Burnout Module

In part 1 of this module, we will discuss how the body responds to stress, when stress can be helpful and factors that make stressors more manageable (spoiler alert: the pandemic does NOT map on to most of those factors…!). In Part 2, we discuss the phenomenon of burnout. We will discuss factors that increase vulnerability to burnout, and, more importantly, concrete tools for preventing and recovering from burnout. 

Part 1: The Physiology of Stress
Part 2: Avoiding or Recovering from Burnout
Optional Companion Exercises

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Burnout Module Overview

Video Part 1: The Physiology of Stress

Length: 11 mins

  • What is stress?
  • Stress is not inherently negative
  • Physiological reactions to stress
  • Too much of a good thing
  • Difference between “Good” and “Bad” stress
  • Teaching in the pandemic as a chronic stressor

Video Part 2: Avoiding or Recovering from Burnout

Length: 19 mins

  • What is burnout?
  • Risk factors for burnout
  • Rebalancing effort and reward
  • Recovering from excessive stress
  • Direct problem-solving
  • Shifting mindsets
  • Completing the stress cycle
  • Rebalancing draining and charging factors


  • Pinpointing Stressors
  • Stressor Action Plan
  • Recharging your Battery