Breathing Space

To understand one’s world, one must sometimes turn away from it! To serve better, one must briefly hold it at a distance. Where can the necessary solitude be found, the long breathing space in which mind gathers its strength and takes stock of its courage.

Research shows that child welfare workers and professionals in social services experience a higher level of stress and vicarious trauma than most other professions. Not only does this impact workers’ quality of life, but it compromises their ability to fully support the children and families in their care.

If you’re struggling, feeling down, overwhelmed, burned out, or stuck, I want to give you hope that you CAN struggle less. You CAN use powerful, science-backed skills to live and work with more energy, joy, and sense of purpose. You CAN create a more supportive relationship with yourself, your thoughts, and your emotions, which will strengthen your resiliency and help you thrive.

Resilience is not about eliminating anxiety, fear, or uncertainty inherent in the work we do. Cultivating resilience allows us to face these and other stressful experiences with greater confidence, so we have the resources to bounce back. In posts that you can access below, I will be sharing articles, tools, and resources for building habits of mind and action—often in small but meaningful ways—that foster resilience.

Adopting resilience practices requires a change of attitude and habit. The promise is that by doing so, we may experience the power of simple approaches that, when practiced mindfully and full of intention, are self-renewing.

Be well. Stay well.

Dan Comer

Breathing Space July 2024

Breathing Space July 2024 by Dan Comer Nurturing Resilience, Month 5: Connect! July is my birthday month, and as I embark on another journey around the sun and into new wisdom, it feels right to present to you the final entry in my tiny-habit miniseries. I

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Breathing Space June 2024

Breathing Space June 2024 by Dan Comer Nurturing Resilience, Month 4: Move! Here we are again—another month, another tiny habit to build that can impact your overall resilience! (So far we’ve covered embracing the present, noticing what you are grateful for, and doing something kind.) The

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Breathing Space May 2024

Breathing Space May 2024 by Dan Comer Nurturing Resilience, Month 3: Kindness If you’ve been following along (and who hasn’t?), this is the third month I’m sharing tiny habits that can impact your overall resilience. Rather than suggest you try to make big changes all at

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Breathing Space April 2024

Breathing Space April 2024 by Dan Comer Nurturing Resilience, Month 2: Cultivate Gratitude In March, I introduced you to a method of building resilience that makes a lot of sense to me. It involves cultivating tiny habits that can make a significant impact on our overall

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Breathing Space March 2024

Breathing Space March 2024 by Dan Comer Nurturing Resilience: Building Tiny Habits to Combat Stress You know how demanding this job can be. You are doing this job because you find value in the work. For some of us, we can forget at times to prioritize

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Breathing Space February 2024

Breathing Space February 2024 by Dan Comer Get Out of Your Own Way I have been studying and teaching about self-care in the child welfare arena for a long time. It didn’t take long to recognize that our field seems set up for making good self-care

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