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Well-Being is Well-Meaning by Valerie Bestland, FP-C, BS, Certified Life & Weight Loss Coach

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Well-Being is Well-Meaning by Valerie Bestland, FP-C, BS, Certified Life & Weight Loss Coach

Well-Being is Well-Meaning

Well-Being Sounds Nice.

Evidence shows that employees who participate in Wellness/Well-Being programs have reduced lifestyle diseases, reduced stress, and improved overall well-being [1,2,3].

You might also find Wellness topics on the interwebs, but when you read the advice and suggestions you quickly realize that Well-Being is Well-Meaning but translates poorly to EMS life!

Common advice given in Wellness/Well-Being:

  • Go to sleep at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning
  • Go for a walk on your lunch break
  • Find a quiet space where you can de-stress and process your emotions
  • Talk about your difficult day with your spouse
  • Working out first thing in the morning is the most beneficial

EMS be like… 



EMS is a complex profession. There are many obstacles that are not accounted for in most Wellness/Well-Being programs. We don’t fit into the “mold” of the average employee who works in an office M-F 9-5.

But, our industry desperately needs help.

 

According to the last Crew Care report [4]:

 

50% of respondents are obese based on BMI (which is higer than the US average)

82% said they wanted to lose weight

77% get less than 7-9 hours of sleep per night

73% feel burnt out and exhausted

26% use ETOH to cope with stress (compared to 16% US average)

32% use food to manage stress

32% report fair and poor mental health

41% said their agency did not have a Wellness program

18% said they didn’t know if their agency had a wellness program

My guess is that these numbers don’t shock you.

We go a mile or two deep on all the problems/obstacles we have, and only an inch deep on the solution. It’s time to start focusing on solutions that work for us and our unique profession.

My goal is to bring Well-Being to our industry in a way that is relevant and useful. To do that, I will focus on the six pillars of EMS Well-Being depicted from the image below.

 

We are in this industry because we want to help people, but in doing that it should not cost us our own health and wellness.

Stay tuned for my next blog where I will discuss “On The Job Eating”….what the problems, obstacles, and solutions are!

Be Well EMS.

#wellems

1.Stress reduction from workplace wellness program

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/1809754

2. Workplace Wellness program benefits

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4945172/

3.Effect of a Professional Coaching intervention on the Well-Being and distress of Physicians

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/article-abstract/2740206

4. Crew Care Report; Anderson MK, & Butler DG. ImageTrend Clinical & Research Services.

Health of Our Emergency Responders: A CrewCare Report. Vol. 1 (2019).

Retrieved from www.Imagetrend.com/CrewCareReport

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