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Toxic Stress

  • Chronic exposure to stressful situations where one PERCEIVES the situation as a threat vs. a challenge.

  • Brain and body adapt to consistent hyper-arousal.

  • Activates flight, fight, flee reactions in body.

  • Revs up the inflammatory system and shoots stress hormones (cortisol and adrenaline) throughout the body.

  • Impairs mood regulation, emotional regulation, shortens one's "window of tolerance."

  • Diminishes one's ability to access "higher brain" in the pre-frontal cortex.

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Style of Stress Perception

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Burnout Manifestations

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It is only the leaders/teachers who are BURNING that burn out.