FEEL­ING THE BURNOUT

Elle (Canada) - - Body -

Raf Si­mons’ de­ci­sion to leave Dior late last year left a col­lec­tive hole in the hearts and wardrobes of fash­ion lovers. But his re­ported rea­son—cre­ative burnout from pro­duc­ing six col­lec­tions a year (that’s like Yeezy drop­ping a new al­bum ev­ery three months)—is easy to re­late to: Of the more than 25 per­cent of Cana­di­ans who say they are highly stressed, six out of 10 cite work as the main cause. We asked the ex­perts how to make it bet­ter.

Play nice with co-work­ers. “The so­cial am­bi­ence of the work group comes down to lit­tle ex­changes: When you say ‘Good morn­ing,’ do they say ‘Good morn­ing’ back?” says Michael Leiter, an or­ga­ni­za­tional psy­chol­o­gist at Aca­dia Univer­sity in Wolfville, N.S. “Be re­spon­sive and ex­press ap­pre­ci­a­tion for one an­other.” Sched­ule day­dream­ing. “If you al­ways have huge de­mands, dead­lines and pres­sures to be cre­ative, it won’t work,” says Dr. Mel Borins, au­thor of A Doc­tor’s Guide to Al­ter­na­tive Medicine. “Cre­ativ­ity comes from time to con­tem­plate, time to look in­side.” Try power pos­ing. Place your hands on your hips and thrust out your chest. “The way we carry our bod­ies shapes the way we in­ter­act with the world,” says Amy Cuddy, a so­cial psy­chol­o­gist and the au­thor of Pres­ence: Bring­ing Your Bold­est Self to Your Big­gest Chal­lenges. “If we carry our­selves with a sense of fear, we are ex­hausted be­cause we feel like we’re con­stantly fight­ing things off.”

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