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A technique called “goal diversification” turned out to be surprisingly effective
Most of us can likely relate to this experience: you put all that you have into your work for prolonged periods of time and feel physically and mentally exhausted by the end. This common phenomenon is known simply as
Whether it is on social media or our go-to news channels, we hear a lot about
For some: burnout, schm-urnout! Critics of this concept tend to point out how nebulous it sounds even when someone offers up the definition. A different, more integrated way of understanding the long-term effects of chronic stress on the whole person is a principle called
As a medical student, I see this problem of maladaptation frequently, both in trainees and trained physicians. Research demonstrates this trend in the alarming number of physicians who
Recently, major news sources and professional organizations have cited emerging evidence of
Doing what is in the best interest of the patient is at the heart of the
So, what do we do about this?
We are making strides toward rectifying
One of the most significant hurdles in health care is that clinical practice generally has a
People can break their cycles of stress and even flourish outside of the work they regularly do by incorporating new and different goals in their day-to-days. Our best shot at getting ahead of the problems stress produces in our country is to look at where our finite energy is going and ask the tough questions: “Why?” and “At what cost?” We are not machines; it is not sustainable for us to push ourselves at the cost of our well-being. Whether it is in medicine or any other field, we must ensure that our cultures nurture goal diversity and being more than just your work because, at the end of the day, stress occurs when we feel that we lack the resources to meet the demands around us.
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A moderate amount of stress is beneficial for us but chronic, and toxic stress has the opposite effect of deteriorating our well-being.
Our current lifestyles provide us with above-average levels of psychological stress, which slowly drains us of our willpower and resilience, and makes us feeling hollow and unfulfilled.
We have a word for it: Burnout.
The long-term effect of chronic stress is described as allostatic load. This is a fairly common form of chronic stress response of the body if it isn’t completely destroyed.
Prolonged stress makes the mind and body function in a different, sub-optimal way called maladaptation.
This is about concentrating on your internal motivation, and perceived capability to attain a certain goal. It makes us achieve small goals, as we are motivated towards taking the small steps which eventually lead to our larger goals.
Remember that we are not machines, and we cannot sacrifice our well-being for someone else’s bottom line, or any artificial target.
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As losing resources is more likely to cause burnout than gaining resources is to mitigate it, dealing with the negative aspects is more beneficial than using positive “band-aid” fixes. You want to drive down uncertainty and inefficiency to ensure that you aren’t doing unnecessary tasks and minimize your emotional exhaustion. To do that:
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Instead of increasing the number of productive hours, we can focus on getting the right things done in a timely way. We also need to restore and balance ourselves, our colleagues, family and environment, instead of a neurotic or pathological focus on deadlines.
Find out what's truly important to us and use the finite resource of time wisely.
Phantom workload looks like real work but results in massive unproductivity and even conflict in an organization. The pressure to meet unrealistic expectations causes a vicious cycle of further workload.
Leaders need to take a hard look at what is being avoided or not addressed. Facing difficult tasks that were 'swept under the carpet' earlier strengthens them further to make hard decisions and face difficult people and situations.
Burnout occurs when job demands consistently outweigh the resources available. The first thing you need to do is to set proper limits.
When you limit your time spent on specific tasks,...
... especially to projects and clients that suck the creativity out of you.
When your mental resources are limited, you need to make sure they’re going to the right tasks. Burnout decimates your motivation, making working on projects you’re uninterested in an agonizing process.
Find a completely unrelated creative outlet: look for a creative task with lower stakes to help ease you back into things and re-ignite your creativity and motivation.
What are the things in your own life that you enjoy but aren’t necessarily “productive”?