What's the best prescription for burnout? Some recommend a long, hard look at your priorities, others a whole new approach to your schedule, and for a few of the worst afflicted nothing but an extended break will do.
But according to a clever and useful recent post on Business Insider there's a quicker and easier for fix for most garden variety cases of burnout: just fire up the internet and spend 20 minutes or so watching a TED talk.
"With the help of TED's expansive online library of presentations, you can quickly learn what ten minutes of quiet a day can do for you, how powerful sleep really is, and why stress isn't always bad for us," claims writer Rachel Gillett. Which talks specifically does she recommend? Check out the post for the complete list for all eleven, but here are a few of her more intriguing suggestions to give you an idea.
1. Sandrine Thuret: 'You can grow new brain cells'
This isn't science fiction. Adult brains actually do grow new brain cells through the incredible process of neurogenesis, improving your memory, stabilizing your mood, and boosting your ability to handle stress. "In her talk, Thuret shares a few practical steps for increasing the production of new neurons," explains Gillett. Check it out here.
2. Ze Frank: 'Are you human?'
Laughter is great medicine for all that ails you, including burnout. In this talk, "the online humorist offers a list of simple--and often brutally honest--questions that will help you answer the ultimate question, 'Am I human?'" Well, are you?
3. Kelly McGonigal: 'How to make stress your friend'
Stress is bad right? Maybe it's not so simple. Apparently, how you think about stress has an outsized impact on how it affects you, according to Stanford psychologist Kelly McGonigal. Check out her talk to learn how to shift your mindset and make stress less harmful.
4. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: 'Flow, the secret to happiness'
"Flow, according to Csikszentmihalyi, a psychology and management professor at Claremont Graduate University, is a state of heightened focus and immersion in activities like art, play, and work. This, he says, makes life worth living," writes Gillett. His TED talk will help you find your flow.
5. Arianna Huffington: 'How to succeed? Get more sleep'
If you need permission to get more shut eye to combat your burnout, look no further than HuffPo founder and Thrive author Arianna Huffington's TED talk. "I urge you to shut your eyes and discover the great ideas that lie inside us, to shut your engines and discover the power of sleep," she tells the audience from the stage.
Diagnosing burnout before it's too late
When is it time set some time aside for these talks? If you're unsure whether you're just normally tired or dangerously close to burnout, look out for these early warning signs of an impending flameout.