Each one of the thoughts in this book intends to change the inevitable and huge energy involving any human being around every clinic, ward, theatre, office, or home from that negative, detrimental vibration to a positive and helpful one, making health professionals fully aware of themselves, their potential and enhancing their abilities for a complete understanding of those who work around them and the ones who require their care.
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One Thought to Be Taken Once a Day366 Well-Being Thoughts for Health Professionals
By Emma Allende
Balboa PressCopyright © 2012 Emma Allende
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Chapter OneOne Thought to Be Taken Once a Day
1. Caring about my staff with love will help me to understand myself better.
2. I care about optimising my relationship with my colleagues. I'm asking myself "What has to be true for this person to react like that?" "What kind of thoughts this person must have in order to react like that?" "What does he believe about himself?" This helps me to understand my colleagues.
3. There is something within me that pushes me to transcend. Sharing my knowledge will make me somehow immortal. I decide to share my knowledge openly with the new generations of staff and I'm starting to notice what the benefits are for me too.
4. What makes me happy or sad is my mind. Today I will focus on thinking happy thoughts and hopeful thoughts for myself, my patients and my staff.
5. Sometimes all that your patient needs is a " human being", not a " human doing" who is so busy who can't establish eye contact or a " human having" full of qualifications. And ... yes, of course, you can be the three of them.
6. I like to promote my patient's intuition too so they can help me more with the diagnoses and description of the effects the medication has in their bodies.
7. Stress maintained over time raises cortisol levels suppressing the ability of the body to repair itself. By taking care of my mental health I can do something to be in control of my cortisol levels.
8. Changing how you feel about something will shift automatically your behaviour. Did you know you get to choose how you feel about things?
9. There's no such a thing as a bad day I'm just having another opportunity to grow while learning. I love getting feedback from my bad days. How good are my bad days!
10. Without my thoughts my world wouldn't exit. What would I like to create with my thoughts today? A happy experience or a bad one?
11. All my colleagues are doing the best they know and can with what it is available to them at any moment in time. That includes me too.
12. Next time you see a patient pay attention to your energy. Does your energy go up or down? Do you feel anything in your heart? Do you feel uplifted or constricted? Do you feel a connection with him? And try to modify you energy around the situation. You could be very pleasantly surprised to discover new things you didn't know before.
13. Give someone a hug; you'll be stimulating the growth hormone that contributes to stimulate the immune system, balances blood pressure and settles the mood.
14. I educate my patients about how they have to listen to their bodies and trust what the body has to say to them in order to cooperate in the healing of the illness.
15. I've realised that to overcome fear I have to become calm to allow courage to neutralise it. I become calm by focusing in my gentle breathing.
16. Today while I'm having a break at work I choose to enjoy slowly my coffee and as I start feeling good I say nice things about my colleagues. I observe what impact this makes to my life. I never thought something so simple could be so powerful.
17. When one of the parts of my body is painful, I focus on which other parts of my body are working well. This removes my obsession with my symptoms and allows my immune system to do its job.
18. I recognize that my patients have their own boundaries and they are to be respected. I ask politely before any procedure and calibrate the body language as well as listening to what my patient has to say. I observe how their words and body language are a match.
19. It's becoming easier for me to recognize when I'm angry and I look for positive ways I can think of to express it in different more positive ways.
20. I allow myself to adapt well to the changes in my department.
21. It's the thoughts and beliefs which make the difference between a bad behaviour and a good one. What kind of thoughts would I allow my mind to have?
22. When I feel I don't want something I don't tend to use negative words to describe it. Instead I choose what I want out of it and suddenly I start to see myself talking positive words about a situation that was previously negative.
23. My thinking is determinant of how I present myself to the world. How do I wish people to see me?
24. When I choose my food wisely, it gives me the gift of nourishment. The growth and well being of my cells depend on the energy healthy food provides. In the same way I choose healthy thoughts to feed my mind. A healthy thought is the one that keeps in harmony with who I really am. Nobody needs to know what I think. I can decide if I want to share my thoughts or not with others.
25. I may not be aware how sometimes I allow other people's fears to get into me. When I feel scared I first check inside if those fears are the product of someone who said something to me or if they are my own real fears. If they are not mine, would I hold onto them?
26. As I feel compassion for myself, my fears start to vanish.
27. I am much more than just my fears.
28. Engage in meaningful conversations as they help to keep the limbic system in balance.
29. In order to deal with illness is useful to connect with the energetic emotional components of the illness. It is good to ask questions although the may seem unusual. So for example in the case that the illness would have had a purpose in my life I would ask myself "What would that be?" I remain in silence to allow the answer to emerge from within. Once I find the purpose "what would I offer to the illness to fulfill that purpose?" "Is it perhaps loving myself more or decreasing the amount of work that I do?"....
30. My eyes see what my mind has known before. Sometimes I have to believe something first in order to see it later on. It's not all about seeing it to be able to believe it.
31. There's a reason for me being here in this world and alive. When I seem to forget about what the reason is, I keep my mind quiet and observe my thoughts flowing. Just observing them, not feeling them. When my mind becomes quieter suddenly a more positive thought comes up to the surface. I follow it and I give it my full attention. Th at's life starting to tell me what I already knew and forgot for a while.
32. It is good to like thinking the thoughts you are thinking, so you would distinguish the helpful thoughts from the not so helpful ones.
33. When I blend my rational mind with my intuition, I have access to much more information about my patients.
34. Whatever I wish to receive from my staff, that's exactly what I have to offer to them.
35. There's a subtle energy field around our bodies, we feel warm, cold, drained, light headed.... It's called bio energy. Once we learn to perceive it, it helps understand how our patients are feeling and how their body is functioning. Combining this with our rational mind we become better health professionals.
36. By deciding to feel a bit better now I get an indication that I am already on the road to feeling very good soon. This gives me reassurance that better things are coming and I'm on the right track.
37. Everyday at the hospital we pick up different energies from different emotions from patients and staff. By cleaning our energy in between patients we don't pass the emotional state from one bed to the next one in the ward.
38. Some ideas about how to clean our energy are: Applying peripheral vision, paying close attention and purposefully feeling the water running down our hands while we wash them, grounding ourselves in every step on the floor and prolonging the breathing out.
39. A good start of the day at the hospital begins at home as soon as I get up when I decide on purpose to think helpful thoughts.
40. Today I decide I'm going to talk about something inspiring with my colleagues during the break at work and observe how they reenergise as a consequence of it.
41. Our bodies are made of atoms that arrange themselves and make cells and organs. We are energy and our emotions are energy in motion.
42. When things are changing at work, I remember and reassure myself that it's just change ,this helps me to remain calm and can be an opportunity for me to grow and change too. I like to write down how many ways I can think for me to start to enjoy the process of changing.
43. If it's dark I turn on the light. If there's fear I turn on love. When I feel scared I start by thinking what I love around me. That includes even the smallest things like "I love the chair I'm sitting on because is comfortable or I love the fact that I'm wearing clothes that keep me warm...." I keep doing this on purpose for a few seconds or minutes and I observe how fear vanishes. Fear and Love cannot coexist together.
44. When I feel stuck inside my own circle of safety I embrace uncertainty. This way it makes easier to push my own boundaries.
45. I'm determined to make life a perpetual thrive.
46. When I wish to know what kind of health service is delivered I observe how the staff get on with each other. If they look energetic, happy in their jobs and with an open attitude there's a greater chance that they would be delivering good care.
47. There may be times when you find difficult to trust your staff. In the same way, you may wonder how easy it is to trust yourself and.... as you are now reading this you may realise that you knew all along you had all the resources needed to solve any problems that may arise at work. By trusting yourself, trusting your staff wouldn't be an issue anymore.
48. There are only a few real emergencies. Stop worrying about having many patients waiting for you. Dedicate a brief time to restore yourself, so your clinic starts flowing easily and effortlessly.
49. When we argue "I'm right, you are wrong! " Who is doubting more about himself and feeling vulnerable? We can shout out loud and still never be right. If one of us was really right there wouldn't be a need for shouting, we would only need to whisper.
50. Remember that being scared of developing a mental illness is just a sign of anxiety. It doesn't constitute mental illness just by itself.
51. Dedicating time to the basic needs of your body keeps the chemicals in your brain under balance.
52. The best asset a hospital can have is a mentally and physically healthy staff who are happy in their jobs.
53. Ask the patients what's their "gut feeling" about the illness and you'll be surprised how much information comes to the surface.
54. The release of histamine is directly related to an asthma attack. Now guess which one is the neurotransmitter that gets released under the emotion of fear? As you are reading this now .... how many other ways can you think of to prevent an asthma attack from happening?
55. Ask yourself what would be the cost of holding that negative belief? Is it worth it?
56. Your brain is like a computer. It's got its own software and of course its own recycle bin. Declutter your brain in the same way you declutter your computer and recycle your thoughts.
57. In any life event either you win or you learn and by learning you end up winning anyway.
58. Remember that you can always choose to act from a place of loving your job instead of a place of obligation.
59. The best medical equipment would not fulfil its potential unless it is in the hands of someone who is eager to use it and enthusiastic and hopeful of being successful.
60. Would you like a better future? Then you have to stop wishing your past would have been different.
61. Some illnesses are more common depending on our life styles and our life styles depend on our thoughts and our thoughts depend on us. Isn't it simpler than you thought it was?
62. Replace "I can't "with "There may be a change I could". When I could, "How would I know that?" I perhaps could do it and I don't know it just yet".
63. Replace the word "problem" with the word "challenge". Which one is more empowering?
64. Do you suffer from food intolerance or other allergies? Histamine is released in your body in an allergic reaction. Histamine is also released when you allow the emotion of fear to take over you.
65. Start watching your thoughts and begin to notice your thought patterns. Are they helpful? Being aware of your thoughts is the first step to move toward a more supportive thinking.
66. Do you often find yourself refusing to think something nice about yourself? OK, now try it the other way round and refuse to think something bad about yourself.
67. Make a conscious decision to live your life in the proximity of hope. Soon you'll see how happy things come your way and the previous struggles seem to disappear in the distance.
68. There are more versions of the reality than the one you are experiencing. Once you learn to see them you can choose which one you want to adopt.
69. Listen to how your patient describes his symptoms in his own vocabulary and ask yourself "How can I communicate better with this patient and put him first?" He will perceive this and the rapport will be established at a deeper level.
70. People who are exposed to greenery have lower blood pressure and better mood when compared with people working in windowless rooms.
71. You are much more than just your thoughts you are thinking right now.
72. Dedicate everyday at least 10 minutes purposefully to think about what you would like to happen in your life.
73. Remember the first time someone bullied you and how it can be related to how you behave now. Remind yourself of all the resources you own inside to choose more adaptive and beneficial ways to react. Do you still want to bully that person now? Who would be losing after all? How could you really win?
74. The EEG signals detected from the brain of people listening to music and the ones just imagining music are indistinguishable. What would you dare to imagine today?
75. You are always on time to change the perception about yourself and about the world around you.
76. Start by loving yourself. The rest becomes easier. Once you change your attitude towards yourself, loving your patients will come automatically.
77. You are a miracle, in order for you to be reading this today all your ancestors had to live at least up to reproductive age. Can you see how important you are?
78. Look around you. The things you see didn't exist at some point, apart from being a single thought that someone held. What would you like to think of that could become a reality?
79. Many little acts of kindness for your patients will bring you a life full of kindness for yourself.
80. We are not as individual as we think we are. We are all connected at a molecular level and at emotional level.
81. Look at the way you talk to yourself. Are you your best friend or your worst enemy?
82. What I think about myself is what it really matters and this will be reflected in my actions. What others think about me doesn't have any power over me unless I give it that permission.
83. Any emotional state lasts less than 60 seconds. If it keeps longer it is because we keep adding logs to the fire, entertaining the same thought repeating it inside our heads. What thought would we like to entertain?
84. Emotional states are catching. Are yours worth being contagious?
85. Dare to treat your colleagues nicely and do good things to them. You can do it directly or in a way they'll never find out, watch them grow and see how you grow even more.
86. I am in charge of my mind; I can stop my mind using me. I am in charge of the involuntary thoughts processes as I can address them despite being involuntary.
87. Today make your intent to focus on positive and good things. Once you start doing this on purpose notice how you start to love your new becoming happier life.
88. When I look at my patients, I try to see that behind every single face there's a story. Whatever the story is I give it full consideration. Everybody has a role and a purpose in this life. When I can't find anything interesting in the story I change my point of focus. I look at the positive aspects of the story and what they represent in the overall picture.
89. When you are angry and you feel like shouting, start singing the words. This way you can still release the same energy while noticing how the impulse diminishes. You can sing the words inside your head, nobody will notice it. When one shouts there's no thinking, just an impulse. When one sings the brain operates in a different way.
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