Your Name and Title: Erik Fausak, Student Services Librarian (Health Sciences with a Veterinary focus)
Library, School, or Organization Name: University of California, Davis
Co-Presenter Name(s): Zoe Peralta Page, Gabrielle Tirsell, Denise Dempsey (may not be present for presentation, but co-authors)
Area of the World from Which You Will Present: United States
Language in Which You Will Present: English
Target Audience(s): Anyone suffering from or working with a population with occupational burnout
Short Session Description (one line): This presentation describes a multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach to address burnout by incorporating a mindful meditation with tea.
Full Session Description (as long as you would like):
This presentation describes an approach to address burnout by incorporating a mindful meditation with tea. This approach was developed with a librarian, therapist, mindfulness educator and practicing Buddhist undergraduate student to draw across disciplines and evidence to create this self-care routine. This project was created with the busy professional (specifically veterinary) in mind because it can be done in as little as five minutes. Regular practice of this mindfulness exercise may help mitigate the effects of burnout. Tea was a logical beverage choice for this approach as it is already associated with quiet reflection and has a substantial phytochemical profile that reduces stress and acts as an anxiolytic. We address the role of mindfulness in reducing the risks of occupational stress and how the authors developed a mindful tea meditation approach using the best current evidence around mindfulness and tea. Additionally, we address the important social role of tea in reducing depression and engendering thoughtful conversation. The culmination of this project resulted in a brief mindful tea meditation as a self-guided podcast, video or infographic with live guided (hybrid on Zoom and in-person) sessions offered regularly. It is also highly likely that this approach can translate well to other high stress professions or environments.
Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session: https://library.ucdavis.edu/chachat/mindfulness-tea-meditation/