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Kathy G. Kravits

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date: 23 January 2021

Self-care is growing as a topic for scientific inquiry. In this chapter, the biological basis of the stress response and the recent evidence of the consequences of persistent and ongoing stressors overwhelming the individual’s resources will be discussed. Secondary to the growing awareness of the destructive consequences of persistent stress, palliative care providers are affected by both stress inherent in the emotional labor of the work and lack of self-care. The result is risk for the development of compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary traumatic stress symptoms. Martin Seligman’s work in positive psychology and Happiness Theory will be used to explore well-being and the intentional creation of greater life satisfaction.

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