Dealing with Burnout

Burnout is not a simple result of long hours. The cynicism, depression, and lethargy of burnout can occur when you're not in control of how you carry out your job, when you're working toward goals that don't resonate with you, and when you lack social support. If you don't tailor your responsibilities to match your true calling, or at least take a break once in a while, you could face a mountain of mental and physical health problems.

Recent posts on Burnout

For Parents: High School Students Facing Year-End Burnout

Is your exhausted, stressed-out high school student crumbling at the end of the school year? These tips will help you provide the practical support your child needs.
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Rest for Success

It's not what you do—it's how you actively rest.

When You're Tapped Before Age 30

By Caroline Beaton on May 19, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Until we permanently alter the behaviors exacerbating our exhaustion, we'll remain rutted in perpetual recovery.

3 Easy Tips to Reduce Job Stress and Avoid Burnout

How to unwind even when you're too stressed to think straight.

Tonic Levels of Physical Activity Stimulate Your Vagus Nerve

Moderate physical activity is a guaranteed way to engage your vagus nerve and create a "relaxation response" that counters the panic and anxiety of fight-or-flight responses.

Should You Set Clear Work-Home Boundaries?

Here are five tips for striking the right balance between your job and personal life.

Understanding Difficult Workplace Relationships

As we attempt to understand conflicts in the workplace, it is important to recognize how much of creating a healthy environment lies with each of us.

Overstimulation and the Teaching Mind

Overstimulation contributes to teacher burnout. How can professionals who are “always on” combat overstimulation?

Avoid the Gap Year Mistake

Gap years can be transformational moments that set a course for career and life fulfillment. But, not all gap years achieve this. What gap year students do matters.

Why Do Animal Shelter Workers Burn Out?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on May 04, 2017 in Animals and Us
Animal shelter workers who believe they have a gift for relating to animals may be the most likely to leave.

How to Win the Weekend in 3 Steps

By Jonathan Fader Ph.D. on April 28, 2017 in The New You
Had a long week of work or relationship stress? Take a few minutes to practice these three strategies to make your Saturday and Sunday more enjoyable and satisfying.

How Much Is Too Much Stress?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on April 26, 2017 in Media Spotlight
A new research study takes a closer look at the kind of symptoms seen in people experiencing stress overload and what it can mean for preventing health problems

Three Ways to Boost Workplace Safety

How well do you distinguish between incompetent people and defective processes?

Cultivating the Pasture They Put You Out To

The question is whether any further investment is worth the effort given the lifespan one foresees.

Feeling Stressed? 3 Mindsets to Stop Tolerating

In my work helping people prevent burnout and build stress resilience, three themes consistently surface as barriers to being able to accurately perceive stress.

The New Best Remedy for Health Is a Dog

In California dogs are doing rounds at hospitals. Can a dog heal patients? Here is a personal story about a therapy dog showing that a dog can be the best medicine. Read more...

5 Tips for Preventing Marriage Burnout

All marriages require effort – don’t let unrealistic ideas of "happily ever after" ruin a good relationship before it gets great!

5 Sources of Stress and Anxiety in the Modern World

Are you stressed out or anxious about too many parts of your life? The modern world might be to blame.

Can Refugees Interpret in Therapy with Traumatized Refugees?

Refugees can play a unique role as interpreters in psychotherapy. The work can take a toll, however.

How We Create Unnecessary Anxiety To Motivate Ourselves

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on March 27, 2017 in ExperiMentations
How being dependent on anxiety is holding you back.

L-Theanine Reduces Symptoms of Anxiety

Are you looking something that is safer than a prescription medication for anxiety? L-theanine may be the answer.

Do Only Dead Fish Swim With the Stream?

Many people's long-term romantic behavior is similar to dead fish floating with the current, slowly drifting with the stream. Is such behavior damaging? Not always, it would seen.

Why Do I Keep Getting Stuck In Jobs I Hate?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on March 13, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Are you confused about how come you can't find the right job? You may have unwittingly created a "negative motivational environment". Here's how it happens and what to do.

The Toxicity of Incivility

Our current political environment, as well as our present culture in general, has devolved towards extreme incivility or rudeness on steroids! We need to push back...hard!
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Writers: How to Be Fired Up, Not Burned Out

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on March 02, 2017 in Creating in Flow
Starting something new is not the only way to get excited about writing again. Here are some reflections about how to find flow.

Are You Suffering From Caregiver Fatigue or Burnout?

Do you have any time or energy left in the day to take care of YOU?

How to Spot the Warning Signs of Career Derailment

By Stephen Joseph Ph.D. on February 27, 2017 in What Doesn't Kill Us
Are you in danger of executive derailment? Looking out for the warning signs might help you divert career disaster. New research on workplace bullying, burnout, and PTSD.

Meditation Reduces Anxiety

Is the stress of daily life wearing you out? A few simple mindfulness practices can go a long way.
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How to Develop Self-Compassion

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on February 26, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Self-compassion is a very important aspect of self-care. Many of us get wrapped up in caring for others and neglect ourselves. Sometimes writing can help us develop self-compassion

Altering the ‘Work’ Experience

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on February 23, 2017 in The Dolphin Divide
How behavioral outlook shapes our drive. When old attitudes backfire, developing new ones becomes crucial.