If you have recently become cynical about your work, it may be a cry for help. Nearly one third of US workers between the ages of 25 and 39 experience job burnout. A condition the Mayo clinic describes as a state of physical, emotional or mental exhaustion combined with doubts about your competence and value of your work. As members of a field that often expects long hours and selfless dedication, we in the tech industry are at particular risk. In fact, few of us recognize the warning signs before it is too late.
Learning to take the time to practice self-care that might stave off burnout is crucial to maintaining your health and vitality. By taking positive steps in your life that lead you down the path of wellness and joy, you are making a commitment to yourself. A commitment that you will keep your fire burning through regular attention to and compassion for your physical and mental wellbeing.
After reaching full-blown burnout syndrome in 2011, I put my professional life on hold to learn as much as I could about burnout - and myself. I will share skills learned in intensive outpatient therapy, steps to change a burned out life for the better, and how each of us can engage with life rather fizzle out.
By the end of this session you will: