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

4 Risk Factors for Burnout—and How to Overcome Them

Are you exhausted, cynical, and struggling to perform at work? Here's some tips for overcoming burnout and building work-life balance.

Americans’ Reluctance to Take Time off from Work

There is a reason for vacations as there is a reason the human body needs sleep.The body and mind need time to recover and repair from the continuing demands of daily life.

On a High Wire: Helping Professionals, Trauma and Resilience

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D., LMFT on September 30, 2017 in Intersections
Her energy and enthusiasm for her work, and life, was palpable, and contagious. In a way, she embodied the essence of the concept I was there to speak on: vicarious resilience.

Can Self-Care Be Prioritized When Life's "Super Busy"?

By Suzanne Gelb Ph.D., JD on September 28, 2017 in All Grown Up
How to prioritize self-care when life’s “super busy” and everyone “needs” you.

Fear of Missing Out

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on September 26, 2017 in Conquer Fear Of Flying
The qualities needed to create a business may not be the qualities needed to publicize it, or even to run it.

Why Are Women So Exhausted?

By Jean Kim M.D. on September 26, 2017 in Culture Shrink
Women fought hard for the right to pursue multiple roles, but now approach burnout in a country that fails to sufficiently support working mothers.
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The Overextended Introvert: Handle With Care

By Sophia Dembling on September 26, 2017 in The Introvert's Corner
Sometimes when life hands you too much to do, you have to just hunker down and get it done, even when it stretches you thin.

Coping With Outrage Fatigue

By David J Ley Ph.D. on September 25, 2017 in Women Who Stray
Are you running out of steam, being constantly upset about things that don't seem to change? You're not alone.

Why We Need To Structure Our Days Differently Than We Think

Are you using your brain as effectively as you could be? A few changes can go a long way.

Rewire Your Burned-Out Brain

By Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed. on September 18, 2017 in Radical Teaching
You can rewire your brain to reverse burnout symptoms and boost your optimism, pleasure, and positive expectations.
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A Sleep Pioneer’s Labor of Love

By Kathleen Frazier on September 09, 2017 in From Sleepwalker to Sound Sleeper
Afraid to seek help for a sleep disorder? Find a great sleep physician.

The New Workaholism

By Alan A. Cavaiola Ph.D. on September 06, 2017 in Beyond Bullying
Are you employed or working for a workaholic? Workaholism and is unfortunately as pervasive in the 21st century as it was back in the '80s and '90s.

A Little-Known Cause of Burnout

By Caroline Beaton on September 01, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Boredom and burnout are correlated.

Beating the Post-Summer Office Blues

By Tasha Eurich Ph.D. on August 29, 2017 in The Power of Insight
Are you struggling to get your head back in the game at work now that summer is over? Here are three research-backed tips to make this your most productive fall yet.

Being Busy Is a New Status Symbol

Friends saying they're always busy? They may just be flaunting their status.

What You Need to Know About Stress and Self-Care

By Dan Mager MSW on August 29, 2017 in Some Assembly Required
Like other repetitive experiences, long-term stress rewires the brain, leaving you more vulnerable to fear, anxiety, depression, and yes, more stress. But, there are solutions.

Sticky, Tricky, and Icky: Unconscious Parent-Child Dynamics

Emotional abandonment may manifest in parental coldness, but when the dynamic is operative, both parent and young child believe it is they who are internally, irreparably flawed.

Why Are Periods of Solitude So Important?

Just as music depends on the space between the notes and painting also is also about the use of space, so is human life itself.

Do You Get Hearing Loss Exhaustion?

By Shari Eberts on August 09, 2017 in Life With Hearing Loss
Does your hearing loss exhaust you? You are not alone.

Staying Good in Times of Bad

Let's put "human" back in "humanity."

Overqualified and Burned Out? You Are Not Alone!

Can being overqualified in your job cause burnout and kill team morale? New research on a trending topic

The Power of Wakeup Calls

By Gregg Levoy on July 18, 2017 in Passion!
The purpose of wakeup calls is to awaken you to something you're ignoring. Here's how to make the most of them.

The Energy Vampires That Stop You from Thriving

Conquer the energy vampires that are stealing your life.

How to Know When to Take a Mental Health Day

Taking a day off from work to care for your mental health could be instrumental in helping you feel at your best.

Three Surprising Ways Nature Leads to Success and Joy

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on June 27, 2017 in Feeling It
Green spaces boost happiness, make you smarter and more creative. So many science-backed reasons to go take a hike!

How to Give to Others Without Burning Out

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in Feeling It
Many of us feel burned out. Taking care of others seems like one more burden. Here are science-backed ways you can give to others, reap the benefits, and feel nourished too!

Are Not Emotions Persons?

“The only question left to be settled now is: Are women persons? And I hardly believe any of our opponents will have the hardihood to say they are not." —Susan B. Anthony

"The Sounds of Silence"

We need more silence in our lives, as noisy machinery, constant media, a troubled world, life's pressures and internal distress bombard us: We sorely need relief from cacophony...

Spanx for Work: How to Reshape Your Job to Fit You Better

I call job crafting “Spanx for work” because it involves reshaping certain aspects of your job to fit you better. Here’s how it works:

When Grit Goes Wrong and What to Do Instead

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on May 30, 2017 in Feeling It
Talented people often fall for an idea that ends up harming their success in the long run - here's the science of how to avoid it (and become happier to boot).