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BURNOUT PREVENTION AND RECOVERY TECHNIQUES

With the extra stresses associated with the season, you might want to try a suggestion or two.
 
1. STOP DENYING
Listen to the wisdom of your body. Begin to freely admit the stresses and pressures which have manifested physically, mentally, or emotionally.
 
2. AVOID ISOLATION
Don't do everything alone! Develop or renew intimacies with friends and loved ones. Closeness not only brings new insights, but also helps with worry and depression.
 
3. CHANGE YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES
If your job, your relationships, a situation, or a person is dragging you under, try to alter your circumstances or, if necessary, leave.


4. DIMINISH INTENSITY IN YOUR LIFE
Pinpoint those areas or aspects which summon up the most concentrated intensity and work toward alleviating that pressure.
 
5. STOP OVERNURTURING
If you routinely take on other people's problems and responsibilities, learn to gracefully disengage. Try to get some nurturing for yourself.
 
6. LEARN TO SAY "NO"

You'll help diminish intensity by speaking up for yourself. This means refusing additional requests or demands on your time or emotions.
 
7. BEGIN TO BACK OFF AND DETACH
Learn to delegate, not only at work, but also at home and with friends. In this case, detachment means rescuing yourself for yourself.
 
8. REASSESS YOUR VALUES
Try to sort out the meaningful values from the temporary and fleeting, the essential from the nonessential. You'll conserve energy and time, and begin to feel more centered.
 
9. LEARN TO PACE YOURSELF
Try to take life in moderation. You only have so much energy available. Ascertain what is wanted and needed in your life, then begin to balance work with love, pleasure and relaxation.
 
10. TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY
Don't skip meals, abuse yourself with rigid diets, disregard your need for sleep, or break doctor appointments. Take care of yourself nutritionally.
 
11. DIMINISH WORRY AND ANXIETY
Try to keep superstitious worrying to a minimum. It changes nothing. You'll have a better grip on your situation if you spend less time worrying and more time taking care of your real needs.

12. KEEP YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR
Begin to bring joy and happy moments into your life. Very few people suffer burnout when they're having fun.

Wishing you a very happy Christmas and New Year!!!
 

 

 

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