Healing spaces

Imagine you are ill, it could be a headache, a cold or worse, you wake up and look around, where would you like to be, what would your ideal surroundings look like to make you feel better, to motivate you to get back on your feet? Large windows with flowing white curtains rippling in the breeze? Large open windows looking into a garden of beautiful trees and plants? Natural light pouring in the room? Organic shapes and wooden surfaces? Pots of plants in your room?

This is my dream for my patients. I am currently in my third year of my nursing degree and have just started my dissertation module. 9 months of hard work coming up! I have known for a while that I wanted to concentrate on alternative or complementary therapies, however funnily enough whilst reading some research papers on 'healing' I came across an article on the 'healing environment'. Isn't it so weird when something just clicks?

I have an art degree, I am more than a little obsessed with calming interiors, and as my moving rituals have proved (last post), I feel uneasy when things aren't right in my environment.

So what a perfect topic. If I get freaked out by new surrounding and I am not ill, what about my patients?

Currently the hospitals I work in are full of the latest technology and hundreds of wonderful nurses ready to do bend over backwards for their patients, yet the environment is so clinical and stale. There is so much proof that hospitals are the worst place to get better yet I suppose due to a lack of funds nothing is done about it.

I can't wait to get started
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