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LoveYourBrain Tip: Meditation For Health Practitioners

MEDITATION FOR HEALTH PRACTITIONERS

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BRAIN HEALTH | 1.29.2018 | BY JACKIE FARRELL, MS, OTR/L, RYT-200 & ABBIE ELDRIGE, MS, CCC-SLP

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Health care providers have been drawn to roles in which they use their knowledge and expertise to care for others. While a career working with individuals with TBI is incredibly rewarding, this work can also be quite demanding. Developing awareness of the impacts of this work and then incorporating positive techniques, such as meditation and yoga, can help clinicians cultivate the mindset and skills that they need to sustain the work that they love.

“It is such an honor to work with someone during the most vulnerable part of their life, but in order to sustain that, we need to take care of our own wellbeing. And in order to take care of ourselves, we need to develop an understanding of how we feel, how the demands of our job are weighing on us, and how to take care of ourselves. When I practice meditation, I am able to check in with my energy level and how to best respond. If I am feeling exhausted and burnt out, I might take a restorative yoga class or go to sleep early. If I am feeling anxious and buzzing inside, then I choose vinyasa yoga or spend time outside instead. By tuning in to my body through meditation, I am better able to determine how to take care of myself.”

Health Care Providers (Physicians, Nurses, Therapists, Complementary Health Practitioners, First Responders and all the other incredible care providers), we invite you and your colleagues to experience the benefits of meditation and yoga by joining us for Mindful March and signing up for our 30 day Meditation Challenge. We believe that this unique opportunity will provide the tools and support needed to engage in self-care, helping you to continue the invaluable work that you do to help those affected by TBI.