Female Leaders: This Is How You Avoid Stress and Eventual Burnout

Valerie Caswell

March 03, 2020

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The modern world is a stressful place for everyone, not just in the workplace but in our personal lives at all rungs of the ladder. However, for a female leader working hard to make a difference in the world and to be the best she can, the pressure can sometimes be overwhelming.

One of the requirements for being a good leader is being able to healthily cope with the pressure of leading, deal with the stress and avoid potential burnout which can mess you up for months, even years, to come. In today's guide, we're going to explore some of the essential tips you'll need to remember.

Understand and Notice Your Signs

We all have our signs of stress and being able to notice the tell-tale onset signs of our mental condition is key to being able to combat and deal with stress before it consumes and overwhelms us, ultimately leading to burnout.
Whether you're not sleeping much, your diet is changing, you feel restless, you're unfocused, or you're not getting on with people in your life, you need to be mindful of your triggers and signs so that you can healthily deal with them.

Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life

When you feel stress, we usually relate this to a negative feeling. We're stressed out, which can mean that things are getting to us and we're not dealing with them very well, but this isn't always the case.

"Feeling stressed can actually be a very good, positive thing, as long as you're working with a mindset that allows you to see that," explains Mark Harris, a business writer at Writinity.com and Researchpapersuk.com. "If you have a deadline that needs to be met, having a positive mentality towards stress can be what you need to boost you to actually get the work done."

Even when you're feeling stressed, remember it's okay to feel that way and, as long as you're healthy with your stress, let it motivate you to get things done. Ride on the response to be the best you can be, rather than feeling like the pressure is holding you back.

Remember Your Values

Hand in hand with the point above, having stress in your life can be perceived as a good thing, and can be an indicator to what is meaningful in your life. If you're feeling stressed out in your career or in a relationship, this can be a sign you're unhappy and can help you focus on making decisions that will make you feel better.

"Think about your values and what makes you happy and what kind of approach you're taking to your work," says Nick Taylor, a HR at Draftbeyond.com and Lastminutewriting.com. "If the approach you're currently taking is stressing you out, it could be time to look at the situation in a different way."

Set Healthy Boundaries

Being able to create boundaries between your home and work life, as well as between people in both lives, is essential to your happiness and well-being. Being able to stop working and have a break and being able to have conversations with people that are not about work is vital, but this doesn't come without issues.

Defining, setting, and sticking to your boundaries is never easy, especially when a stressful situation comes around, or when there are others involved who have their own boundaries. You need to be able to compromise and negotiate with others to find a simple understanding with them.

Have "You Time"

This means taking time off and having time to think and process where you are and how you feel. If you're not looking after yourself and making yourself happy, every other area of your life is going to be affected.

The more you ignore yourself and the way you feel, the more intense and overwhelming these feelings are going to become. Whether you're taking time to go for a walk, read a book, go to the cinema, meditate, watch a movie, or spend time with your friends and family, your wellness should always be your priority when it comes to being the best leader you can be.

As you can see, there are plenty of approaches you can look at when it comes to managing your stress as a female leader, and it all starts with being mindful of yourself and how you feel. With internal clarity, you can externally be the best you can be.

Valerie Caswell is a marketing professional at Luckyassignments.com and Gumessays.com. She enjoys reading and writing on topics like being a good leader, how to feel confident in yourself, and how to handle the problems of the modern world. She is a firm believer in lifelong learning and continuous self-improvement.

Opinions expressed by the author are not necessarily those of WITI.

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