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Information Technology Burnout

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A growing emphasis has been placed on IT professionals to help businesses compete, grow and thrive.  Great news for Information Technology, right?

 

Not for the 73% in the UK who are considering leaving their job due to work-related stress and the impact that is having on their health and relationships.

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What Can You Do About Anxiety?

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Great discussions are par for the course here on Lifehacker. Each day, we highlight a discussion that is particularly helpful or insightful, along with other great discussions and reader questions you may have missed.
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How is anxiety different from stress and what can you do about it?

 

Anxiety is when you feel fearful and apprehensive, putting your mind and body on high alert.  "Biologically, it's meant to put us in a heightened sense of awareness so we're prepared for potential threats."

 

Anxiety can look like stress and even arise as a result of stress.  Stress makes you feel sad, angry or worried while anxiety is more realted to a feeling of fear or dread.  External influences often cause stress while anxiety is an internal response, making it difficult to manage.

 

So what can you do about anxiety?  Relaxation techniques seem to be key.  Meditation; listening to relaxing music; and exercising can all help to take your mind off anxiety.  Whichever you choose, "the entire point is to calm the mind and dismiss the errant thoughts that lead to anxiety."

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Embrace the 3 R's

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Tips to find some work life balance and avoid burnout. (How to Avoid Burnout | Project Eve http://t.co/NzkhPMDTgo)
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Rest...Refreshment...Rhythm...the 3 R's that help to ensure that Life's high demands don't burn you out. 

 

REST

If you work constantly and never take a reprieve, you will not only be exhausted; lack of rest can lead to lack of motivation or even depression.  Your mind, body and spirit need to have some down time.

 

REFRESHMENT

Distraction does not equal refreshment.  "In today’s world of technological toys, it is very easy to escape the worries of the day" by checking email, texting or switching on the television.  These activities are so passive that we may think of them as a way to relax, but they aren't; these sorts of distractions do not refresh you.

 

RHYTHM

Constantly reacting to things is unproductive and draining.  Some days it seems that all you do is put out one fire after another.  Often times, this is unavoidable.  But constantly putting out fires (i.e. reacting) indicates a symptom of poor planning.  Try to carve out time each day for certain activities, setting a rhythm for the week. Note: Your schedule should include planned time off.

 

Our busy world often demands over-activity.  But we don't need to buy into that.  Be your own advocate, and find a balance that works for you.

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Worry Less...Live More

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Imagine that you're floating away and viewing a stressful situation as a detached, outside observer, above the scene. From this larger viewpoint, ask yourself whether the situation is worth worrying about.
Susan Taylor's insight:

Some ideas from this Huff Post blogger to lessen anxiety and live life more fully:

 

(1) Change Your Perspective.  Is the situation worth your worry?

(2) Put Your Worries on Paper.  Slow down racing thoughts.

(3) Work Hard.  Completing tasks helps you feel more in control.

(4) Say No.  Start creating boundaries and protect your time.

(5) Set Priorities.  Understand better your realistic expectations.

(6) Postpone Worry.  Why worry now when you can worry tomorrow?

(7) Say "STOP".  And say it out loud!

(8) Imagine the Worst.  This helps you to find a realistic scenario.

(9) Rehearse Success.  Feel what it feels like to reach your goals.

(10) Focus on the External World.  Get out of your head.

 

 

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Ellen Naylor's curator insight, November 18, 2013 5:21 PM

There are 10 tips. My favorites are:

Say NO

Say STOP to those bad thoughts running through your head

Rehearse success. Love that one since so often we rehearse what is the worst thing that might happen due to fear.

Melanie Greenberg's curator insight, November 20, 2013 12:08 AM

Some research shows  worry predicts mental illness more than history of trauma or family history.

Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, November 24, 2013 6:32 AM

Maybe Scarlett had a point after all...

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Simplify Your Life - 5 Ways

Simplify Your Life - 5 Ways | Unplug | Scoop.it
The term simple living tends to conjure up thoughts of simple pleasures and a break from the rush of life. But getting from full capacity to a more simple life is more pragmatic than just slowing down.
craig daniels's insight:

What if someone offered you 5 proven ways to simplify your life, would you stop what your doing and listen to what she has to say? Or would you walk away?


I'm betting you'd take a moment to listen and want to find out how you might simplify your hectic life.


Here are the 5 ways to start you on the path of less tense thoughts and muscles.


1. Declutter and organize your life
2. Unplug from your electronics
3. Control you finances
4. Don't take things personally
5. Share your talents


Yep, that's the list and if you want to know more just click the picture or the title and Cristin Frank will expand on the list with some good common sense.

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John Michel's curator insight, October 15, 2013 10:26 PM

Looking to simplify? Here is great read on how to get started. 

David Hain's curator insight, October 16, 2013 11:08 AM

Aaaahhh...!

AnnC's curator insight, October 17, 2013 9:20 PM

seeking balance?

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Lessen The Load, Share Your Job

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You can't totally unplug unless someone's got your back. And if you never totally unplug you're flirting with burnout.


"a colleague who can plug into the workload so that you may unplug."

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There's hardly anyone who doesn't wish they had more flexibility in their lives, especially in their job. Our work can at times seem like a corral that pens up not just our bodies but our minds as well.


What if like a tea kettle we had a relief valve, a way of letting the steam off into the atmosphere and not at our co-workers or friends. It doesn't have to be a day-dream or a fantasy you spend time with while standing on the subway platform or stuck in rush hour.


Job sharing is slowly becoming more and more of a reality. What if you could make it to the school recital or take care of that pesky tooth ache while still making the deadline for your presentation.


In this FastCompany piece Drake Baer shares a some down to earth suggestions for mastering Job Sharing.

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Take Back Your Life: Tips for a Healthy Work-Life Balance

Take Back Your Life: Tips for a Healthy Work-Life Balance | Unplug | Scoop.it
"Rae previously owned her own company where she did consulting with various companies on how to cultivate an environment of fulfillment and productivity and was a motivational speaker on work-life blending. Christine has had a successful career and has two children. She shared a moving story of her triumph over her personal work-life balance struggle.
  • Learn to say no. You have the power of choice. You can pick and choose what you want to invest your time in every day and make decisions based on your core values. However, saying no too often may make you look like you’re not a team player and hurt your personal brand, so keep a good balance.
  • Don’t feel guilty for being a working parent. As hard as it may be.
  • Take vacations and actually unplug on those vacations.
  • Name the point of conflict; it’s easier to address it."
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Balance is quickly creeping into everyday conversations in both our personal and work lives, but is it in danger of being overused? In this article Lindsey LaManna gives us a great list of actionable things to implement in our daily lives.


Living a healthy and happy life after all is about doing things that bring contentment and happiness into our lives, right? We don't wake up every morning and say our-loud, "today I'm going to spend my time glued to the computer screen and not interact face to face with anyone," or do we?


Check out Lindsey's posting for some thoughtful ideas and tips on living a life truly centered and "balanced.'

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10 Ways To Reduce Stress In Your Life

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Do you feel scattered and unproductive? Are you looking for ways to reduce stress in your life? Does life seem to be swallowing you or overwhelming you?


"Unplug once a week. Take a day off of electronics, and normal weekly activities.  I honestly think smart phones aren’t so smart, they are robbing us of connecting face to face, not to mention our pocket books as well."

craig daniels's insight:

Its True!  Everyone loves lists and what could be better than a list the promises to reduce our stress levels... And to cap it off the author suggests we add an extra item to the list, "eat some dessert."


Does Stressed spelled backwards really spell Desserts? Well roll out your Stressed Cart spin it around and pass out the Desserts for everyone. Mmmmm...

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Can We Use Technology to Become More Mindful?

Can We Use Technology to Become More Mindful? | Unplug | Scoop.it
Observing the way your mind and body reacts to different types of interaction with technology can help in pinpointing where your anxiety is coming from -- and, through mindful awareness, to challenge your automatic reactions.
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Oh no the world is going to fall apart because there is too much technology, I must unplug, I must unplug...


The above sound a bit like Dorthy in the Wizard of Oz, there's no place like home, there's no place like home. Its easy to blame or wish for something external to ourselves yet it is our mind that create the stress and confusion surround technology.


Maybe seeking a balance is the answer and in the post from Carolyn Gregoire she talks about using technology to help us become mindful.

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Achieve Unlimited Happiness by Making Changes: Interview W/ Gabrielle Bernstein:

Achieve Unlimited Happiness by Making Changes: Interview W/ Gabrielle Bernstein: | Unplug | Scoop.it
Gabrielle Bernstein I recently spoke to the wondering Gabrielle Bernstein, who is the New York Times bestselling author of May Cause Miracles: A 40-Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness.


"Like any effective practice, true transformation occurs with daily repetition. Begin with a 40-day commitment and start experiencing positive results immediately."

craig daniels's insight:

In this interview Gabrielle Bernstein points to 3 important things you need to do for success. 1. Love what you do. 2. Be authentic. 3. Don't be afraid to ask for more. These are all really good touchstones to remind ourselves just what path we are on.


It's easy to let the  distractions created by media and technology move us from our path and take the air out of our dreams. I'm reminded how easy it is to get caught up in the virtual world to the detriment of relationships and interactions with people in the physical world.


I'd add one more item to her list, 4. Unplug frequently and look around at your life. Practicing mindfulness will help you to soar on whatever path you have chosen.


Check out iUnplug.com for more about unplugging.

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One View on Unplugging

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"in this day and age of always being connected, i swear all of this modern technology gets in the way of our living!  on a few occasions at the park, i’ve noticed someone pushing their child on the swing while being totally checked out and staring at their mobile device. and all i can think is, goodness i am so close to becoming that person.   between texting, social media apps, reading and responding to comments and questions on said social media apps, checking email, updating the ical… it’s like, well of course we are glued to this thing 24/7.  and also, how sad."

craig daniels's insight:

Unplugging may be easier if you have someone to do it with, someone to take walks or just sit and talk to.Finding ourselves alone on the day we have planned to unplug just might open up a stream of anxiety in some.So if you are new to unplugging but really want to try it call a friend and do it together a few times before stepping out on your own.

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If Life Feels Like a Battlefield, Mindfulness Can Help

If Life Feels Like a Battlefield, Mindfulness Can Help | Unplug | Scoop.it
With mindfulness courses, you will learn to identify the internal struggles and you apply a different way of relating to them.

Via Brenda Bentley
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You start with the WHY's...Why me? Why now? Why is all of this happening?  You move to the WHEN's...When will things get better?  When will things be different?  When will it all end?  "Wrestling with our thoughts and feelings can be likened to a war within ourselves."

 

So if life feels like a battlefield, mindfulness can help you to get out of your own way.  Through mindfulness, you can learn to observe your thoughts differently.  And in doing so, it becomes easier to change the relationship you have with those thoughts. 

 

It's true that mindfulness practice is not some miraculous quick fix.  Yet over time, "you will learn to identify the internal struggles – the thoughts, language, feelings and strategies you currently use and apply a different way of relating to them."

 

Instead of fighting your own personal war, why not instead become the skillful observer of it?

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Retreats Attending to Psychological & Emotional Issues

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Holistic approach shifts focus to concentrate on the well-being of the mind and soul, writes Ondine Cohane
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Spa Retreats are listening to you and putting more resources into Attending to Psychological and Emotional Issues that you bring with you when you visit.


Now I may be naive as I always thought spending lots of money at a spa was all about helping to deal with stress and emotional unbalance. Apparently it's the level of involvement that is being ramped up to meet need of their clients.


The spas are offering a wide range of new services including:


  • Psychotherapy workshops
  • Stress management
  • Brain fitness
  • Longevity
  • Neurofeedback lectures


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EVERYONE in Corporate America Should Meditate

Meditation is the new American pushup for the brain; it's a tool that helps us check in with ourselves throughout the day.
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Meditation helps you to stay focused in high stress situations and ultimately, lowers your stress levels. 

 

This mindful practice also makes you more aware of your blind spots and helps you to be more compassionate towards others. 

 

It may even help you to sleep better.

 

And science has proven that it works -- even when you are not meditating.

 

Whatever you want to call it, hitting the pause button for a few moments each day has tremendous health benefits and improves your quality of life. 

 

With 33% of corporate employees experiencing chronic work-related stress, it makes sense that this "legitimate push-up for the brain" should be embraced in Corporate America (and everywhere else for that matter)!

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Digital Detox

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Digital detox (n): a period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world."

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It's as simple as that!

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Everyday Time-management Tips

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Sometimes trying to manage your time can backfire, and you become overwhelmed with time management. Here are some simple ways to get a head of your to-do list.
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I don't know about you but to me the idea of spending 40 hours to learn a complicated time-management system is not at all appealing.  Thinking about the daily charts to fill out, the videos to watch and trying to turn my brain into a living spreadsheet is not attractive.


Isn't the point to attain more focus along with getting more done so that we can reduce stress and enjoy our life more? How is having the wall filled with giant charts about time-management going to reduce our stress?


Well there are alternatives to the expensive and complicated time-management systems that strike dread deep in our minds. Robert Half has posted a simple overview that highlights 5 "humble yet effective tips" to help us use our time better. Give it look...

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Stress and Mindfulness

A little film by psychologist Maria Scoda aiming to make a contribution to Mental Health Awareness Month. http://mariascoda.com.au

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Thoughts tumble about in our minds like rocks in a clothes dryer, they bump and crash into our consciousness seemingly without mercy. At times we find ourselves in a battle with those thoughts, but it's not the thoughts we are battling we are really throwing punches at ourselves.


Thoughts will always float in and our of consciousnesses and the best way to  deal with this cascading flow is to step back a bit, take a deep breath and observe the thoughts not fight with them.


Dr. Maria Scoda has put together my current favorite video on Youtube. I love it because it engages with who each one of us is and the reality of our daily lives being caught up in thoughts...  Check it out.

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Three Ways to Stimulate and Encourage Creativity

Three Ways to Stimulate and Encourage Creativity | Unplug | Scoop.it
George Washington Carver said, “Since new developments are the products of a creative mind, we must therefore stimulate and encourage that type of mind in every way possible.”  With change all ...


"Whether you are working with employees, children, or your own aspirations and goals, there are similarities in ways to fuel someone’s imagination."

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My favorite path to get the creative juices going is to add some fun to a project.

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10 Things You Can Do in 10 Minutes to Boost Happiness

10 Things You Can Do in 10 Minutes to Boost Happiness | Unplug | Scoop.it
Self-care doesn’t require hours of free time. In fact, just 10 minutes or less can help to boost your well-being. Below, experts share their tips for lifting


"7. Call a friend.

Most of us feel much better after talking our hearts out with a friend. Talking to someone who’s kind and caring actually activates the calming parasympathetic nervous system, Mininni said."

craig daniels's insight:

Not enough time to be happy? There are moments and sometimes even days when stress and responsibility seem to take up every waking moment. When do we find time to relax and be happy?


Well this nice little article is chock full of ideas to do in 10 minutes that will improve your happiness levels.


Check it out and if you have your own 10 minute tips leave a comment.

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Tips for Preventing Working Mom Burnout

Tips for Preventing Working Mom Burnout | Unplug | Scoop.it
Working moms really have two full-time jobs. Trying to please everyone may lead to working mom burnout. Here are some tips to prevent it.


"Remember your priorities: When I start letting work or things outside my control take over my emotions, I take a step back. What are the things that really matter? I have my health. I have my family. I have my faith."

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Everyone is has those burnout moments and taking some of these clue in this article just might help smooth out the jagged edges.


Paying attention to our priorities and being proud of our accomplishments can both go a long ways toward giving us balance.

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The Call of Our Time?

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Three stories interwoven into one where people struggle to connect using modern technology:




  • “An up and coming reporter hopes her interview with an underage chat room worker will be her big break”…

  • “A teenager faces the consequences of cyber bullying”…

  • “A couple who recently lost their child struggle after their identities are stolen online”…
craig daniels's insight:

On April 12th a new movie hits local screens that deals with a huge issue of our times. The movie is called Disconnect and it takes a serious look how connecting has and will change our lives and why we need to think about those changes before they become permanent.

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5 Reasons To Unplug From Technology After Work

5 Reasons To Unplug From Technology After Work | Unplug | Scoop.it

"We all love staying connected to our jobs round the clock, but here are some excellent reasons to cut the cord after hours.


Regularly using a computer late at night is associated not only with sleep disorders but also with stress and depressive symptoms in both men and women,” said author Sara Thomée. Additional research has found that the light put off by tablet computers itself may be linked to reduced serotonin levels after two hours of use."


1. Stress Recovery

2. Multitasking Doesn’t Work

3. Internet Use Disorder, Anyone?

4. Sleep and Other Psychological Problems

5. You’ll Be Less of an @$$

craig daniels's insight:

I think it's safe to say that most people who think about unplugging already know these 5 reasons and also know there are real benefits to our health and lifestyle when we unplug. Still, unless you've mastered unplugging a review never hurts.


For me the hardest one to swallow is that multitasking doesn't work, how can this be I shout from my perch in-front of my rather large computer monitor. Why I multitask everyday all the time and, I think I multitask in my dreams.


Multitasking research however is overwhelming in its conclusions, multitasking does not work and the your quality of work decreases the more you attempt to to engage multiple activities at the same time.


So here you go 5 great reasons to not stay plugged in all the time. And check out the complete article for a deeper view.



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