I’m a huge believer that external facets of leadership health are largely a reflection of our internal health.
In short, if you want to lead in a healthy way, you yourself must first be healthy.
The next two parts of this series will focus on those external dynamics of healthy leadership: relationships and finances. These external (tangible) results of leadership can only be accomplished if we’ve first dealt with the internal dynamics of sustainable leadership.
This conversation is needed now more than ever. As we head toward summer, we’re all feeling the compounding stress from a year of COVID, political turmoil, economic uncertainty, and a variety of other factors.
Signs and Symptoms of Burnout
Before we transition to the external facets of leadership health (and given the startling rise of burnout during 2020), I want to offer signs and symptoms of burnout. If you or someone you know is experiencing the following, please seek professional help. You may contact me here for coaching or reach out to a licensed therapist in your area.
- Prolonged depression
- Feelings of apathy about work
- Questions around meaning and purpose
- Using food, alcohol, or drugs to self-medicate feelings
- Lack of satisfaction about work accomplished
- A lack of energy
- Little desire to be productive or passionate in work
- Physical ailments like prolonged upset stomach, heartburn, and/or headaches.
- Trouble sleeping
- Thoughts of harming self or others
- Irritability around coworkers or superiors
- Extreme self-doubt
- Isolation and avoidance of others
- Continued tardiness or leaving early from work
- Emotional numbness
- Quick and excessive weight gain
The Wrap Up
If you or someone you know is facing burnout, please get help. Email me to set up your first appointment.
Looking for more ways to fight against burnout? Here are 50 self-care tips.
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