Free Resources to Bring Mindfulness to OT

As healthcare professionals, it is essential to prioritize taking breaks to ensure we return to our tasks refreshed and ready to deliver optimal care. One way we can do this is by incorporating mindful movements into our routines. Mindful movements have been shown to improve our moods and attention, as well as reduce our stress levels.

The following resources offers various suggestions of mindful movements for you to try. These movements can also be incorporated into your sessions, should you wish to do some mindful movements with your clients.

Do you find mindfulness to be a useful resource in your life? Are you convinced from the literature that mindfulness can be beneficial to your clients?

And yet...Is it a struggle to get clients interested in mindfulness? When introducing mindfulness practices to our clients, many clients may not feel that mindfulness resonates well with them and their health needs. This resource outlines some barriers that our clients might face when we present the idea of mindfulness practices as well as some possible solutions which may allow for better results in connecting with these clients, and to provide away to be more grounded during sessions.

Hi, I’m Sarah

I live and work in Ottawa, Ontario as an occupational therapist and mindfulness teacher.

Since graduating from McMaster University in 2002, I've had the opportunity to work in hospital, school and community settings. For the past ten years, I've had a private practice serving adults with mental health issues or persistent pain.

I trained as a mindfulness meditation teacher in 2015 and have being training other OTs in mindfulness since 2020.

I am a firm believer in life-long learning and engage in on-going professional development in areas such as trauma, acceptance and commitment therapy and long Covid. This year, I'm training to become a Nature and Forest Therapy Guide!

Both in my personal and professional life, I use nature and mindfulness meditation to bring calm and joy to each day! I often incorporate a walk into treatment sessions or lead a meditation.

I strive to offer ways for OTs from around the world to connect and learn about mindfulness together! I'm so glad you've connected with us.

Below, you'll find a variety of low cost, OT specific materials to deepen your practice.

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