Here’s one way to help healthcare workers this fall – sponsor a wellness session

Stress. Burnout. Compassion fatigue. Pandemic fatigue. Helplessness, anger, and frustration. Many of us have experienced these lately, but it’s amplified for those in healthcare.

First of all, if you are a healthcare worker, thank you for the lifesaving work you are doing and continue to do every day. I understand it’s become increasingly more difficult in the face of so many unimaginable challenges lately. And I know that’s a huge understatement.

I recently thought about some of the dedicated healthcare workers I’ve come into contact with over the course of my life. I had a wonderful pediatrician who always had toys and fun stickers at her office. My allergist was always available for me, throughout all my ENT issues in my 20’s. The nurses who took care of me when I had a kidney stone removed and later, my c-section, were always patient and compassionate even during my worst pain.

Have you thought back to the influential healthcare workers in your life?

This fall, your company or organization can help some of these dedicated heroes. By sponsoring an evidence-based, interactive drumming session focused on stress and anxiety management and combatting burnout, you can help a team of healthcare workers add one more tool to their self-care toolbox.

Here’s how it works

Option 1 – buy one, give one

For every corporate teambuilding or wellness session we facilitate from October 1st through December 31st, 2021, we will donate one self-care and stress management session to a partnering local healthcare organization. If you have a partner healthcare organization you’d like to donate a session to specifically, let us know!

Reach out to us for a specialized quote that’s tailored to your needs.

Option 2 – sponsor a session

If your organization currently doesn’t have a need for its own teambuilding or wellness session, but you’d still like to make an impact, you can sponsor a program at a local healthcare organization – one of your choosing or ours. See pricing options below.

Sponsorship investment

Our current pricing for healthcare worker self-care group sessions are $300 for a virtual and $400 for an in-person session, with discounts on multiple sessions.

Our in-person session fees include COVID cleaning protocols, use of drums and percussion instruments for all participants, travel to and from the site up to 100 miles round trip, sessions tailored to the team’s specific needs, setup, and program delivery.

Our virtual session fees include session planning tailored to the team’s specific needs, collaboration with a co-presenter, live virtual support (for questions, tech needs, or additional support), and program delivery.

Try it out!

Research as recent as 2019 and 2020 shows that group rhythm sessions can help participants reduce and manage their stress and anxiety, improve professional relationships with their colleagues, and improve mental acuity. Drumming can offer an effective means for combatting the pandemic fatigue that’s creeping in, not only in healthcare settings, but in so many businesses across the U.S.

Want to sponsor a program? Call us!

Know a healthcare organization that could benefit? Let us know!

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“Back to normal” summer drumming – lessons learned

This summer was Just Add Rhythm’s first big foray “back to normal” with drumming programs. Up until then, we’d offered only a handful of in-person drumming programs since the pandemic – most of our programs were online.

This summer, we were able to serve more than 2,000 children and youth through our in-person and virtual summer camp programs!

It felt a bit like a post-apocolyptic world.

Drums were sanitized before and after each session. Staff reminded participants to keep masks on over nose and mouth – sometimes as frequently as every 5 minutes. Programs were rescheduled due to positive COVID cases at various organizations, forcing CDC-mandated closures.

But, through it all, we had the same basic experience we have with camps every summer – kids got to drum together, work together, and support each other. And boy did we still have FUN!

Read on for a few key lessons I learned while facilitating a busy drum-filled summer this year.

The kiddos are resilient

Kids are surprisingly adaptable and sometimes we don’t give them enough credit. Most kids were happy to wear their masks while drumming together – even if they weren’t required to wear them throughout the camp day.

While wearing masks, we could still detect smiles, hear laughs, and be silly together.

No one seemed to be worse off for wearing their mask for an hour. It was even kind of fun to see each child assert their individuality with a mask design that suited them.

The staff doubled their efforts with a smile

Almost every staff member at each site we visited had more work to do to enforce health and safety rules – and their attitudes were inspiring.

One site spent countless amounts of time at a hand pump sink installed outside the building to ensure kids were washing hands upon entering from outside play.

Most sites distributed masks to campers who had none (sometimes repeatedly) with a smile.

Many sites offered youth staff as drum helpers, who enthusiastically helped us unload, set up, and disinfect equipment before, between, and after sessions.

The drumming felt the same

I was a bit concerned that the drum circle would feel different to me and to the campers because of all the health and safety restrictions. But, from the first day until our final session, it felt just like it always has – high energy and inspiring!

The kiddos encouraged each other, took turns, happily led their group, and absorbed the lessons and themes with enthusiasm.

 

We can learn a lot about resilience and adaptability from kids. It makes my heart happy to know that we were able to both impact and learn from them during such a roller coaster of a summer this year.

 

Want to learn more about how group rhythm can impact your organization? Reach out to us!

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On the anniversary of George Floyd’s death, here are some resources for you

As we approach the one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd, which sparked a firestorm of racial injustice protests across the U.S., I want to take a moment.

A moment to reflect on what that event meant for our country, and for the changes in legislation and police reform we’ve seen since then.

I also want to reaffirm Just Add Rhythm’s commitment to furthering diversity, equality, and inclusion, as we put forth in our inclusion statement several months ago.

Lastly, I want to recommit myself to continuing to listen and learn, as a person who comes from a privileged background.

I commit to listening to my friends, acquaintances, colleagues, and neighbors of color who share their experiences and viewpoints with me.

I commit to doing the work of educating myself on issues of racial justice, including legislation, police reform, and mental health reform, for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color).

I’ve compiled some resources below. I invite you to use them for your own education, and for use in your school, company, or organization. Start conversations, share, donate, volunteer!

The George Floyd Memorial Center

George Floyd’s family members and friends started the GFMC to promote “trust, dignity, and respect” for Black Americans, and to provide educational opportunities for a variety of populations.

Right now, they are promoting awareness around what they call the “Day of Enlightenment” (DOE), the date of Floyd’s death. You can buy apparel that can help initiate conversations around racial justice and police reform.

They also have a scholarship fund, and they’re developing a series of online courses that seem geared toward Black youth – the first one educating on police stops, safe and appropriate behavior, and knowing their rights.

In addition, you can donate, sponsor, or volunteer.

The BIPOC Project

The BIPOC Project “aims to build authentic and lasting solidarity among Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), in order to undo Native invisibility, anti-Blackness, dismantle white supremacy and advance racial justice.”

At first glance, it was hard for me to tell if the resources were mostly aimed toward BIPOC, or for anyone wanting to educate themselves further.  But as you scroll you’ll see they offer training workshops, including some for “organizations looking to establish and run effective BIPOC affinity groups and caucuses as part of larger organizational initiatives to create multicultural anti-racist organizations.”

So, if your company wants to take its DEI initiatives to the next level and have those tough conversations, this may be the training experience for you.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

I need to include this resource because May is also both Mental Health Month and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month.

Read NAMI’s inspiring resolution on denouncing racism and pore through the vast amounts of educational and practical literature compiled here.

We can be a resource for you!

Lastly, I invite you to use Just Add Rhythm as a resource for your organization, company, or school. I always say that a drum circle is the quintessential inclusive experience – in the circle, everyone is equal, everyone is listened to and respected, and we always keep an open mind and heart.

Research actually shows that drumming- and rhythm-based group programs can offer benefits that go beyond individual experience and tap into a group mentality.

We hope you’ll think of us as you’re planning your next conference, training workshop, or summer event!

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