As somebody who works in the helping profession, you know all too well the value of supporting your patients on their journey to wellness.
This can often include recommending self-care techniques, such as meditation.
However, you may find it difficult to take the advice you give your patients and incorporate these techniques into your own daily life. If you are like most DCs, your days seem as though they don’t have enough hours in them for you to keep up with everything that you want to do.
Between treating your patients; maintaining and growing your practice; building your professional development; and taking time for your family and friends, it can seem as if there is no time left for your own meditation practice.
Fortunately, current technology can help you find ways to fit a customized meditation practice into your busy schedule. They range from guided mediations for different areas of your life, to exercise programs such as yoga, to daily mindful affirmations.
Below are some great free apps that can help you keep on track with daily meditation, so that you can rebuild your own energy stores and then have more to give to your patients. All of these apps are available for either the iPhone or Android.
The Calm app provides a wide variety of guided meditations from which to choose. These can range anywhere from three to 25 minutes, depending on how much time you have available. There are also meditations specifically geared to help you sleep better at night or focus when you get up in the morning.
If you are new to meditating, Headspace may be what you need to start off on t he right foot. There are meditation exercises specifically geared for beginners, a progress and reward tracker system and a buddy system where you and your friends can encourage each other to keep on track with your meditation practices.
If you are at the point of wanting to integrate your meditation with mindfulness-based exercise, such as yoga or Pilates, MINDBODY could be a great app to get both your mind and your body into better shape. It can help you find yoga and Pilates studios in your area, access discounts for classes, and track your progress.
This particular app can get your whole family involved in mindful meditation, including your kids. Meditation guides are divided by age, started with ones for kids as young as age 7. Smiling Mind could also serve as a great resource for parents of your pediatric patients or your adult patients who want to include their children in their meditation practice.
This app approaches mindfulness from the standpoint of different emotional states. It includes meditation exercises that focus on helping with depression, sleeplessness and anxiety. Other exercises can focus on building compassion, which is an integral part of any mindfulness practice.
The great thing about each of these apps is that each one can guide your meditation practice in a different way. This allows you to test out which one works best for you. Of course, an added bonus is that you can then recommend these apps to your patients.