Thursday, October 11, 2007

Under stress: What is BURN OUT?Definitions and ways to overcome

You get burnt out when the continuous stress of dealing with a difficult job or situation becomes too much for you. The most likely candidates for burn-out are hard driven, highly committed people who take on too many tasks or try to do too many things. They suddenly lose interest and motivation for what they’re doing.

You’re at risk for burn-out if the following are true for you:

1. You’ve been trying to achieve too much
2. You are unable to turn down additional work, commitments or responsibilities
3. You’ve been under intense stress and pressure for a long time
4. You have high standards
5. You don’t like to delegate
6. You’ve been giving others emotional support for a long time
7. You feel guilty when you spend time and money on yourself

How do I avoid burn-out?

a) Make sure that you’re still enjoying what you’re doing
b) Repeat to yourself often: I have a right to fun, pleasure and relaxation
c) Get plenty of restful sleep, relaxation and recreation
d) Learn and practice stress-management skills
e) Learn to say ‘no’
f) Constantly re-evaluate your goals and decide what’s important and essential to your enjoyment and appreciation of life
g) Reduce your commitments
h) Eat a healthy diet
i) Use the correct food supplements to support you body and your mind
j) Learn to delegate
k) If others drain your energy, step back and avoid them for a while
l) Exercise moderately, but regularly and choose something you enjoy

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