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A Magical Way to Get Over Burnout at Work

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Consider the power of magic to manage burnout. You can create the magic that helps you mitigate the impact of burnout at work. You may have a high workload. Your workplace may not share your values. You may have low control over your job. Yet, there is a magic formula to follow, so you can manage the daily stressors that are causing burnout.

Tips to Manage Burnout at Work

Magic is a supernatural power. You will need certain beliefs, rituals, or actions for the magic to work. Here are 10 magical tips to manage burnout at work:

  1.  Establish a few healthy lifestyle changes.
  2.  Play more and develop a sense of humor. Ever wonder how they make balloon animals?
  3.  Live life to the fullest in spite of workplace stressors.
  4.  Identify your strengths, that when put into practice, mitigate ongoing stressors.
  5.  Recognize why you are satisfied with your job and why your role makes a difference.
  6.  Discover the magic of awareness that helps you to be a realistic optimist.
  7.  Connect deeply with family and friends to help you overcome workplace challenges.
  8.  Have a greater perspective by not being upset by the small stuff.
  9.  Find the magic in personal growth and changed priorities because of your situation.
  10.  Focus on being self-compassionate when you make a mistake or things go wrong.


To unlock the magic for yourself, realize the chronic workplace stressors that are causing burnout. Some of these stressors are staff conflicts, a poor workplace social climate, being non-engaged, not a good fit for the job, working long hours, high pressures, and having no control.

You may be attempting to balance the needs of many different people. No tricks or sleight of hand are helping because your organization does not have family friendly policies or resources to do your job well. Moreover, there may be no mentoring programs.

you are magicYou can attract magic into your life by making sure that you are in the appropriate workplace and that your organizational culture aligns with your experience. Conjure ways to keep your boundaries with coworkers and realize that it is okay to say, “no.” If you do not have a trusted leader, surround yourself with coworkers who you do trust.

If your supervisor does not show appreciation, speak with your coworkers about setting up a system amongst yourselves to show gratitude.

Low rewards is a predictor of burnout, so reward yourself! Being that there is link between burnout and turnover, speak with your supervisor before making the decision to leave. Being that burnout is an occupational phenomenon, focus on the charm you have to deal with it.

Abracadabra . . . you can now get over burnout at work. Okay, so it is not that easy. However, now you have an idea of what causes burnout and how to manage it.

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Barbara is a leading authority and best-selling author on managing burnout, secondary traumatic stress, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma. As a nationally recognized keynote speaker, she motivates audiences to build their resilience and create work-life balance. Her programs help leaders and teams manage workplace chronic stressors and get over burnout at work.

Barbara's newest book, "But I Didn't Say Goodbye: Helping Families After a Suicide", is available now on Amazon -

• Three weeks prior to giving birth to triplets, her father died by suicide. Her story was featured in the Emmy award winning documentary, Fatal Mistakes, Families Shattered by Suicide narrated by Mariette Hartley. Many employees are grieving personal loss. She offers programs for leaders on lost productivity and performance while managing grief at work.

• As a sought-after keynote speaker who has presented to over 500 groups since 1991, including corporations, state and national associations and non-profit organizations, Barbara offers work-life balance strategies for leaders to implement right away. With clarity and humor, her speaking engagements are designed to give audiences powerful and practical strategies of work-life balance, wellbeing, and self-care that can be implemented immediately.

• Barbara is a Board-Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress and Diplomate with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. She received a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a Master of Arts degree in community health, with a concentration in thanatology, both from Brooklyn College.


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