Mindfulness for Burnout
The linked article looks at how mindfulness meditation can soothe and alleviate stress-related burnout.
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 :)