Working in healthcare is rewarding and fulfilling. However, at times, caring for others can impact our psychological wellbeing. It’s important as clinicians and healthcare workers to recognise how our roles and experiences can impact our mental and phsyical health and put strategies in place to mitigate the challenges associated with a healthcare role and environment. We know that to enable the provision of safe, compassionate and person centred care, we must first look after ourselves; after all, “you cannot serve from an empty vessel” (Elenor Brown).
Guided meditations are one way to tune into the present and treat ourselves with compassion and kindness.
Guided meditation is described as the practice of turning the mind away from distracting thoughts and focusing on the present moment. The practice can involve turning your attention to a single point of reference, focusing on the breath, bodily sensations, or a mantra.
The use of meditation has been shown to reduce blood pressure, stress, anxiety, depression and sleep distrurbances, while increasing feelings of happiness and well being (NCCIH, 2019).
Below are some guided meditations to help get you started!
Reference: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Meditation: In Depth. Updated January 2, 2019