Mindfulness for Burnout

The linked article looks at how mindfulness meditation can soothe and alleviate stress-related burnout.

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Stress would appear to be everywhere in modern society and is a relatively new phenomenon. Its costs to government, to businesses, and to our own physical and psychological well-being are inestimable and we are still struggling to define accurately the relationship between stress and ill-heath. Stress has grown tremendously in Western society in recent years, which may cause us to question the causes of this stress and the subsequent burnout which afflicts growing numbers of people in all job sectors in significant and unprecedented ways.

Modern definitions of stress mostly recognise that it is a personal experience caused by pressure or demands on an individual, and impacts upon the individual’s ability to cope or, more accurately, his/her perception of that ability. Work-related stress occurs when there is a mismatch between the demands of the job and the resources and capabilities of the individual worker to meet those demands. Many of us have perhaps experienced this; having demands placed upon us in the workplace beyond our physical or emotional capacity to meet them adequately.

The linked article looks at how mindfulness meditation can soothe and alleviate stress-related burnout. It points to studies which have found that mindfulness meditation can stimulate areas of the brain that may help to control emotional reaction and attention and decrease blood levels of interleukin-6, which is associated with inflammatory disease risk, thereby protecting us from emotional distress and decrease inflammation. Sounds good to us! Wishing you a mindful and stress-less weekend :)

Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS