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Managing Stress and Preventing Burn-out

As we quickly approach the holiday season, some of us are running on fumes. The holidays come with plenty of social invitations and expectations…on top of our day-to-day whirlwind.

When we’re working and living in a healthy environment, the challenges and pressures we face are adequately matched to our abilities, resources and support. However, when we experience excessive stress, it can obstruct our productivity and impact our overall health and well-being. Excessive stress can be crippling.

According to the American Psychological Association’s Stress in America report, 60% of all illness and disease is caused by undiagnosed stress. Also, three out of four doctor visits are due to stress.

Increasing our awareness of the signs of distress and burn-out can help us get ahead of it and ward it off. Pay attention to these physical, emotional, cognitive and behavioral symptoms:

If you resonate with these symptoms, take action sooner rather than later to manage stress, recharge yourself and prevent burn-out:

  • Avoid isolation – Don’t push people away. We don’t have to accept every invitation that comes our way, but we can prioritize time with the people who refresh and refuel us.

  • Take care of your physical health – Mind and body are connected.

  • Go outside – Get out of your stuffy office and breathe in fresh air for as long as the weather allows.

  • Express your feelings – Write about it in a journal or share with a trusted friend.

  • Consider meditation or mindfulness exercises (e.g., Headspace app).

  • Try to maintain your hobbies and interests that are most important to you.

  • Seek out help if needed – Whether you need help with day-to-day responsibilities like childcare or need to speak to a licensed counselor, seek out whatever it is you need.

Interested in learning more?

Partner with Elsey Consulting Group to ban burn-out and ensure your team is healthy, engaged and thriving. Our Banning Burn-out Workshop will empower your team to:

· Be vulnerable with one another

· Share best practices for managing stress and refreshing self

· Share best practices for hybrid/remote work

· Commit to banning burn-out

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