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Why Women Are Anxious and Frustrated at Work

Here’s the reason no one is talking about If you were an honor student growing up, you might be screwing yourself over at work. Let’s start with a story. Amanda was detail-oriented and highly competent. She did her job reliably well and got along with her colleagues. From the outside she appeared successful. However, she felt chronically frustrated because she often felt dismissed or talked over in meetings. She didn’t feel she was being paid fairly for her work quality. She also felt anxious much of the time and struggled to speak up about these feelings. Deep down she questioned if she deserved the things she wanted. Was she truly good enough? When I met Amanda I told her this: you are stymied by the schoolgirl mindset. Her response was probably the same as yours: What?! Let me explain. My     . . . read more

Beat Burnout Videos

In these short videos, Hannah Curtis, LCSW, gives an overview of burnout, how to identify it, and what to do about it—including skills, scripts, and tips you can start using today. Beat Burnout If you are hard-working but know burnout is real and costing you too much emotionally and physically, this video is for you. Clarity and Intention An important early step to beating burnout is clarifying your roles and intention. Defining Own Your Success How often are you trying to achieve something outside of your control? Be in charge of how you feel about yourself and your work. Skills, Scripts, and Tips Get the skills, scripts, and tips to beat burnout.  

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Burnout and the Culture of Impossible Expectations

“No one knows this because it seems like I have it all together, but inside I’m dying.” When you hear people’s deep dark secrets like I do as a therapist, you hear things like this frequently. This is because basically every human I interact with is going through something similar: the profound pressure to do “the right thing” in every area of life, while making it look easy. And expecting it to feel good. It’s the promise and temptation of being one life hack, career goal, or achievement away from perfection. You can be: as slim as a nearly disembodied head with barely a body to hold it up as productive as a super computer as cool and interesting as a celebrity (and employ a staff to pull that off) all while also having a loving relationship and friends. And     . . . read more

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5 Skills for Confident Communication

Do you often leave interactions feeling like you didn’t make your point? Do you feel misunderstood? Do you feel like people don’t really listen to you? It’s time for you to uplevel your communication skills so that you can confidently engage your audience. Whether at work or in your personal life, satisfying connections, effective conversations, and the ability to appropriately influence others are important skills for your overall well-being. Stop wasting your energy on poor quality interactions and up your communication game with these 5 key skills and go-to action steps. Skill #1: Set the intention Be aware and thoughtful in your interactions. I often hear people complain that they are stuck in the same unproductive or unpleasant conversations with people. This is often because we are not actively working to be intentional in these conversations. Here are 3 action     . . . read more

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Beat Burnout Early and Often

What comes to mind when you think of burnout? We can often identify burnout when it has already happened: Real fatigue Complete lack of motivation Decrease in productivity Attitude change that is noticeable to colleagues or our family members Beating burnout, however, requires that we catch it well before it becomes a real threat to our well-being. A key to having some balance between work and personal is being proactive in catching burnout when begins to form—not when it’s about to sink us. What is burnout? When I talk about burnout, the thing I’m thinking about is energy. In my definition, burnout is about expending more energy than we are creating. That’s the first clue: burnout isn’t about some objective measure like number of hours worked or numbers of tasks you complete. It’s an energy debt. Identifying burnout before it     . . . read more