of life today is crazy. Many people juggle multiple
responsibilities ó work, home life, caregiving and
relationships. How many times have you felt like the demands,
expectations and time pressure are exhausting and relentless?
arenít programmed to go through life without rest, solitude
or downtime. With everything going on, itís easy to get
blindsided by stress and burnout. So experts explain itís
important to beware of symptoms and acknowledge when your
responsibilities start to become too much to handle.
symptoms of stress can include head and muscle aches, upset
stomach, fatigue, anxiety, irritability, lack of focus, over-
or undereating, angry outbursts and social withdrawal,"
says Dr. Tiffany Casper, a Mayo Clinic Health System family
physician. "No one is superhuman. You need to recognize
and then respect your limits."
shares three tips for keeping burnout at bay:
yourself, "Whatís important now?"
driving, pay attention to the road. If youíre having dinner
with a friend, be engaged and present. Donít play around
with your phone. Itís not only distracting; itís
Quantify the commitment.
you agree to sit on a committee or host a dinner party,
recognize that it means giving up time that canít be
replaced. Anticipate that the time commitment probably will be
longer than your initial estimate. Factor that into decisions
about whatís worth your time. Be willing to say
OK and important to set aside time for yourself. Schedule it
on your calendar, and donít let other responsibilities
encroach on that time. This may mean saying "no" to
addition to these tips, itís also important to maintain
healthy habits in order to prevent burnout," says Casper.
"Making sure youíre getting enough sleep at night,
eating healthy meals during the day and exercising regularly
will help give you the energy to take on lifeís myriad of