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5 Ways To Avoid Burnout And Be Fulfilled

ExerciseOn the run up to Christmas (I think I’m allowed to say that word now), it’s easy to overwork ourselves and overplay ourselves – which of course doesn’t help with focus and productivity. Here, Nathaniel Lambert, Ph.D, for Psychology Today looks into 5 ways to avoid depression and be fulfilled. The areas looked at are our physical health, intellectual stimulation, self-introspection, social interaction and celebrating our victories. 

5 Ways To Avoid Burnout And Be Fulfilled

Physical Health

Our normal work does not require much in the way of physical requirements, in fact, we’re pretty sedentary. In Publish and Prosper, I point out that “Putting off adequate physical exercise will catch up to you both in the short term and in the long run. In the short term, physical exercise is always worth the time that it takes because it helps relieve stress (for a review, see Salmon, 2001) and helps your mind to more effectively process information. In the long run, keeping your body in shape will extend your life and the time you have to pursue your careergoals” (p. 67). Here are some ideas for fitting exercise into a busy schedule:

1. Bike to work. If you live between 1 and 5 miles from campus, you may consider biking. With the parking situation at most universities, it could save you money and may be just as fast or faster than driving. Plus, you ensure that you get a workout each day that doesn’t take extra time out of your busy schedule.

2. Use university health facilities. Chances are that you are paying for these amazing gyms, why not use them. You could bring a book or article to read as you do a cardio workout.

3. Get enough sleep. If you are sleep deprived, you probably aren’t working to your capacity. Doctors recommend 7-8 hours.

4. Pack a lunch. You will be amazed at how much money you can save and how much healthier you will eat if you regularly pack a lunch to work. Make sure to include some fruit and veggies in your lunch.

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I thought I’d feature the physical health part of this post as it’s, in my opinion, the single most important part of our lives, yet most of us neglect it! Cases of depression, anxiety and stress are spirally out of control. In fact, in a book I recently read called Mindfulness, by Mark Williams, he stated that depression will be the second biggest illness after arthritis, many forms of cancer and heart disease in the next 10 years. Scary much? It’s not that surprising given that most of us aren’t active anymore and live box lives. Have you ever come across a physically fit and active person who’s depressed, stressed and anxious? Maybe you have, but I haven’t…



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