by MCF Clinical Supervisor Ronnie Biemans, MA, LCPC
- In a recent national survey, 50% of respondents reported that they are consistently exhausted because of work, compared with 18% two decades ago.
- 69% of American employees report that work is a significant source of stress. (American Psychological Association)
- 41% of surveyed American employees report they typically feel tense or stressed out during the workday. (American Psychological Association)
- Americans are also taking less time off. In 2012, U.S. workers reported that 9.2 days of annual vacation days were left unused as compared to 6.2 days
in 2010. (U.S. Department of Labor)
- 42% of Americans surveyed say they check their email every day while on vacation. (Pew Research)
- Challenges associated with new technology, changing atmospheres or different processes
- Unrealistic deadlines
- Frequent scheduling conflicts or interruptions
- Unpredictable schedules
- Physical demands like exposure to weather or heavy lifting
- Added responsibility beyond the initial scope of one’s role without compensation
- Build downtime into your schedule. Make sure you have time and space for the important people and activities that make you happy and
keep you healthy.
- Drop activities that sap your time and monopolize your schedule. Be mindful of time spent on social media.
- Let go of perfectionism.
- Unplug. Turn off your phone after a certain hour each evening. Once you have returned home, keep away from your laptop computer until
your workday begins again.