Paula Davis on Beating Burnout | PoP 654

A photo of Paula Davis is captured. Paula Davis JD, MAPP, is the Founder and CEO of the Stress & Resilience Institute, a training and consulting firm that partners with organizations to help them reduce burnout and build resilience at the team, leader, and organizational level. Paula Davis is featured on Practice of the Practice, a therapist podcast.

Have you ever worked so hard that your body gave in? Do you struggle to find a balance between work and rest? What is the relationship between burnout and team relationships?

In this podcast episode, Joe Sanoks speaks with Paula Davis about how you can overcome burnout through teamwork.

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Meet Paula Davis

A photo of Paula Davis is captured. She is the founder and CEO of the Stress & Resilience Institute. Paula is featured on the Practice of the Practice, a therapist podcast.

Paula Davis JD, MAPP, is the Founder and CEO of the Stress & Resilience Institute, a training and consulting firm that partners with organizations to help them reduce burnout and build resilience at the team, leader, and organizational level.

Paula left her law practice after seven years and earned a master’s degree in applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. As part of her post-graduate training, Paula was selected to be part of the University of Pennsylvania faculty, teaching and training resilience skills to soldiers as part of the Army’s Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program.

Paula is the author of Beating Burnout at Work: Why Teams Hold the Secret to Well-Being & Resilience — about burnout prevention using a team-based approach. She is also a contributor to Forbes and Psychology Today.

Visit the Stress and Resilience Institute website and connect with them on Instagram.

Connect with Paula on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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In This Podcast

  • Paula’s experience with burnout
  • The relationship between teams and resilience in burnout
  • Paula’s advice to private practitioners

Paula’s experience with burnout

It got to a point for Paula where she could not physically continue. She experienced increased anxiety, panic attacks, and extreme stomach pains due to her burnout.

After coming out of the ER due to her pain the second time, she decided that a change was necessary.

This is stupid … I’m happy to spend a lot of time and energy in my career and whatever that entails but I’m not willing to sacrifice my health for this. That was the final wake-up call for me. (Paula Davis)

Because of the spiked anxiety due to the burnout, in hindsight, Paula wished she had sought out a mental health professional to help her manage her mental health.

The relationship between teams and resilience in burnout

Even though burnout is an individual experience it is closely tied to the team around someone, the leaders that they follow, and the work culture that they are a part of.

One of the ways we go wrong in thinking about burnout is that we think of it as a purely individual experience, and that it is something that individuals just need to fix or get better at on their own. (Paula Davis)

Burnout should be spoken about as a systemic problem with its root causes instead of a random phenomenon.

Until burnout is spoken about as a problem that comes from and can affect communities and workplace teams, solutions will miss their mark.

Paula’s advice to private practitioners

You have an important role to play in the prevention of burnout. Some people do not know who to turn to in times of anxiety and stress.

Market yourself and get the word out that you can help people overcome burnout.

Books mentioned in this episode:

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Meet Joe Sanok

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Joe Sanok helps counselors to create thriving practices that are the envy of other counselors. He has helped counselors to grow their businesses by 50-500% and is proud of all the private practice owners that are growing their income, influence, and impact on the world. Click here to explore consulting with Joe.

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