For the Caregivers…
Mindfulness in Social Care
Working in any of the caring professions, or indeed, caring for loved ones at home can be incredibly rewarding. Often times, job diversity and the ability to bring joy and make big differences in the lives of others are a source of deep personal satisfaction.
However, unless caregivers take good care of themselves, and are able to fill their own cup so that they can fill the cup of others, compassion fatigue, emotional exhaustion and even depression can set in.
In the UK, in between the years 2009 and 2013, work related stress and anxiety has increased 24% and employees lost to severe mental sickness has doubled (taken from the Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer 2013), with the NHS, one of the largest employers of those working in caring professions, losing 3.4% of their worker hours to sickness.
Work relates stress is even more extreme in Ireland, where the recent ‘Job Stress and Working Conditions’ report (2018), indicates that work-related stress has doubled in a 5 year period!
According to the report, job characteristics that determine high levels of stress are jobs that tap into psychological and physical reserves and indeed have emotional demands. These jobs tend to be ones found in the Health sector (as well as the Hospitality sector). In short, without self-care, caring for others can be taxing.
The great news is there an answer to work-related stress for those working in the caring professions. Mindfulness practice and Mindfulness Based Interventions (MBIs) have been shown to reduce stress and burnout, as well as regulate emotional states and increase focus/cognition, empathy and compassion (Shapiro and Brown 2007; Serretti 2009; Asuero et.al 2014; The Mindful Nation Report 2015).
At the Sanctuary, it is our hope to support those working in the caring professions, through offering mindfulness courses as a means of building resiliency, reducing stress and developing compassion for self, so that this compassion can spill out towards those that are cared for. In this way, professional burnout might be avoided, so that those who ‘care for’ continue the good work and continue to make a difference in the lives of those who receive their care.
Mindfulness Training for Social Care with Jane Negrych
8 week MBLC (Mindfulness Based Living Course)- this program combines mindfulness and compassion practices in 8 (2.5 hour) weekly sessions and one full day of practice.
The weekly classes will take begin on February 12th/2019 (Feb 12th- April 9th/ 2019) and take place on Tuesday afternoons from 2pm- 5:30pm.
Jane Negrych is the Program Manager of the Sanctuary and has been teaching mindfulness, compassion and mindfulness teacher training courses with the Mindfulness Association UK throughout the UK and Europe. She has also been teaching the MBLC course to Service Users, Service Providers and family members at the Recovery College in DCU since 2015. She has completed and is an Honorary Teaching Fellow on the MSc: Studies in Mindfulness with the University of Aberdeen.