On the Pain of Mindfulness

I'll be leading a mindfulness session next week at the start of the Financial Therapy Association's Annual Conference. The practice we'll be doing is primarily about self-care, which obviously is crucial for all of us, and it just so happens that financial-advisor burnout has been in the news for at least the past year (here's a recent article from late September).

It's probably fair to say that it's been a rough 18 months for almost everyone. If there could ever be said to be an upside to all of this, it's that self-care has been having its moment in the spotlight. We now appear to realize how important it is, how important a formal self-care plan is, and that we all should be prioritizing our mental, emotional, financial, and physical well-being. (Note that sometimes financial well-being is at odds with the rest of the mix, as money can easily be the reason for staying in a job that is otherwise soul-crushing or even toxic. On the other hand, sometimes there's a realization that no amount of money is worth having your soul crushed or being mistreated. This is a topic I'll get to likely next week, in another post about psychological safety.)