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Tips for Relighting After Burnout: Energizing Self and Others
by Eileen McDargh

The current environment brings additional stress to our homes and offices. You all probably know some of the symptoms. Here are but a few. Check them off and then consider some actions.

Some Burnout Symptoms:

 
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Work leaves you physically and emotionally drained.

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You feel like you are accomplishing less and doing more.

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You put your work first but no one appreciates your efforts.

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You’ve lost your sense of humor and playfulness.

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You find yourself short-tempered and angry.

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You go on vacation but the feeling of overwhelm comes back immediately upon return.

What can you do to gain a sense of control? 

Consider just some of these options:

 
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Hold certain times sacred. Mark off a period of time for yourself on your calendar and treat it with gold.

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Learn to say “no” by creating realistic boundaries. Speak up when you are overwhelmed. Remember, no one but YOU knows what you really do in the course of a day. Establish limits that honor the needs of the people around you while preserving the integrity of what you can honestly do.

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Create a workspace that nurtures your soul. Whether it’s filled with pictures of the grandkids or flowers from your garden, this space must speak of you.

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Exercise to burn off stress.

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Allow 15 minutes in the morning just for you. This is quiet time for centering, breathing, preparing for the day. You’ll be glad you did.

Remember: you are the captain of your ship. Pay attention to the wind and waves.

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© 2000 by Eileen McDargh. All rights reserved.

Eileen McDargh, CSP, CPAE, is an international speaker, author and seminar leader. Her book ‘Work for A Living and Still Be Free to Live’ is also the title of one of her most popular and upbeat programs on Work/Life Balance. For more information on Eileen and her presentations, please call 949-496-8640 or visit her web site at http://www.eileenmcdargh.com

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