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Tips to prevent burnout

John Khoury is founder and CEO of, an online directory of health and wellness professionals dedicated to improving the quality of life for people worldwide. After graduating from Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland, he moved...

Banish the burnout blues

If you wake up feeling overwhelmed and dreading the start of your day, whether it involves family responsibilities, work deadlines, or a mounting need-to-do list, chances are you’re bordering on burnout. Burnout seems to be the affliction of our time – people going over a certain emotional, mental and/or physical threshhold and then stalling like an old car on the side of the road. Are we really working that much harder than previous generations? Read on for the answer and the best ways to prevent burnout.

Action plan to avoid burnout

Step 1. Take a vacation

Nothing gets the creative juices flowing like a good vacation. Your brain no longer sees the same stuff it sees everyday and the creative floodgates open up to new ideas. Doesn't matter where you go, as long as it's not home, your parents are not there,  and it's not currently a war zone. If you can't get a vacation from work, call in sick because in some ways you are.

Step 2. Find out what you want

Such a simple sentence, yet such a difficult task. What does your ideal life look like? Who's living it now? Why is it so ideal? You can't take a step forward if you don't know where "forward" is.

Step 3. Find out how to become a better person

This is what a good person looks like:

  • Has clear sense of self (this is me and this is you – don't ask "me" to do "you" stuff).
  • Knows what she wants and will not do things which do not contribute to that end goal.
  • Enjoys the process – it doesn't matter what she is doing, somehow she is enjoying it.

Learn how to become more like this and burnout will not be an option for you.

Avoid burnout and become a better you

There you have it. The affliction of our time can actually help shape us all into more focused, robust individuals – much like germs and bacteria have strengthened our immune systems over thousands of years. Put these tips into practice and you'll be able to avoid burnout and become a stronger, happier, better person.

More ways to prevent burnout

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