More information about avoiding burnout in the workplace will be presented at DMEC's 14th Annual International Conference July 19 - 22, 2009 in Portland, Oregon.
Key recommendations include:
- Identify community resources for financial counseling, childcare or eldercare issues, or other concerns that may impact your life before something happens.
- Find an outside activity that involves positive, healthy interaction with others.
- Acknowledge the reality of the situation. Rather than hope for a "miracle solution" begin with accepting things as they are and strive toward workable strategies.
- Seek advice from a trusted or admired peer on how to manage work and life demands.
- Good nutrition and exercise are paramount. Find time to exercise - even 10 minutes a day can improve your health and decrease stress.
- Establish family mealtimes for better interaction. Families also are great reinforcements for better health, wellness, and self-care.
- Develop healthy sleep habits. If you're working two jobs, try to find time for a "sleep break" in order to avoid physical and mental exhaustion.
- Observe and learn from your own signals when you feel close to "hitting the wall," and determine what you can do (take a break, avoid a tough conversation, or shift your focus) to minimize stress.