It's OK to Unplug

It's OK to Unplug

We live in uncertain times.  So did the generation before us, and the one before them, and on and on and infinitude.  It seems an unavoidable part of life on earth that there is always a devil at large.  There have always been tyrants, wars, disease, torture, natural disasters, and any number of threats to our lives or way of life.  Makes things interesting, doesn’t it?  

There have always been world problems, but it is only in very recent history that we have been so immersed in them.  The 24/7 news cycle and social media feeds keep us informed of every tragedy and political battle unfolding in real time.  There is nothing wrong with…

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Burnout: Where is the Tipping Point?

Burnout: Where is the Tipping Point?

Stress and burnout have been in the news lately, largely due to their near epidemic proportions.  This BBC feature details the story of a neonatal nurse who later chose to leave the profession due to burnout.  Many others tolerate chronically stressful jobs until something gives (usually their health).

If you saw the Showtime series, Nurse Jackie, you might have thought it was the story of a woman suffering from addiction.  I would argue that it was the story of a woman suffering from burnout who turned to…

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Are You Stressed Out or Burned Out?

Are You Stressed Out or Burned Out?

I recently came across this newsletter from Michael Neill about how to care without burning out and thought it worth revisiting.  Stress and burnout have been on my mind lately, in light of the current socio-political climate and also in regard to the workforce, changing working conditions, and an uncertain economy, among other related topics.  In times when people feel called to step up with…

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