Thankfully, the importance of mental health and wellness is a topic that has been growing in popularity. Burnout, depression, and stress around juggling work and life became a hot button topic for everyone. It’s been highlighted through revamped workplace wellness programs, touted by organizations large and small, and those suffering from mental health issues are feeling more comfortable sharing their experiences.
With all of this forward momentum, what was most eye opening was learning that the vast majority (74%) of amputees surveyed in The Liner Wand recent survey(3) felt that the O&P industry could be doing more to support their emotional health.
While organizations such as the Amputee Coalition and Limbs 4 Life have some resources, WebMD simply encourages you to reach out to a mental health professional.
While these are steps in the right direction, not enough open dialogue is taking place within the community.
Although meditation isn’t for everyone, it’s another practical approach to aiding an individual in their time of need, especially during the initial stages post amputation, which can be the most stressful. Relaxation, breathing, and mindfulness exercises are beneficial when experiencing increased stress, but if stress begins to disrupt one’s life, it is important to seek support from a qualified professional.
Where FocusCalm differs from meditation apps is their headband gives visual feedback to the user to help them better understand if they are focused and calm or have an active brain, at that time.
Their studies show that using FocusCalm a few minutes a day for 3 weeks can improve a user’s sense of mental well-being by up to 21% and result in a 13% reduction in anxiety.(4) Over time, users are able to better self-regulate and shift from reacting and instead respond in a calm manner.
Imagine what this could do for your clients and how it could improve the offering within your clinic, or the experience one has in your waiting room.
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