Overworked nurses in danger of burn out are practising mindfulness to help them cope with the stresses of the job.
Carmel Sheridan’s The Mindful Nurse was published last year and has already been included on nursing training courses in the UK and the US.
The Galway-based psychotherapist says she was inspired to write the book when she realised how many people coming to her for help were nurses.
She told the Irish Sunday Mirror: “I’ve been teaching mindfulness around the country and more and more healthcare workers were enrolling.
“I saw there was a very high level of burn out for nurses who are not only struggling with their workload but also struggling with their own emotions.
“They are experts in caring for everybody else but they tend to be not so great in caring for themselves as a result.
“A lot of them are physically and mentally exhausted, have difficulty sleeping and have very high anxiety and stress levels.”