Although finding time for self care is difficult for hospital staff, it’s nonetheless essential to take time to recharge in the middle of the day by seeking rest and rejuvenation. Here’s how staff at some of the hospitals where we serve are practicing self care:

Queen’s Medical Center, Punchbowl: Chaplain Estela Reza shared that every Monday from 12:30 to 1 p.m. via Zoom, a healthcare team of interprofessionals collaborate to provide Peace of Mind Gatherings for the Queen’s ʻohana. Traditionally held at the hospital chapel for 30 minutes, we’ve transitioned to an online platform in response to the pandemic while still giving staff a few minutes to take deep breaths, slow down, and re-center. Consisting of a word of the week by Hospital Ministry, a grounding exercise by Integrative Wellness, and a poetry reading and guided imagery by Palliative Care, the Peace of Mind Gatherings invite staff to feel connected, grounded and centered despite physical separation.

Maui Memorial Medical Center: Chaplains John Herberger and Amy Crowe shared that the Spiritual Care Team is offering 10-minute guided meditations for employees every weekday from 12:30 t 1 p.m. in the MMMC Auditorium (seating is adjusted to maintain safe social distancing). Sessions are not faith-based, and all staff are welcome to attend. The first week’s meditation is a Loving-Kindness Meditation that incorporates sound bowls and focuses on compassion for ourselves, our coworkers, our loved ones and people around the world. Additional meditations will be added as the weeks unfold.