Tips for Relighting After Burnout: Energizing Self and Others

Written by Eileen McDargh, CSP, CPAE

The current environment brings additional stress to our homes and offices. You all probably know some ofrepparttar symptoms. Here are but a few. Check them off and then consider some actions.

Some Burnout Symptoms: . Work leaves you physically and emotionally drained.

. You feel like you are accomplishing less and doing more.

. You put your work first but no one appreciates your efforts.

. You’ve lost your sense of humor and playfulness.

. You find yourself short-tempered and angry.

. You go on vacation butrepparttar 123932 feeling of overwhelm comes back immediately upon return.

What can you do to gain a sense of control? Consider just some of these options:

· Hold certain times sacred. Mark off a period of time for yourself on your calendar and treat it with gold.

· Learn to say “no” by creating realistic boundaries. Speak up when you are overwhelmed. Remember, no one but YOU knows what you really do inrepparttar 123933 course of a day. Establish limits that honorrepparttar 123934 needs ofrepparttar 123935 people around you while preservingrepparttar 123936 integrity of what you can honestly do.

Plain Talk For Painful Times

Written by Eileen McDargh, CSP, CPAE

September 11, 2001 became our new “Day of Infamy.”

The calls started at 6:00 a.m. PST. Mother’s voice shrilled into my not-quite awake brain. “Turn on ABC.” She hung up.

The devastation andrepparttar horror began with a flick of power torepparttar 123931 television. Hatred came to life before my eyes. With it came fear, a moment of panic, and then calls to everyone I loved and cared about. Like so many of you, I alternated between listening and watching “the news” to half-hearted attempts at work.

Onrepparttar 123932 day after this evil, I am compelled to write. Everyone reading this has also experienced bothrepparttar 123933 planned cruelty of humanity as well as its generosity. People stood in line waiting to donate blood. Firefighters and police officers gave their lives. Messages of support swirled across e-mail channels. Andrepparttar 123934 “safety” we thought was ours has disappeared inrepparttar 123935 dense clouds of smoke that carriedrepparttar 123936 World Trade Tower,repparttar 123937 Pentagon, and four planes into destruction. Allrepparttar 123938 technology inrepparttar 123939 world would not have prevented this attack. The human technology of hatred overrode all systems.

The question for me is deeper then “who did this?” Instead,repparttar 123940 question is “how can we use this evil to become wiser and more humanly connected?” Howrepparttar 123941 nation responds inrepparttar 123942 aftermath of this horror will tellrepparttar 123943 world just who we really are. I pray that our wise responses will be words of compassion and reason inrepparttar 123944 midst of insanity. Whilerepparttar 123945 cold inhumanity of terrorism is horrific, it cannot lead us into generalizations about a race, religion, or nation. The actions of a few do not denoterepparttar 123946 mindset of all.

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