12-DECEMBER 25-2021

This Christmas, please take time -out for yourself…

Dealing With Burnout

Burnout is often thought of as working too many hours.  But when you really think about the energy and mental capacity that’s typically involved with burnout, you quickly realize that it’s really not just about spending too many hours on the job.  It’s about so much more.

Those with burnout often experience fatigue, lethargy and depressed feelings.  A normally happy, positive and optimistic person, for example, may start to become grumpier and more cynical.  Burnout can also result in getting sick more often.

There are many factors that can contribute to burnout.  For example, the feeling that you no longer have control over your job and your life is quite common; in fact, that’s actually a major cause of stress, too.

Something else that those with burnout often experience is a lack of fulfillment.  For example, spending most of your waking hours working toward something that doesn’t meet your career goals or fulfill your purpose can wear you down.

Maybe you can relate. Have you ever worked a job that you felt was sucking the life and health out of you?  Maybe it paid well, but you hated every second of every day.  Maybe you found yourself getting sick, gaining weight or never doing the things you really enjoyed.  Maybe you were so drained, you didn’t have any drive or motivation to do anything but sit on the couch and watch TV when you got home.

So, what is the cure for burnout?  Well, believe it or not, nutrition is important.  This is because many essential nutrients (e.g., vitamins, minerals, essential amino and fatty acids) help our bodies create feel-good chemicals that help offset the feelings of burnout.

Social support is paramount, too.  And, no, that doesn’t mean having hundreds of friends on Facebook.  Rather, it’s the ability to have conversations with others without the fear of losing their love or friendship.  Meaningful relationships and connections help increase levels of the hormone oxytocin, which among many things is known as the “antidote to depression”.

Now, if you find yourself in a situation like that mentioned above — where you can’t just up and quit your job — the following things may be helpful…

  • Find other duties at your job that you find more fulfilling.  Even if it means doing “more” work, if these new responsibilities provide you with feelings of fulfillment and purpose, then it really won’t feel like work.
  • Consider spending time outside of work doing things that do make you happy and do provide you with a sense of purpose.  Yes, it can be hard to find the motivation to get moving, but contrary to popular belief, action breeds motivation (not the other way around).  Simply put, take action… any action will do!
  • Try something new.  Change your routine.  Take a weekend getaway with friends.  Try a staycation.  Explore your own town.

“So many people walk around with a meaningless life.  They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important.  This is because they’re chasing the wrong things.  The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” – Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

Change That Up!

December 25, 2020

Merry ChristmasGood morning and Merry Christmas!
With one week to go in 2020, the economy remains shaping up with that “K” shape.  Some are far better off this year, particularly shareholders in companies that benefited from remote work trends.  Millions, however, are worse off.
With the market closed today, it’s the perfect time to reflect on 2020, and the year ahead.  There’s a lot to be grateful for — the early part of the pandemic pointed a far scarier picture, after all.  Have a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones, whether in person or remotely.

Now here’s the rest of the news:

COVID-19 Holiday Shopping Season Signals Rough Start to 2021
With more American going hungry, stimulus checks can’t save the economy or even small businesses – they just throw fuel on the inflation bonfire…

Despite all the Precious Metal Prices slipping this week … “Accommodative policies of the most central banks world over also meant money continues to flow to this asset class.”

December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas!

Darren has a short simple message: “A Fascinating Christmas”

Thank You!  😉

Come From Aways, Do You?

More Posts

08-AUGUST 06-2022

  Today! August 06, 2021 Good morning. Rising Delta-variant cases, inflation fears, supply chain issues – the market is dealing with a lot right now.  That’s caused the market to feel like it’s sagging and about to drop, even when stocks are still just under all-time highs. Looking at the big tech space, which is largely rallying once again, and which makes up the biggest part of the market, it’s clear that the recent fears are just part of the “wall of worry” that the stock market sees during a bull market.  That view is also supported by Goldman Sachs

08-AUGUST 05-2022

Good morning. Oil prices have continued lower, with a barrel of crude breaking under $90 in trading yesterday.  That will likely prove further good news at the gas pump.  But it will mean bad news for investors who flocked into energy plays as oil prices surged higher earlier this year. In the meantime, it’s harder to find a more beaten-down space than cryptocurrencies.  Yet the world’s largest asset manager, BlackRock (BLK), is partnering with Coinbase (COIN) to make it easier for institutional investors to trade Bitcoin. It just goes to show – assets tend to be mean-reverting over time.  A

08-AUGUST 04-2022

Good morning. We’ve called it a recession since the first quarter data came out.  That was confirmed by a second quarterly drop just last week – even as the goalposts have been moved on the definition of a recession.  Ready for a third quarterly drop in a row?  The data suggests we may already be there. The data in question is the services PMI. It’s showing a large amount of declining output – in fact, the largest recorded since the global financial crisis in 2008.  That, combined with a slowdown in consumer spending and home prices, points to a third

08-AUGUST 03-2022

Good morning. Between inflation at 40-year highs and two quarters of negative GDP growth, investors in the US are dealing with some tough times.  But compared to the rest of the world, the US looks like one of the strongest places to invest now. Europe is likely in a recession, and its energy shortage due to Russian sanctions will only make it deeper.  In contrast, the US has the capacity to be energy independent.  The US is also food independent, at a time when grain shipments from Ukraine have finally started up again. Overall, investors can still be cautious.  But

08-AUGUST 02-2022

Good morning. The stock market’s strong rally of the past few days has allowed it to retrace nearly half of its losses since the start of the year.  That could mark the end of the recent drop – or it could be simply a bear market rally before the longer-term downtrend picks up. Some clues point to further downside.  While the Fed didn’t raise interest rates more than expected last week, they continued to warn on inflation, which still runs hot.  And a number of central bankers have warned that the Fed isn’t ready to pivot yet on its current

08-AUGUST 01-2022

Good morning. Last week saw a strong rally for the market, with the best-performing week for stocks since 2020.  That’s in spite of data indicating the economy continues to contract.  As we get into August, however, that rally should cool. On a technical basis, the market has now had a strong rally.  But it also fits the pattern of a bear market rally.  And until the Fed stops raising interest rates, we likely won’t see a sustained rally higher – aka, the so-called “pivot” that will signal a true change in the market’s long-term trajectory. All told, that points to

07-JULY 31-2022

Today’s Newfoundland… It may not be my first stop in St. John, but the Quidi Vidi Brewery will be in the top 5. July 31, 2021 “There is no royal, flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it. For if I have accomplished anything in life, it is because I have been willing to work hard.” –CJ Walker What Worked, What Didn’t, What’s Next? One of the common denominators of successful people is their ability to persevere when things don’t go as planned.  Effective people don’t allow themselves to get bogged down in feelings that

Like this article?

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Linkdin
Share on Pinterest

Leave a comment

Send Us A Message