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Even professionals who love their jobs can fall prey to burnout. The root of the problem isn’t on-the-job stress but the unproductive ruminative thoughts that invade your mind after hours – a time that should be dedicated to recharging your batteries. If you struggle to switch off at home or you frequently check your phone to see if there is an urgent work correspondence that needs your attention while you’re off the clock, heed psychologist Guy Winch’s advice to reclaim your leisure time and to make your work hours more productive.


Occupational burnout remains a serious hazard – even for professionals who love their careers.

Work stress, when it strikes, hits hardest when you’re away from the office. At work, you can alleviate stress by completing tasks on your to-do list. But at home, you can feel powerless to tackle your mounting pile of work, which often invites unproductive thoughts, or ruminations, about work to creep into your mind.

Ruminating about work during your downtime activates your stress responses and prevents you from unwinding after a day at the office.

Ruminating can deteriorate your health and work performance.

Ruminating can infringe upon your health, disturb your sleep, contribute to a poor diet and foster bad moods. Scientists have also linked the...

About the Speaker

Psychologist Guy Winch is an advocate for emotional healing, particularly in areas relating to loneliness and broken hearts.

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