Grace in Work Exercise
Caregiving can be rewarding yet difficult work. It requires caregivers to help people who may not be feeling well or who may not necessarily want assistance, even though the assistance is necessary. Because of this inherent job difficulty, a caregiver must have advanced level skills in lifting a patient's mood. This caregiving duty requires a lot of positive focused energy and dignified interaction with a patient. So, it follows that caregivers need to re-center themselves at some point in time during the workday. The re-centering break is necessary so you can replenish your positive energy, restore focus, and bring back grace and dignity to your workplace. Be prepared to take 10 minutes of time during your work day to be a better caregiver.
My 10 minute re-centering exercise is a reminder of how I should conduct myself with gentleness while I'm working. The activity also provides me with a bonus, a cardio aerobic lift. I developed a Dance-Exercise featuring a port-de-bras or carriage of the arms, which reflects the arm movements that caregivers do while working. The repertoire begins with a Mindfulness breathing exercise then stretching, reaching, lifting, and sweeping movement that can be performed while seated or standing with your feet facing forward, shoulders distance apart. In addition, there is an advanced soft lunge movement that allows you to travel when standing and performing the sweeping movement with your arms.
This is the first in a series of short Dance-Exercise videos about keeping grace and dignity in caregiving. We would love to have you come along with us on our movement journey and your feedback would be very much appreciated. As always, consult with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. For more information about the Dance-Exercise video series, please watch Grace in Work Exercise: Episode 1.