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Kandi Wiens

How Emotional Intelligence Can Help You Build Resilience and Heal Your Relationship with Work

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    Burnout and emotional intelligence

    Have you ever had a wake-up call in life, something that opens your eyes to a huge issue or makes you reconsider everything? For academic researcher and educator Kandi Wiens, such a wake-up call came in her early forties. Her blood pressure became so high that she needed to be on bedrest for days and was at high risk of having a stroke or heart attack. This experience made her realize she was terribly burnt out – the result of chasing other people’s goals for years and feeling disconnected from her own purpose.

    So, what exactly is burnout? 

    Three things characterize the condition: feeling exhausted and having no energy, feeling cynical or negative about your job, and feeling professionally ineffective or underperforming. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that burnout results from chronic workplace stress.

    After learning a bit about emotional intelligence and burnout while training people at work, Wiens decided to officially study this critical area. In her research, she discovered a group of leaders in severely stressful jobs who showed absolutely no signs of burnout. The common factor amongst them? Emotional intelligence.

    Luckily for the rest of us, emotional intelligence – or EI – is something that can be learned and practiced by anyone. It’s not dependent on how we were raised, where we went to school or what industry we work in. So, if we can learn EI, we can essentially learn how to protect ourselves from burnout.

    As with most things, it’s easiest and best to prevent burnout before it occurs. But even if you’re currently in a state of burnout, EI and burnout immunity skills can help you get out – and stay out – of burnout. Of course, if your work environment is toxic, abusive or is affecting your health – whether mental or physical – you should immediately start creating an exit plan. Reach out for help if necessary and pursue a healthier career path. And even in this last, least ideal situation, EI practices can help you.

    So, how do you learn EI? Well, it starts with awareness, which is what we’ll explore next.

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    What is Burnout Immunity about?

    Burnout Immunity (2024) uncovers the root causes of burnout and why it is so pervasive in professional environments. It reveals the key to protecting against burnout – emotional intelligence – and explores techniques that anyone can learn to develop a better relationship with stress.

    Burnout Immunity Review

    Burnout Immunity (2021) explores practical strategies to prevent burnout and enhance well-being in today’s fast-paced world. Here's why this book is a valuable read:

    • Provides concrete tools to manage stress and avoid burnout, empowering readers to take control of their mental health proactively.
    • Offers insights from psychology and neuroscience to explain the impact of burnout on the body and mind, making the content informative and scientifically-backed.
    • The book's interactive exercises and personal stories create an engaging reading experience that brings the topic of self-care to life.

    Who should read Burnout Immunity?

    • People interested in healing from or avoiding burnout
    • Leaders looking to increase their positive impact
    • Anyone seeking to further their understanding of emotional intelligence

    About the Author

    Kandi Wiens, EdD, is an academic director, researcher, speaker, and coach who focuses on burnout – its causes and cures. She teaches both graduate-level courses and executive programs, and helps leaders foster their emotional intelligence to create positive impacts and avoid burnout. 

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    What is the main message of Burnout Immunity?

    The main message of Burnout Immunity is developing strategies to prevent and overcome burnout for a healthier work-life balance.

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    Is Burnout Immunity a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Burnout Immunity is a valuable read as it provides practical insights and tools to combat burnout effectively.

    Who is the author of Burnout Immunity?

    The author of Burnout Immunity is Kandi Wiens.

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