Caring for yourself while you care for others: Preventing burnout and alleviating work-stress with mindfulness and self-compassion

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Interventions for preventing burnout often focus on self-care activities, such as exercising or engaging in pleasant activities. While important, these activities take time and may not be possible in the midst of a difficult situation or while at work. Sometimes, putting excessive pressure on ourselves to engage in these self-care activities can make us feel even more stressed. Practicing self-compassion offers an alternative way to cope with stress and prevent burnout. Accumulating research has demonstrated that higher levels of self-compassion are associated with reduced burnout and stress, and with increased productivity, motivation, and well-being. This workshop will teach participants concrete, practical skills for building self-compassion and increasing resilience.

 

Participants will learn:

  • What is self-compassion?

  • The science behind self-compassion

  • How to overcome fears and misconceptions about self-compassion

  • Micro skills for increasing resilience and responding more effectively to stress

  • Practices that can be taught to patients and to supervisees