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 Health Hint #173
Burned Out? Try This
 
 
Excerpted from "A Year of Health Hints"
365 Practical Ways to Feel Better and Live Longer



You may think that only corporate go-getters suffer burnout. Not so. Burnout can and does strike workers of all sorts--construction workers, office workers, homemakers, artists--anyone who's under continuous pressure to perform or achieve. Also, anyone who's just plain tired of what they're doing can burn out.

Burnout isn't something that hits out of the blue. Rather, burnout is a long, slow process arising from repeated frustration and unmet expectations. Some symptoms of burnout include:
Loss of energy
Weariness
Self-doubt
Reduced efficiency
Apathy

Different people respond to burnout in different ways: by feeling guilty or irritable, denying anything's wrong, blaming others, or working even harder. These responses are futile, though, and only fan the flames. Here's what you can do to prevent burnout or nip it in the bud.

Pay attention to any signals your body is sending. Insomnia, overeating, and other minor complaints
may be signs of burnout.
Ask yourself what you really expect to accomplish in your career or personal life. Are your
expectations realistic? If not, reevaluate your goals and make sure they're reachable. This is
especially useful if you often find yourself describing your workload as "impossible," "ridiculous,"
or "overwhelming."
Mentally distance yourself from your work.
Treat yourself to something special from time to time. A pleasant break, a change of scenery, or
a slight indulgence can reduce some of the resentment that often leads to burnout.
Reduce work hours if possible. Take breaks. Learn to delegate some tasks--anything to prevent
yourself from feeling like a galley slave.
Learn meditation or practice other relaxation techniques (see Tips 158 through 161) to help you
through stressful periods. Most can be mastered quickly and easily.
Pursue some kind of physical activity. But be careful not to choose exercise that reinforces the feeling
of hopelessness. If your job is highly competitive, you may have to avoid playing highly competitive
sports, for example. Something simple, like walking, may be better.

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