How to Cope With Burn Out
By Annette E. Barton, ACSW, BCD

  

                1. Practice assertiveness.

                2. Delegate responsibilities/negotiate/be willing to ask for help.

                3. Question and clarify. If you don’t understand - ask. This includes self-questioning.

                4. Become self aware of symptoms of stress and personal limitations.

                5. Compartmentalize work and non-work life.

                6. Develop realistic goal setting for both long and short-term goals.

                7. Learn time management techniques.

                8. Learn to prioritize.

                9. Develop balance in your physical, emotional, educational and spiritual facets of your life.

                10. Learn what you can do to change yourself to adapt to stress more easily.

                11. Learn how to become emotionally centered. Develop detached concern.

                12. Set limits with yourself and others.

                13. Offer alternatives.

                14. Vent your feelings with a co-worker, friend, family member or therapist.

                15. Take time off. Use your vacation time, personal days, and breaks.

                16. Engage in physical exercise.

                17. Develop rational self-talk.

                18. Practice relaxation techniques.

                19. Watch your diet and improve it.

                20. Practice stress management techniques and use them daily.

                21. Enhance your professional learning experiences through workshops and in services.

                22. Intervene. Talk to your coworker or boss if you feel something isn’t right.

                23. Choose and direct how your day will go.

                THE BOTTOM LINE IS:

                YOU HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF YOU. NO ONE ELSE CAN DO IT FOR YOU

2005-2007, Annette Barton, ACSW, BCD

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