Thursday, October 2, 2008

How to Avoid Burnout

Burnout is a stress condition brought on by being involved in an intense situation for a long period of time without adequate rest and recreation. Most often thought of in relation to a job, burnout can also occur in other situations, such as being a primary caregiver to small children or a sick elderly person. It is the result of feeling overworked and unappreciated. Learn how to avoid burnout by knowing your own limits, taking care of yourself, and listening to the ideas of others.

Sometimes we can control a situation that has the potential for burnout by recognizing it at the outset. In fact, certain jobs, such as air traffic control, are known for their high incidence of burnout, as are jobs which involve caring for the very ill or in which a great many hours of overtime are demanded.

Some people thrive on stressful environments, but if you are the type of person who can’t help but get involved to the detriment of your own need, you might reconsider the situation and choose not to participate. Knowing yourself well enough to avoid situations of potential burnout can be a health strategy for you.

Share your feelings about the situation with others in the same or similar situation; listen to what they have to say about strategies they use to cope or talk with someone from outside the situation. You might find that communicating with others about your own situation is a positive step away from stress and burnout and a positive step toward greater health.

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