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Speaker Series Collab: Principal’s Wellness Talks

The Burnout Gamble and How to Combat it Using The D.R.A.G.O.N Method

Tags: Vol. 1, Issue 3, March 2021

On February 18, 2021, the Principal’s Office in partnership with HROE hosted Hamza Khan, Multi-Award-Winning Marketer, Best Selling Author and Entrepreneur and Empowerment Expert for the Humber Wellness Talk. Hamza explored with attendees the Burnout Gamble and how to achieve more by beating burnout and building resilience.  

In the talk, Hamza explored the topic of burnout and stress, the importance of burning bright not out and what that may look like for everyone. Burnout is a sneaky but often a debilitating feeling that many of us have experienced as a hidden by-product of the COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic has taken a big toll on our minds and bodies; with stress levels rising, boundaries between home and work eroding and overall feelings of helplessness and despair ever-present, it’s not surprising when our bodies and mind suffer. This talk was a welcome and timely reminder that intrinsically we are enough and deserve to take breaks from the chaos. During this event, Hamza also shared some of his experiences after experiencing burnout himself, not realizing it early enough and the causes of Stress or Performance Pressure (C.A.S.T.L.E) Competition, Alienation, Society, Technology, Loneliness and Economy.  

Hamza encouraged us to know when to STOP working, to know it is okay to not be okay in these unprecedented times, taking regular breaks, defining what is ENOUGH for you, and the power of prioritizing calm over chaos. He explained the 12 – 6 – 1 Model:

12 Stages of Burnout 

6 Strategies to deal with burnout using the D.R.A.G.O.N method.  

D – Deload Priorities - Embrace the joy of missing out 

R – Reconfigure Focus - Audit your energy expenditure 

A – Assemble Boundaries - Know when to stop working  

G – Gain Mastery of Stress - Separate EUSTRESS from DISTRESS 

O – Overcome Overachievement - Take breaks or be broken  

N – Nurture Resilience - Slowly turn up the difficulty 

1 Action – Prioritize CALM  

In closing Hamza encouraged “when faced with sudden adversary events in the future you are going to ask yourself this question WWADD, what with a DRAGON do?....What would the calm, confident and powerful of YOU do, and do it. Know that you will be able to do it over and over again because resilience is about sustaining productivity over a period of time for the long run.” 

Our next wellness talk will be on March 25, 2021 and features Larissa Crawford from Future Ancestors Services Inc. The topic will address the intersection of climate justice and racial justice from the lens of ancestral accountability.

Registration opens on March 8, 2021 at 

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