Below is Part 2 of the two-part series I was a part of on the Nursing Uncharted podcast. We continued focusing on concepts in my first book, Transformation After Trauma: Embracing Post-Traumatic Growth, and ways they can be implemented in one's life.
In this episode we discussed the importance of exercise in trauma recovery and stress reduction. We discussed ways exercise can be incorporated into your work. I explained the importance of doing activities that oppose the movements you do the most each day. For example, if you're standing or walking during most of the day, you're continually contracting (shortening) your calf muscles. So, it's important to regularly oppose that movement by stretching in the opposite direction, in this case, bringing your toes toward your shin at different points during the day.
We also talked about doing activities like creative expression outside of work that oppose your experiences at work. It's possible to engage in activities that are life-giving and can rejuvenate your mind and body versus engaging in the typical numbing activities like eating, drinking, and watching TV. Activities like creative expression can also help you work through your stress and trauma, so daily stressors don't continue to compound and reach overwhelming levels.
Other topics included finding spaces at your work and home that can be used as a sanctuary and ways to make sure you are consuming healthy amounts and types of food while working. Even if you're not a nurse or healthcare professional, I believe you will be able to apply the tools we discussed in your own life.
You can watch the interview on YouTube or listen to it on Audible, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or any other major podcast platform. The title of this episode is "Ep. 52 - Transformation after Workplace Trauma (Part 2) with Stephanie M. Hutchins, Ph.D."
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