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Burn out; a positive outcome

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by The_Optimist The_Optimist (Member)

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When you hear the word, "burn-out", it is usually as a connotation to something negative. But have you ever considered that burn-out could sometimes be for the positive?

How many people would have considered a change in job situation if they had not experienced a burn-out?

Chances are, very few. After all, they would be so comfortable at their present place of employment that there would be no need for change? Right?We are rather quick and content to honker down at a spot (job) we feel is comfortable at the time and settle in for the long haul.

But have you considered that even though that place may have seemed perfect at the beginning, that with time, you get bored and dissatisfied? It is also at this time, you are most likely to experience burn-out.

At the beginning, you made the best decision you could have at the time and were happy with it. But as time went by, the burn-out settled in because it was probably time for you to reinvent yourself again.

So have you considered that maybe, just maybe it is very possible that burn-out occurs for a positive reason,

- -To either get you out of a routine rut

- -To get you out of complacency (the biggest disease of progress)

- -Open your eyes to new possibilities

- -Have a rethink on your life's goals

My suggestion is for you to consider the positive side of burn-out, don't just discount it as hare-brained talk. Take a moment to reflect, it could be your paradigm shift.

For after all, burn-out could be your inner voice telling you to reconsider where you are right now and open your mind to new possibilities.

Burn-out is not ALWAYS bad...

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madwife2002 has 26 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in RN, BSN, CHDN.

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I agree

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I wasn't a nurse, but a social worker, and burned out at my previous job and I took a voluntary lay off (worked perfectly because I was laid off 6 months over a very snowy winter!!). the job I'm in now I pretty much disliked from day one but it was one where the work stays at work, it's low stress and involves very little skill so I applied to nursing school which has been a goal for many years but couldn't work and go to school in my previous positions. So here I am, 3 years later graduating from nursing school because I got burned out!

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