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This is the time of year when many people start to feel the stress of their workloads and responsibilities wear on them. Perhaps, it is the weather or maybe the excitement of starting a new year and the motivation to do so much has given way, but there is no doubt that many leaders are facing a high level of stress right now.
Have you ever wondered if the level of stress you experience is normal? This month, I have written about 'When Everyday Stress Crosses the Line
to Become Anxiety or Depression.' Even the strongest and most capable leaders can face issues around anxiety and depression because there is so much constant pressure on them to produce. If you are feeling your stress has been off the charts lately, take a read below and learn some tips to help you deal with some of these sinking feelings that can have an impact on your professional and personal lives.
Enjoy the ride!
Chief Engagement Officer
When Everyday Stress Crosses the Line to Become Anxiety or Depression
As leaders, we are no strangers to stress. But, if you feel your stress has been mounting and becoming a regular way of life, there might be something more happening for you.
I think back on my own leadership journey and how I felt I had work-life balance that was envied by many of my friends, yet I was feeling stressed inside. I had a quickly escalating career and lots of friends. My social and work calendars were booked three months in advance on a continuous cycle. I thought I was happy, yet something inside of me didn't feel quite right. After some reflection, I realized despite having great balance, I had too much of everything going on in my life - both work and social, leaving little time for me to sit and just do nothing. Out batteries need time to recharge. To be their best, our brains need to have time to just drift without planning, organizing or brainstorming.
For me, one of the first signs something was off inside of me was my inability to fall asleep at night. My mind would be busy thinking and wasn't shutting off. And then after a few hours of tossing and turning, I would begin to get frustrated and that would only make things worse. My brain was needing time to decompress and process my day. I wasn't giving it time throughout the day due to my busy schedule so it was taking what it could get, and that was the stillness of the night. Read more on how to help reduce your feelings of anxiety or depression with all of your responsibilities in life.
Today's Thought: "You don't have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you." Don Millman
Carey-Ann Oestreicher (pronounced O-striker), Chief Engagement Officer for Potential Unlimited, works with individuals and companies to help them reach their full potential.
Recipient of a Top 40 Under Forty Award and nominee as one of Canada's Most Powerful 100 Women, Carey-Ann has held a variety of senior positions including vice-president level and she has worked in industries such as: financial services, automotive and transportation, publishing, cosmetics and fashion.
Carey-Ann's media appearances include CTV's Canada AM, Global TV's Survivor series, CBC NewsWorld, TSN. She has also been quoted in numerous publications such as The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine and Canadian Business magazines.