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Managing post stress emotions

Things are finally better at work, but I think I'm finally letting myself have the meltdown I should have had before. How do I keep it from impacting my work and life? Strategies, tips? [more inside]
posted by sockomatic on Oct 22, 2016 - 6 answers

Help me move on from a recent bad job and understand what happened.

I need help distinguishing what was my fault and what was bad management. Also need help dealing with the anxiety that still comes back to me about it. [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Oct 16, 2016 - 11 answers

Burnt out on trying for years and years

I’m nearly 50 and have all but given up on any form of worldly success or financial stability. What now? [more inside]
posted by Beethoven's Sith on Oct 12, 2016 - 15 answers

Can I just quit my job to deal my extreme life changes?

In the past year, I have been treated for cancer and my husband died unexpectedly. With the exception of 4 weeks of FMLA earlier this summer, I have continued to work at my professional job with only a few days off here and there. I increasingly want to take some time for myself to figure out who I am now and what I want the second half of my life to look like. Is that terribly indulgent? Is this a thing people do? Will it completely torpedo my career? [more inside]
posted by jeoc on Aug 3, 2016 - 25 answers

Bored with my job

Too good to leave, too bad to stay: job edition. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2016 - 4 answers

Blowback after expressing concerns of co-worker's suicide risk

A friend from work (Rachel) disclosed to one of her close friends (Monica) that someone on her team (Phoebe) had expressed suicidal ideation that was becoming seriously concerning. Monica works at another location, so Rachel talked with Monica in order to get advice on how to report her concern while remaining anonymous, avoiding blowback, and keeping the trust of her team-mate. Instead, Monica immediately reported her concern to the regional manger, Phoebe was immediately suspended and told Rachel reported her. Blowback has ensued. How does my friend deal with this perceived lack of professionalism? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 25, 2016 - 13 answers

How do people avoid burnout?

I love my clients, I love my coworkers, I love the work I do, but although there are many wonderful moments of connection and times when I get to see my clients succeed, overall my work is unrelentingly enraging and grim. I want to keep doing this kind of work, but after less than two years, I already end most days feeling depleted, angry, and hopeless. Social service/healthcare/helper colleagues, how do you keep going? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Mar 27, 2016 - 22 answers

How do I get over an extended burnout?

After overdoing it for many (5+) years, I've learnt my lesson and am changing my work-life balance. While other aspects of my life seem to be improving, love of my field still seems non-existent. Looking for advice on how to recover this. [more inside]
posted by gadha on Mar 17, 2016 - 5 answers

How do I regain interest in entertainment?

Over the last 3 years I've lost interest in TV, books, comics and news. This frightens me. Has anyone been through this? [more inside]
posted by gadha on Mar 6, 2016 - 25 answers

What Should I Do With $150K Cash, No Debt, No Dependants and No Job?

I've always put money into an emergency fund in case I lost my job: I lost my job, and of course I'm glad I created the emergency fund, but I'm not actually quite sure what to do with it. I guess I'm wondering here if/ how I could use it to make some significant life changes - rather than just lose it on rent and living expenses for however long it takes me to get back on my feet. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 28, 2016 - 23 answers

Help weave my interests and experiences into job possibilities!

I've had several careers (or jobs) that seem very different from each other, and I have an educational background which is equally varied. I'm looking to possibly embark on a new path, but need help figuring out where I'm going exactly. [more inside]
posted by bacall423 on Jan 7, 2016 - 1 answer

This question was just one more thing to do

I feel like I'm suffering from caregiver burnout though I'm not really a caregiver. How do I recharge? How do I prevent this from happening again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 2, 2015 - 18 answers

Should I quit my job?

I’ve had my current job for 9 months. At first, I thought it was my dream job, but now I dread going in every day. I just got a new job offer and I need help sorting out my thoughts and deciding what to do. [more inside]
posted by stockpuppet on Sep 10, 2015 - 17 answers

Finding the middle ground between monomania and apathy in studying

When studying, how do you find a balance between obsessively picking through every little detail to the point of burnout and falling back on a definition of "good enough" that really isn't good enough? I would especially be interested in suggestions for a context where there is a lot of reading thrown at you with little structure, like graduate or medical school. Any suggestions on how to structure such material without wasting time or burning out?
posted by Seeking Direction on Aug 21, 2015 - 6 answers

Reluctance to stay in academia: is this burnout or a sign?

I'm in the last stretch of my PhD in the UK, with a month left before I submit my thesis. I also have a full-time job as a lecturer. I enjoy and am energised by teaching but am increasingly reluctant to focus on research. Part of this is probably exhaustion from the PhD, and I know I shouldn't make any decisions now, but part of it feels like genuine dislike of the work and skepticism of its value. What do I need to consider, post-submission, in evaluating my future? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2015 - 8 answers

Forest, trees, career, burnout.

I’ve been a copywriter for 10 years and I’ve done well. I climbed the ranks… and promptly burnt out a little more than a year ago. I’m down in the dumps, perhaps depressed, and need to start making decisions. Weigh some pros and cons with me? This is going to get very long. [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform on May 12, 2015 - 10 answers

Aging gracefully as a developer

I'm a web developer. I'm almost 40, and I'm starting to wonder how much longer I can expect to sling code in the trenches with the youngsters. I mean, I still have a number of years of relevance left in me—but it's hard to imagine that I'll remain competitive as a developer as I enter my 50s and 60s. I need to start thinking about the long game. So...what does the long game look like? [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet on May 6, 2015 - 15 answers

Help, I've got a type-I hypersensitivity to studying

I've been studying full-time (and then some) for board exams. I am enjoying this study period and I think my schedule is pretty balanced and healthy, but the rest of my body doesn't agree. I'm breaking out in hives and feel like I'm an overall inflammed state (think general urticaria, hives, ulcers, 熱氣). Help me push through these next few weeks. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Apr 11, 2015 - 16 answers

How can I get back into music again?

The short of it is that I've always been fairly obsessed with music. I burned out at music school and now I seem to have lost my interest in listening to music like I used to. Is it possible to go to school for something you love and ruin it for yourself? [more inside]
posted by teponaztli on Apr 6, 2015 - 6 answers

How to address burnout and work overload when you're the sole employee?

I manage a very small nonprofit organization. We had two employees, including myself, but had to let employee #2 go due to funding cuts. Our workload was already too heavy and I was burning out, so now it's just getting worse. I have the authority to control my workload and make cuts, but I don't know where to begin since nothing on my plate is unimportant and there's no other employees to shift the work to, either. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2015 - 13 answers

What do you do when you're burnt to a crisp?

I have major "failure to launch" syndrome and it's affecting my life big time. I have been in this situation for some time now and I can't see any way out. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2014 - 24 answers

Work and job search-related depression

How can I stop feeling depressed about my job and the fact that nothing is coming up while I job search? [more inside]
posted by intheigloo on Oct 10, 2014 - 3 answers

Help! A friend in trouble.

I’m asking on behalf of a friend, who for the purposes of this question I'll call ‘Ted’. A good friend of his ‘Pete’ has taken a turn for the worse. Ted saw Pete for the first time in several months, and he’s a mess. Ted is seriously worried for Pete’s well being, he’s falling into a cycle of partying and drug use, and seems to be falling apart. Drugs, Physical and Mental Health issues abound, Ted wants to know how to help Pete before things get really bad. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Jun 13, 2014 - 8 answers

Dating advice from non-"PUA"-douchebags?

Seeking recommendations on dating advice for men, unfortunately that entire genre seems to be dominated by "Pick Up Artists" and other assorted misogynist douchebags. Is there any advice to be found out there which comes from a viewpoint which respects women and men? Bonus points if it makes an inspirational case for why one should bother in the first place. [more inside]
posted by linus587 on May 17, 2014 - 21 answers

Was/am professional activist organizer. Giving it up. Need help.

For the last 7 years or so (since graduating from college), I've been a professional political organizer, essentially, working for progressive movement organizations doing primarily new media/online media/digital work, but also spending time on fundraising, action planning, communications, and a few other things as needed. After a lot of thought and consideration, I'm starting to suspect that I can no longer work as part of the left (or at least, my corner of the US left) and still be emotionally healthy with the stress I deal with all the time. I don't know what to do next. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Apr 28, 2014 - 17 answers

What's up with this light?

OK, so we have this ceiling fan with a light fixture above the kitchen table. One of the three lights burns out regularly, like every 10 days or so. Both of the other lights have been fine for a year or more. Any idea why this should be the case? FWIW, the voltage at the sockets is identical to within .1 volt.
posted by pjern on Apr 18, 2014 - 10 answers

How can I deal with looming burnout as a mature student?

I’ve been doing a kind of post-bac for the past couple of years and am in the home stretch, but I’m feeling burned out, given a long commute and care-taking obligations. What can I do to help myself push through? [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock on Feb 18, 2014 - 16 answers

I thought I had such a good plan too...

The psychological testing I recently went through as part of my therapy suggests that my would-be career path may not be a great fit after all. Part of me wants to keep trying anyway. Is this a really terrible idea? If it is, how can I make a realistic new plan? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2013 - 20 answers

Treat Yo' Self

Setting aside an upcoming weekend as a "retreat at home". With a focus on relaxation, fighting off burnout and meditation. I was hoping for some recommendations for activities, guided meditations, books or inspiring films to view to make the most of this time. [more inside]
posted by ACEness on Apr 5, 2013 - 9 answers

How do I keep motivating myself to do medical treatments?

How do I keep motivating myself to do medical treatments when I'm so tired, physically, intellectually and emotionally? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 14, 2013 - 15 answers

End of the road...oh no, more road.

How do I stop sabotaging my own plans to leave a badly fitting job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 25, 2013 - 5 answers

It's like my body doesn't want to go back.

I have been on sick leave for the past 10 days due to first the flu, and then some flu-related complications. I am due to go back on Monday and I'm panicking, literally. The thought of going back to work made me burst out crying earlier this morning. I strongly suspect this is less about the flu right now, and more about general unhappiness with my work situation, and anxiety, but I'm a total mess. How do I pull myself together when I only have 72 hours left? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 24, 2013 - 15 answers

How do you stay sane on two weeks of vacation a year?

I just accepted my first real job offer! I'm excited, but kind of freaking out about adjusting to a traditional working lifestyle. [more inside]
posted by circumspice on Jan 8, 2013 - 49 answers

Thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.

I feel like I'm trying to do too many things at once, all of them poorly. I also feel that I'm doing myself a big disservice by being in this situation. I feel like my life is in total disorder. I feel like I'm losing the race, to be honest. I'm afraid that the only way to win the race is to run faster, which I'm finding very difficult. Sordid details following. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Nov 17, 2012 - 9 answers

Career Advice for the Semi-Arts-Inclined?

Artsy/music-y/indecisive-y person seeking career advice. Help me help myself. [more inside]
posted by socky mcsockerson on Oct 28, 2012 - 6 answers

I'm burnt out, but still need to work.

Consultants/Advisors/Strategists/etc: How do you keep doing a good job for your clients when you're burnt out and do not give a shit about the outcome of your work? I feel mentally "done" with my career, but because i don't yet know what my next step should be, I need to stick at it for a while. And i need to not suck so much, even though i can barely interest myself in completing the work. [more inside]
posted by Kololo on Jun 8, 2012 - 5 answers

In house counsel, in house questions

Fellow lawyers: If all goes well, I hope to be extended an offer to go in house at a bank, after 7 years at big firms. Is there anything I should know, or any advice you can give? [more inside]
posted by 5845(f)(1)(D) on May 31, 2012 - 15 answers

Help me get over burnout

How do I push through feeling burnt-out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 17, 2012 - 13 answers

How can I stop being constantly unhappy?

Badly burnt out student - with wider questions on how to stop my ‘missing-out’ syndrome. [more inside]
posted by pikeandshield on Apr 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me get motivated again

I have been unmotivated to do pretty much anything outside of work for a several months now. Help me get back on the horse. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 6, 2012 - 8 answers

Serious Getaway Destinations for a Burnout

Life/work-break destinations and activities for a person with a severe case of career burnout? Looking to take 6 weeks off. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 4, 2012 - 10 answers

Burnt to a crisp!

Juggling burnout at work with searching for a new career: any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by indognito on Jan 24, 2012 - 6 answers

What are some alternative careers for people with a background in programming?

What are some alternative careers for people with a background in programming? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Jan 9, 2012 - 9 answers

Leaving a job after an equity event/payout?

I need help/thoughts on deciding whether to stay or walk after a small equity payout. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 - 8 answers

I'm burned out.

I burned out. Help me get through writing a paper and studying for two exams this weekend. [more inside]
posted by squirtle on Nov 17, 2011 - 9 answers

What's going on here?

Confused, lost and looking for suggestions to get back on track. [more inside]
posted by xm on Sep 16, 2011 - 16 answers

How to make myself overrule my brain and body burning out? burnout?

Feeling burnt out recently, but cannot go on a vacation or anything right now. How do I deal with this without stepping off the hamster wheel? I do have the Labor Day weekend off. [more inside]
posted by greatalleycat on Sep 2, 2011 - 14 answers

Super-successful fears for future

Where should/is my career-life headed next? [more inside]
posted by mistertoronto on Aug 2, 2011 - 9 answers

I'd like not to have an argument, please

My mother threw out a number of things during a redecoration. She told me to look through them to make sure nothing precious was getting thrown out. The thing is, I thought I had plenty of time to do this before a planned trip to the thrift store a few weeks from now. I didn't realize that a number of these things would get thrown outside next to the garbage cans to get rained on. Among them was an irreplaceable (AFAIK) VHS tape of my late father competing in a TV quiz show. My mother cannot understand why this upsets me, has several arguments for why she is right, and I feel unable to cope with arguing about it. Please tell me what to say! [more inside]
posted by tel3path on Jul 10, 2011 - 41 answers

I don't want to go home but I can't stay here

What retail skills translate to other industries? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 16, 2011 - 4 answers

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