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Lauren Glickman

Lauren Glickman is principal consultant at Foray Consulting, a group of professionals dedicated to helping organizations build their capacity, increase their health, and support organizational sustainability. Learn more at forayconsulting.com.

Content by Lauren Glickman

  • Magazine Article

    Taking inventory of your awesomeness

    It’s not conceit—it’s self-care

    Everyone's heard the old maxim that you can't take care of anyone else unless you take care of yourself. The fact that this is uncomfortable for many of us doesn't make it less true. The ability to validate our own hard work and successes is one of the most effective ways to stay resilient in the animal welfare field. Learn some useful techniques to give yourself a much-deserved pat on the back.

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  • Magazine Article

    Don't believe everything you think

    You could be giving yourself unnecessary heartache

    If you tell the story of what happened in your life today, how much of what you tell will be strictly factual, and how much will be your interpretation of those facts? It's hard to stop our minds from jumping to conclusions, and concocting stories based on our own biases, interpretations, and assumptions. And when those assumptions are negative, it can affect our mental health. Learn to be aware of the gap between What Actually Happened and What You Make Up About It—and why it matters.

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    You make things better for animals ...

    ... but what about for yourself and your colleagues?

    Complaining feels good—who doesn't need to vent sometimes? But often, it doesn't improve a situation, and it can be counter-productive and a major drag on fellow staff and volunteers. The good news is that each of us has the power to change our thinking, change our behavior, and thus make a better environment for all.

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    Changing your view

    When you see red, try switching glasses

    Working in animal welfare, you’re guaranteed to encounter situations that push your buttons, but practicing these simple techniques can help you find healthier ways to deal with anger.

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    Keeping your hero afloat

    Feeling dead inside? Self-soothing can help you function and turn you back into a human being.

    Understanding the body's response to stress can help you keep your cool in the face of the multiple and difficult challenges you face on the job.

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  • Magazine Article

    Choosing the difficult

    Conceptualizing the challenges of your work in a new way can lead to empowerment

    Whether you’re intimately acquainted with the term “compassion fatigue,” or hearing it for the first time, if you’re in animal welfare, it’s a subject that merits attention. Compassion fatigue is a real and normal phenomenon experienced by many working in the caretaking fields. In Compassion Fatigue in the Animal-Care Community, Charles Figley and Robert Roop write, “By understanding … compassion fatigue as the natural, predictable, treatable and preventable consequences of [caregiving] we can keep caring professionals at work and satisfied with it.”

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