Healthcare workers spend a significant amount of time and energy caring for others. As a result, they are typically overworked, overwhelmed, and too fatigued to care for themselves after expending energy in caring for others. Micro-practices of mindfulness and gentle movement can aid in assisting healthcare workers in feeling less burned out and more empowered to care for themselves and their patients.
We use practices that have been cited as strategies to cope with impending or current burnout including mindfulness and yoga as well as compassion-based practices reported by The Journal of Clinical Psychology to decrease depression, stress, and burnout and increase compassion for self and others, mindfulness, and job satisfaction among healthcare workers.
During this course, participants will learn accessible, easy to implement, and research-backed yoga, mindfulness, and compassion-based interventions that have been shown to increase reported well-being and improve professional and personal interactions. Participants should wear comfortable clothing, be in a space you can move to and from the floor with an exercise mat or perform movements from a stationary chair, near wall space. Please have a blanket or a towel and a pillow handy.
- Participants of this activity will self-assess a gain in knowledge related to how to prevent burnout and compassion fatigue in their profession.
- Identify at least 3 ways to decrease stress, muscular tension and feelings of burnout
- Recognize easy to implement self-care practices including mindful movement and breathing exercises
- Understand the impact of micropractices on performance and well-being and learn the neurobiological mechanisms behind these practices