25 April 2017
Mindfulness success in Swindon
The introduction of mindfulness on
two wards in Swindon has received positive reviews, leaving service
users and staff feeling 'calm as a clam'.
Mindfulness sessions have been held on Applewood and Windswept
wards since January, thanks to a joint venture between the
psychology and occupational therapy (OT) services. Daily sessions
are now regularly attended by service users and ward staff who are
all enjoying the benefits.
Lead OT Rachel Jones said: "We have had attendance in all
sessions and are the only ward group where this has been achieved.
We initially introduced mindfulness sessions to Windswept on two
days per week however due to popularity this has been increased to
five days per week."
The mindfulness sessions are proving increasing popular with
ward staff and medics who have described feeling calm, focused and
less agitated afterwards.
Feedback has included comments such as:
• Good start to a working day, I feel more relaxed. Sometimes
found it hard but I want to keep trying
• Brilliant, really good
• The mindfulness I always attended has helped me relax
• Someone mentioned it in their ward review highlighting the
benefits and using the techniques in his own time
• I use mindfulness to help me get to sleep
Our longer term goal is to develop this provision further,
including mindfulness sessions aimed at staff.