When stress takes over these are simple things you can do to let your brain and body relax. Class participants at the Forum also suggest these stress reducers:  praying, walking, working out, talking with a trusted friend, therapy, being in nature, listening to music, practicing gratitude, solitude….

Stress is a physical reaction to an emotional state of being overwhelmed, worried, scared, or feeling unable to meet the demands put before us. Our body responds by tightening our muscles, increasing our heart rate and blood pressure, and feeling shortness of breath and difficulty concentrating. Ongoing stress can cause illness, depression, anxiety, and other disorders.

All of us who work with challenging populations and in organizations with high demands experience daily stressors. There can be a fine line between excitement for your work and anxiety and stress. What strategies do you rely on to reduce the stress response in your body and mind? Can you be intentional in noticing your stress response and then practicing stress relief?

Becky Santoro at Foster Villages has this quote on her email (thank you Becky!):

“Resting is not a waste of time. It’s an investment in well-being.
Relaxing is not a sign of laziness. It’s a source of energy.

Breaks are not a distraction. They’re a chance to refocus attention.

Play is not a frivolous activity. It’s a path to connection and creativity.”
– Adam Grant


Staff Care Day is Happening at The Forum on March 22nd 9am-2pm. It is Free! Register on this website for mindfulness, fun, storytelling, and resilience practices to renew and reimagine your relationship to your work, yourself, and your stress! There will be prizes, giveaways, and lunch!

Barbara Thomas 

Director of The Forum @Hope Haven 

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We work hard to ensure that Forum offerings are accessible to all staff working in this community. Ready to enroll?