Shouldering Stress: Your Role as ‘Atlas the Advisor’

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The first client of the week enters your office and sinks into the chair opposite yours. They planned to retire in two years, but they’re worried the market’s recent volatility will set their plans back indefinitely. You take some time to console them, offer them tissues and a cup of coffee, and listen to their concerns.

The second client comes in upset as well. So does the third. The fourth. The eighth. The tenth. You’ve done your best to give them the care and attention they need. If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll admit that you’re tired. The end of the day seems to come later and later. You wake up feeling irritable, detached, and less rested with each passing day. Work doesn’t normally do this to you. Yet here you are, feeling as fatigued as you’ve ever been.