Working in the medical industry, there is one thing I can tell you that there is absolutely no lack of. That one thing is so profound, it has garnered quite a religious-like following, and that one thing is bad medical advice. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times people have waited to go to the emergency room or to call an ambulance because they read on the Internet, or they heard from a friend that what was wrong with them can be cured with some silly homeopathic concoction. Look, I’m not trying to sound like I’m questioning anybody’s intelligence because I’m not, what I’m trying to convey is there is a reason doctors, nurses, EMT’s, CNA’s etc. are required to go to school, why they are only allow to act within their scope of practice.
The reason I am bringing this up, is because honestly, I used to kind of be one of those people. It wasn’t until I got into the medical field myself that I have any true understanding of how anatomy and physiology worked.
This led me to an epiphany of sorts, it made me reevaluate whether or not I actually knew what I thought I knew. The truth of it is, is that I didn’t know. I thought I did, I wanted to, but in the end, I had to take a step back and tell myself that I had to change my way of thinking if I wanted to succeed in Emergency Medical Services.
This also had a domino effect on my mind. I started to realize that maybe my way of thinking was a little off and I wasn’t seeing things for what they were. I had such a negative mindset about everything.
So, here’s my shortlist of stuff that would beat around my brain, that, overall had absolutely no bearing on my physical and mental health unless I let it:
Politics- Delivered straight to your face via your smart device, is politics and all the anxiety that comes along with millions of political “experts” that take to social media. Overall, engaging in heated political debate did nothing to better my inner circle. All it ever did, was make me more angry and more frustrated about a situation I couldn’t change. Think about this, how does one believe they can change the world with their opinion if they cant change themselves.
Work- I used to take my day home and hold onto it like a million dollar piece of glass. I would let that shit eat me alive. One day I was stressed as as hell at my job (pre-firefighter), and my boss told me to stop stressing, it’s only work. At First I thought, he’s got to be out of his mind! I told him I was stressing because people have to work, I have to pay my bills, I have to pay my rent! He then said to me: we all have an expiration date, no ones job is 100% safe 100% of the time. Do you know what? He was absolutely right! Not only did I get laid off from that job, but I ended up getting laid off from several jobs afterwards as well. Looking back at all that stress I used to hold on to from work, all it did was take away time I could never get back. I believe it’s important to take your job seriously, and to try to do the best job you can. However the fact of the matter is there’s no guarantees you’ll still have that same job tomorrow, no matter how hard you work, and, no matter what a great employee you are. Leave your day at work, and enjoy your time at home.
Weight Issues- I struggled bad with being overweight. I bought pills, books, exercise equipment etc… Finally, I had the realization that what I really needed was 100% free: A new mindset. First thing I needed to do was reiterate to myself over and over again: My goals are within reach. Second thing I had to do, was get rid of what was making/keeping me overweight: Dessert, soda and everything fried. Third, I had to quit trying to lose weight. I’m absolutely serious. I needed to focus on being healthy. Once I quit worrying about being fat and started concentrating on my health, everything fell into place. Okay, I’ll admit, this did have an affect on my mental and physical health, but once I had the realization that I was in control of the situation, it lost it’s grip on my mindset and no longer affected me unless I let it.