Apr 20, 2020


Let’s get real about our current reality caused by the COVID-19 crisis. Since there is so much happening around us we are all, whether we realize it or not, experiencing some form of trauma.  This could be because of supporting loved ones who are sick, mourning the passing of someone we loved and cared about, or even trying to manage the anxiety and the reality of our new “normal”.   

In this episode, I will be sharing with you what I have learned about being a “trauma steward” from the book Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Care for Yourself While Caring for Others by Laura von Dernoot Lipsky  I will discuss with you the different responses that one exhibits when faced with trauma which would ultimately lead to burnout. I will also remind you that, in this time, it is okay to show yourself grace when it comes to your long term goals and to take the time to focus on what matters most, your health and your family.  

In this episode you will: 

  • Understand what is meant by “trauma response” and what it means to be a “trauma steward”. (6:52)
  • Know what the 16 Trauma Responses are. (9:25)
  • How these trauma responses relate to our day to day work and directly connects with burnout (11:00) 
  • Know how to show yourself grace with your long term goals without making excuses. (15:15) 
  • Get ideas on how to support yourself during this time.  (19:20)



  1. Reflect on the 16 Trauma Responses and determine which ones you connect with.  
  2. Schedule in time to do something for yourself (i.e. go for a walk, read a book, etc…) 
  3. Make time to connect with people.  





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