Experiencing stress and anxiety at work and in life is expected. In fact, healthy levels of stress can help us set clear goals, prioritize our work, and improve our overall performance. However, when we experience too much stress, it can lead to physical illness, poor performance, and burnout. It is also contagious – spreading between people who work together – and can quickly become “baked into” a culture.
Research shows that women are almost twice as likely to suffer from anxiety as men. And when faced with life stressors, women are more likely to ruminate about them rather than engage in active, problem-focused coping strategies.
Why do women leaders struggle more?
In the face of an “always on” work culture, women’s work-life balance takes a backseat as they shift attention to work and away from the rest of their life. This shift takes a toll on them. Women struggle to make time to focus on eating healthily, exercising, getting enough sleep, and seeking medical and mental health care. Many women leaders are concerned that if they request flexibility it will negatively impact their reputations, promotability, and career growth.
Women say that they feel a sense of failure in not being able to meet expectations for themselves and others, and they report spending more time meeting the needs of others rather than taking care of their own needs.
In this interactive workshop that combines teaching, self-reflection, small group exercises, and large group discussions, women leaders will learn how to:
- understand what contributes most to their personal levels of stress
- identify and separate helpful from harmful anxiety
- adopt mindset shifts to challenge their current thinking
- navigate several of the unique challenges that women leaders face
- practice practical strategies to combat overthinking
- ask for and offer support
- develop resilience – the ability to withstand, recover, and bounce back from stress.
Through exploring these issues and building new mindsets and skills, women leaders will develop the awareness and tools necessary to thrive in today’s challenging world.