Mindfulness meditation

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” Jon Kabat-Zin When I talk or listen to peers and colleagues, I am amazed at how many healthcare professionals are already integrating mindfulness, meditation or relaxation techniques into their lives on a regular basis in order to ground themselves and find headspace and calm . Many successful apps, like Headspace … Continue reading Mindfulness meditation

Improving our resilience

Dr Jenny Napier has written a fantastic article in the journal of holistic medicine “Resilience – How we keep sailing”. She “draws parallels between resilience and what is required for safe sailing and navigation”.  She talks about the importance of social networks, both within and outside of work”- the stronger these are, “the more resilient we become” … Continue reading Improving our resilience

Building resilience -your 5-a-day

As work gets increasingly demanding and stressful, often not balanced by energy repletion at home, it is all too easy to neglect our own well-being. As Dr Paddy Barrett notes in the Dr Paradox, “For physicians to sustainably provide help” to patients, they must first and foremost help themselves. Not to do so will ultimately degrade one of … Continue reading Building resilience -your 5-a-day

Resilience in healthcare

What is resilience? Resilience is a word that has been increasingly used in healthcare and education. We regularly hear that we need to be more resilient and that organisations need to be more resilient. There are an increasing number of courses being developed specifically for healthcare professionals offering resilient training. There is no clear cut definition – the literature defines it in many … Continue reading Resilience in healthcare