Physical and Mental Health

Physical and Mental Health

Wats-on With Physical and Mental Health

This website domain is  Wats-on.net  and the tag line is Physical and Mental Health.   My blog Wats-on my Mind is my retirement project to get as many people as possible using hypnosis and psychological techniques in their everyday lives.

The extraordinary thing about our bodies is that so  much is governed directly from our powerful organ the brain.

Get control of those thoughts!

I was hospital nursing for 30 years and I have to admit that most people working directly with everyday illnesses, surgery etc can be very busy – oh and HOW BUSY!

The emotions, fears and anxiety of patients going through the clinical scenario can be less than ideal.   No bad intent from the staff, but the administrative pressures, time pressures and safety issues, money pressures all reduce the time available.

Nursing tried to do something about this.

I was involved when something called the Nursing Process was introduced which was a scientific method to ensure the quality of patient care.

The 5 Steps of the Nursing Process

Assessment Phase

The first step of the nursing process is assessment. During this phase, the nurse gathers information about a patient’s psychological, physiological, sociological, and spiritual status.

Diagnosing Phase

Nurse making an educated judgment about health problems of a patient – eg sleep deprivation

Planning Phase

Once a patient and nurse agree on the diagnoses, a plan of action can be developed.  The Nursing Interventions Classification may also be used as a resource for planning.

Implementing Phase 

The implementing phase is where the nurse follows through on the decided plan specific to each patient.

Evaluation Phase

Evaluation to determine of the goals for patient wellness have been met.

Still not Getting To The Mental Issues

I can only talk in general terms and my comments here are fairly sweeping.

The thing is that nursing leaders had realised that the clinical interventions be they medical or surgical could have a great effect on the well-being of the patient.

Of course I worked directly with doctors and witnessed the pressures on them – such as crazy number of overnight hours on call after a full days work –  so I am not knocking them – but their interest could often be focused on a specific area of the patients body.   Nurses had a more well-being holistic approach because of their closer relationship with the patient.

Despite these efforts by nurses to personalise the care and offer a secure, safe treatments, I still believe we did not begin to really get to grip with the mental aspects of the care.

For example I remember a patient who had changed quite suddenly.  He clearly was concerned and I was trying to establish whether something had happened with his family etc.  It was several days before I found out from a relative that he was concerned because a man had died in the ward, that he had been talking to.  He thought that the patient had the same condition as him and was convinced he was also not going to go home.  What is going on in a busy ward is very unsettling and a poor environem

Let me remind you what I said in my blog a couple of days ago.

The reason that I called my Blog ‘Wats-on My Mind’ is to introduce and educate as many as possible about controlling what goes on inside our heads.  As a nurse I realised that people with positive approach to their illness or surgery responded so much better than those that worried and were anxious.  My work with Adam and observing his hypnotherapy work reinforced that point.

My feeling that I had while I was nursing has been reinforced since I started working with Adam Eason a clinical Hypnotherapist.

Continued Tomorrow…

So what I will introduce you to tomorrow is a really fleeting look at what has influenced me since I retired from nursing in 1996.

You will hopefully understand why I link the mental and physical so closely.

For now just think about blushing – or sexual attraction and physical reaction to just seeing the person of your dreams.  Pretty powerful physical responses from thoughts.

Did My Nursing Career Train Me To Not Smell?

It was with some interest that I read on the BBC website this morning about a ‘smell’ study.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15770361

The sense of smell can be improved through training, a study on rats suggests.

The study, published in Nature Neuroscience, also suggests if we do not use our sense of smell, we begin to lose it.

The New York University Langone Medical Center team says their work also raises hopes of reversing loss of smell caused by ageing or disease.

All very interesting but it got me thinking about my own smelling issue.  I can smell some things.  The good thing is that they are the more pleasant smells in life – food cooking, perfume and flowers for example.  Whereas the more unmentionable human smell emitting activities pass my nostrils by.  How good is that?  Well I can’t smell gas either so perhaps it is not all good news.

However – here is the thing – when I was young and just setting out on a career in nursing – my olfactory system was firing on all cylinders and I was as prone as anyone else to the stenches and foul odours that accompany a lot of the work.  You get the picture I am sure!  But by the time I was a trained nurse I had more or less blanked out (or trained away) my mind to accept the foul smells.  Very useful for that career.

Is that another example of the power of the mind or did something physical happen.

Perhaps someone can enlighten me.