Stress at work is so common that many consider it to be a normal part of life, if not a badge of honor. Those of us in the helping professions are particularly susceptible to burnout, as we strive to support members our community during difficult times. Fortunately, the evidence-based practice of mindfulness can counter the negative effects of stress on our body, while fortifying our mind with equanimity and resilience. During this session, seasoned mindfulness instructor, author, and former Frederick County Hotline call specialist Heather Stang will inspire you with stories of whole-hearted people who serve others and rely on mindfulness to manage stress and combat burnout. You will become familiar with the foundations of mindfulness, dispel the myths, and learn how easy it can be to tame your mind and make it your ally. You will even get to try it for yourself, as Heather will guide you through restorative meditations, hand-picked to support human service professionals. Ultimately, you will learn how to cultivate peace - no matter what is happening around you. Whether your stress starts at work, at home, or is a mash-up of the two, mindfulness is a natural way to reduce your suffering so you can live a full and happy life. Side effects may include a clearer mind, less tension, more compassion for one’s self and others, greater life satisfaction, and the ability to savor the present moment. Session Objectives: • Discuss how the unique stress triggers of health and human service employees can negatively impact physical and mental health, perceived wellbeing, and on the job performance. • Explore the research that illustrates how mindfulness-based practices can help reduce physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual suffering. • Experience simple formal and informal practices to reduce and even reverse the negative impact of stress.