Managing Stress and Avoiding Burnout

Managing Stress & Avoiding Burnout

One of the life skills that I’ve been working on since college is how to manage stress and avoid burnout. As collegiate chapter president, I learned quickly how difficult it was to lead a group of women and balance school, work, and relationships. Striving for balance has just gotten more difficult post-college – job searching, advising, moving, getting married, having babies, and slogging through graduate school while working full time.

You’ve probably heard flight attendants talk about oxygen masks on planes in the event of an emergency – put on your oxygen mask first, then help others around you. If you are giving everything you have to the people around you (your chapter, alumnae, family, work, school, etc.) without taking care of yourself, you will burn out.

Too often, I think we’re pushed to do more things, to stretch ourselves, and we’re not told that we need to take care of ourselves or support each other. I want you to figure out what works for you and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This is important to do in college and beyond; it’s a helpful perspective that you can use to manage stress when looking for a job, moving, in relationships, in family life, in your career, and more.

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Showing the Real Me

showing the real me

Social media. What am I going to do with you? Our relationship has transformed into a complex one. I love you because you oblige proud parents and grandparents the ability to bestow family pictures in their virtual brag book. […]

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If It’s in the Way

At the end of last triathlon season, I just wasn’t feeling right. I wasn’t sure if it was the grief from my dad’s death, overdoing it with a few September events when I wasn’t feeling fully […]

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How to Help a New Mom

Once your college days are behind you, wedding summers begin. You’ll find your fridge plastered with save the dates, shower invites, and hope that you’ve RSVP-ed to everything on time. I’m in the post-college, post-wedding […]

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