As a result of our network culture lifestyle, we are all more vulnerable to believing things that disturb the peace. Especially for youth, it is easy to believe things that are not true (such as “I am not worthy of love and acceptance,” and “all my parents care about are my grades”) and to focus on things that don’t really matter (i.e., how many likes I get, or how many “friends” in my social network).
More and more youth and families are therefore dealing with the mental and behavioral health issues that can leave us in a chronic state of crisis, also known as adult issues: high anxiety and depression, addictions, bullying/violence/hostility, and sexual exploitation. Some examples include:
- Bullying and hostility hyped on youth peer communities as a new normal, or “drama”. So everybody fears becoming the target and defends no one being harassed.
- Children experiencing extreme distress with feeling social isolation, experiencing clinical depression and anxiety.
- Teens and college students failing to thrive; and seeking escape with drugs and/or alcohol, or suicidal ideation.
- Toddlers who cannot be consoled without the mobile device.
- Parents and youth find it difficult to have conversations without arguing; everything is a battle as risky, harmful secrets are being kept (think: bullying, suicidal ideation, addictions, and internet porn and sexting).
As parents, educators and mental heal providers are at the front lines responding to the intensified emotional fallout from the impact of social media on our hearts and minds, compassion fatigue and burn out are inevitable. While these human issues are not new, the level of intensity is a consequence of adapting to cyber technology. We need to learn how to socialize with apps and devices. One of the first steps, in my experience, is taking charge of your own thoughts about what is happening in your world.
My friend and colleague, Tzeli Triantafillou, founder of Myndzen, will deliver a training on How to break up with burnout and compassion fatigue, designed specifically for mental and behavioral health care providers, educators and parents. This training offers practical insights to restore your own reserves so that your compassion does not lead to burn-out.
The training will be held at the monthly Women’s Association for Addiction Treatment, Sacramento Chapter, on June 13, from 8:30 to 10:30am.
This message below is from Tzeli:
Compassion fatigue and burnout disproportionately affect caregivers placing them at significant risk as well as impact their health and professional life.
When we are burned out, we are not in our optimal balanced state and our perspective narrows. We are not able to see the options and solutions available to us. We hope and wait for things to change on the outside, (our work load, external support, decrease in the challenges and complexities we face), in order for things to get better.
- But are we leaving something critical on the table?
- Compassion fatigue and burnout are the adverse effects of OUR relationship with stress!
- Are we targeting interventions that will alleviate the symptoms but not address the cause? There is different a way to break up with burnout and compassion fatigue!
- There are things within our control that we can employ to build stress resilience and free our selves from burnout and compassion fatigue for good.
I will bring science to life by re-acquainting you with your own amazing internal neurobiology and how you can use it to build an effective shield against burnout from the inside out.
Although you may not always have the ability to control challenging aspects of your professional and personal life, you will be offered practical ways to build stress resilience and adjust your response to minimize the impact of those situations.
You will learn:
- How personal responsibility beyond organizational change can create lasting change in breaking the burnout cycle.
- How the evolution of our nervous system contributes to our predisposition to chronic stress and burnout.
- Understand how working with and not against the capabilities of our nervous system, can help us harness the power of neuroplasticity, to enhance wellbeing and work-life balance and satisfaction.
You will walk away with a renewed sense of self-awareness, self-compassion, and practical tools to protect you from burnout and compassion fatigue.
Tzeli Triantafillou is a Toxicologist, a corporate America veteran, and the founder and CEO of Myndzen, an unconventional, integrative wellness business. Her academic and professional accomplishments include: A B.S. in Bio-Chemistry and Toxicology; the design and development of five drugs for three different types of cancer while pursuing her Ph.D.; a proven track record of results-driven success in leadership, HIV/AIDS advocacy, strategic management, and team development; and multiple awards for outstanding performance in sales, leadership, and training during two decades working in the healthcare industry.
A scientist who suffered great health consequences from chronic stress and burnout, she is passionate about developing and sharing practical, science-based solutions to attain effective freedom from burnout within your control.
Tzeli also offers a 6-week virtual master class “Freedom from burnout”. If you would like to receive information about her next master class and access pre-registration discounts email Tzeli directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also join the myndzen community for FREE resources against burnout delivered directly to your inbox by clicking on this link Join Myndzen or by texting the word myndzen to 22828.
About: We are a non-profit education center founded in Roseville, CA to strengthen the parent-child bond in a hyper-connected world. Our mission is to restore families with the mustard seed of faith that declares liberty already belongs to the soul because one God, the Creator of all humanity, grants every human being intelligence and free will to choose what to believe, and that is power that can never be taken, but is easily surrendered to the bully, the drug or the device. To that end, ten percent of all proceeds are donated to prison ministries. Your donations are greatly appreciated. (Donations are payable to Banana Moments Foundation).
Joanna Jullien is an author, educator and consultant on strengthening the parent-child relationship in a cyber-powered world. She is a former technology executive trained in behavioral science at U.C. Berkeley, a mother of two grown sons, and an author of books for practical guidance on parenting, growing up and family life in the network culture. As a family and technology culture advisor, Joanna has appeared on 103.9FM The Fish, 710AM Keeping Faith in America, 1380AM The Answer, and Examiner.com.
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