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 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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Breathing Space January 2024

Breathing Space January 2024 by Dan Comer The Power of Small Daily Rituals in Overcoming Overwhelm Researchers suggest that only 9 percent of Americans that make New Year’s resolutions complete them. Is this the year to give that practice up? (I am not a fan of

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Breathing Space December 2023

Breathing Space December 2023 by Dan Comer Overwhelmed? These Strategies May HelpWhen I ask people in our field how they are, the number one answer is “overwhelmed.” I will guess that it is the same when you ask. It has been my answer at times too.

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Breathing Space November 2023

Breathing Space November 2023 by Dan Comer The Surprising Power of Small Joys I have trained myself to truly stop—just a moment—and take in small moments of joy. For example, with the advent of colder weather, my young dog has occasional moments of what my family

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Breathing Space October 2023

Breathing Space October 2023 by Dan Comer The Ripple Effect Bear with me, these two stories will make sense in a little while… A few years after moving to my neighborhood, I kept noticing that a large pine tree had the perfect-looking space at its trunk

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Breathing Space September 2023

Breathing Space September 2023 by Dan Comer Ask For What You Want? Let me be clear: I saw something on Facebook and decided to copy it, just to see what would happen. I had been feeling down and posted the following message: “Tell me something good.

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