Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Battling burnout : Guide for busy parents
moneywatch.com / Your Career / On the Job
Ever call in sick because you physically don’t think you can make it to the office? That burned out feeling is no joke, workplace stress can lead to serious health issues, like obesity and cardiovascular disease. But preventing burnout, and treating it early, can help you stay both healthy and productive.
"Fried: Why You Burn Out and How to Revive", a new book by psychologist Joan Borysenko, Ph.D, addresses this important issue. She dealt with her own burnout as a busy mom and Harvard Medical School instructor, when she was working with AIDS patients for 80 hours a week while also tending to her own small children.
Here are Borysenko’s 4 best ways to beat burnout:
1. Burnout vs. Depression: Know the Difference
Depression and burnout can look the same — exhaustion, loss of interest and lowered productivity — but they’re not the same. “Burnout is work-related while depression affects your entire life,” says Borysenko. “If you’re burned out and you get a long enough vacation, you revive, whereas depressed people do not.”
Ever feel like your ‘To Do’ list is like one of those birthday candles that never blows out, instead regenerating like (depressing) magic? Cut it down — especially travel, if it takes you away from loved ones. “I now travel less than 15% of the time, and have learned to say yes to what gives me energy — like being outdoors, listening to music, hanging out with friends, and researching ideas that I’m passionate about — and no to requests from others that drain me,” says Borysenko. For you, this might mean stopping work at a set time or making Sunday “family day.” I personally use Priority Matrix to check on my daily 'To Do' List. It is part of the tips of "The 7 Habits" training that attended.
3. Unplug Before You Unravel
No matter which of these tricks you’re trying — or even if you’re looking for a new position altogether — just be sure you put a priority on getting better. “Untreated burnout leads to physical illness, compromised relationships, a deep feeling of emptiness, a good chance of using drugs or alcohol to reduce your pain, and a decided decrement in performance,” says Borysenko. On an airplane they say to put your oxygen mask on before you help those around you. Treating burnout and keeping yourself healthy is like putting on that mask, giving you the energy you need to be productive at work and happy at home.
Read more: http://moneywatch.bnet.com/career-advice/blog/on-job/work-stress-4-ways-to-beat-burnout/913/#ixzz1br4UDy7X
Are you feeling burned out at work? Why? How do you overcome them?