Preventing Burnout: The 4 Pillars

Preventing Burnout: The 4 Pillars

In my article, I delve into the process of preventing burnout, drawing from my personal experiences. I discuss the four key pillars that underpin the prevention of burnout, namely relaxation, meditation, anxiety management, and better health. I emphasize the necessity of proactive measures and the importance of tailoring these strategies to fit individual needs and circumstances. I believe that by understanding and consistently addressing these pillars, one can effectively manage stress, control anxiety, and maintain overall well-being, thereby shielding against burnout.

Work/Life Balance: 5 Simple (And Direct) Truths

So many people seeking inner peace and simplicity also mention that they are seeking a balance between work and life. I was greatly encouraged by Adrian Savage's article "Slow Leadership: The Plain Truth About Work/Life Balance" (sadly, no longer on the web). It really struck a chord with me. His five truths are:
take a break

It’s OK To Take A Break

I’m starting to hear comparisons of how people spent their isolation time. You know what? I think you’re doing well if you managed to come out of the last two years more or less intact.
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The Line in the Sand: Why Work-Life Balance Is An Issue

I was wondering one afternoon why work-life balance has become such an issue in our modern lives. The answer is actually very simple: changes in the way work is done now blurs the lines between work and non-work time.

It's blurring even more as we put the pandemic in the past; but all of our work lives have changed, whether it is working from home or changing jobs due to the pandemic.
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The Balanced Life Myth

Too many people talk about living a balanced life, as if life can be slotted into the chunks of a pie graph. The truth is, we don't balance, not as people typically think.

In fact, it's not about doing more, but rather being deliberate about what you do, and letting the rest go.
10 Commandments of Stress Reduction

10 Commandments of Stress Reduction

There is too much stress in our lives. We're so busy and overwhelmed that our stress levels creep up. And it's not good for us. Prolonged exposure to stress can lead to mood disorders, cardiovascular disease, digestive problems, eating disorders and more. It's a killer.

But it's easy to recognize stress, but not so easy to rein it in. So today we'll take (what I hope) is a light-hearted look at how to reduce stress with the 10 commandments of stress reduction.
What’s the Hidden Cost?

What’s the Hidden Cost?

Last month I did a spending freeze. I spent no unnecessary money, and it really opened my eyes. I had gotten in the habit of running to the store with the pretext of buying something necessary, only to come home with much more. When I did the spending freeze, I realized how much extra this was costing me in both time and energy.

Everything has a cost. There are no exceptions. But are you aware of the hidden costs of time and energy of areas in your life? Today we will look at some places you may want to recognize and trim hidden costs.
What To Do When Things Start Feeling Off Kilter?

What To Do When Things Start Feeling Off Kilter?

Over the summer, making deliberate choices about my life and activities have fallen by the side of the road. Not deliberately (no pun intended). It just has happened due to a lack of intention. Things have slipped over time, and I am conscious of not being very satisfied with how my life is right now.

I've been very conscious of self-care and what it means in relation to the rest of my life over the past few months. I'm still recovering from the effects of severe stress. I find that it means I need to pay more attention to how I am feeling physically and take corrective action. At the same time I feel myself pressured by the stuff, both physical and incomplete, in my life.

Maybe it's been coming on slowly the past ten years or so, but I find myself in a place where I am very aware that I don't bounce back as fast as I used to. I find myself conscious of lack of sleep, blood sugar drops and mental fatigue in a way I never have before. I can't ignore unfinished or unstarted projects the way I used to.

It's not a life reboot. I did that a couple of months ago and got rid of a bunch of activities that were clutter So what does that mean?