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I have been a registered nurse, nurse practitioner and most importantly a patient advocate for over 20 years. I have worked in hospitals, homes and as a private consultant, always teaching patients how to speak up for themselves and to make well informed healthcare decisions that are right for them and help them to avoid all types of Medical Errors. The many things I have seen in healthcare led me write "What Did the Doctor Just Say." In it are all the steps every patient needs to take to remain safe in the healthcare system and avoid medical errors. My personal goal is help to save 100,000 people from the horrors of a medical error and I wrote What Did the Doctor Just Say? to help make that happen.

Monday, November 30, 2009

The Doctor Just Said: Decrease Your Stress -- Here's How

We've all heard the saying"stress kills." Well it's true. Stress makes high blood pressure higher and increases blood sugar. Your headache, your backache and your stomach ache, your inability to sleep your depression and your tense relationships are all directly related to and affected by your stress level.

Decreasing stress is one of the first and one of the most important steps in taking control of your health and your healthcare. When you decrease your stress your life and your health improve. When you are healthy and feeling well you do not need to enter the healthcare system for the treatment of an illness. In this way being healthy greatly decreases your chances of falling victim to a medical error - you can't get hurt in the system if you're not in the system. In the upcoming weeks I will share with you many simple, free and effective ways to decrease your stress. Today I want to talk about meditation. I really believe in meditation as a health and healing modality, it has kept me sane through the most difficult times of my life and helps me to live everyday with joy, hope, laughter and love despite being tried and earnestly challenged by this life. The positive affects I and millions of others have experienced through meditation are well documented. In fact meditation has been shown to improve many of the conditions mentioned in this posting.

Usually, when I say the word meditation the woman I'm talking with will say something like "I want to meditate but I can't ; because I can't _______ (sit still, pay attention, be quite, stop my thoughts) you fill in the blank for yourself. I then go on to explain that there are hundreds of ways to meditate. There are walking meditations, yoga and thi chi are forms of meditation and of course there is the classic sitting still and clearing the mind type of meditation most of us are at least somewhat familiar with. There are many types of meditation and there is probably a type that will suit your unique personality.

If you would like to try to meditate, if you'd like to experience it's benefits for yourself watch this video. And let me know what you think.

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