Stress can sometimes be an occupational hazard among health care professionals. It can stem from transitions in roles and staff, new technology, ethical issues that are common in caregiving professions or dealing with loss. Stress can lead to patient safety issues, poor communication and disengagement, which makes it all the more vital to build resiliency – an ability to bounce back – during times of change and uncertainty.

As highlighted during a Schwartz Rounds this fall, here are three ways to build resilience:

  1. Experience Reiki
    Reiki is a technique that helps facilitate the body’s “relaxation response” when a certified Reiki practitioner gently places his or her hands on an individual’s head, shoulders, arms, hands, knees, ankles or feet. Once a month, the Brigham offers Reiki to staff on the Tower 2 Mezzanine. For more information, contact Program Coordinator Sharon Dickinson at sdickinson1@bwh.harvard.edu. Upcoming sessions will be listed in Brigham in Brief, a twice-weekly email newsletter sent to all BWH staff on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  2. Practice Yoga
    While yoga helps improve core strength, flexibility and balance, it also has a restorative effect on the mind. The Osher Clinical Center for Integrative Medicine at BWH and Harvard Medical School offers yoga classes every Tuesday afternoon. Visit www.oshercenter.org for more information.
  3. Try Meditation
    Meditation, a technique that encourages focus, is known to reduce stress and calm the mind.