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You Matter: Promoting Professional Resilience During Collective Crisis

Sarah LeMoine, Kristen Greene, Kathleen Mulrooney, and Katrina Macasaet, ZERO TO THREE, Washington, DC

Editor’s Note: The content of this article is adapted from a webinar of the same title, presented on May 20, 2020, which is available for ZERO TO THREE members here.

Professionals who are working to support infants, young children, and families are called upon to build others up, and doing so requires a strong foundation. Yet, in these challenging times of a global pandemic, all are standing on unfamiliar ground. In fact, it feels as if the ground is continually shifting. Social distancing, sheltering at home, and quarantining have dramatically changed personal and professional lives, presenting a whole new set of stressors for everyone and challenges that require new approaches and skill sets. New working environments, new technology platforms, changing or unrealistic expectations from employers or oneself, job losses, children at home…the list goes on and on. The toll this stress can take is real and can take many forms in one’s personal and professional lives. The good news is that there are things that can be done to minimize the impact of stress and promote professional resilience such as self-care, reflective practice, and mindfulness techniques.

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