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.

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By Christopher Bergland on October 21, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
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By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on October 04, 2016 in The New Resilience
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By Susan Biali M.D. on September 28, 2016 in Prescriptions for Life
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By Frank J. Ninivaggi M.D., F.A.P.A. on September 20, 2016 in Envy This!
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By Megan Dalla-Camina on September 14, 2016 in Real Women
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By Margaret Moore on August 30, 2016 in Life Changes
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By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on August 24, 2016 in Tracking Wonder
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By Stuart Shanker DPhil on August 12, 2016 in Self-Reg
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