Reflect, Realign, Renew: Manage stress and keep burnout away

Reflect, Realign, Renew: Manage Stress and keep burnout away

What is this course about?

Through ‘Reflect, Realign, Renew: Manage stress and keep burnout away’  we hope to help learners conceptually and experientially understand stress and burnout, and locate their unique causes of stress at the individual, institutional and systemic levels. The course helps the learner understand how one’s gender, sexuality and other identities can influence stress and burnout, because understanding that each person experiences stress in unique ways will help the learner broaden their perspective of stress and its implications. The course looks at stress not just as an individual concern, but also as a result of the institutions and systems one is a part of. It highlights issues of stress and burnout among people doing people work, whether paid or unpaid, such as caregiving, counselling and activism. 

The course presents various techniques and tools that are simple and applicable in learners’ self-care and collective care practices. At the end of the course learners will also be able to create or renew their menu of practices to nurture their wellbeing

The course encourages learners to understand related concepts, reflect on their thoughts, and create their menu of practices through:

  • 19 video lessons (with transcripts)
  • 13 reflective exercises
  • 11 worksheets
  • 9 infographics full of tips
  • Check-in quizzes
  • Energisers
  • Quotes to stay inspired
  • Additional readings

The course is expected to take learners 3 to 3.5 hours to complete (excluding the worksheets).

This course is not a substitute for therapy or further help that one may require.

Course learning objectives

  • Understanding what stress is and its causes and impact; and how each of us experience stressors and stress differently     
  • Learning what burnout is, how it is caused, and how it affects our day-to-day life, especially if we do ‘people work’ 
  • Understanding the terms ‘self-care’ and ‘collective care’ and their importance in managing stress and preventing burnout
  • Designing a personalised menu of practices or an action plan to manage or reduce stress, prevent burnout, and further wellbeing

Why a course from TARSHI on stress management and burnout prevention?

This new online course from TARSHI takes forward our 25 years of experience in stress management and burnout prevention towards nurturing safe, inclusive, and self-affirming spaces. 

Stress management and burnout prevention have been an integral part of TARSHI’s work since our inception as a helpline offering information, counselling and referrals on issues related to sexuality. In TARSHI’s many years of work in this area, we know that stress, burnout and wellbeing are important topics that usually take a back seat with activists, case workers and members of marginalised communities. This led us to take this work to organisations working on issues of women’s health and rights, those who are from communities marginalised due to their gender and/or sexual identities and expression, and other aspects of sexuality. We have also engaged organisations that involve people work of different kinds, such as with refugees.

In 2020, TARSHI launched the website Self-care Essentials, a curation of resources and ideas on self-care, stress management and burnout prevention. It is based on our work in this area, the experiences of TARSHI members over the years, but most importantly, based on the experiences shared by participants of our workshops on sexuality as well as on stress management and burnout prevention.

Acknowledgments

This course was possible due to the effort of many people, especially Nalini Sharma, Ramya Anand, and Vani Viswanathan from TARSHI, and Vinita Saxena from Slow Made India. We thank Prabha Nagaraja from TARSHI for her enthusiasm, ideation, and reviews at all stages, and thank Anjali Hans for her tireless reviewing and making the language of the course simple and accessible.

We thank the TARSHI team for their time and patience in testing the course and providing feedback and observations.

We finally thank Amplify Change for their funds, which made this course possible.

Terms and conditions

Your use of this site and the course, including copyright of all content in this course, is subject to these terms and conditions. Please also read the privacy policy to understand what information we collect and how it will be used. 

We request learners not to share the content of the course with others; if you find the course useful, we would be grateful if you could send a link to it to those you think would benefit from it, so that they can register and enjoy the complete course content. 

Before We Begin

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1. How to navigate the course
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2. A survey, before we begin

Stress - Causes and Impact

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3. Introduction
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4. What is stress?
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5. Let’s reflect!
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6. What causes stress?
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7. Let’s talk about unique stressors
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8. Let’s reflect!
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9. Worksheet
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10. What happens to us when we are stressed?
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11. Can stress be good?
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12. What are the symptoms of stress and what are its effects?
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13. Worksheet
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14. Let’s reflect!
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15. Let’s check in
4 questions
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16. Summary

Burnout - Causes and Symptoms

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17. Introduction
2
18. What is burnout?
3
19. What are the causes of burnout?
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20. What are the symptoms of burnout?
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21. Worksheet
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22. Why are people who do ‘people work’ more prone to burnout?
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23. Let’s reflect!
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24. Can burnout be fixed?
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25. Let’s reflect!
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26. Let’s check in
4 questions
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27. Summary

Self-Care and Collective Care to Manage Stress and Prevent Burnout

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28. Introduction
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29. Understanding our stresses
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30. Worksheet
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31. Let’s reflect!
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32. What is self-care?
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33. Let’s check in
3 questions
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34. What can self-care look like?
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35. Worksheet
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36. Why is self-care sometimes hard?
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37. Let’s reflect!
1 question
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38. Self-care can contribute to sustained wellbeing
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39. Let’s reflect!
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40. Benefits of self-care
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41. Worksheet
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42. What is collective care?
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43. Let’s reflect!
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44. Examples of team self-care
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45. Summary

The 3R Approach (Reflect - Realign - Renew) to Manage Stress and Prevent Burnout

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46. Introduction
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47. Worksheet
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48. Let’s reflect!
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49. Reflect
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50. Identifying and expressing our feelings
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51. Fundamentals of wellbeing
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52. Let’s reflect!
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53. Realign
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54. Examples of self-care
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55. Worksheet
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56. Involving others
12
57. Building institutional solidarity
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58. Renew
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59. Tools for time management
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60. Let’s reflect!
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61. Building tiny habits
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62. Your menu of stress management practices
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63. Some ideas for your toolkit
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64. Let’s reflect!

Before We Go

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65. Resources
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66. A survey, before we leave
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67. Congratulations!
1. Anyone (above 18 years) looking for ideas on managing stress and preventing burnout, whether formally employed or otherwise. 2. This course can especially be useful for those in the Global South who do ‘people work’ of any kind, including counsellors, those in NGOs who may or may not be involved in field work, activists, teachers, service providers such as frontline health workers, health service providers those working in the development sector, and more. 3. It requires a working knowledge of English and Internet access. The course is best viewed on a laptop or desktop screen.
This course will help you understand stress, its causes and impact and how every person experiences stressors and stress differently. It will introduce you to burnout and its causes and effects on day-to-day life. It will dive into ‘self-care’ and ‘collective care’ and their importance in managing stress and preventing burnout. By the end, you’ll be able to design a personalised action plan to manage or reduce stress and prevent burnout.
This course brings in gender, sexuality and one’s diverse identities (class, disability status, caste, occupation, and more) while looking at stress and burnout and also locates the various factors and consequences of stress beyond just individuals. Often, stress management is seen as only an individual responsibility, which could make it intimidating or difficult, but this course brings in how collective spaces can help in an individual’s stress management too. It also highlights some specific settings for people doing people work, which can be relatable to all individuals in any space. Although we have attempted to bring in examples related to diverse identities, in a course of this length that attempts to cater to a broad set of people, we have not been able to go into too much nuance.
The course is expected to take about 3 to 3.5 hours in all to complete.
The quizzes won’t be scored and your subjective responses won’t be analysed. This course is purely reflective, and there are no right or wrong answers to any question. You are encouraged to be as open as possible when attempting the quizzes and exercises.
You are required to complete every quiz in order to complete the course. After completing the course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion, and you would have gained an understanding of concepts related to stress and burnout and be able to apply these concepts in life and work.
No, this certificate is an acknowledgment of completion of this course and that one has gained an understanding of the concepts explored in the course. It does not qualify anyone to provide trainings on stress management and burnout prevention.
The cost for the course is INR 3,500 (excluding GST) and is currently available at an inaugural offer price of INR 1,000 (excluding GST). This amount is to be paid at the time of registration. You can access course material after paying the fees. This payment allows you to take the course once.
Yes, you may download worksheets, infographics, transcripts of videos and additional resources for later reference by clicking on the download icon. If you’d like to use these in your work, please reference TARSHI. We’d love it if you tag us on @tarshingo on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter telling us how you used it!
No, you cannot attempt a quiz or exercise more than once. You cannot alter your responses to a quiz or exercises after submitting them. You may view explanations for the questions in the quiz after submitting your responses. But fret not, the quizzes and exercises are only to help you learn!
If you have trouble logging in to your account after registering, please write to us at mail@tarshi.net.

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