“Hooping” for Mindful Movement Meditation (by guest blogger Samantha Ault)
The opposite of play is not work, it’s depression. – Dr. Stuart Brown
When most people think of meditation the first thing that comes to mind is sitting still in a quiet room with perhaps some tranquil music/noise in the back ground and becoming completely silent. Maybe even sitting with our legs criss-cross-applesauce. But it doesn’t have to be this way!
Using hula hoop dancing can be a fun way to practice body play and mindful movement meditation – especially for those of us who find it difficult to sit still.
Many body play/dances can be utilized for movement mediation but hula hooping can result in the feeling of letting go. The hoop circle can create a feeling of a boundary which can act as a “safe space” for self-expression.
Engaging in body play activities such as hula hooping can influence feelings of joy, peace, and may even prevent or decrease burnout and/or compassion fatigue among nurses.
Play simply seeks out joy for the sake of joy. – CAROLINE SANCHEZ
Hoop Dancing to Prevent and Decrease Burnout and Compassion Fatigue
It’s no secret that nurses are experiencing an alarming rate of burnout and compassion fatigue, even leading to nurses leaving the healthcare field. We must start investing in our own self-care and care of our colleagues to prevent burnout and compassion fatigue. Why not start with hooping!?
Sánchez, C., et al. (2014). Hoop dancing to prevent and decrease burnout and compassion fatigue. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 40(4).
GUEST BLOGGER: Samantha Ault is a a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner student at The Ohio State University. She graduates this May. Currently, she is a RN at Harding.
Thank you for writing this piece and citing my research from my Master’s Thesis “Hoop Dancing to Prevent and Decrease Burnout & Compassion Fatigue Among Nurses”. I came across this article online and was pleasantly surprised to see it. The writing is great! Thank you again for sharing this information on your blog and for brining your voice to the circle of the power, beauty, and necessity of joy replenishment through body play for self-care to improve nurse’s quality of life!
For more information, my published articles, my podcast interviews, and so much more head over to http://www.TheHulaHoopGirl.com
Dance in the Center of Your Joy!
Soulfully, Caroline Sánchez
Caroline Sánchez, MSN, RN, CBCN, RYT 200hr
Embodied Movement Meditation Educator & Nurse Educator
The Hula Hoop Girl
Windansea La Jolla, California
“Everything in the universe has rhythm, everything dances.” -Maya Angelou
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