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

Should Health Care Providers Joke About Patients?

By Jean Kim M.D. on February 26, 2015 in Culture Shrink
Medical Gallows Humor can help providers cope, but at what cost to the care provider-patient relationship?

Addicted to Busy: 4 Strategies to Ease the Guilt & Burnout

Keeping busy at all costs is the cultural status quo, but the drive to do more is impacting our families, our work, and our health. The result of being Addicted to Busy is not only a lack of time, but also exhaustion, anxiety, guilt, fear, social comparison, inauthenticity and physical illness.

Discovering Peace of Mind

By Leon Pomeroy Ph.D. on February 22, 2015 in Beyond Good and Evil
I became the person I always wanted to be

Discussing Illness Without Alienating the Ill

By Julie K Hersh on February 20, 2015 in Struck By Living
The arts offer an unthreatening microscope and telescope to examine stories, which we can adapt to our own healing.

Is There Time in Your Type-A Lifestyle for Friendship?

By Rick Miller LICSW on February 19, 2015 in Unwrapped
Socializing, connecting and laughing with friends are an essential part of happiness. We need to take a moment, press "escape", unplug, and make space for friendship. Don’t click “like” if you agree, call me!

Feel Whole

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on February 16, 2015 in Your Wise Brain
With moments of practice that add up over time, you feel more like a whole person, less fragmented and partial, less yanked this way and that by competing desires in your head. As this happens, you feel more fed and fulfilled and thus less defended, less separated from others, less apart—and more connected, more entwined with the world as whole.

Check Your Marital Privilege

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on February 14, 2015 in Living Single
There is a vast swath of unearned privileges that have gone largely unrecognized, even though they unfairly advantage about half of the adult population in the U.S.—marital privileges. People who marry enjoy social, cultural, economic, and political advantages that single people do not, simply because they are married.

Has Technology Hijacked Your Quality of Life?

Don’t settle for contact; go for connection! Much of what motivates us to go on-line has to do with a desire for personal contact. While there’s nothing wrong with making contact with others through electronic media, contact alone isn’t sufficient to fulfill our need for meaningful connection.

The Ideal Family: How Do You Stack Up?

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on February 13, 2015 in Fixing Families
An ideal family isn't necessarily about children having manners or creating "quality time", but creating a healthy foundation and structure. Here's what you want to shoot for.

Your Passion May Not Be Enough

By Robert H. Woody Ph.D. on February 12, 2015 in Live... In Concert
Many people choose to pursue a music career because they were so passionate about music as kids. However, recent research suggests that if you want to end up passionate about what you do professionally, instead of taking inventory of pre-existing passions, you should identify what you can become exceptionally good at.

Putting Mindfulness on Your Agenda

Everyone experiences stress in some way or another, and people in caretaking roles do in particular. Our communities rely on individuals who choose these paths, and yet no one has the capacity to indefinitely give. So as a care taker, taking care of yourself is essential to sustaining your own well-being. Only then can you be at your best when interacting with others.

My Seven Healthy Obsessions

By Jennifer Haupt on February 06, 2015 in One True Thing
Cooking has always been celebrity chef Jesse Schenker's first passion and true "addiction." After getting out of jail, he flipped the switch and put the same tenacity and passion that he had for drugs into his cooking. Here are some of his other healthy habits he's become addicted to.

Making Stress Your Friend - It's All In Your Mindset

When people think that they have the resources to deal with a stressor, they experience a challenge response. Conversely, when people perceive their resources to be lacking under stress, they experience a threat response. The goal is not to decrease the level of stress or to erase it completely; rather, the goal is to reshape how you interpret stress.

Occupational Hazard

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 04, 2015 in In Excess
To date, few measures of workaholism have been developed. A couple of years ago, I and some of my colleagues developed a new work addiction scale that was actually based on addiction components (called the 'Bergen Work Addiction Scale'). Find out if you are a workaholic using our psychometrically valid scale in this blog.

Ride the Wave of Winter

By Joseph Cardillo Ph.D. on January 29, 2015 in Attention Training
You may notice that the way you feel during winter has developed into a sort of a pattern over the years.

The Mindful Educator

From the halls of academia to the shelves of Barnes and Noble, interest in mindfulness is at a peak. Might this ancient practice hold some lessons for the classroom?

Ten Things To Remember After a Break-Up

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on January 27, 2015 in Emotional Fitness
We have all been through it and, at best, a breakup is a difficult situation. Here are some tips and advice to help you make it through this rough patch. I hope these tips will help you get through the hard parts. Remember that your heart is still whole and you will find your soulmate.

10 Ways to Relieve Stress in 5 Minutes or Less

The way we work is broken when scores of talented people can’t attend to their basic human needs. Until the larger systemic issues are fixed, these and other stories continue to push me to create stress-relief strategies that can actually be incorporated in your super-hectic day. Here are 10 such strategies to try when you have 5 minutes or less.

How Abusive Bosses Can Destroy Teamwork

By Ray Williams on January 24, 2015 in Wired for Success
There is increasing evidence that there is a clear link between bad leaders and employee health and productivity problems, which is turn, can be a huge liability for organizations.

How to Relieve Chronic Pain With Mindfulness

Relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and restore wellbeing with week three of our mindfulness meditation course. Recent clinical trials show that mindfulness meditation can reduce chronic pain and suffering by 90 percent....

6 Ways to Take Better Care of Yourself

You may think that caring for your own needs is a luxury you can ill afford. However, research shows both why and how you can benefit from these 6 self-care strategies.

Be a High Performer (Not a Workaholic) in 2015

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on January 11, 2015 in Good Thinking
Workaholics believe the key to success is working harder and longer than everyone else. High performers know otherwise.

How to Win

Smart effort is a good thing. It might well win Urban Meyer another national championship. But he learned the hard way that bottomless, pull-your-hair-out effort produces more stress than success.

15 Things You Can Let Go Of in 2015

Ditch the resolutions and let go of these 15 things in the New Year for more happiness, health, and resilience.

Leave Me Alone!

Vacation Buzzkillingtons, also known as co-workers, may consistently break personal borders by bothering colleagues on vacation. Better planning and setting limits help curb these behaviors and allow for a more enjoyable and peaceful time away from work.

Marijuana Use By Kids and Teens: Parents, Pay Attention!

I live in Colorado, one of the first states to legalize marijuana possession and use. Beware....Whether you call it pot, weed or marijuana, the long-term impacts of this mind-altering drug, especially for kids and teenagers, spells danger.

How to Have a Hope-Filled Holiday

So many of us are fortunate to spend the holidays surrounded by the people we love, or at least, kind of like. We have gifts to wrap, parties to attend, and things to keep us busy, but not everyone is so lucky. One gift we can give each other this holiday season, though, is hope.

What's Your Leadership Style?

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on December 12, 2014 in Fixing Families
A look at healthy and unhealthy styles of leadership whether it be head of the PTO, a company, a middle manager, even a parent. Time to fill in the gaps.

Gift Ideas for Your Daughter: The Best Gifts Are Free

Keeping the risks of holiday burnout in mind, here is a list of “gifts” that parents can offer their daughters not just during the fever pitch of December holidays, but throughout the year. The best part is that these gifts pay off big in return dividends that last a lifetime as you raise a responsible, mature, and appreciative daughter.

Digital Detox

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on December 05, 2014 in In Excess
Technology is essential to most people’s working lives. However, the potential for technological overload has created a new type of anxiety that has been referred to as ‘techno-stress.’ Techno-stress can arise from many different routes. But what is it and how can we beat it?