This module focuses on finding psychological balance through relaxation, mindfulness and activity.
For whom is this module suitable?
The module 'Finding your balance' is an intervention intended for anyone who wishes to gain more psychological balance in preparation for, during or after a difficult time. Minddistrict developed both a generic and an IAPT version of the module. Read more about the IAPT-version below.
What is the content of the module?
The module was developed in close collaboration with an expert panel of practitioners and patients. It consists of the following five sessions:
- Finding your balance: the patient examines where they stand when it comes to their workload and strengths in life.
- Relaxation: the patient becomes aware of the tension in his or her body by practising with a short mindfulness body scan. After that, the patient practises with a breathing exercise, progressive muscle relaxation and the relaxation response. All relaxation exercises are accompanied with both audio and video guides.
- Mindfulness: the patient is introduced to mindfulness through a doodle animation. He or she then practises with an extensive body scan, the raisin exercise and a sitting meditation with awareness for breathing.
- Stay active: the patient reads about the downward and upward spirals of activity. The patient considers fun and useful activities to set his or her upward spiral into motion.
- Take a look back: the patient considers where they stand and what they'd still like to work on.
Doodle animation video in which mindfulness is explained.
Which diaries work well with this module?
The module can be combined with all generic diaries or with diaries that fit the goal of the client.
How do you use the module?
‘Finding your balance’ can be used as either a complimentary module in addition to a (treatment) module or as a stand-alone module. The sessions are marked as guided, which means the practitioner provides online feedback after each session. However, as a practitioner you can choose to offer one, more or all sessions without guidance. This allows the patient to work through the module independently. The module is flexible in use: you can tailor it to your patient’s individual needs. For instance, by removing the session on ‘Mindfulness’ if you feel it isn’t suitable for your patient. The module can be used alongside face-to-face sessions as a way of continuing treatment outside of the therapy room. The answers patients give to the online exercises will enable you to prepare more specifically for future face-to-face sessions.
In the IAPT version of this module ‘Finding your balance’, the Minimum Data Set is interwoven throughout the module and the final session consists of a patient experience questionnaire.
Your feedback is welcome!
Minddistrict is eager to hear your opinion on the ‘Finding your balance’ module. If you have any feedback, questions or tips, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!