Resources for Interpreters

Coping with the day-to-day rigors of interpreting is an ongoing and challenging endeavor.  Here is some information that other interpreters have found helpful.

Breathing For Stress Relief

When interpreters experience more stress than their system can handle, especially repeated or prolonged, there are negative effects on their psychological, emotional and physical health. Interpreters can increase their stress resilience by learning to use their breath to minimize the negative effects of the body’s stress response systems whenever needed.



Basic Yoga

Interpreters can increase their resilience by practicing the physical postures and breathing exercises in yoga.  By practicing yoga, interpreters can improve:

In the video below I describe and demonstrate a basic yoga pose selected specifically for it’s benefits to sign language interpreters.

For more poses vist our YOGA FOR INTERPRETERS page

Basic Meditation

Meditation offers strategies to help interpreters cope with stress and enhance their quality of life Including:

In this short video, I gives step-by-step instructions to help you learn to meditate.

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Recommended Reading


Mindfullness For Beginners

Mindfulness for Beginners

“Mindfulness for Beginners by John Kabot-Zinn is one of the best and most clearly written books to introduce interpreters to basic meditation and mindfulness practices. I recommend this book for any interpreter wanting to enhance their resilience and mental clarity.” – Dr. Lybarger




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One Minute For Yourself

One Minute for Yourself

“One of the keys to happiness is learning how to manage stress from moment to moment. One Minute for Yourself by Spencer Johnson is a short, but powerful book that offers practical, easy to apply strategies that interpreters can use immediately to become better at managing stress.”  – Dr. Lybarger




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Living with Your Heart Wide Open

Living with your heart wide open“Irrational negative self-criticism can sabotage your well being.  Living With Your Heart Wide Open by Steve Flowers can help you learn how to accept yourself with kindness and compassion, which is key to managing the day-to-day stresses of life.” – Dr. Lybarger




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The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion

the mindful path to self-compassion - Christopher Germe

“You should be working to be your best friend not your worst enemy.  In this easy to read book; The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Gemer provides an insightful guide to emotional healing.  He offers practical proactive excercises to guide you on the path to becoming happier, healthier, and more resilient.” – Dr. Lybarger




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Wherever You Go There You Are

wherever you go there you are - John Kabat Zinn“With amazing clarity Wherever You Go There You Are by John Kabot Zinn provides easy to follow stress management practices that are great for interpreters and beginning meditators.” – Dr Lybarger





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Yoga Sparks

Yoga Sparks

“Many interpreters have hectic and busy lifestyles, Yoga Sparks by Carol Krucoff offers a 108 one minute long yoga practices, yes that’s right, even as little as a minute can help you become and remain healthier and more resilient” – Dr. Lybarger





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