Mindfulness has been around for at least thousands of years, often originating out of religious practices. Many consider Jon Kabat-Zinn, as the main person to bring mindfulness out from its roots and into a secular, health-focused perspective. Trained as a molecular biologist and a long-time practicing Buddhist, he believed that mindfulness could serve an important role in medicine.
Blog posts with the tag "Self Care"
As I write this, I am wrapping up end of year tasks (this is one of the last must-dos) and looking forward to 2022. I think it is going to look much different than any of us expected. I know for myself, I thought, perhaps naively, that we would be past some of the COVID challenges. I was hopeful at this time last year that we would be back to some normalcy. While things are different than a year ago, we still have a long way to go in managing life as COVID continues to bring more challenges and new variants.
I don’t know any colleagues who aren’t on the brink of burnout right now, myself included. Perhaps it’s our increased caseloads, the impact of multiple global crises, our collective COVID fatigue, or all of the above. The topic of self-care has been coming up consistently in my workshops and consultation, especially from colleagues who work most often with trauma and PTSD. It’s motivated us at CDP to reflect on what helps us stay centered and healthy.
It was odd that my brother was calling me. I hadn’t even unpacked after just returning home from visiting my family in Indiana for the Christmas holiday. He said, “Erin, Wendel and the kids were killed in a car accident on their way back home.” On 29 December 2005, the date of the accident, my journey through complicated grief began and continues to this day. Just as my grief process continues, I expect there are many who have been thrown into grief and will be attempting to find their way through this journey, especially due to the pandemic. As a devoted helper, I will share a few things that have guided me in my journey…
Many of you reading this now will likely agree with me that we’re looking forward to this new year. 2020 was certainly a year of upheaval, disconnection, distress, and for many people, significant loss. Indeed, all of us have experienced loss to one degree or another, whether that is loss of a loved one, income, ease of movement, or peace. Added to that is significant political discord, struggle for social justice, unjustified death and suffering, and disagreement on basic truth. It is easy to point to multiple examples of things we won’t miss about 2020