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Beating Job Burnout . . . Part II


   Article by Shelly Field


In part one, we discussed how to know if you have job burnout -- an ailment common to workers in the healthcare industry. This part of the article will discuss tips to beat burnout in the workplace.

One of the best ways to defeat burnout is to make your job more enjoyable. "That's impossible," you say. Maybe hard, but not impossible. Sometimes you just have to change how you think.

No matter how boring or depressing your job may be at times, you have to find chances to laugh. Laughter breaks the tension of difficult situations. It helps cut the stress you feel and the tension you may be under. The more you laugh, the better you will deal with work, and the less burned out you'll be. Many people aren't aware that stress related hormones are suppressed by laughter -- so you know what you have to do.

Try to become more social. Talk to people. Find activities to do with co-workers, friends and family members. Feeling connected to others is a great way to reduce stress and burnout.

Many people in my seminars tell me that by the time they get done working for the day, they are often so exhausted that they just want to go home and be left alone. I understand, and often feel the same way.

However, a number of studies indicate that adults who have the fewest friendships and are least active socially are most likely to die prematurely. If that's not enough to make you want to get out and have fun, I don't know what is.

Listen to conversation in your workplace. You might notice that a good percentage of discussions are negative. Work on training yourself to see the positive in situations -- see the humor and knock out negative thoughts and conversation. Negativity just makes you feel worse.

Adding fun to your day will help decrease burnout. Here are several simple ideas you can incorporate into your workplace:

You can't control everything, but you can control what you are able to and forget the rest. You can beat burnout before it beats you. You just have to try.

Go Back To Job Burnout Part I


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