are less stressed, we are able to listen better.