During Hospital Week, some of you attended our rejuvenation sessions, practicing some helpful Mind Body Techniques to reduce stress and fatigue. If you missed out on this opportunity, please look for other chances coming soon! These are simple concepts that you can apply to feel better in your own body as you face the day’s challenges.
Now that the EPIC transition has come and gone, the time is right to re-focus on self-care, which also benefits our co-workers, our loved ones and ultimately OUR PATIENTS. We cannot give 100% quality care to others unless we take care of ourselves. Here are some of the concepts we’ve been highlighting throughout the hospital over the last 6 months:
- Alignment and Rhythm create a sense of space and flow in the body, improving mind body interaction. Wake up the spine by rhythmic movement to find optimal alignment. Examples include seated rocking, swaying to music and rocking a baby.
- Grounding directs attention down/away from your head to feel more calm and focused. Ground by pressing your feet into the floor or placing your hands on the desk or counter. Pause before entering a room and ground by placing your hand on the door or wall.
- Support the body to ease the mind. Simultaneously offer and receive support by standing back to back with a co-worker.
- Expansion allows you to feel more of your body by getting bigger in space. Stretch your arms and legs out wide or stand like Wonder Woman to feel a sense of calm empowerment.
All of these concepts can be easily applied as you transition between patients or meetings during your day. It doesn’t take extra time to enjoy the little things, like slipping off your shoes and wiggling your toes or taking a rejuvenating deep breath while washing your hands. Put down that phone, look away from the computer and take a moment to focus on you. These are little moments that can make a big impact.
Remember, when you feel better, the people around you feel better, allowing for more positive, effective interactions. Find space in your day for what matters most: Improving your peace of mind and body awareness helps you to be more “present” for your patients/clients/customers, which makes each encounter a little brighter for everyone.