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Stressed Achiever

At Work

As a Stressed Achiever, you may be performing many tasks you dislike and feel like your job is taking over your life. Your Career Well-being Score is LOW. You are in an unhealthy (possibly toxic) work environment. 

Your current workplace doesn’t provide what you need to thrive in your career or help you create the work-life balance you need in your life. Sometimes your workload seems never-ending. You often feel exhausted and spend little time pursuing activities you enjoy.

Maybe you have many competing demands and need to work after hours or on weekends. You haven’t felt the benefits of work-life balance in a long time. You wonder how your friends have time to do it all while you feel so overwhelmed.

As someone driven to learn and grow, an unhealthy work environment can constantly demand more from you. You like helping others, and have a difficult time saying no. Your lack of boundaries makes you more susceptible to receiving additional tasks. You always make an effort to deliver your projects on time despite your workload. You take pride in getting things done.

Your relationship with your manager can sometimes feel a bit uncomfortable, and you don’t feel supported by your colleagues. You feel like you are not seen or heard whenever you try to share your ideas or discuss your situation. You know what bothers you at work, but you don’t likely speak up and keep those frustrations to yourself.

Sometimes, you don’t realize how stress is impacting your health. You may ignore it without reflecting on the root cause: your current work environment. You don’t have coping skills to manage how you feel: mentally drained, physically tired, and unable to find a way to improve your situation.

You are a high-achiever, and one of the few (if not the only one) who can perform your tasks. You wish you could take more time off, but you worry about not having support while away. Maybe you don’t see people taking enough time off in your department and don’t want to impose your workload on others.

Your goal is to learn and grow, but you feel stuck in a career rut. You work hard but don’t see your efforts pay off. Work helps you pay your bills and save, but you wonder when you’ll be able to have the balanced life you need. 

Wouldn’t it be nice to work in a healthy environment, have work-life balance, improve your career development, and have time for things you enjoy outside of work? I bet you said YES, so let’s do something about it!


Stressed Achiever, you should be very proud of yourself! You are taking action to discover what you can do to improve your current work situation. HOORAY!

If you don’t address your stress and unhealthy work environment, your circumstances could lead to burnout.

The good news is, you are on the right path, and I’m so happy for you! You are taking steps to help you improve your career well-being!

If we haven’t met, let me introduce myself…

Hi, I’m Ana Goehner! I’m a Career Strategist, Online Instructor, and Certified HR Specialist.

I'm here to support you on your career journey by providing the tools, strategies, and guidance you need to grow and thrive in your career. Read my story.

Your next steps:

1 – Stress management: Before you take action, address your stress. What’s stressing you out at work? Is it your workload? Is it the lack of support? Make a list of the issues. Then consider writing a few possible solutions and who could help you. Engage in activities outside of work that could help you manage your stress. Unmanaged stress can affect your physical and mental health.

2 – Create an exit strategy: This step can be different for each person. If you need to leave as soon as possible, register with staffing agencies, become a freelancer, or get a part-time job to help you pay the bills while you search for full-time employment. If you can stay at your current job a little longer, save some money. Of course, don’t go around telling your plan to anyone at work. Your manager should be the first one to know whenever you are ready to quit your job. In the meantime, keep learning and improving your skills, but make time to begin exploring the job market.

3 – Begin your job search plan: I recommend following a targeted job search instead of applying for any job without doing research on the company. You don’t want to end up in another organization with the same problems. It’s important to read job descriptions, learn about company culture and, if possible speak with current and former employees. If something is a must-have for you, ask about it. If your job search is taking longer than expected, consider your options. No job is worth your mental health.

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3 extra resources to help you improve your Career Well-being Score:

1 – Check out my ​blog! I post articles bi-weekly about job search strategies, career development, and workplace well-being.

2 – Follow me on LinkedIn​ and Instagram to get instant access to content designed to help you continue to advocate for yourself and your career.

3 – Subscribe to my YouTube Channel​ and watch bi-weekly videos and shorts about a variety of career development and job search topics.

What’s next?

1: Be on the lookout for emails with resources that will help you thrive in your career! You'll receive more tips tomorrow.

2: Send me a message and let me know how you feel about your results. I’d love to hear from you!

3: If you ever want to chat about your career development and career well-being, ​I’m one click away!​


Everyone is their own Chief Career Officer.

You have the power to advocate for your career. 

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