Workshop info for Develop @ City – Burning Out or Burning Brightly
Burning Out or Burning Brightly
It has been a pleasure to create this online workshop for you and I truly hope that you find it useful. The key now is to remember to implement the ideas and actions that you have created. If there are any issues or questions you would like to discuss please contact me. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07779 646976.
On this webpage you will find some extra information on the topic and some links to other resources.
Remember only you can guage how well you are coping, thriving or how close to burning out you may be. Reaching out for help and support is a sign of strength, so do so if you need to.
Stress is “the nonspecific response of the body to any demand made upon it,” that is, the rate at which we live at any one moment. All living beings are constantly under stress and anything, pleasant or unpleasant, that speeds up the intensity of life, causes a temporary increase in stress, the wear and tear exerted upon the body. A painful blow and a passionate kiss can be equally stressful. (Selye 1976)
Stress has become synonymous with negative events, but that wasn’t always the case…
HSE definition of stress: ‘The adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them at work’.
There are good types of stress and a certain amount keeps us motivated and ‘on the ball’. Each of us have different levels of negative stress that we can cope with. The key is recognising where you are before you get too close to not coping.
Burnout is not a sudden one-off event, but more like a "gradual emotional depletion and a loss of motivation and commitment" (Freudenberger 1974). Three characteristics were identified by Maslach, Jackson & Leiter (1986): Emotional exhaustion, depersonalisation, and reduced accomplishment.
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