One of the secrets to avoiding and to recovering from emotional burnout is to make time, every day, to release stress.
If your response is to say, “Duh,” or to roll your eyes, I appreciate the sentiment. Of course, each one of us wants to release our stress and not carry it over to the next day. It’s not like we think holding onto stress and accumulating it is a good idea. And yet…
As a whole, we are not releasing stress in ways which reduce reports of burnout. According to an Indeed survey which asked 1,500 people from a variety of workplace sectors and age demographics,
- Burnout is on the rise. Over half (52%) of survey respondents are experiencing burnout in 2021—up from the 43% who said the same in Indeed’s pre-Covid-19 survey.
- Fifty-three percent of Millennials were already burned out pre-pandemic, and they remain the most affected population, with 59% experiencing it today. However, Gen-Z is now neck and neck, as 58% report burnout—up from 47% who said the same in 2020.
- The pandemic’s toll is also more apparent among older generations. Baby Boomers show a 7% increase in burnout from pre-pandemic levels (24%) to today (31%). And at 54%, more than half of Gen-Xers are currently burned out—a 14% jump from the 40% who felt this way last year.
*Statistics reported in a Forbes article by Jack Kelly entitled: “Indeed Study Shows That Worker Burnout Is At Frighteningly High Levels: Here Is What You Need To Do Now”
Okay, we know burnout is real. We know we need to release stress. We may even know that the longer we hold on to stress the more likely we are to experience physical, emotional, and mental health problems. The question then becomes: What do we want to do about our stress?
The answer is complicated for several reasons. One reason the answer is complicated is because everyone is different and has different needs at different times. Yes, taking a walk is very beneficial but what if:
- You are not ambulatory?
- You live in a place where it is not safe to walk?
- You hate walking?
Finding solutions which work for you, your situation, and your lifestyle are key to creating sustainable practices which reduce stress.
Another reason why the answer to what to do about our stress is complicated is we have to view the causes of stress in the context in which they are happening. In other words, there needs to be an understanding and an appreciation for the contributing factors to stress. Looking at factors such as access to resources and cultural and familial expectations are integral to addressing systemic barriers to living a less stressful life.
In the Shakti in the Mountains’ Emotional Burnout Support Group, starting on October 3, we will not only address issues specific to individuals but also uncover the cultural expectations which contribute to women’s stress.
The other benefit to this group is being in circle with other heart-centered folks. Women do better when they are in connection with others. So even though you could implement recommendations by yourself, you will receive greater benefit if you are held in community while doing so. (There are only three spots left in the group. Register soon if you want to be in circle with us.)
Wishing everyone a beautiful week,
Kim Bushore-Maki is a soul-driven entrepreneur who understands the undeniable urge to create a business and a life filled with meaning and purpose. Her vision of opening a center where women could heal and grow led her to open Shakti in the Mountains in Johnson City, Tennessee: a place where the creative, feminine energy is nurtured and valued.
Five years later, Kim is still in the flow of supporting and building a healthy, vibrant community and now guides retreats, teaches yoga, and provides one-on-one services for women who want an immersion experience into the life-affirming, Shakti energy.
Kim’s training as a therapist and yoga teacher allows her to safely and compassionately guide women on a heart-centered journey to Self, where women re-connect with their beautiful, authentic spirit.