I am writing to you today to encourage you to sign up for and attend a fatigue conference. *record screech* Did that just say FATIGUE CONFERENCE? Yes, it did. And here’s why, nannies, you want to sign up for and attend certain sessions of the fatigue conference:
Because nannying is exhausting and self-care for us isn’t woo so much as it is providing a regulated adult who can then co-regulate our charges. It is keeping ourselves from burnout, and without burnout we don’t have burnout-related conflicts to navigate. There’s actually really solid advice in there to help manage and advance our nannying careers. Also, it is both free and online which means you don’t have to pay anything for these usually hundreds-of-dollars-worth of self-care advice and therapy sessions and also can attend them from your phone while working your nanny job. Convinced yet?
Here are the sessions we’ve specifically identified as being of use to nannies:
Emotional Stability through Yoga (Bonus, Day 1) Will show one of many ways to self-regulate so that we can co-regulate our charges. Yoga combines emotional grounding and regulation with movement.
Grounding Meditation (Bonus, Day 1) Don’t want to move? Same benefits with self-regulation so we can co-regulate our charges benefits and this while staying still.
Day 2 is all about the effects of hormones within the body, the effects of a hormonal imbalance within the body, and tips for achieving a hormonal balance within the body.
Cortisol, mitochondria, and the stress response (Day 2) Whether we want to tell our friends we are stressed or not, hearing baby cries stresses our systems, releases cortisol in our brains, and as a result our brains are triggered into a stress response. But that isn’t the only source of a cortisol release in a nanny’s work experience; parents and working conditions can cause this as well. But then beyond even this, there is a connection to the mitochondria (the powerhouse of the body) which can explain how fatigue is related. Good learning here.
Rebuilding your relationship with yourself (Day 2, Bonus) As nannies we often give so much of ourselves to others that we forget to care for ourselves as well. Here’s a session to help with reminding us to care for ourselves.
As always there is a yoga/gentle movement session (Elongating your breath to de-stress) and a guided meditation (Meditation to help cultivate self-love).
Day 3 is all about introducing us to cutting edge frameworks. Quite a few of the nannies of North Carolina have experienced nanny burnout with its associated fatigue. The SHINE Protocol for overcoming fatigue (actually, you can watch it RIGHT NOW) and The Wahls Protocol for overcoming fatigue seem the most generally useful out of the talks offered.
Reconnect to yourself (Day 3, Bonus) As nannies we often give so much of ourselves to others that we forget to care for ourselves as well. Here’s another session to help with reminding us to care for ourselves. Useful for if you missed Day 2’s session and/or just want more.
As always there is a yoga/gentle movement session (Yoga for CFS, stress and burnout) and a guided meditation (Gratitude meditation).
Day 4 is all about using mind-body techniques to survive and thrive.
Surviving isolation by understanding attachment theory (Day 4) Nannying is an isolating profession, even if we do sometimes get to see other adults on playdates. Let’s learn how to survive and thrive!
How emotional stress affects your body (Day 4) Whether we want to tell our friends we are stressed or not, hearing baby cries stresses our systems, releases cortisol in our brains, and as a result our brains are triggered into a stress response. But that isn’t the only source of a cortisol release in a nanny’s work experience; parents and working conditions can cause this as well. Good learning here.
Vagus nerve stimulation to calm your nervous system (Day 4) Another good grounding technique and one founded very much on the human nervous system and its functions rather than emotions or woo. By now, the application of being grounded and self-regulated to our professional competence should be obvious, right?
The de-stress effect (Day 4, Bonus) De-stress? Yes please!
How emotions become symptoms (Day 4, Bonus) A lot of times, in order to be emotionally available to our charges, we have to subdue our own emotions; to push them down. Despite this session title, the contents will talk about how to process those emotions once they have been added to the subduction backlog.
As always there is a yoga/gentle movement session (Yoga for deep rest and healing) and a guided meditation (Meditation for calming your nervous system).
Day 5 is all about better sleep and in the regular conference course offers a myriad of ways from nutrition/vitamins to scents to emotionally focused therapy to mindfulness practices to gain that better sleep. We all know that we perform our best at work when we’ve gotten deep and full sleep and rest so sign up for the conference and pick the session that best suits your lifestyle to learn if there are any ways to improve the length, depth, and quality of slumber.
How stress hormones impact sleep (Day 5, Bonus) Hormones are just the body’s internal messaging signaler chemicals. Stress hormones are just messenger signals that are useful in times of stress – times when a little extra uumpf is needed. One of the things they signal to the body is that it is not sleep time now, it is awake time now. Unfortunately, if that signal is carrying its message when it is sleep time, that can be problematic. Learn more.
As always there is a yoga/gentle movement session (Chair work and relaxation) and a guided meditation (Surrender meditation).
Day 6 is all about supporting our immune system. While masks and obsessive handwashing and a lack of indoor socializing from the children have cut down significantly on the germs we nannies are exposed to, let’s not lose sight of the fact that we are in a profession where we are regularly and specifically asked to put our health at risk to cuddle a child with the sniffles or a low grade fever. How to clear viruses and Co-infections and how to address them seem the most generally useful out of the talks offered, but given that North Carolina does have the lone-star tick which is responsible for the Alpha Gal disease and at least one of the NC PAN membership has that disease, perhaps How to address tick-borne diseases and fatigue will be useful as well.
As always there is a yoga/gentle movement session (Joint release) and a guided meditation (Meditation for accepting the present moment).
Day 7 is all surviving lingering effects of COVID. Quite a few of our supporting nannies and more than a few of the nannies of North Carolina have contracted and survived COVID, already. Practical strategies for managing post viral fatigue and Yoga therapy for post-viral fatigue seem the most generally useful out of the talks offered. Given that quite a few nannies were fully vaccinated so had minimal to no symptoms and our significant others were not and had far worse and lingering symptoms, throwing us into the role of a caregiver in the home, Support for carers and 5 top tips for carers might prove useful as well.
As always there is a yoga/gentle movement session (Forward and backbends) and a guided meditation (Simple guided meditation).
A lot of these speakers have their own paid-for programs that they peddle and it is no doubt that they are giving us a free taste of their expertise in order to try to gain customers, but expertise is expertise and free amounts are worth gathering.
We’ll be there and hope to see you there, as well!