Take a minute and look around (or at least visualize) your office. Come on . . . give it a try.
When I look around mine, I see a space painted in calming colors, with comfy chairs and a few tasteful Zen-inspired decorations. My credentials, there to inspire trust in my abilities, are hanging on the wall and soft, relaxing music is sometimes playing in the background.
I imagine that many of you have similar surroundings. Now think about the last hospital that you were in.
Was it a similar environment?
When you think about your hospital, do you even see the background of the rooms, or does the medical equipment jump out at you instead?
Esther Sternberg, MD, a neuroimmunologist, medical researcher, and expert in the healing qualities of space has many thought-provoking insights on this issue.
The idea that hospitals can be, not just treatment space but healing space, is something that we as practitioners need to take seriously.
In fact, she told me of one simple change that is shown to reduce pain medication, shorten hospital stays, and lower nursing turnover. I’ll let you find out what it is in this short video. . .
The idea that hospitals can be not just treatment space but healing space is something that we as a health and mental health community need to take seriously.
Dr Sternberg has many more fascinating insights on this often neglected topic – you can listen in as we discuss it in-depth on Wednesday.
We’re so excited about Esther’s work that we decided to start our upcoming teleseminar series Mind-Body Medicine with her.
We talked to experts in mind-body medicine who provided us with new ways of approaching health problems.
The series is still available, just click here.
What are your own personal insights into the idea of healing spaces? Please leave a comment below.