Lightning Learning: Mindfulness (The Comma)
The Comma is a mindfulness exercise (<1 min) to help 'punctuate' your shift between seeing patients…
Allow your posture to be balanced & relaxed, but upright.
Close or rest your eyes on a distant point. Take 1-2 deep breaths.
Let your breathing settle and allow your attention to settle along with it.
Slowly, become aware of your environment and the sounds within it.
The technique described here is a form of meditation and it won’t suit everyone, but it has been suggested that mindfulness can:
Moderate the effects of stress and burnout.
Reduce work conflicts with colleagues.
Allow us to engage System 2* thinking.
*System 2 is a slower more methodical/ logical mode of thought