Finding time to manage stress at work can be challenging for all of us, especially for the hospital workers who carried us through the pandemic. That's why MeditationWorks, a mobile meditation studio, is heading to several Ontario hospitals this summer, bringing a moment of relaxation directly to them.
In the first stop on July 14, MeditationWorks visited Southlake Regional Health Centre where it conducted 10 to 15 minute social-distanced meditations, providing employees a well-deserved mental health boost.
Conceived by Ontario entrepreneur Traci Shepheard, MeditationWorks was created to bring wellness to employees through a converted Airstream trailer, described as a "constantly moving happiness machine". With the arrival of COVID-19 however, she turned the business inside out, allowing participants to unwind outside while staying safely distanced. They can also tune in drive-in style with the meditations broadcast over FM radio.
"Supporting front-line workers has been a priority for Desjardins throughout this pandemic." commented Marilyn Horrick, SVP Ontario Market, Desjardins Group, "Our award-winning Send a Virtual Solo campaign served to boost their spirits and acknowledge their heroic efforts, while we showed our allegiance working alongside the front-line in vaccination centres in Quebec and Ontario," continued Horrick. "We're immensely humbled by the day-in day-out commitment of hospital staff from across the province and the partnership with MeditationWorks is an inspired way for Desjardins to show it cares about community and the well-being of front-line employees."
Dozens of health care workers and hospital employees took part in the first sessions. "Best thing I've done in a long time, I needed this break!" said one attendee.
This was the first stop in a series of mobile meditations that will be headed to other Ontario hospitals throughout the summer. The project is sponsored by Desjardins, in partnership with the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) for the OHA Benefit Plan Member Hospitals. Stay tuned for more details on upcoming events.