How to Fight Burn Out

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Everyone gets a general feeling of burn out and malaise every once and awhile. Fight burn out with help from a psychologist, physical therapist and group fitness instructor in this free video clip.

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Hi, it's Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo, Clinical Psychologist and Author of A Happy You, Your Ultimate Prescription For Happiness. Today, we're going to talk about how to fight burnout. Burnout can be a really big problem when it comes to working and so, we want to look at burnout not only in terms of, of getting rid of it but also in terms of preventing it. So, the tips I'm going to give you are really helpful if you completely burnout and can't do anything, also if you just kind of starting to feel burnout; I want you to apply these tips. The first thing to do is to take breaks. Take breaks. Think about someone like like an elite athlete, someone who, who all they do for, for work is to, to, to play a sport; those people practice very hard and they rest very hard. It allows them to be more effective at whatever they're doing. You need to do the same thing too. Take breaks. And by this I mean I want you to schedule on every hour and a half, I want you to have an alarm set off to remind you to take even just a ten-minute break. To take a walk around and to, to call someone who, who will bring you some happiness in your life. To listen to music. But, take breaks 'cause that's going to help you fight the burnout. The next thing to do is to set limits. And by that I mean I want you to set limits in terms of how long you're working. So, trying to work from 4:30 in the morning to 2:00 at night isn't going to work in the long run. Figure out for you what makes sense in terms of starting in the morning, in terms of ending in the evening. A lot of my clients say, "Oh, but I have to keep checking my, my email at work throughout the evening." No, you don't. Set limits. And if you do need to check it after work, that's okay. Give yourself a specific time period and then, after that, you can even a message say, "Hey, I'm off for the night; I'll get back to you tomorrow." So, really look at places where you can set limits for you. Again, that's going to help you be so much more effective and productive when it comes to working. The next thing I want you to do is I want you to remember why you were doing what you're doing. Why are you doing what you're doing? And by that, it means sometimes we were, we're involve in a project and we're in the nitty gritty and it's just a lot of tedious work. It's hard to really focus. That's when burnout can happen. But, when you remember why you're doing what you're doing, maybe it's to help a group of people. Maybe it's to, to be able to use your own values and your own strengths to help others. Maybe it's so that you can be making some money to help your family out; pay for food, pay for your housing, whatever it is. I want you to focus on your why of working because that will help you get through. The last thing I want you to do is I want you to exercise. I want you to find time in your day throughout the week to exercise, to get moving. You don't have to go to the gym for an hour and a half every single day. I'm merely talking about moving your body in some way. If it's five minutes, that's fine; if it's a half hour, that's even better. But, the research overwhelmingly shows that when we workout, when we exercise, it helps us have less stress, less depression, a lot more positive energy. It helps to be more effective at work and really helps burnout. I hope these tips were helpful; again, my name is Dr. Elizabeth Lombary at


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