The demands on people in the c-suite today are higher than ever. Longer hours paired with time away from family to travel and work with national or international companies can be draining and life-changing. Self-care is a great response to burnout leaders may experience as a result of working too much. Burnout may be more prevalent than leaders want people to think. Find out what causes burnout and how to bounce back with some easy self-care practices.
Feel the Burn
CEOs naturally take on a lot of stress by nature of their work. It also relates to their personalities in that they strive to succeed at a higher level and typically drive themselves (and others) hard to achieve this vision. Denial may creep in that it is time to slow things down a bit because society is used to faster, quicker, more. For people to be real leaders, they have to practice empathy for others, listening skills, relationship building, negotiation, and other things that help them get ahead but may also lead to burnout. We often forget CEOs are people, too, and they can fall apart. Burnout often comes in the form of:
- Apathy towards life or work
- Feeling a major physical crash
- Mentally being unable to focus or concentrate
- Withdrawing from others
- Addictions or mental health issues
- Increased anxiety and frustration about everything
From this point forward, it is key to help someone in this stage accept what is going on and begin the journey of healing by accepting what has happened.
How to Help
Self-care is one of the best ways to practice healing after burnout. The process really begins with attending to those needs that go unnoticed or supported. Stress and fatigue are often the starting point of burnout. When this begins or, even if it is at the end stage before a crash, it helps to find time to slow down. Assess what is going on in the mind and body and strategize what needs to happen. This may mean:
- Doing body scans to see how the brain and body are feeling in any given moment
- If tension and anxiety seem high more often than not, it can be a sign of burnout
- Spiritual practices of healing can be helpful like mindfulness and meditation
- Community connections and closeness with friends and loved ones may have suffered for work. Rebuilding these takes time and focused commitment. If you are ready and willing to rebuild them, it may be one way to combat burnout
Finding a supportive community for healing addiction and recovery is also encouraged for leaders suffering from burnout. Getting away on a retreat or stepping away from work for a short time may help realign priorities and rebuild support for the journey ahead.
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