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Being a health care provider is a strenuous profession, it takes a physical, emotional and mental toll on a person and the Covid-19 pandemic has made it even more difficult. The Jerusalema Challenge aims to lift the mood. 

The management of Piet Retief Hospital recognised that their staff are currently under a lot of pressure and decided to host a seminar to share a few stress relief methods that can be used.

The staff were encouraged to share their feelings and thoughts with one another on a daily basis. By doing this, they will realise that they are not alone and that the people who work with them also struggle sometimes. Humour is one of the best ways to unwind after a long and demanding day and the nurses, doctors and pharmacists who were present were motivated to use this tool to unwind. Laughter is after all the best medicine.

Exercise and other physical activities produce endorphins (chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers) and also improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress. Scientists have found that regular participation in aerobic exercises have been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilise the mood, improve sleep, and also improve self-esteem.

With all of the benefits of physical activities in mind, the hospital’s management and staff decided to take part in the worldwide Jerusalema dance, a South African song combined with a dance that began in Angola, which captured the imagination of people throughout the world. The song was written and produced in South Africa but, the fun dance that goes hand-in-hand with it has caused people from all over the world to challenge each other to see who has the best moves.

The staff of Piet Retief Hospital practised for nearly two weeks and on Friday, they showcased their moves in the hospital parking lot and nailed it! The joy on their faces was evident and after a while, even the onlookers joined in the fun. It was the perfect team-building exercise.

Thank you to all who organised this event. It was a great example of how employers should treat their employees and with all these new tools to assist them, the health care providers will be able to deliver even better service.

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