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 Surprising Ways to Feel Less Busy

Although people tell me all the time they like feeling busy — perhaps because it makes them feel important and significant — I’m not buying it. Would you ever choose busyness over a more relaxed form of productivity?

Say No in the Name of Love

Setting boundaries is an art. But it can sometimes be difficult, especially when it comes to setting boundaries with needy people or full-blown narcissists. Here are six ways to stop needy people.

You Are The Best Investment You'll Ever Make

By Suzanne Gelb Ph.D., J.D. on November 06, 2015 All Grown Up
Do you invest in yourself often enough? This article emphasizes the importance of investing in yourself so that you can avoid running on empty or feeling frenzied, especially as we move into the holiday season, when life can get hectic and stressful.

Master Your Immunity With Glutathione

With the holidays quickly approaching, there’s never been a more important time to bolster your body’s most protective immune-boosting antioxidant: glutathione. Little known, though naturally found in nearly all of the body’s cells, tissues and organs, glutathione is an essential immune-booster that protects our cells from oxidative stress and toxins.

Sunday Syndrome: Mourning the Weekend That Got Away

Sunday Syndrome is the term used to describe the psychological distress we experience as we see the tail end of the weekend disappearing as the dawn of a new workweek creeps up that much closer.

Why Do Employees Most Often Quit?

By Victor Lipman on October 16, 2015 Mind of the Manager
A new survey offers insights and answers. Think autonomy, micromanagement, culture and relationships...

5 Myths About Burnout (and the Truth We Need to Understand)

It’s Sunday night and you’re dreading the thought of going to work in the morning. You used to be able to juggle all of the demands of the job as you leaned into success, but now something is missing. You don’t feel as “plugged into” the projects you’re working on, but you know it’s not the right time to change jobs. Is this burnout? Are you just stressed out?

Are You Being Treated Fairly at Work?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on October 05, 2015 Media Spotlight
Studies looking at emotional burnout, absenteeism, and health problems linked to workplace stress are increasingly finding a strong link between these kind of issues and perceived injustice in the workplace. A new study suggests that employees dealing with perceived injustice become more vulnerable to stress-related health problems due to frustration and fatigue.

A Workover: 33, Successful, He's Tempted to Chuck it All

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 01, 2015 How To Do Life
The exchange between a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program and me.

Does Anyone Still Believe in Hard Work?

A ‘work ethic’ is about the idea that working hard is intrinsically a good thing to do. This means that the unemployed will suffer more psychologically, if they hold a strong ‘work ethic.’

The Brief Wondrous Life of Teachers' Mental Health

The journey leading teachers to emotional burnout is multifaceted and influenced by both how teachers deal with stress and how stress shows up in the classroom. How can we better help our teachers help our kids?

How's Your Work-Life Balance?

By Shawn M. Burn Ph.D. on September 07, 2015 Presence of Mind
Work-life balance impacts individuals, families, organizations, and even our democracy. How’s your work-life balance? Are you satisfied with your ability to meet work and nonwork role demands? What can you do to achieve a better balance? What can and should organizations do?

Turning 50: Alison Bechdel’s Success and Mine

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on September 05, 2015 Full Living
Relative career success can lull us into complacency. As we live and work longer we benefit from seeing opportunities for new professional ventures. Age allows us to take on these new ventures with experience, skill and confidence.

3 Steps to Finding Your Flow

Athletes call this mental state being in “The Zone”; psychologists call it “flow” or peak experience, and they have linked it to leading a life of happiness and purpose.

The perils of our “on-call” work culture

It may surprise you that we are all "on-call" and it is taking a toll.

Amazon and Toxic Workplaces

By Ray Williams on August 26, 2015 Wired for Success
A recent expose of Amazon’s work culture in a New York Times report brings into focus the growing problem of toxic work cultures in North America, one that will take a huge toll on long term productivity and employee well being.

5 Signs That You've Got Relationship Burnout

By Kira Asatryan on August 25, 2015 The Art of Closeness
Does dating sound awful? Are you secretly dreading your next relationship? You may be battling relationship burnout. Learn the signs and how to overcome it.

One Reason Being a Perfectionist Isn’t All Bad

Do you consider yourself to be a perfectionist? New research identifies how various forms of perfectionism can have a bright side and a dark side.

Beware the Witch-hunt: Depression, Pilots and Air Crashes

Should pilots undertake regular psychological assessment? And how to make it accurate and reliable?

Inside the Mind of the Pilot who Flies to Crash

While the German co-pilot’s motives remain mysterious, clues as to his psychology are being dissected, including the suggestions reported in the media that he appears to have flown fewer hours than would be expected given the career stage reached, plus he seems to have taken a mysterious break of several months in the middle of his training.

Woody, Again - Irrational Man

The talented Woody Allen has entertained fans with a new film each year for nearly half a century. But just when his career is at its prime, the reprisal of old, denied, and never proved molestation charges by his still bitter ex-lover Mia Farrow and company has left his personal reputation newly tarnished, and threatens to dent the box office appeal of his films.

Wilderness Therapy

Why getting outdoors may be the best medicine for your psychological health. It can not only free you from your daily world of connection but also test you psychologically as you push yourself in your various pursuits.

Are You Fully Charged? 5 Ways to Energize Your Work & Life

A survey of 10,000 people revealed that only 11% responded "yes" when asked, "Did you have a great deal of energy yesterday?"

Getting Up and Hitting the Road Feeling Good

Becasue you feel better, you operate better.

Trauma Workers At Risk for Compassion Fatigue

Those who experience compassion fatigue are often more caring of their clients, and more vulnerable to the emotional pain of others. There are, however, ways to overcome compassion fatigue.

Stories of Seclusion: An Around-the-World Search for Meaning

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 19, 2015 How To Do Life
How one person unexpectedly found her place in the world.

Turning Life’s Messes Into Successes

Having a bad day? Depressed? Here's a way to look at your day differently and turn your messes into successes.

Stories of Seclusion: A Doctor Who Has Seen Too Much

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 14, 2015 How To Do Life
It is not easy being a physician these days, especially an oncologist.

Why Waiting for Your Vacation to Unwind May Be Hurting You

Have you been waiting for that highly-anticipated vacation? Research is demonstrating that including daily break rituals in your routine can help stave off burnout and keep you from stress overload and exhaustion.

The Importance of Rest

Getting adequate rest has become a priority in our household. Because without proper sleep, we are unable to be our best in our work, for each other, and most importantly, for our precious son.