Loving your job while coping with mental illness

I have always been “fine, thank you”. And a lot of times I really am. I’m generally someone who loves life and enjoys working. But I also struggle with depression, chronic anxiety and acute panic attacks due to past trauma. And when issues come up in my private life and pressure starts building up, it…

Coping with burnout

You have too much on your plate; you’ve bitten off more than you can chew; you’re up to your ears in demands, stressors, pressure, and an overwhelming workload. The word ‘burnout’ is not a pleasant word. The image of a flame burning out, when applied metaphorically to the individual, reflects a kind of exhaustion and…

How to fight chronic stress

Originally featured as a guest post on iamYiam‘s health blog. Stress is a natural feature of life – a programmed biological and psychological response elicited when we are confronted with threatening stimuli. This innate reaction is life-saving in some scenarios; but what are the consequences when a whole society is living, habitually, in fight-or-flight mode? The American Psychological…