Remember that catastrophising is natural. You may do it more than most, but everyone’s brain is wired to focus on what could go wrong- it’s an evolutionary survival strategy.
If you are aware that you are over-thinking, or even obsessing, it makes you feel bad, and you can’t switch it off or stop worrying, that isn’t problem-solving, it’s ruminating.
More and more research shows that laughing can protect you from the effects of stress by inducing positive physical changes in your brain and body.
Over time, trying to be something you’re not can, I believe, be a key factor in creating burnout.
The Inner Troll has a lot in common with the chimp mind. The big difference though is that the Inner Troll does NOT have your best interests at heart.
What causes burnout: it is vital to ask ourselves why our workload is so high and to what extent this is the result of choices we have made.
If you can’t find things on your desk, or you constantly forget to do things, or you can’t keep on top of your email inbox you are getting in your own way.
This week I asked a lot of teachers, coaches and educational professionals, ‘What stresses you out about your job, and how do you deal with it?’
We often can’t control what others around us are doing, but we can always choose how we respond to it.
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