Quick ways to decompress when you're feeling fried

5 ways to chill out before you burn out.
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May 01, 2010

• Adopt this auto-response when difficulties arise: "What are some solutions to this problem?" This simple switch in thinking will help prevent you from burning out.

• Engage in positive self-talk about the good aspects of your job.

• When you can spare five minutes, go to the break room, head out back, or shut yourself in the bathroom. A deep breath and a timeout can rejuvenate the spirit.

• Let it go. You don't need to make a big deal out of every irritation.

• Leave work at work. When you get home, do something you love. Enjoy a cup of coffee, go for a bike ride, or take your kids—furry or otherwise—to the park.