Low-morale experiences are predicated on long-term exposure to abuse and neglect, and this exposure also impacts the body. From the flight-(freeze) or-flight response stemming from the trigger event and acute stomach knots connected to work dread, to long-term weight gain, muscle tightness, chronic fatigue, or sleep loss, the somatic connections from this phenomenon are undeniable.
The following short list includes books that illuminate the mind-body impact associated with the trauma of low-morale experiences. Share your suggestions, as well.
Grain, K. (2022). Critical hope: How to grapple with complexity, lead with purpose, and cultivate transformative social change. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books:
Menakem, R. (2017). My grandmother’s hands: Racialized trauma and the pathway to mending our hearts and bodies. Las Vegas: Central Recovery Press.
Nagoski, E. & Nagoski, A. (2020). Burnout: The secret to unlocking the stress cycle. New York: Ballentine.
Van der Kolk, B. (2015). The body keeps the score: Brain, mind and body in the healing of trauma. New York: Penguin.