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 March 2023

Breathing Space March 2023 by Dan Comer Gratitude Is a Skill Thousands of studies show that developing a grateful mindset is the most direct path to helping you feel happier, less anxious and stressed, and more fulfilled by your daily experiences, your work, and your relationships.

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Breathing Space February 2023

Breathing Space February 2023 by Dan Comer What Can I Subtract? Name one problem in your life you are trying to solve. Your response might look like one of these: I want to be more organized. I want to be a better friend. I want to

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Breathing Space January 2023

Breathing Space January 2023 by Dan Comer Walk the Walk For many of us, taking a walk is a wonderful way to de-stress, get some quiet time, and be alone with our thoughts (or without any thoughts!). And it is one of the most pleasant ways

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Breathing Space December 2022

Breathing Space December 2022 by Dan Comer 4 Tips to Help with Holiday StressThe holidays can bring joy, but it’s not uncommon to experience stress, depression, and anxiety as well. The demands of the season—shopping and running errands while battling crowds, back-to-back holiday parties and social

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Breathing Space November 2022

Breathing Space November 2022 by Dan Comer What Is Good Self-Care and Why You Deserve It Many of us are good at keeping busy, looking after others, and juggling responsibilities. But when it comes to self-care, we often aren’t the greatest! Why is that? (Continue reading

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Breathing Space October 2022

Breathing Space October 2022 by Dan Comer Sparking Joy: A Mindfulness Practice for Everyday Joy is a capacity we all have that can be trained and developed—it is a primary component of psychological well-being, encompassing moments of appreciation, enduring contentment, and a sense of confidence and

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