We all face them at times – those moments when the unexpected happens. It might be harsh words from someone else. It might a fender bender. It might be the email from the boss that suddenly renders all your work on a project useless because management changed direction. You feel the stress welling up as you try to figure out what to do or how to respond. If you’re already experiencing the symptoms of burnout, these situations just make that worse.
So, how can you manage these shocks to your system and still maintain your equilibrium? Here are five surprisingly simple but research-based steps to take that will ameliorate to relieve this in-the-moment stress: