A landmark Editorial on 1 September 2015 in the British Medical Journal, titled, ‘Learning from Soft Power… A need for soft healing in the 21st century’, a new understanding of healing focus was expressed. The authors were from the School of Nutrition Science at Boston’s Tuffs University and the Yale Law School.

The Editorial goes on to explain that the modern approach to health emphasises “hard healing” – the reactive, individualised treatment of risk factors and diseases. Whereas “soft healing”- prioritises proactive prevention rather than reactive treatment, and uses a range of modalities to encourage behavioural and lifestyle changes in the population.

“Hard healing” = reactive = treat disease = drugs

“Soft healing” = proactive prevention as the healing priority = learning tools and strategies for stress management and building emotional resilience.

In the business and corporate world, service organisations, educational institutions, healthcare, the public service and other areas of employment where soft healing is accepted and practiced, report that overstress and dis-stress are not a workplace problem.

The image above is of an employee who is taking a brief de-stress break to listen to music and play his ‘air guitar’. The healing power of music is very well researched and during this workers breaks, ‘happy hormones’ are released that are calming and soothing for the soul.

In Japan, Heidi the old English Sheepdog at the Oracle Corporation in Tokyo has been at the office for 12 years to help relieve stress! She wanders from office to office to receive her pats and affection and she and the workers she interacts with all receive a powerful burst in their levels of oxytocin secretion. This is a bonding and feel good hormone.


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Dog Has Retirement Party in Japan

If your workplace is one where there is constant stress being experienced by the workforce, maybe investigating the introduction of de-stressing brief encounters for your workers would be an outstanding investment in employee wellbeing.

There is considerable academic evidence that properly diagnosing the sources of stress in an organisation, followed by undertaking primary interventions to remove or reduce the stressors provide an organisation with the greatest value for the investment.

This was quantified in late 2014 by the federally funded PricewaterhouseCoopers return on investment (ROI) analysis that concluded that every $1.00 spent on effective workplace mental health interventions (stress management) generates $2.30 in benefits to the organisation.

In 2012 the British medical publication, The Lancet, stated in an article that healthy employees are three times more productive than unhealthy employees.

The Stress Management Institute® conducts training for those individuals who wish to become a qualified Stress Management Practitioner or Stress Management Facilitator and embark on either a full time or part time exciting career caring for and supporting people who are struggling to cope with stress. If you are looking for a career change, or you wish to add a Stress Management and Emotional Resilience specialty to your current career, please call +61 1 300 663 979 or email info@stressmanagementinstitute.org

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