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

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.
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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).

For Parents: High School Students Facing Year-End Burnout

Is your exhausted, stressed-out high school student crumbling at the end of the school year? These tips will help you provide the practical support your child needs.
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Rest for Success

It's not what you do—it's how you actively rest.

When You're Tapped Before Age 30

By Caroline Beaton on May 19, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Until we permanently alter the behaviors exacerbating our exhaustion, we'll remain rutted in perpetual recovery.

3 Easy Tips to Reduce Job Stress and Avoid Burnout

How to unwind even when you're too stressed to think straight.

Tonic Levels of Physical Activity Stimulate Your Vagus Nerve

Moderate physical activity is a guaranteed way to engage your vagus nerve and create a "relaxation response" that counters the panic and anxiety of fight-or-flight responses.

Should You Set Clear Work-Home Boundaries?

Here are five tips for striking the right balance between your job and personal life.

Understanding Difficult Workplace Relationships

As we attempt to understand conflicts in the workplace, it is important to recognize how much of creating a healthy environment lies with each of us.

Overstimulation and the Teaching Mind

Overstimulation contributes to teacher burnout. How can professionals who are “always on” combat overstimulation?

Avoid the Gap Year Mistake

Gap years can be transformational moments that set a course for career and life fulfillment. But, not all gap years achieve this. What gap year students do matters.

Why Do Animal Shelter Workers Burn Out?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on May 04, 2017 in Animals and Us
Animal shelter workers who believe they have a gift for relating to animals may be the most likely to leave.

How to Win the Weekend in 3 Steps

By Jonathan Fader Ph.D. on April 28, 2017 in The New You
Had a long week of work or relationship stress? Take a few minutes to practice these three strategies to make your Saturday and Sunday more enjoyable and satisfying.

How Much Is Too Much Stress?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on April 26, 2017 in Media Spotlight
A new research study takes a closer look at the kind of symptoms seen in people experiencing stress overload and what it can mean for preventing health problems

Three Ways to Boost Workplace Safety

How well do you distinguish between incompetent people and defective processes?

Cultivating the Pasture They Put You Out To

The question is whether any further investment is worth the effort given the lifespan one foresees.

Feeling Stressed? 3 Mindsets to Stop Tolerating

In my work helping people prevent burnout and build stress resilience, three themes consistently surface as barriers to being able to accurately perceive stress.

The New Best Remedy for Health Is a Dog

In California dogs are doing rounds at hospitals. Can a dog heal patients? Here is a personal story about a therapy dog showing that a dog can be the best medicine. Read more...