Six Resources to Relaxation
It is a fundamental part of a physician’s profession to constantly care for others wellbeing and meet continuous demands of great importance. Many people, but physicians in particular, go non-stop from the moment the alarm clock rings in the morning, to the time their head hits the pillow at night.
The Importance of R & R
As medical professionals, we know the importance of allowing the body to rest in order to allow for the maintenance needed to keep us at our best. Meditation is a way to give the body rest and rejuvenating the mind, without having to sleep. It is quite remarkable what a 15-30 minute meditation can do for energy levels and health.
Proven Stress Reducer
I know I am most likely preaching to the choir here, but meditation actually promotes the parasympathetic nervous system response that results in relaxation. When you are having a stressful day, or interaction, even a short meditation can physically lower the body’s stress level. It allows you to step out of the current circumstance and center yourself again. If you are interested in trying meditation, this collection of guided meditations cover specific purposes that range from body changes, to forgiveness, to money. Try them to see which works best for you situation.
- The Meditation Podcast – A podcast based on a website by Jean and Jesse Stearn. This podcast has various meditations for different aspects of life. What stands out about their meditations is that they use binaural tones which helps sync the right and left sides of the brain helping to go into a deeper state of relaxation. Most of their meditations are at least 25 minutes in length and are great for evening or long lunch meditations. Check out their various meditations by visiting www.themeditationpodcast.com or downloading through iTunes.
- Meditation Oasis – Another podcast based on the website. The creater Mary Maddux has a variety of meditations of various lengths for all types of topics. This is a great resource for meditations that are 5 to 15 minutes in length. If your patient is looking for a meditation they can do in a short period of time, they can get a quick shot of relaxation with one of these short meditations. Visit www.meditationoasis.com or download the podcast from iTunes.
- YouTube is a global resource, but I recently discovered it as a great resource for short guided meditations. All that is needed is to do a search for “guided meditation” or “relaxing meditation” and a plethora of videos will appear. They can choose their meditation and even save them to their favorites for future viewing. The great thing about YouTube is that many of these meditations have accompanying visuals. If they don’t feel like closing their eyes, they can watch the visuals and still experience an equal amount of relaxation.
- The Guided Meditation Site: This site has general information about the different types of meditations, the “how to’s” of meditation and the downloadable audio meditations for various situations. If your patient is new to meditation, this is a great site to explore. http://www.the-guided-meditation-site.com/
- Fragrant Heart Meditation: Here is yet another site with a plethora of downloadable audio meditations from 5 min to 15-20 minutes. http://www.fragrantheart.com/cms/free-audio-meditations
- The Meditation Room: Here is another meditation site that is great for beginners who are looking to learn more about the process of meditation and the various types. This site is equipped with articles and audio meditations to relax, center and recharge. http://www.learningmeditation.com/room.htm .
Try taking a 15 minute break during the day and retreating to a quiet place you will not be disturbed. Bring headphones to work with you and a smartphone or iPod. Next you can simply visit one of these sites and listen to the audio while closing your eyes. By taking a mental and physical timeout, you can go back to work refreshed and ready to offer your colleagues and patients the focused care they need. In order to continually give top notch care, we have to be sure to take our own advice and take care of our body and mind. These meditations are a great addition to a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
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