The topic for this month’s nursing blog carnival is LOADED! Nurses and our addictions.
Ten nurse leaders share their POV, including moi.
As I’m the host for this carnival, I’ll get the ball rolling.
Find out the little known #1 Addiction I discovered
At first blush, we automatically think drugs, drug diversion, opiates, alcohol.
Jeez! Even Oprah had a show recently featuring a nurse who got addicted to heroin. And she got clean 🙂
THE FACTS according to The American Nurses Association (ANA) state approximately 10% of nurses are dependent on drugs, making the incidence of drug abuse and addiction among nurses consistent with that of the U.S. population. With nearly 3 million RNs employed in the U.S., that means almost 300,000 RNs may be substance abusers; put another way, if you work with 10 nurses, one of them is likely to be struggling with addiction.
AND so, must of us already know this. Let’s move on to a far vaster array in the world of addictions. The good, the bad, the ugly, the fun, the enlightening.
Here’s my take. As a holistic nurse yoga therapist, I take a body-mind-spirit approach. My POV- CONCLUSIONS are based on my private, group and corporate training to over 6000 people, with the essential concepts I teach in YogaNursing®.
Here’s what I discovered– the #1 ADDICTION
for most nurses and indeed everyone else IS:
The #1 ADDICTION IS…ADDICTION TO THINKING!
This creates stress, anxiety, pain and suffering.
Yep. We’re addicted to THINKING about–our stories OR other people’s stories.
Here’s The LIST, a long litany fueled by my work
with thousands of nurses, clients & patients:
These are the top 12 addictive thoughts.
Can you relate?
It all starts with FEAR. Fear of something happening OR not happening to YOU like…
your health– cancer, heart disease, PTSD, diabetes….
your weight– getting fat, beating myself up for being fat & not exercising,
your money– going broke, dreaming of being rich,
your house– oh my freakin’ mortgage, when will I pay it off, will I ever have a house?
your debt– guts churning on how to pay it all, will I ever be free?
your family– you love them – you hate them, war and peace…
love life or lack of one – should I stay or should I go? Oh the torment to decide!
your job– should I stay or should I go? Stuck between a rock and a hard place.
lack of sleep– tossing and turning’, tossing and turning all night.
food– what to eat, what not to eat, making smoothies, detoxing, eating clean,
betrayal– broken heart, broken trust, can I ever forgive and move on?
resentment– my boss, company, colleagues, didn’t get the gig I wanted.
injustice– what the fek is up? Brother against brother, sister, furry critters.
national security– what the fek is up with this crazy pants world? Homeland security, cyber attacks, constant threats, mass media fear mongering gone wild,
life and death– loss of loved ones, shootings, beatings, killing, bombing. Global warming. Threat of World War III. Sigh.
your purpose– how can I make a difference? Find the guts to take a risk and do what I love?
existential questions– is there a God, should I consider Buddhism, any ISM, deepen my Christ Consciousness, become more spiritual, find meaning in my life…
etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. aud nuaseum.
Do add to the list on what you obsess on- in the comment area below
In plan language, TOO MUCH thinking makes us sick.
We play out mostly imaginary stories about all that stuff. There is SHOCKING proof vis a vis our brain chemistry, (neuropeptides = the molecules of emotion) that we actually ‘get off’ on the feelings we create, a kind of habitual, hidden mental masturbation, which when out of control depletes our energy spiraling to a sense of hopelessness and depression. Mama Mia!!!
What to do?
By creating peace with your mind, you create peace with your life.
Consider learning mindful meditative practices like gentle yoga + learn how to meditate. I suffered from this addiction for years, torturing myself with the endless stories. After years of suffering, I learned the Sacred Remedy Rx. An easy, proven, treatment plan that anyone can practice. Now, I’m amazingly graced to offer these solutions to help nurses and nursing organizations internationally.
Consider the You’ll slow down your anxious, monkey mind and create beautiful calm. ” NURSES 28 DAY SPIRITUAL CLEANSE. You’ll slow down your anxious, monkey mind and create beautiful calm PLUS it’s pay what you can and an opportunity to give back to a worthy cause.
WHAT DO OTHER NURSE BLOGGERS SAY ABOUT ADDICTIONS?
LEARN about the endless array of other substances and stuff we real life, human nurses are addicted to. CURIOUS? EXPLORE this intriguing list of posts from nurse leaders in the blogging world. Read their secrets and surprises-
Nurse Elizabeth Scala -Living Sublime Wellness
A simply sublime, surprising post.
Nurse Wayne Nix- Stress Free Nurses
Shares our global nursing addiction to the big C.
Nurse Keith – Digital Doorway
Shares 5 BIG addictions, I’m sure y’all can relate to.
Nurse Joyce- International Nurse Support
Experience in working with many addicted nurses, compassionate, thoughtful post.
Nurse Kevin Ross- Innovative Nurse
Comes clean on getting unplugged.
Nurse Lorie Brown-
Excellent advice + insights
Nurse Sarah Wengert – Travel Nursing Blogs
An upbeat spin on getting hooked.
Nurse Jamie Davis – Nursing Show
On being enslaved and role modeling
Nurse Jennifer Olin
What nurses have in common with movie stars
If you’re interested in participating in the NURSING BLOG CARNIVAL from clever Nerdy Nurse, Brittney Wilson- find out more details and sign up here.
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P.S. If you’re open to stopping your addiction to thinking, consider The YogaNursing Essentials. You can take the treatment at home in your PJs and even get Nursing Credits. Click here