It’s Not Personal: Self-Care Tips to Avoid Burnout, Conflict, and Contentious Community Meetings

Planning can be tough! I’m not sure any of us realized we would be facing so many emotionally intense situations. Join fellow planners as we laugh and cry while learning how to manage and recover from those moments. 

Planners are often required to handle highly emotional situations and face public criticism, which can cause a great deal of stress and lead to burnout. Self-care is therefore vital to a successful and fulfilling career in planning, yet it is typically not part of our professional education and training. This session explores the need to make self-care a core competency in the planning profession and how we can get started.  

Learning Outcomes:

  • Build personal resiliency to weather, adapt to, and recover from adversity. Participants will learn coping skills to adapt to stress and maintain or return to a grounded state. 

  • Find and create support systems. Having a strong support system can help reduce stress and develop healthy coping skills.  

  • Ways to prepare for and manage difficult situations. Planning for challenging circumstances can help minimize adverse reactions and approach tough moments in a measured way.