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

The perils of our “on-call” work culture

By Craig Dowden Ph.D. on August 27, 2015 in The Leader's Code
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 in 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 You May Be Battling Relationship Burnout

By Kira Asatryan on August 25, 2015 in 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

By Christopher Bergland on August 22, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
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

By Joan Ullman M.A. on August 13, 2015 in Uncharted Customs
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

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on July 27, 2015 in Minority Report
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 in 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 in 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

By Jennifer Hamady on July 06, 2015 in Finding Your Voice
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.

Is Technoference Wrecking Your Love Life?

Electronic devices are reported by many couples to be the source of arguments especially when used during meals and at other times when there is a hope or expectation that there will be an opportunity for meaningful interpersonal relating.

Why Are U.S. Workers Both Burned Out and Satisfied?

A recent survey of U.S. workers by Staples Advantage found some puzzling results: 53 percent of employees report feeling burned out at their jobs, yet 86 percent of those workers say that they are satisfied. How can this be?

Taking Action Against Burnout: First Steps

After consulting a couple of life and career coaches, I'm starting the work of loving my work again.

The Real Problem With Work

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on June 28, 2015 in Hidden Motives
Men and women suffer from the same problem on the job: too much work

America: The “No-Vacation Nation”

How your boss isn't feeling much love towards your down time.

The Art of Idleness

By Neel Burton M.D. on June 25, 2015 in Hide and Seek
Research suggests that people will find any excuse to keep busy.

23 Mental Health Professionals Interviewed About Their Jobs

By Brad Waters on June 24, 2015 in Design Your Path
Going behind the scenes with 23 mental health professionals to gain insight into the pros and cons of the industry.

Ways to Push Past Creative Burnout

How to reignite passion when the flame has burned out? Talking to life/career coaches about burnout.

College and Mr. Gates

By Mack R. Hicks Ph.D. on June 23, 2015 in Digital Pandemic
Bill Gates should be applauded for his generous donations to education, but his blanket call for 11 million college grads won't accomplish much, and could hinder career education.

The Golf Decathlon—Motivation and Ability Put to the Test

Ever wonder what goes on in the mind of someone playing 10 rounds of golf in one day. Here's your chance to take a glimpse by following my thoughts from the golf decathlon I just completed.

The Dark Side of Deadlines

By Kimberly Key on June 15, 2015 in Counseling Keys
In our fast-paced, Internet-speed culture, we have become deadline-oriented and the costs are truly alarming. Not only does putting off a task until its deadline create stress, researchers found it also kills brain cells, lessens creativity, and that the associated stress can have a debilitating effect on one’s health. Here are some solutions to help.

Do You Secretly Fake Workaholism? This May Be Why

A new study finds that many people who work within companies with a workaholic culture are actually faking it. The reasons may reflect some destructive features and expectations about what "success" at work is supposed to look like.

Life Can Be a Permanent Vacation

If we start seeing life as a vacation where nothing belongs to us, we stop holding onto things. Then when things change, we can handle that because we’re not attached to them being the same way all the time.

4 Traps to Avoid When You're Filled with Anxiety

In today's breakneck world, anxiety has become the "new normal", trapping us into all kinds of inaccurate judgments of ourselves. Our capacity to navigate the slippery slopes of anxiety can be improved through careful attention to thinking and relating patterns. Instead of hiding anxiety, finding ways to acknowledge it and regroup can leave us more surefooted and at ease.