Managing job-related stress is important for everyone, but for community managers, in particular, it is especially critical. 50% of community professionals report feeling burnt out by their jobs.
If burn-out rates are high, how can you make sure to take care of yourself?
We asked for advice from 25 community leaders for practicing meaningful self-care. You can find all their advice, and data about community management roles that may surprise you, taken from our Community Careers and Compensation 2020 report. You can download the full ebook here.
Here are tips from two community leaders: Elizabeth Uva and Lisa Tallman.
Name: Elizabeth Uva
Title: Community Manager
Years in Community: Four
Favorite Self-Care Tactic:“Walking my dog, practicing yoga, and cooking!
I love to unwind by sharing content and connecting with other people in my food blog community, Vivi e impara, which means live and learn.” Advice for Managing Job-Related Stress: “Taking deep breaths, thinking before responding, and giving myself space if necessary.”
Title: Senior Director, Knowledge Management
Years in Community: 15+
Favorite Self-Care Tactic:I practice meditation on a daily basis.
The Calm app has been my go-to for a number of months now. I also go to a massage therapist regularly as well. Lastly, I’d say travel is my most favorite self-care tactic. I love to go to new places and experience new things (and get away from the daily grind). I make sure that my travel plans include downtime, like beach time in California or a great wellness spa in New Mexico.” Advice for Managing Job-Related Stress: “The most important thing for me to remember is that work is not a life-and-death matter and it will all still be there to tackle tomorrow.
Work is important, but my health, happiness, and sanity are more important!”