Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals

Taking Care

“The expectation that we can be immersed in suffering and loss daily and not be touched by it is as unrealistic as expecting to be able to walk through water without getting wet.” Rachel Remen

Medical practices and hospitals are magnets of suffering; patients seek help when they are feeling ill, distressed and worried. Often, the needs of patients exceed the available resources. The Covid pandemic added to this burden of care; with the need to sift through new literature and treatment protocols, social media overload, fearful, grieving, ill patients and their families, and moral injury – having to make difficult treatment decisions when resources are limited.

This has resulted in very high levels of stress and burnout in health care workers.

Medical staff are becoming increasingly aware of the need to stop and care for themselves in the midst of the daily work stress. Mindfulness-informed practices can create islands of quiet to restore and heal.

The 8-week online course themes include understanding burnout, becoming aware of underlying narratives and patterns, working with and in trauma, difficult communication, grief and loss, making mistakes and guilt, self-compassion and working in demanding systems.

Small group discussions with colleagues in a safe, non-judgmental and confidential space help process and make sense of difficulties encountered in everyday practice.

Mindfulness-informed programmes for health care workers cultivate three facets:

It is easy to feel scattered by life’s problems and challenges. Mindfulness is a way to gather, ground and centre.

Stress often triggers habitual patterns of reactivity with associated spiralling and repetitive thoughts. For a moment stepping out of the thought stream and watching thoughts; tuning in, listening closely without judgment. This allows a space of quiet to choose how to respond wisely rather than to follow patterns of automatic reactivity.

The tendency is to treat ourselves harshly, critically and unkindly, while we comfort, soothe and encourage others.  Self-compassion is defined as treating ourselves in the same way as we would treat a close friend or child. Hospice worker Joan Halifax advocates that in compassionate medical work both a strong back and a soft front are needed.  The strong component of compassion means having good boundaries, being protective and having a solid presence that can help anchor the distress of our patients.  The soft component includes openness, curiosity, gentleness, kindness and gratitude.

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