Stress & Burnout Prevention

Help others better manage stress, create a healthier work-life balance and identify burnout warning signs to stop overwhelm before it becomes unmanageable.

The Fight-or-Flight Response: Everything You Need to Know

Fight or flight response

Our fight-or-flight response has been shaped by millions of years of evolution over countless generations. It served us well for most of that time, readying us for attack and helping us escape when we encountered something dangerous (Schoen, 2014). Now, in the largely ‘safe’ yet unduly stimulating world in which […]

12 Breathing Exercises for Managing Stress, Anxiety, & Panic Attacks

Breathing exercises

Breathing is more than a physical requirement to live. It is also foundational to spiritual, mental, and emotional aspects of life. Hindus call it prana, Chinese refer to it as chi, and Christians believe in the Holy Spirit, which breathes in them. The breath has been essential to Zen Buddhist […]

13 Stress-Relief Books About the Science of Managing Anxiety

Stress Relief Books

Managing anxiety and stress can be a daunting task, especially for those who do not have the skills or knowledge to understand where these emotional states are manifesting from. Anxiety and stress can interfere with an individual’s mental health and wellbeing. Fortunately, education on new techniques to help combat stress […]

7 Stress-Relief Breathing Exercises for Calming Your Mind

Breathing for stress relief

Most of us rarely, if ever, experience extreme stress from life-threatening events. And yet, we spend much of our lives in a state of half-anxiety, neither fully relaxed nor fully stimulated (Nestor, 2020). There is a way to regain control of that anxiety using a resource we already have: our […]

Teacher Burnout: 4 Warning Signs & How to Prevent It

Teacher burnout

High-stakes assessments. Unruly students. Difficult parents. Last-minute principal walkthroughs. A lack of resources or time. COVID-19. These alone are enough to make anyone leave any profession without batting an eye. Many teachers prepare their entire life for the role, often “playing school” as youngsters and dreaming of becoming a teacher. […]

16 Causes of Workplace Stress & How to Prevent Its Effects

Workplace Stress

Are you falling behind with your work commitments? Snappy with loved ones and having trouble sleeping? Are you working long hours yet not getting enough done? If your job demands more than you can deliver, you could be experiencing workplace stress (Schwartz & McCarthy, 2014). According to the American Psychological […]

How to Relieve Stress: 37 Simple Activities and Games

How to relieve stress

Periodic stress is a fact of modern life. But we need not see stress as something perpetual, punishing, and unmanageable. Instead, by learning to apply some simple techniques and cultivating an interest in activities that facilitate stress relief, stress management can become as mundane and manageable as commuting to work […]

26 Best Stress-Relief Techniques According to Psychology

Stress relief techniques

A traffic jam, a nightmare boss, a toxic relationship. All are nasty sources of stress that vary in how long they last and how much they affect your day-to-day life. None of us can avoid stress completely, and we wouldn’t want to. Stress in small amounts can be helpful. But […]

Preventing Social Work Burnout: 37 Helpful Therapeutic Activities

Social Worker Burnout

Given the emotional and demanding nature of social work, burnout is a significant problem among social workers. As burnout often results in negative emotional and occupational repercussions, it is essential for social workers to recognize the warning signs, practice prevention, and engage in adequate self-care. This article will delve into […]

Recovering From Job Burnout: 31 Ways to Foster Work–Life Balance

Job burnout

Job burnout is a pervasive condition that can be difficult to treat. Most of us don’t have the luxury of quitting our jobs so that we can recover. Fortunately, there are many other ways that job burnout can be mitigated and avoided, while restoring a healthier work–life balance. In this […]

13 Helpful Worksheets for Combating Depression

Depression worksheets

Feeling depressed or extremely sad is something everyone experiences. However, when a depressed mood or unbearable sadness is present for a long time – a couple of weeks or months – then it might meet the criteria for depression. Depression affects over 264 million people worldwide. Between 76% and 85% […]

Geriatric Therapy: How to Help Older Adults With Depression

Geriatric Therapy

As life expectancies continue to increase in industrialized countries, so too will the prevalence of emotional and psychiatric disorders such as depression among older people. Fortunately, there are many effective therapeutic approaches and activities aimed at enhancing resilience among the elderly. This article will describe geriatric therapy in general, applicable […]

How to Treat Panic Attacks: 6 Exercises and Techniques

Panic Attack Treatment

Panic attacks can seem as challenging to treat as they are to control. However, with a systematic approach and adherence to a few simple techniques, panic attacks can become manageable. In this article, you’ll gain a working understanding of what triggers a panic attack and how to approach treatment for […]

How to Prevent Burnout in the Workplace: 20 Strategies

Burnout Prevention

Burnout is recognized as a break between what people are and what they have to do, and it is typically experienced as emotional exhaustion or depersonalization (Olson et al., 2019; Kolomitro, Kenny, & Sheffield, 2019). Its impact is considerable. Indeed, burnout among physicians, which is twice that of the general […]

How to Recover From Burnout With 14 Exercises & Treatments

Recover burnout

Does your client complain about feeling emotionally exhausted, uninvested in their work, and questioning their career decisions and abilities? If so, they might be experiencing burnout – the final stage of poorly managed workplace stress. The best way to explain the effects of work and leisure activities on our health […]

What Are Panic Attacks? 20 Signs, Symptoms, and Causes

Panic Attacks

If you’ve ever experienced a heart-racing, heavy breathing, out-of-control episode that is overwhelming to the point of feeling like you have to flee, you have most likely experienced anxiety. Anxiety is a heightened mental state in which an individual dreads uncertain and ill-defined events in the future. People who experience […]

15 Behavioral Activation Worksheets for Depression and Anxiety

Behavioral Activation

Behavioral activation (BA) is a standalone therapeutic treatment typically used to help people with depression. At its core, BA aims to enable individuals to reengage with their lives through specific activation techniques (Westbrook, Kennerley, & Kirk, 2011). Activation techniques help combat behavioral patterns of withdrawal, avoidance, and inactivity, which may […]

Warning Signs of Burnout: 13 Reliable Tests & Questionnaires

Warning signs of burnout

Do you know the story about the frog in a pot? As the story goes, if a frog is placed in a pot of water, it won’t notice the slow increase in temperature; by the time the water has begun to boil, it is too late for the frog to […]

What Is Burnout? 16 Signs and Symptoms of Excessive Stress

What is Burnout

Burnout is a serious and prevalent experience. In a 2020 survey, Gallup reported that when asked how often participants experienced burnout: 48% answered sometimes. 21% answered always. Feeling stressed, tired, or anxious about work is not unusual, but burnout can cause decreased physical and psychological health. Specifically, individuals who report […]

6 Relaxation Techniques for Managing Anxiety and Stress

Relaxation techniques

Feelings of anxiety and stress can be so unpleasant that they disrupt our daily life. We may struggle to focus, sleep, or work, and we might even hurt the people around us. Fortunately, there are methods we can use to curb anxiety. This post outlines some key relaxation techniques that […]

What Are Distress Tolerance Skills? Your Ultimate DBT Toolkit

distress tolerance skills

Whether perceived or actual, emotional stress is challenging to deal with, especially for some people with a trauma history. This inability may significantly worsen during a crisis, when people feel helpless and out of control. A person’s ability to manage an emotional incident without feeling overwhelmed is called distress tolerance […]

16 Stress-Management Activities and Worksheets to Help Clients Beat Stress

With scattered thoughts, sweaty palms, and my heart beating like a drum, I glance at the door and cannot remember anything I prepared. The interview is in 10 minutes, yet I want to run away. Sound familiar? Fear and anxiety lead to stress responses – cognitive, physical, and behavioral. Deeply […]

What is Eustress And How is It Different than Stress?

What is eustress

In this article, we will explore the way in which eustress - what I call positive stress - may provide a long-lasting solution to the pervasive “distress” which may be creating harm in our lives. “Imagine feeling capable of handling whatever life throws at you, without having to panic, overreact, […]

83 Benefits of Journaling for Depression, Anxiety, and Stress

When you think of "journaling," you might picture a tween girl, laying on her bed with her feet waving lazily through the air and writing about her crush in a diary. The word often has that connotation for adults: the sense that it’s for young people who are trying to […]

5 Ways to Increase Work Recovery and Decrease Workplace Stress

When was the last time you felt fully recovered from your stressful work environment? Job demands are higher than ever and with increased work speed, job insecurity, and complex work environments the pressure is on for employees. Organizations are aiming to support their staff’s work recovery by providing free gym […]

62 Stress Management Techniques, Strategies & Activities

What happens when we continue "burning the candle at both ends" until we reach physical and emotional exhaustion? Just like the candle itself, we risk burning ourselves out. There is a parable of a frog sitting in a pot on the stove. If dropped into a pot of boiling water, […]

How to Identify and Reduce Stress in Your Life (+Checklist)

Stress is a part of daily life and is only becoming more of a presence in this increasingly-connected world. This can be a problem, as there are all sorts of negative physical and psychological effects of leading an overly-stressed life. This article will discuss some causes of stress and the […]

15 Anxiety Worksheets and Workbooks for Teens, Kids, & Adults (PDF)

We all have anxiety from time to time. When our days are marked by worry, nervousness, and fear, it is not our fault. We are actually quite good at developing tools to handle occasional anxiety. If you find yourself facing anxiety that interferes with your daily life, professional help is […]