“Life is like a box of chocolate; just never know what you are gonna get,” stated Forrest Gump’s movie in the year 1994. None of us are planning to face failures in healing wounds. Many of us are planning never to experience it at all or chronic wounds that behave in a non-viable way. This article will discuss staying balanced during the difficult season of wound healing. There are no healthcare professionals who will predict how severe or straightforward wounds will respond to trauma, wound dressings, wound topicals, wound cleansing, and other wound care techniques. They can only approach wounds one strategy at a time, during the uncomfortableness that patients are experiencing traveling back and forth to wound care clinics and having in their homes. There are three habits to practice in establishing, strengthening, and solidifying the peaceful mindset while waiting on their wound healing are: having supporting relationships, giving back to those who are less fortunate, and practicing self-soul care.
Supportive relationships can be hard to find as adults as we become older. Most adults have found solitude in alone time or with a tiny group of people which we have found a commonality. However, I asked people to become more spontaneous in meeting new people to cultivate relationships in those challenging seasons of wound healing (Chan et al., 2020). It is about introducing yourself to new perspectives that could be beneficial (Chan et al., 2020). On a more critical note, it is more important that it’s a great disruptor of developing depression or breaking down the pattern of depressive symptoms. In supportive relationships, it’s finding unity, accepting the new ways of life, and learning to give self-compassion (Chan et al., 2020). The supportive relationship is not about sitting in a circle exchanging prior life experiences before the failed wounds nor sharing bereavements stories but learning how to become life producers (Chan et al., 2020).
Caring for others is a sacrificial act of selflessness (Chan et al., 2020). Selflessness creates a peaceful mindset while waiting for wounds to heal. Selflessness removes the ego-centered focus from a community-centered focus (Chan et al., 2020). Patients feed homeless citizens at nearby shelters and create care packages for nursing home residents in proximity of your neighborhood. They are aiding a young school-aged child with homework and speaking encouragement into high school students who struggle to finish the school year satisfactorily. These are just a few ideas to channel your difficult season into a harvest for someone else. Its releases serotonin and dopamine that produce a sense of accomplishment and a sense of purpose beyond self.
Lastly, to capture the core of achieving a peaceful mindset is learning to care for your soul. So often, wound care patients are undergoing lots of emotional, mental, and spiritual stress and have not taken the time to depress the pressure away from their souls (Chan et al., 2020). To learn how to sit in a quiet room or play soft serenity music to align their cells, tissues, organs, and spirits in proper alignment (Chan et al., 2020). Learning how to participate in self-soul care will assist you during a difficult time while waiting on your wounds to heal.
Chan, S. L., Li, L. P., & Joel, W. Y. (2020). ‘I am Still Able to Contribute to Someone Less Fortunate’: A Phenomenological Analysis of Young Adults’ Process of Personal Healing from Major Depression. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 42(1), 97-111. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10447-019-09387-5