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

What is this course about?

Our short course ‘Reflect, Realign, Renew: Manage stress and keep burnout away’ has been developed with an aim to help learners conceptually understand stress and burnout and locate their unique causes of stress at the individual, institutional and systemic levels.  The course brings in the intersections of gender, sexuality & other marginalisations while looking at stress and burnout and also locates the various factors and consequences beyond just individuals.  Understanding that stress is experienced in ways unique to each person will help learners broaden the perspective of stress and its implications.  The course discusses the idea of whether there can be any stress that can be good.  It further helps learners understand the impact of the stress and burnout at the individual, institutional and systemic levels.  

The course sets the context for those doing people work, thus highlighting examples from their lived experiences, whether involved in paid or unpaid work of caregiving, counselling and activism.  

The course is based on experiential activities and engages the learners with worksheets for them to reflect on.  It also presents various techniques and tools that are simple and applicable and can be incorporated as a part of their self-care and collective care.  At the end of the course learners will also be able create their menu of practices towards nurturing their wellbeing.

Why a course of stress management and burnout prevention?

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 the scope for burnout is rather high among those who work closely with people and it is important to talk about these issues as it takes a back seat.  This led us to this work to broader contexts of sexuality and development work beyond counselling, leading us to our work on self-care, stress management and burnout prevention among those of us who do people work.  

TARSHI launched Self-care Essentials website in 2020 that features varied resources to approaches to self-care in order to manage stress and prevent burnout.

TARSHI’s new online course ‘Reflect. Realign. Renew.’ on stress management and burnout prevention is built from our 25 years of experience to further facilitate a space that enables and nurtures wellbeing.

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 action plan to manage or reduce stress, and prevent burnout

Before We Begin

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1. How to use
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2. Survey
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survey test

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. Is there something called “good stress”?
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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
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18. What is burnout?
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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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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. Summary

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

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45. Introduction
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46. Worksheet
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47. Let’s reflect!
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48. Reflect
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49. Mindfully dealing with feelings
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50. Fundamentals of wellbeing
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51. Let’s reflect!
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52. Realign
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53. Worksheet
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54. Involving others
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55. Building institutional solidarity
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56. Renew
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57. Let’s reflect!
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58. Building tiny habits
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59. Creating your toolkit
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60. Some ideas for your toolkit
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61. Let’s reflect!

Before We Go

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62. Resources
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63. A survey, before we leave
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64. 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, service providers such as frontline health workers, health service providers those working in the development sector, and more. But it is useful to any individual in any space, whether formally employed or otherwise. 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 the intersections of gender, sexuality and other marginalisations while looking at stress and burnout and also locates the various factors and consequences beyond just individuals. It also highlights some specific settings for people doing people work, which can be relatable to all individuals in any space. In a course of this length, we're not able to go into too much nuance. It's a broad based course and meant to cater to a broad set of people, so in the interests of length we've not gone into specifics.
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 inaugural cost for the course is Rs. (excluding GST) which 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.
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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