Wellness Connection

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Interpreters often work in stressful situations, such as medical emergencies or end of life conversation, and many others. In the course of our everyday work, we can be subjected to vicarious trauma and at risk of compassion fatigue. In a collaborative effort with our network of wellness professionals from a variety of backgrounds, the MasterWord team has developed an approach to help  interpreters mitigate the risk of vicarious trauma and reduce the impact of stressors we encounter at work.  

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Language professionals, do you want to get inspired to be mindful?

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We all agree that it is not easy to maintain good eating habits.  In our daily lives, we are constantly distracted by assignments, translations, and deadlines.  Additionally, due to our work, we witness things that can take an emotional toll on us.  Meal planning becomes the least important thing on our mind.  These pressures cause us to choose the easiest option for our meals. This CNN piece talks about an inspiring real-life example of Kathryn Hutchinson, 52-year-old retired teacher, who was diagnosed with prediabetes, suffered from severe arthritis and a history of depression and how a program that uses mindful…

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Language professionals, do you eat with distractions?

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Have you ever eaten your lunch while translating a document or driving to your next assignment? You start with a sandwich, then you grab a bag of chips, and the next thing you know, you finished the whole meal without realizing how it happened. Life of  language professionals is hectic, fast pasted, and  lacking in time. We often find ourselves sacrificing our meal time to get that translation on time or make to our next assignment.  Such highly praised multitasking is not that great anymore, but rather harmful to our health. Sure, we can save 10-15 minutes, but mindless eating…

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7 healing herbs to help with stress and to restore your body naturally

7 healing herbs to help with stress and to restore your body naturally

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You''ll rarely meet a person today who is not stressed or constantly tired; some people just accept it as a part of life that can’t be avoided and just deal with it. It is impossible to eliminate stress completely, that’s for sure! But there are low-cost and effective herbs that can be used to reduce the negative impact of stress and lower the stress hormone Cortisol. Some of these herbs were used by cosmonauts, athletes and military personnel. “It’s likely that you’ve heard about the detrimental effects of the stress hormone cortisol. Elevated cortisol levels and chronic stress can affect every physiological system...
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Struggling with energy and mental clarity after lunch?

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Dr. Daniel G. Amen found “… that eliminating all simple carbohydrates at lunch (sugar, white bread or other products made from white flour such as bagels and white pasta, potatoes, and rice) can make a dramatic difference in energy and focus in the afternoon. An additional benefit of skipping sugar and simple carbohydrates at lunch is that most people do not feel hunger until dinnertime.”  He recommends eating lean protein, complex carbohydrates, and food rich in omega 3 fatty acids such as large cold water fish, walnuts, Brazil nuts, olive oil, and canola oil. Skip sugar and simple carbohydrates and don't...
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