“Flipping your lid” is a simplified explanation that I often refer to when describing what happens in the brain when people experience stress. Once you learn this concept you will begin to see if everywhere. The frustrated customer, angry neighbour, the exhausted parent. Your response to this human experience will be forever changed, and you build self awareness resists that urge to flip your own lid.
If the person you’re supporting is having difficulty describing their feelings, or the meeting is lacking focus or if it’s a struggle to keep people on track, use a number or color scale as it provides common ground and language to build upon.
If it hasn’t happened to you yet, there will be a day when you enter a situation and you have no idea what to say and people will be looking to you for support and hope. Often times it’s when others are facing tragedy. You feel helpless, Words are worthless....
You are a deeply caring individual and you are devoted to your work and calling and there is nothing to be ashamed of, or feel guilty about when you find yourself worn-out and not wanting to hear any more sadness and problems. Measure your levels of caregiver fatigue, and discover 5 ways your life is impacted.
We want to prevent burnout with our teams so that they can remain healthy and have longevity in ministry. For this we need to consider 3 areas; hopelessness, helplessness and prolonged stress.
Grief is often a journey. Something that you go through when there is a loss. Just as in any grief, we can slip into the more unhealthy space of anxiety and depression and get stuck. However, here are seven small strategies that can be helpful to process the grief, prevent us from getting stuck and keep us moving through the ever-changing landscape of COVID-19.
The church is an organization heavily dependant on volunteers and in recognition of volunteer appreciation week, I want to speak to volunteer burnout. The church needs to be aware of volunteer burnout, why it happens and what you can do to prevent it.
With mental health impacting 1 in 5 people it is very likely that you are going to talk to someone who is struggling. You want to help, but have no idea what to say and you surely don’t want to make it worse.
Here’s good news. Here are 5 things you can say to support someone struggling.
Burnout is a real thing.
Combine prolonged stress, with no control or ability to change your circumstance and you lose hope.
As hopelessness grows you develop a belief that you are trapped and nothing is going to change. This is burnout and it impacts millions of people a year.
Have you ever found yourself cynical or having difficulty being encouraging to others when they tell you about their positive life experiences and self-care practices? Same. So when I experience breakthrough, joy and excitement I find myself holding back on sharing not wanting to cause anyone else to feel bad. Must-be-nice-syndrome is really a red flag signal that we are lacking in the self-care department.