Look at all those pretty windows!
And not one of them opens.
So many of us spend our working hours, which, in many cases, outnumber hours outside of work, in buildings that are sealed. The only openings are doors, which only open when someone is going in or out; they are rarely propped open for airflow.
What damage has this had on our health? Think of that one department in which someone is always sick, the particular sneeze Sarah sneezes daily that everyone used to get a chuckle from but now don’t even notice, the coworker who is never, ever without tissues in their work area and on their person because of a constant runny nose.
I’m sick for the second time in 6 weeks. This one is a doozy, and I really suspect it’s due to working inside. When I’m not working for a length of time, I don’t get sick; put me inside a closed environment and voila, it’s back. Companies tend to overlook ventilation systems and filters, but when those little coughs and sneezes are a constant, or a new hire who hadn’t had a cold in years has now been coughing for months, that’s exactly where they should be looking. Recirculated air has big problems if not correctly monitored.
As a healer, it’s in my nature to want to help as much as I can, but even the most fervent desire to make things better doesn’t always make a difference. I tried to help someone, but when the coughing began anew each time the heater or a/c kicked in, it was obvious that more needs to be done.
Every company’s profits run on the back of its employees, and I’m really curious how many hours are lost due to these niggling health issues that can, as I’m personally experiencing, grow bigger and worse with each successive incident.
How can we, as healers, make a difference in such a situation? Any ideas?
©Pip Miller – May 2019