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Series: Preventing and Overcoming Burnout - Part 2

Part 2: Strengths-Based Strategies to Cope with Burnout

Consider the coping strategies from last week’s Leadership Tip and identify the ones you marked as “I always do this.”  With this information, look below to see which of the CliftonStrengths domains those strategies fall under.  Are your coping techniques in one or two domains, or do you have some in all four?  Then, reflect on the different and possibly more effective strategies listed that could better help you reduce the symptoms of burnout. 

  • People with dominant EXECUTING themes are more likely than others to take actions that give them a sense of accomplishment. They tend to get back to work as soon as possible or find ways to motivate themselves to avoid delays. 

Recommended Coping Strategies:

  • Take time to think through your situation. 

  • Try to find what is positive in your current work situation.

  • People with dominant INFLUENCING themes turn to burnout strategies that allow them to make an impact on others or on the future. They are likely to spend more time with family and friends outside of work and also think about how their work contributes to their future goals. 

Recommended Coping Strategies:

  • Exercise and engage in physical activity. 

  • Think about how you have approached similar situations in the past. 

  • People with dominant RELATIONSHIP BUILDING themes tend to reframe their work stress from other’s perspectives. They consider how people they work with feel about the same situation, as well as how their work impacts others. 

Recommended Coping Strategies:

  • Think about how you have approached similar situations in the past.

  • Use relaxation or mindfulness exercises such as meditation or yoga. 

  • People with dominant  STRATEGIC THINKING themes allow themselves the space and time to think through their situation and/or frustration. They take breaks during their workday to relax and reframe. 

Recommended Coping Strategies:

  • Think about your current situation as a challenge and find a way to succeed.

  • Spend more time with family and friends outside of work. 

Your innate talents—the natural patterns of thinking, feelings, and behaving—are your most instinctively strategies for coping with and working through burnout. However, there are different ways to fight burnout.  If you only rely on what comes naturally, you may overlook opportunities to use more effective strategies for reducing burnout. 


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