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24/7 Philosophy Is Creating Epidemic of Weary Workers


"Today there are more choices, more options for people, so that makes it even more important to know what really matters most to you," says Smith.

Smith says he has now switched to the digital version of the planner but says that it is still "bringing calm into my life."

Does the prospect of penning a constitution or life plan see too daunting? Not to worry, says Julian Ford, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. He tells WebMD that one can tackle hyper exhaustion with a "30-second to one-and-a-half-minute stress break. Just stop everything. Take a deep breath and ask this question: 'What is most important about what I am doing right now?'"

This brief break, says Ford, is "extremely refreshing because it allows one to refocus the mind." Ford says that he recommends taking stress breaks several times a day.

The signs of hyper exhaustion extend beyond yawns and blank stares, say the experts. One of the most common symptoms is anger, often accompanied by profanity.

But if stress has you resorting to expletives, Jim O'Connor, president of Cuss Control, has a solution: an attitude adjustment. "What makes us swear so much is anger, frustration, and irritation, but we can change all of that with a change in attitude," he tells WebMD. O'Connor, who runs a public relations agency in a Chicago suburb, says that when he adjusted his own attitude he found life a lot less stressful and less tiring.

His approach is pretty simple. "I was using a certain four-letter word way too much. When I realized this I made a conscious effort to change. I started substituting 'forget it' or 'fix it' instead of the nasty F word. It works"

Simmerman says he, too, likes the simple approach to tackling the symptoms of hyper exhaustion. His own advice? "Remember the old seventh grade science book? It said that a healthy life required a balanced diet, exercise and eight hours of sleep. That was good advice then and is good advice today."

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