The Mindful OT

I support occupational therapists who want to weave mindfulness into their lives and their clinical practices.

Short Mindfulness Practices

Summertime generally means less structure to every day, more time outdoors and maybe be off the grid in nature. If you're used to connecting on-line for guided meditations or to meet with a community, you may find it helpful to have some short practices that you can easily lead for yourself...

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What Do You Need to Help Your Nervous System Adjust to Restrictions Changing?

There is lots going on in the world these days. After 16 months of significant restrictions, my area of world began to open up in July. And I found that a lot harder than I thought I would! Thinking back on it, it all makes sense. Normal day-to-day activities have been considered...

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Flower and Candle Breathing

During these times, it is vital to have practices which help us calm our nervous systems. I would like to invite you to try a practice that I call Flower and Candle Breathing. It is one that can easily be shared with children and that you can practice for any amount of time. If you would like...

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​Ever struggle to understand why is mindfulness recommended to people in pain?

Let's face it, when we are in pain and we slow down to notice what's present, we just notice more pain! Yet, there is good evidence out there that having a mindfulness practice can improve quality of life for people living with pain. I've experienced it. I've seen my clients and students...

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Stepping Outside: Getting In Touch With Your Inner Self Outdoors

As our summer weather arrives in Canada, many of us feel a strong yearning to be outdoors as much as possible during our few months of warmth. At the same time, we are also social distancing and may have limited access to outdoor space where we can stay away from others. A walking meditation...

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Telehealth in OT

I was recently interviewed by Dr. Reina Olivera about how I use telehealth to reach my clients, both before the pandemic and now. We discuss my use of mindfulness, nature and household tasks as well as the technology I use. I want to thank Reina for this amazing opportunity! You can listen...

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Sleep During Covid-19

Are you struggling with sleep? Has it become more difficult to get the sleep you need since we started social distancing? You are not alone! But why are we struggling to sleep more during Covid-19? There are two main reasons for our increased trouble sleeping. First, many of us are...

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An interview with Janelle Gullan: Innovative OT in Women's Health

Bringing Menstrual Awareness to Occupational Therapy: An interview with Janelle Gullan One of the best parts of being an occupational therapist is the privilege of hearing the most intimate details of our client’s daily life. For years, I enjoyed getting to know my clients through hearing about...

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Everything You Need to Know to Start Practicing a Body Scan

When I'm teaching mindfulness meditation courses, one of the first practices that I introduce is the body scan meditation. In fact, most evidence-based mindfulness programs that I've come across begin with a body scan. This week, the new participants in Deepen Your Practice: Mindfulness for...

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Bringing Mindfulness to Life

Mindfulness is a much talked about practice these days, but it has been around for thousands of years. Mindfulness can be a formal or informal practice which is weaved into our day. It does not need to involve a quiet sitting meditation, but that can be a good way to get some practice. ...

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