Everybody is Getting Burnout these days; here is what to do

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From moms to medical doctors, burnout is everywhere these days

Source: Washington Post

By Jenny Rough

A common ailment is going around, and you probably know someone plagued by it. Caused in part by social media, the 24-hour news cycle and the pressure to check work email outside of office hours, it could hit you, too — especially if you don’t know how to nip it in the bud.

Burnout is everywhere.

Books are being published about it, high-powered medical groups are raising alarms and ordinary people are feeling it. A recent report from Harvard and Massachusetts medical organizations declared physician burnout a public health crisis. It pointed out the problem not only harms doctors but also patients.

“Burnout is associated with increasing medical errors,” the paper said.

Ninety-five percent of human resource leaders say burnout is sabotaging workplace retention, often because of overly heavy workloads, one survey found. Poor management contributes to the burnout epidemic.

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  1. I worked in the humanitarian field in Kosovo Iraq and Jordan. In this field I met some people who purposely worked until they were burned out – then took a recovery period and waited for the next emergency. I told them that I cannot afford to burn out and take a rest. Consequently I ‘took care’. It can be done if one has the intention – even in emergency locations.

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