During your CNA training, there is a good chance the instructor will cover one or two topics that may come as a surprise. Therapeutic humor falls into this category.
You’ve probably heard the phrase “Laughter is the best medicine.” Studies have shown that there is more truth to this than many people believe. While it may not be the BEST medicine, it is certainly at the top of the list.
Allow your sense of humor to be a work in progress, during and after CNA training. Take it with you wherever you go. Never be afraid to share it with clients and co-workers. This act of kindness rarely goes unnoticed and is more appreciated than you know.
CNA Training & Key Therapeutic Humor Facts
CNA training teaches you that humor provides patients and caregivers with an excellent coping mechanism, which is especially beneficial when the atmosphere is not always noticeably light-hearted.
Even when a patient does not exhibit outward signs of finding humor in something, many times he or she still reaps the reward of passive or observed humor. This is very beneficial. In fact, it’s almost as beneficial as laughing out loud.
As you will also learn, during the course of your CNA training, laughter is the perfect way to “break the ice” with a new client. You will find that a sincere smile works wonders, too.
Laughing at least 10 minutes a day has been known to help a patient sleep better at night and even ease pain caused by arthritis and other similar conditions.
Laughing for just one minute is equal to 45 minutes of complete relaxation. Just think, with hardly any real effort at all, instilling laughter in a patient brings a calming presence to their life. How much more simple could it be?
CNA Training & the Health Benefits of Laughter
One of the greatest things about laughter is that it works so quickly. Traditional medications take time to start working. Laughter, on the other hand, has an affect almost instantaneously. Additional health benefits of laughter include but are not limited to:
- improvement of memory and being alert
- increased blood flow
- added protection against respiratory illness
- adrenaline reduction (which helps to cut down on stress)
- lower blood pressure
Your ability to remain optimistic and instill laughter in your patients may not have been taught in CNA training, but it is a skill you can learn at any time. Laughter will not only benefit the patient, it will usually benefit their family and friends, at least to a certain degree. Laughter is typically as contiguous as yawning. All it takes is one person to get the ball rolling.
Remember, the power of a smile is stronger than you think. Take the time to brighten the life of a patient who might be feeling down. It only takes a few minutes and doesn’t cost a dime. Tell a joke, sing a song or read a funny book. As you will learn in CNA training, all of these things are so easy to accomplish and the end result will leave you both feeling happier. That’s a promise!
We hope this article has caused you to consider the fact that there is more out there to learn than the basic skills you may have acquired during your CNA training. For even more tips and advice on CNA training and careers, continue to follow our blog!