On a particularly hectic Thursday afternoon at Johnston Health Clayton’s labor and delivery, registered nurse Helen Cole found a peaceful oasis in the break room.
Soft music played in the background. Light from two small lamps replaced the bright over-head florescent. An assortment of teas, coffees and hot chocolate sat on the counter alongside bowls of crackers, pretzels and chocolates.
This is Tea for the Soul.
As a service of spiritual care, hospital chaplain Deborah Wall is hosting Tea for the Soul in departments throughout Johnston Health as a mini-retreat from the stress of the workday.
In addition to snacks, Wall puts out a spread of markers and coloring books, cans of Play dough and bottles of bubbles.
“It’s their time to be like children,” she says. “It’s a time to play, to forget about work, and to renew.”
Wall says it’s also a time to share concerns, either individually or as a group. She reads aloud benedictions and poems to encourage the spirit, and offers fliers with tips for self-care.
The sessions seem to be catching on with the staff. As Cole and her coworkers departed, they hugged Wall and thanked her for the snacks, the friendly conversation, and most of all, the spiritual refreshment.