If you know someone, as I do, who suffers from “Caregiver Burnout” or another form of acute stress resulting from an unchangeable situation, this weekend I ran across a 1-1/2 hour video on youtube that is absolutely, unequivocally relevant (and possibly health-saving) time well spent for such a person. There’s a lot of junk psyche stuff out there, but this isn’t in that category.
The video is of Dr. Martin Rossman, author of many books on the topic of stress, as he’s giving a seminar at University of California at San Francisco. He begins by presenting stress as it lands into the brain and then manifests throughout the body. He then progresses through an understanding of how stress can be controlled, and finally, he demonstrates the whole process by leading his audience through an exercise that can be practiced and refined individually, and then used on an ongoing basis.
Dr. Rossman is very easy to listen to during his explanations, and his voice is downright hypnotic (in a good way) once he begins taking his listeners through the exercise. Most people in a caregiving or other high stress situation simply don’t have time or wherewithal to ferret out such things so if your own scan-through of the video rates it as highly as mine did, you might be able to be of inestimable help by sharing it with whoever came to mind when you saw the intro to this article.
Note: For some reason youtube opens this video quite far toward the end, so you need to manually move the button at the bottom of the screen all the way to the left to start it from the beginning.