The mounting stress from our COVID-19 pandemic – the threat of sickness and death combined with the financial downturn and loss of income for so many – is taking a toll on us all physically and emotionally. A build up of fear, grief, frustration and anger due to the virus is a contributing factor in the intense reactions and violence following the tragic murder of George Floyd. Everyone is experiencing the trauma-induced emotional charge that caregivers and first responders take on as part of the extraordinary reality of their professions. Learning to discharge overwhelming and negative emotions is essential to prevent burnout and destructive or self-destructive behavior. Practical skills for releasing intense emotions from the body are a necessary part of self-care.

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