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Paula Davis-Laack, JD, MAPP, is a resilience and burnout prevention expert, an internationally-published writer, and a recovering lawyer who works with companies and the busy professionals in them to reduce and prevent burnout, build more resilience to stress, and create healthier workplaces. Her articles on stress, burnout prevention, and resilience are prominently featured on her blogs in US News & World Report, The Huffington Post and Psychology Today, and on Dr. Oz’s website, Sharecare.

She recently published her new e-book called "Addicted to Busy: Your Blueprint for Burnout Prevention." You can get a free copy at her website, which is and you can email her at

Entries by Paula Davis-Laack

10 Stress-Relief Strategies When You Have Five Minutes or Less

(1) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 4:04 PM

I was inspired to write this blog post when my friend sent me an article from called "Confessions of a Burnt-Out Physician." Having experienced burnout myself, I'm keenly aware of the toll burnout takes on people who are trying to do good work in the world.


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Ready to Make a Change? 5 Signs It's Time to Move On

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 7:42 PM

As you may have heard, Jon Stewart announced that he is leaving The Daily Show, a popular program that he has helmed since 1999. While your work might not have the visibility of a national media program, I would bet that many of you have contemplated leaving a job or...

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Making Stress Your Friend: It's All in Your Mindset

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 12:12 PM

"The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another." -- William James

I first began to re-think the way I think about stress when I saw Dr. Kelly McGonigal's wonderful TED talk on the topic. As a stress management and burnout prevention coach,...

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15 Things to Let Go of in 2015

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 2:27 PM

With the new year upon us, many people are in the throes of their resolutions. Resolutions feel like such a burden to me, so instead, I switch it up and think about what I need to stop tolerating. Letting go of unwanted things in my life makes me feel lighter,...

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People Leave Bad Bosses, Not Companies: Here's Why

(1) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 1:51 PM

I was fortunate to grow up working for one of the best leaders I've had the privilege of following - my dad. He ran a plastic injection molding company for 15 years, growing it from a two-machine operation that started in an old barn to a three-shift, 24/7 operation with...

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7 Things Resilient Employees Do Differently

(2) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 7:20 AM

The path to professional success isn't what it used to be. Back in the day, a company hired you and you stayed put. Today, very few employees enjoy such a static and linear career path. I worked for two law firms and as in-house counsel for a company before starting...

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Why More Women Are Burning Out in Their 20s and 30s

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 1:40 PM

"Everyone's driven. But everyone's also sick of it," according to Nicolet High School senior, Sammi Castle, whose story recently appeared in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article called, "Achievers' syndrome." Three back-to-back teen suicides in 2013 prompted a group of parents in the North Shore area of Milwaukee to start looking...

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Tapped Out Teens: 4 Stress Relief Strategies That Work

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 11:55 AM

The new school year is underway, and it's important to make sure your teen is handling stress in a healthy way. An American Psychological Association Stress survey, published earlier this year, focused specifically on the stress levels of teens. The survey shows that teens report experiences with stress...

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Grit: Your Secret Success Strategy

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 4:35 PM

Tell me about a long-term goal you're currently working on. Maybe you've started a business and you're in the process of growing it. Maybe you want to lose 20 pounds. Maybe you're climbing the corporate ladder. Maybe you want to keep your relationship strong for years to come. Succeeding at...

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7 Things Drill Sergeants Taught Me About Life

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 6:24 PM

Four years ago, I began a professional journey that profoundly changed me. Having burned out after spending seven years as a commercial real estate lawyer, I decided to change careers and study stress, burnout and how people can build their own resilience reserves. I never in a million years thought...

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Dix choses que les gens heureux font différemment des autres

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 2:57 PM

"Le bonheur est d'avoir dans une autre ville une grande famille soudée et attentionnée" -George Burns

Jusqu'à quel point êtes-vous heureux et pourquoi ? C'est une question à laquelle j'ai consacré pas mal de temps, non seulement parce qu'elle concerne ma propre évaluation du bonheur, mais aussi ma famille, mes...

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3 Big Perfectionism Struggles for Women

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 5:32 PM

I had a great conversation recently with a coaching client of mine about perfectionism. We are both recovering perfectionists and enjoyed tossing around old "war" stories about the problems perfectionism has created in our lives.

Many of the women I coach will at some point or another face the...

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11 Traits That Block Success for High-Achievers

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 3:18 PM

For as long as I can remember, I have been driven and achievement-oriented. It started when I was six, playing tee-ball for the first time. I got a double (whatever that means when you're six and playing tee-ball), but then Jamie Ditzenberger hit a home run (even for a six...

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Addicted to Busy

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 8:11 AM

I recently had lunch with a group of friends and work colleagues. Before our server even approached our table to take our drink order, one of my friends said, "I am soooo stressed out." When we asked her why, she told us about a sticky work conversation she was going...

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How Burnout Impacts Men and Women Differently

(4) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 1:54 PM

I've written and spoken about my experience with burnout a great deal this past year, recounting the intense blend of physical, psychological and behavioral issues I went through during the last year of my law practice. I was researching burnout and gender recently as part of my preparation for an...

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Dix choses que les gens heureux font différemment

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 10:18 AM

Docteure en psychologie et auteure connue mondialement, Paula Davis-Laack se spécialise dans la gestion du stress. Elle aide les professionnels de haut rang à accroître leur bien-être par l'entremise d'une méthode favorisant la résilience, la concentration mentale et le développement des liens sociaux.

« À quel point êtes-vous heureux,...

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7 Things Resilient Couples Do Differently

(2) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 8:38 AM

My husband and I recently celebrated our 10-year anniversary, and it has caused me to reflect on the twelve years that we have known each other. As a teacher of resilience, defined as the ability to bounce back and grow and thrive during challenge, change and stress, I wanted to...

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Can Women Have It All? A New Model

(3) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 1:21 PM

Several months ago, I appeared on a national talk show to discuss the question, "Can women have it all?" As part of my prep for the show, I asked my family, friends, and followers on my social media outlets for their candid thoughts about this question. I received approximately 140...

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Maxed Out Parents: 5 Strategies to Ease Burnout

(1) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 11:16 AM

Katrina Alcorn recently published a memoir about her struggle with work-life balance as a working mom and her subsequent burnout. As a non-mom, I learned a great deal from Ms. Alcorn's story about the rigors of trying to work and raise children, and as a former burnout sufferer, I wanted...

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Profit From the Positive: 5 Strategies for Success at Work

(1) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 12:44 PM

What type of leader are you, and how well do you develop others? Maybe you have explored some of the thousands of management and leadership development courses, books, webinars and seminars that are offered in the marketplace; but, I don't know about you, but so many of the tips and...

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