The importance of Humour in nursing


Daily Life, Humour, Jokes, Way of Life


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The nursing profession is notoriously high-pressure profession. Especially in the times we live in now with this corona pandemic. Many patients that nurses encounter are in a grave state of need, and nurses may not always meet their patients’ needs, despite their best efforts. With so many individuals needing a coping mechanism (please read this blog also), it’s no wonder that many people turn to the power of humour and laughter. Read More

Connecting Time – The Healthy Mind Platter (6/8)


Daily Life, Neuroscience, Theoretics


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Connecting time – The healing power of relationships

According to Matthew Lieberman, one of the founders of social cognitive neuroscience, our “evolutionary wiring predisposes us to be social,” actually causing a sense of physical pain if we are socially rejected. As such one could argue that social connection is a basic human need, very much like water, food and shelter. social support is a well-documented antecedent of wellbeing. A landmark study of Berkman and Syme found that the status and extent of social relationships predicts mortality over a 9-year follow-up after controlling for socio-demographic, physical health and health behavior variables. Based on these epidemiological findings, researchers have proposed specific relationships between interpersonal functioning, biological processes, and disease.Read More

How to ‘game your brain’: the benefits of neuroplasticity


Neuroscience, Theoretics


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One day in January 2007, a US federal government construction contractor called Doug Reitmeyer arrived at the offices of a brain-fitness software company called Posit Science, in downtown San Francisco. Reitmeyer’s son, Ryan, had had a devastating boat accident two years earlier. At about 9.45pm, four of Ryan’s friends had asked him to take them back to their car across the lake. Read More

Humour a Coping Mechanism for Caregivers


Daily Life, Humour, Patients, Way of Life


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Nurses, physicians, and other health care professionals cope daily with the reality and horror of illness, suffering, and death. If you are unable to cope effectively with this, you would experience “a burnout” or more accurately called “a compassion fatigue”. Your compassion and caring may leave you vulnerable to feelings of sympathy for those we serve.
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Time In – The Healthy Mind Platter (5/8)


Daily Life, Neuroscience, Theoretics


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Time-in – Reflection, attunement, mindfulness

Various studies cited by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in the report “stress at Work” indicate that between 26% and 40% of all workers today feel stressed of burnt out by work. Roughly 60% of doctor visits stem from stress- related complaints and illnesses. Confronted with pressure or stress, the brain strives to reestablish and maintain homeostasis through the coordinated activation and control of neuroendocrine and autonomic stress systems. stress responses are mediated by largely overlapping circuits in the limbic forebrain – the hypothalamus and the brainstem – so that the respective contributions of the neuroendocrine and autonomic systems are tuned in accordance with stressor modality and intensity. Read More