Burnout busters

Avoid burn­ing out by mak­ing sure to make time and space for your­self, and in­clude naps or med­i­ta­tion in your rou­tine.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - FAMILY - By GABBY REECE

YOU can rest when you’re dead.” This is a say­ing that re­ally res­onates with our modern cul­ture, where we are pres­sured to work hard and then play hard. There is no way around it: If you don’t rest reg­u­larly, you’ll be dead a lot sooner. Are you on the road to burnout? There are peo­ple who are ad­dicted to con­stant ac­tiv­i­ties. They may be worka­holics who are look­ing for the adren­a­line high, and when miss­ing it they be­come de­pressed and tired. There are peo­ple who are sim­ply trapped in their work/life out-of-bal­ance sce­nario, and then they feel no con­trol over what they do, go­ing from anger to ner­vous­ness to giv­ing up.

Burnout, when sus­tained over time, can re­sult in col­lapse, such as when some­one has fre­quent emo­tional out­bursts, a ner­vous break­down, or just com­pletely loses in­ter­est in ev­ery as­pect of life, turn­ing to al­co­hol, smok­ing or overeat­ing to numb the pain.

Your best way to avoid burn­ing out is pre­ven­tion. You can start with the fol­low­ing five tips: 1. Re­vive and re­store with naps.

When you take a nap dur­ing the day, you are in good com­pany: Al­bert Ein­stein, Win­ston Churchill and Thomas Edi­son are all fa­mous nap en­thu­si­asts. What they knew was that a mid­day snooze could ac­tu­ally in­crease their ef­fec­tive­ness.

Re­search has found that some of the re­viv­ing ben­e­fits of naps in­clude en­hanced cog­ni­tive func­tion, bet­ter re­ac­tion time, stress re­lief, and bet­ter over­all health.

Just keep your nap 30 min­utes or un­der; sleep­ing for any longer will get you into deeper stages of sleep, from which it is dif­fi­cult to awaken.

If you only have five min­utes to spare, just close your eyes and mas­sage your tem­ples. Even a brief rest can re­duce stress and help you re­lax, giv­ing you the en­ergy boost you need to com­plete your day.

The quick­est way to pre­vent burnout is to be­gin a 15-to 20-minute med­i­ta­tion prac­tice ev­ery day. It doesn’t mat­ter what kind of prac­tice you do, as long as you do it ev­ery day. For in­struc­tion, you can take a class or lis­ten to a guided CD, such as the Stress Re­lease Med­i­ta­tion CD. 2. Schisan­dra soothes and re­ju­ve­nates.

A prized berry that has been used for thou­sands of years to re­vi­talise the senses, schisan­dra con­tains vi­ta­mins and flavonoids that have an­tiox­i­dant and im­mune-boost­ing prop­er­ties.

It is con­sid­ered an en­ergy tonic that en­hances both phys­i­cal en­durance and men­tal con­cen­tra­tion, while at the same time it

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