How to Recharge Between Therapy Sessions

April 22, 2024
Janelle Thomas MSN, RN
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If you’re like many of us in pediatric therapy, snatching a moment for yourself often seems like an impossible dream. We get it — our days are packed, and our hearts give so much to the kids we work with. Yet, deep down, those tiny breaks where we pause and breathe are golden. They help us reset, recharge, and give our best selves to our kids and their families.

So, how about we make those little pauses count? Here at Care Options for Kids, we’re all about embracing big and small moments. We’ve created a simple mindfulness challenge for you: Five ideas, five minutes each, for weaving those quick breaks between your sessions. Trust us; your mind (and heart) will thank you for it.

1. The Sensory Focus Challenge

  • Observe: Choose an object nearby and notice its details for one minute. Let its colors, textures, and shapes become the world.
  • Touch: Feel the texture of something within reach. Notice its temperature, surface, and how your skin reacts to it.
  • Listen: Close your eyes and focus on a single sound. It could be as mundane as the clock ticking or the distant murmur of voices.
  • Scent: Take a moment to notice any smells in your environment or imagine a favorite scent, immersing yourself in its comforting presence.
  • Taste: Have a small snack or a sip of a beverage. Pay attention to the flavors, textures, and sensations as you eat or drink slowly.

2. Physical Refresh

Incorporate simple physical exercises to re-energize your body and clear your mind:

  • Roll your shoulders: A few gentle rolls forward and back can relieve tension.
  • Reach overhead: Stretch your arms up high, lengthening your spine and breathing deeply.
  • Bend forward to touch your toes: This stretch can help release the back and hamstrings.
  • Rotate wrists and ankles: Rotate them in both directions to reduce any stiffness.
  • Take three deep breaths: Deep, intentional breathing can be incredibly grounding.

3. Gratitude Pause

Take a minute to think of three things you’re grateful for today. They can be as simple as the sunshine outside or a colleague’s smile. This practice can shift your mindset to a more positive space, fostering a sense of contentment and reducing stress.

4. The Body Scan

Spend a minute scanning your body from head to toe. Notice any areas of tension or discomfort. Don’t try to change anything; just observe. This awareness can bring relief and make it easier to relax physically.

5. Power Poses

Stand up and strike a pose that makes you feel powerful — maybe hands on hips like a superhero or arms raised in a V for victory. Hold it for a minute, feeling the strength and confidence it brings. This can boost your self-esteem and energy levels, readying you for your next session.

So, there you have it — five quick and easy mindfulness activities to try between sessions. Each one takes about a minute, making them perfect for short breaks. And remember, sharing is caring! We’d love to see how you incorporate these mindfulness practices into your day. Tag us on Instagram at @careoptionsforkids, and let’s spread a little wellness together.

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