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Job Burnout – Be “Preventative”

By Debra Kissen

Many patients I work with often try to exercise or do something they love only AFTER they experience a ton of stress at work and desperately need a break.

I believe in taking “preventative” measures when it comes to job burnout. This means, do things that you enjoy consistently to prevent physical and/or emotional burnout at work. This means, don’t just participate in enjoyable activities AFTER you experience a ton of stress. Instead, CONSISTENTLY participate in stress-reducing activities. Don’t wait to do something you love until you desperately need it!

What works for you may be different than what works for others. Get creative: cook, draw, exercise, play sports, take a bubble bath, take a walk, get a massage, get a manicure/pedicure, spend time with family & friends, read, listen to music, take a dance class, kickbox, go for a run, go to your favorite restaurant or coffee shop, build something, play with your dog, travel, bike, go to a museum, play your favorite instrument, sing, volunteer, work on a puzzle, write, watch your favorite television show, watch a movie, participate in your personal hobby, etc.

The opportunities are truly endless…so go out there and discover what works for you! You may find that you have several different activities that reduce your stress. Do them consistently, even if it means participating in a stess-reducing activity for approximately 30 minutes every 2-3 days.

Additional reading on job burnout: 10 Strategies to Fight Job Burnout

Dr. Debra Kissen is CEO of Light On Anxiety CBT Treatment Center. Dr. Kissen specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)...

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