WHAT IS RESILIENCE?
Resilience is the ability to recover from stress quickly. Simply put, it's recovery. Developing resilience is the key to being able to manage stress in a way that minimizes the harmful physical and mental effects of prolonged exposure to stress and burnout.
WHAT IS BURNOUT?
The World Health Organization has recently updated its definition of burnout as a "syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed" and the three major symptoms.
Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion
Increased mental distance from one's job or feelings negative towards one's career
Reduced professional productivity
WHY WORRY ABOUT BURNOUT?
Higher rates of musculoskeletal pain
Higher rates of heart disease
Weakened immune system
Higher rates of hospitalization
Higher mortality rates
Higher rates of depression
Higher rates of mental disorder treatments
More likely to be hospitalized for mental health symptoms
Higher rates of suicide
Higher rates of mental breakdown
Lower job satisfaction
Higher rates of presenteeism (coming to work sick/not being productive at work)
Higher rates of absenteeism
Higher turnover rates
Lower work "culture"
Increased healthcare expenditure
Increased disability claims
HOW DO YOU BUILD RESILIENCE?
The stress response is an automatic physiologic response that is designed to warn you about the presence of danger and prepares you to fight or flee for your survival. It's controlled by the autonomic nervous system and activated by the sympathetic portion of that system. It's actually your friend because without it you would be less able to respond to threats in your life. Because it is a physiologic response, using physiology to balance out stress and recover is the key to building resilience. This can be done with science-based methods that activate the parasympathetic portion of the autonomic nervous system. Maintaining the health of this system is the key to quickly recover from the stress response and through that process you build resilience.
Building Resilience Resources
Video instruction discussing the stress response, stress resilience, and how to build resilience with breathing techniques.
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Resources and Support for Teachers
Additional resources for educators to help them avoid burnout and build resilience specifically designed for those in education.
Practical tools that can be used in the classroom to assist teachers help their students to become more resilient.
Schools and districts play a vital role in teacher wellness. Evidence shows that programs work to improve teacher health and improve classroom outcomes. Here you will find additional ways administrators can help develop resilience in their fight to win the battle of burnout.
Resources and Support for Employers
Improve health, culture, productivity, and profits
"Every dollar invested...
yielded $6 in health care savings."
- The American Journal of Cardiology
Presenteeism is productivity loss resulting from
real health problems and it costs employers two to three times more than direct medical care costs.
"Healthy employees cost you less."
- Harvard Business Review
BURNOUT RAPID SCREENING TOOL
Please read the following statements. Click the circle next to the number that best indicates your feelings about the statement.
A few times a week
Once a week
A few times a month
Once a month or less
A few times a year
I feel burned out from my work.
1 | 2 | 3
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