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

3 Ways to Make Your Work More Meaningful

People who believe that their lives have meaning and purpose share a whole host of healthy benefits: they are happier, feel more in control over their lives, feel more engaged at work (and high engagement usually means less burnout), report less depression and anxiety and less workaholism.

Why Your Boss Should Be Concerned With Your Mental Health

Nearly one in five employees experienced a mental illness last year, costing companies billions of dollars. Despite the consequences, most organizations never address mental health.

Marshmallows. One or Two?

By Vance Z. Johnson M.D. on May 18, 2015 in What Hurts?
"What hurts?" and "What does it mean?" We all want to escape pain. Some of us make that our only goal while others have goals that are past the pain. Life is a few short years and a veil of tears. You can take the pain. Do you want to know if you can take the suffering? Joy can be predicted.

4 Steps to Shake a Bad Mood

Regardless of what is going on in the world around you, try practicing these four steps to lift your spirits instantly.

5 Things Successful Working Parents Give Up

Successful parents focus their spare time and energy on raising the children - not wishing they didn't have to work

When Men Face Sexual Harassment

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on May 11, 2015 in Media Spotlight
While over half of all women in the workplace report experiencing some form of sexual harassment on the job, the issue of sexual harassment of men is starting to get more media attention. A new study looks at the kind of sexual harassment that men can often face on the job. The results may be surprising.

On Crashing, Burning, and Finding Recovery

Creative people are prone to depression and burnout. Here's how to recover.

The Opposite of Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll: Deborah's Story

By Michael Terman Ph.D. on May 06, 2015 in Chronotherapy
Spring has finally sprung, and now’s a great time to take stock of mistakes that produced the gloomy winter past. Psychologist Elizabeth Saenger tells the story of her co-worker’s descent from the Get-Up-and-Go Olympics to a turtle in molasses. And how she and you can turn this picture around.

There's a Hidden Dark Side to Being an Entrepreneur

The hidden secret among many entrepreneurs is the psychological price they pay for their choices. The demands of business ownership may place entrepreneurs at a higher risk of specific mental health problems.

Are You Suffering From Telepressure? Time for the Cure

The benefits of technology may come with a price for employees.

7 Signs You May Be A Workaholic

Could you be addicted to your work? Researchers have identified seven warning signs that could indicate you have a problem.

Creative Mind Breaks for Productive Loafing

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on April 21, 2015 in Tracking Wonder
Oh, the spaces a day makes if we stand and stare.

6 Ways to Get Your Swagger Back

By Polly Campbell on April 20, 2015 in Imperfect Spirituality
The daily routine can leave us feeling stalled on the fast-track. But there are plenty of ways to get unstuck and feel greater satisfaction in life.

10 Tips to Change From Reactive to Proactive in Situations

All of us encounter experiences in life when we may be temporally overwhelmed by a negative emotion, be it anger, pressure, nervousness, despair, or confusion. In these situations, how we choose to “master the moment” can make the difference between proactive versus reactive, and confidence versus insecurity. Here are ten ways to be less reactive in difficult situations...

Feeling Financially Overwhelmed?

By Michael F. Kay on April 16, 2015 in Financial Life Focus
Life is busy and maybe even overwhelming at times.

Net Losses

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 14, 2015 in In Excess
A number of market research reports have indicated that many office employees spend at least one hour of their day at work on various non-work activities (e.g., booking holidays, shopping online, posting messages on social networking sites, playing online games, etc.) and costs businesses millions of dollars a year. But what can be done to prevent it?

12 Ways to Replenish Your Energy

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on April 11, 2015 in Wander Woman
Do you feel exhausted at the end of the day, with little energy left for family and friends? This post will help you look at what you do that leaves you feeling drained, and then provides tips for revitalizing yourself so you have energy left for the evening.

The Difference Between Healthy and Unhealthy Passion

By Gregg Levoy on April 10, 2015 in Passion!
Passion can be either beneficial or detrimental, life-giving or life-denying. And it can share a border with mania. Here’s how to tell whether your passion for work and life is healthy or not.

Selling the Couch: The Business of Psychotherapy

The business side of private practice is something that eludes many, if not most, mental health professionals. As an outgrowth of his practice, Philadelphia-area psychologist Melvin Varghese has created an iTunes podcast called Selling the Couch, which is an on-going series of interviews with thought leaders in practice building, marketing and social media.

Ambushed by Eldercare? You’re Not Alone

How to handle the multiple challenges of eldercare.

There is No Formula or Timetable for Athletic Success

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on April 07, 2015 in The Power of Prime
Wouldn't it be great if sports had a formula that you could follow to be successful? Imagine if you had a list of things you simply needed to do (for example: get into shape, hone your technical and tactical skills, get your equipment dialed in,) and, voila, you would have a 100 percent chance of performing your best and getting the results you want.

Dragging Dead Bodies

Dragging around the dead bodies at work sure can wear you out! Here is some good advice.

What Happened to the Wonder of Learning?

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on April 03, 2015 in Memory Medic
What is school doing to your child?

Want to Change a Habit?

By Gretchen Rubin on March 31, 2015 in The Happiness Project
I truly do believe that it’s possible for us to change our habits—even when we’ve failed before.

Murder in a Locked Room:

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on March 29, 2015 in A Swim in Denial
In a paradox worthy of Greek tragedy, the fortified cockpit door to Germanwings Flight 9525 invited the mass murder it was meant to prevent. Can we make sense of a co-pilot’s rampage?

My Daughter and I Are Both Depressed

Yes, depression is contagious

9 Warning Signs of Burnout

Burnout has been described as the biggest occupational hazard of the twenty-first century. Educating busy professionals and workplaces about its warning signs is a big first step in reducing its impact.

Collaboration, Willingness, and Leadership

Certainly, those of us who want to put collaboration at the center of how we function are swimming upstream. What’s most needed, in my mind, is the empowerment of all to be able to express their needs and perspectives and, simultaneously, be interested in the needs and perspectives of others and in finding a solution that works for all.

Campus Rape

Will college compliance with Title IX prevent date rape?

Fantasies That Have Helped My Clients' Reality

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 07, 2015 in How To Do Life
Seven fantasies that may trigger your own useful ones.