We recently created a blog post, “Building Stress Resilience and Wellbeing with Mindfulness Training to OT Students” that highlights new research “Building Stress Resilience and Wellbeing: Introducing Mindfulness Training to Reduce Stress in Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Students”, published in the Journal of Occupational Therapy Education.
Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L interviewed one of the authors, Jen Willoughby Vogtmann, OTD, OTR/L, about “Stress Resilience and Wellbeing” on the Healing Connections Podcast.
Jen Willoughby Vogtmann, OTD, OTR/L shares findings from her recent research study that was co-authored with Ingrid Provident, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA, “Building Stress Resilience and Wellbeing: Introducing Mindfulness Training to Reduce Stress in Entry-Level Occupational Therapy Students.”
This study was statistically significant with helping participants (OT students) lower their perceived stress levels. Occupational Therapy students were able to feel more calm, engage more mindfully in every day activities, and be able to respond vs. react in situations. Students requested that meditations accompany the beginning of each class.
She hopes to see calming activities, such as meditation, breath work, and mindfulness incorporated into occupational therapy curricula and all school programs. She shared evidence that children as young as pre-school age can begin using these activities to build stress resilience and wellbeing throughout life.