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By Sunita Sehmi, Walk The Talk

Whilst under extreme stress, it is very normal to withdraw from the world, concentrate and to be consumed by the problem that is causing the stress.

We all have networks of people who can help us. This network extends professionally and socially, including our family, friends and public services. Within your organization, your professional networks include relations with your boss, mentors within the organization, colleagues, your team, previous colleagues and organizational support services. Outside your company, they can include your friends, clubs and social organizations. In acute stress make sure you use these resources and don't try and do it all on your own.

Here is second part of the Blog entry regarding Burnout and some useful resources below.


“When you find ways of acknowledging his stressors, once they appear try and limit them, by either avoiding them or dealing with them in another way and by employing the resources available to you.

Prioritise and review professional objectives and identify stressors, deal with them (with tools above) before they “take over.”

To summarize, one needs to nourish the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual parts of life.

Areas that need nourishment:
Emotional assistance: Regular get-togethers with family/friends
Spiritual guidance: Daily meditation, Mindfulness techniques
Physical support: Regular exercise, walking swimming

HR Professional

“Managing stress in any form is difficult but not impossible and therefore I believe one must devise fresh methods on how to deal with stress at work: prepare for stress and self-manage stress to protect oneself from the unpleasant side effects. Improving self-stress management skills with the sole aim to achieve a healthy work-life balance is the goal and this, in turn, will have enormous positive benefits on one’s emotional and physical state, which are clearly inter-linked. Be attentive to the resources and people available to you, both at work and at home, and use them.”

Burnout Survivor

“I have exploited some of the resources available to me. I joined a meditation group, and sought out the company of family and friends in times of need (rather than bottling it all up). In addition, I have begun weekly Cognitive Behavioural Therapy sessions with a sympathetic and competent counsellor. In fact she has encouraged me to join my local gym.

The biggest difference is, unlike before, I am now more aware of the pre-alarm bells and I now take care of my physical and emotional wellbeing.”

Only in the present are things true. Not even the future will last. Nostalgia's a flower sent to the past. “Nostalgia” Ben Okri


Be Mindful: http://bemindful.co.uk/
Mind Tools: http://www.mindtools.com/index.html


XpatXchange: www.xpatxchange.ch/health-care/358-stress-management
Centre Sivananda de Yoga Vedanta: http://www.sivananda.org/geneva/
How to prevent burn out?: http://www.gbnews.ch/tendances-rh/management/how-to-prevent-burn-outGeneva Stress Reduction, Mindfulness and MBSR: http://genevamindfulness.com/


sunita blogphoto 150Sunita Sehmi was born in London and is of Indian origin. She has a Psychology degree and a Post Grad in the Development and Training for Adults from the University of Surrey.

She began her career in the recruitment industry where she worked in Executive Finance Recruitment in the city of London. Upon her arrival in Geneva, she completed the advanced level Cambridge University training certificate (CELTA) and thus began a career in teaching, training and development. She has taught English and Communication skills both in companies and in educational institutions for over twenty years. She is now the founder of Walk The Talk. www.walkthetalk.ch

Sunita lives in Geneva with her husband and their two boys. She has a Masters from the University of Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchatel and Fribourg, specializing in Career Management and Coaching