Breathe, connect, reflect to reach calm

Employee News & Views Editor: March 22, 20141 Comments

Sometimes, adrenalin is a gift. When human beings lived in prehistoric times, the ability to fight or flee was needed because we lived so close to wild animals. Today's world still has situations when immediate energy for emergencies is needed. But too often, we live in a state of continual adrenalin surge which leads to a whole other set of issues! We don't need to live this way.

We've all noticed the benefits of living with calm. Calm allows us to navigate most situations much better than reactions out of sheer adrenalin. Calm allow us to keep perspective and make wise decisions. Calm alone can help to calm a tense situation.

How can we cultivate calm in ourselves in today's hyper-charged world?

BREATHE DEEPLY. Attention to the simple in-and-out flow of our breath is an amazing way to calm our bodies and minds. When you sense yourself becoming tense, close your eyes and enjoy three cycles of deep inhalation and exhalation. It really helps.

PRACTICE SELF-CARE. Honor the rhythms of life. Work and play. Exercize and rest. Laugh and cry. Reflect quietly in your own mind / heart and process your thoughts and feelings with others. Spend time with people and spend time in solitude.

CONNECT WITH THE REAL. A builder's plumb-line or level allows the work to be done in line with true vertical and true horizontal. When we live in sync with what is real, there is stability, a foundation is set where calm rather than chaos can become the norm. Reflect on this question: what is my plumb-line or level?

Chaplain Lynn Baker
Community Regional Medical Center
 

One response to Breathe, connect, reflect to reach calm

Breathe, connect , reflect

I really apppreciate your reference to a "continual adrenalin surge." These words can easily refer to working at a Level 1 Trauma Center. If we add constant coffee and cafeine to the mix, we can easily become stressed out, or, become the opposite of calm. I also enjoyed "the rhythms of life." Here again, so true in a Level 1 Trauma Center. We see great joy when patients recover and then great sadness when they don't. We see the best in human nature and sometimes we see less. Thanks for the reminder to seek calm.


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