Friday - - Health Update -

BBe­cause of the re­silience and self­less­ness that their job re­quires, many so­cial care pro­fes­sion­als rely on yoga, med­i­ta­tion and mind­ful­ness to cope. Th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties give them the chance to take time for them­selves so they can help take bet­ter care of oth­ers. ‘So­cial work­ers are of­ten over-sched­uled, un­der­paid, ex­posed to trau­matic stories and are there­fore at risk of burnout and sec­ondary trauma,’ says Kris­ten Es­pos­ito Bren­del, an assistant pro­fes­sor of so­cial work at Aurora Univer­sity, Illi­nois. Sec­ondary trau­matic stress is a form of post-trau­matic stress disor­der (PTSD) that has also been linked to burnouts. For Bren­del, mind­ful­ness is a way to si­mul­ta­ne­ously ‘me­di­ate the risks and heal the healer’. Ded­i­cat­ing time to med­i­ta­tive practices is cru­cial for those work­ing in or­gan­i­sa­tions where the cu­mu­la­tive ef­fects of stress can lead to phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal is­sues. An ad­van­tage of med­i­ta­tion and mind­ful­ness is that th­ese practices aren’t time-con­sum­ing or ex­pen­sive and don’t re­quire spe­cific equip­ment. Ex­perts say it will help you in your pri­vate life, too. You’ll learn not to bring is­sues from home to work, and the other way around.

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