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Episode 047: Judge Gayle Williams-Byers Offers Tips For Promoting Your Well-Being


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Municipal Court Judge Gayle Williams-Byers — whose side gig is teaching other judges — is determined to convince her colleagues that “self-care is not selfish.” In this episode, she explains that judges have one of the toughest jobs in the world. Not only do they have the pressure of leading people in difficult situations, but the kinds of horrible events they hear about, day after day, can leave them suffering from what some call “vicarious trauma.” Judge Gayle describes simple ways that even the busiest people can improve their well-being, and thus their performance.