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Caring for the wounded healer - nurturing the self

journal contribution
posted on 2006-10-01, 00:00 authored by Patricia Dunning
Health professionals have to deal with a “wounded society”, for example, violence, natural disasters and displaced people. Shortage of health professional groups and the high use of complementary therapies may reflect professional wounds, such as stress and burnout. Self-care is an important aspect of health professionals’ lives, given modern-day work stressors that can affect an individual's physical, mental and spiritual health. Often people become healers through personal suffering. Each person wounded or not, needs to understand his or her own need to be nurtured, and develop and implement a self-care health programme. Personal and professional reflection are important to understanding the nature of events that lead to “wounds” and how they can be transcended and the experiences used in holistic care. Aromatherapy can be a useful addition to self-care especially in managing stress and minor self-limiting conditions.

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Journal

Journal of bodywork and movement therapies

Volume

10

Issue

4

Pagination

251 - 260

Publisher

Churchill Livingstone

Location

Edinburgh, Scotland

ISSN

1360-8592

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2005, Elsevier Ltd

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