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Creating a compassionate workplace culture involves acknowledging people’s challenges, even related to apparently small matters, in professionally appropriate ways. (Shutterstock)

5 ways to create a compassionate workplace culture and help workers recover from burnout

It’s important that employers and employees understand sympathy, empathy and compassion, and consider these emotions’ roles in both job performance and employee relations.
Some research has shown the effects of stress were reduced when people engaged in higher levels of kindness or generosity. (Pexels/Rodnae Productions)

How helping others during major life transitions could be a path to greater well-being

During times of stress and change, people are often advised to practice self-care by looking after themselves, yet what about the benefits of showing kindness to others?
There are important strategies families can use to help promote mental health as kids head back to school and daily routines change. (Shutterstock)

Back to school: Time to revisit strategies for child and family mental health

Family routines can provide stability during times of stress. Here are four strategies for building resilience against stress and family challenges to put into place as children head back to school.
Epilepsy is characterized by spontaneous and recurrent seizures, often triggered by stress or visual stimuli. (Shutterstock)

What epilepsy teaches us about diversity and resilience

Our team studied the activity of neurons in people with epilepsy. Neurons in the brain regions responsible for triggering seizures were much less diverse.
Healthcare workers faced excessive burnout during the pandemic. (Shutterstock)

5 ways to deal with burnout at work

Burnout is a serious problem that deserves all of our attention. An academic who studies the issue offers some practical tips to deal with the problems associated with burnout.
Schoolteachers are reporting high levels of burnout. AP Photo/David Goldman

Teacher burnout hits record high – 5 essential reads

With teachers reporting record-high levels of burnout, and more burnout than any other profession in the US, scholars examine what’s going on and what it may mean for education.
Online sessions with therapy dogs and their handlers provided students with stress relief and a brain break. (Shutterstock)

Online sessions with therapy dogs can help students feel less stressed

Therapy dogs are a proven support for students experiencing high levels of stress. During the pandemic, in-person encounters were less possible, but virtual sessions also recorded an improvement.
Immunosenescence, or immune aging, can lead to less effective responses to vaccines and greater vulnerability to invading pathogens. Kudryavtsev Pavel/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Social stress can speed up immune system aging – new research

While the immune system naturally gets weaker with age, social stressors like trauma and discrimination can hasten immunosenescence.
Because of stigma and deeply rooted implicit bias, people who suffer chronic and unexplained pains are often characterized as complainers, malingerers and drug-seekers. (Shutterstock)

Why stress-related illness is so hard to diagnose, and how a patient-centred playful approach can help

Psychosocial and economic stressors can affect health, but neither our doctors nor our health-care system have the tools to integrate these factors into diagnoses or care. Play offers an alternative.
Hypersensitivity is often associated with vulnerability. But it can also be a strength. Veja/Shutterstock

Is hypersensitivity a strength or a weakness?

The term is often pejorative: to be hypersensitive is to cry over nothing, to feel things are “too much”, etc. But we now understand that this trait has real evolutionary and social benefits.

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