12 Ways to Reduce Stress and Burnout
Written by Dr. A. Georges Sabongui
Thursday, 29 March 2007
An excerpt from Dr. Sabongui's article entitled "Stress and Burnout".
12 WAYS TO REDUCE STRESS AND BURNOUT
- Learn to put your mask on first! Remember those
flight safety briefings that you get whenever you
take a plane? They tell you to put your oxygen
mask on first before trying to help someone else!
By putting your mask on first, you are in a better
position to help others. If you don’t, you risk
becoming a burden for others.
- Learn to say no – without feeling guilty.
- Learn to set limits and respect them.
- Schedule some time for yourself and make it as
important as time scheduled for your clients.
- Learn some relaxation techniques and practice
- If you are not happy with your life right now,
nothing more that you accumulate will bring you
- Create a positive social-support network.
- Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket: Investing
too much energy into your work leaves you more
vulnerable if you should happen to have a bad
day in that enviornment. Divide your energy by
investing yourself in fulfilling personal hobbies
and fulfilling personal/emotional relationships.
- Eliminate negative self-talk and catastrophic
thinking. Do you talk to yourself like you would
talk to your best friend, in an encouraging,
supportive manner, or are you harsh and critical
towards yourself? Do you tend to imagine the
- Engage in some vigorous physical activity and
exercise regularly (including sex!) – the
endorphins help burn off a lot of your stress and
- Learn to identify the difference between things
you can control and things you can’t.
- And if you are even the least bit worried about
your emotional health, don’t wait to ask for help,
whether from friends or from a professional –
Most of us have a tendency to underestimate the
impact of our problems on ourselves.