Finweek English Edition - - LIFE - Nathaniel Lam­bert, as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor in the School of Fam­ily Life at Brigham Young Univer­sity and as­so­ciate editor at the Jour­nal of Pos­i­tive Psy­chol­ogy, says there are ways to pre­vent burnout:

Take care of your phys­i­cal health. Eat well and en­sure you don’t skip meals or sub­sti­tute meals with junk food. Ex­er­cise rou­tinely, if not daily. Make time to get out­doors and to play, or spend time with your fam­ily, chil­dren or an­i­mals.

Make sure you’re get­ting enough sleep and main­tain good sleep hy­giene, which means not us­ing cell­phones, tablets or com­put­ers just be­fore go­ing to bed. The best way to es­tab­lish a good night-time rou­tine is to re­tire with a book. Make sure you get enough sleep ev­ery night.

Try and en­gage in a hobby that takes your mind off work, and that en­ables you to re­lax and play.

Be so­cial. Spend time with friends play­ing games or sports, hav­ing fun, or be­ing in na­ture. what my sched­ule looked like, be­cause I had a re­ally big prob­lem turn­ing work away. Now I con­sider my sched­ule and the amount of work I have in hand very care­fully be­fore com­mit­ting to any new work. I re­alise now that there is only so much that I can fit into one day. It has been a big learn­ing curve, but I have learnt to say no.”

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