Three Signs You May Be Experiencing Burnout

first_imgA Personal Look at BurnoutNow that we have discussed the research behind burnout, let’s switch gears a bit to a more personal level and hear from a few professionals discussing their own experience with burnout. We asked several people to tell us how they know when they are close to or experiencing burnout:Are You Experiencing Burnout?Bosque and Skarl (2016) provide a link to a quiz hosted by MindTools that can help individuals determine if they are experiencing burnout. The 15-question quiz is a quick way to determine your possible level of burnout, and the website provides resources for prevention and relief of burnout.https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTCS_08.htmStay tuned for follow-up posts on ways to prevent or tackle burnout!ReferencesBosque, D. D. & Skarl, S. (2016). Keeping workplace burnout at bay. College & Research Libraries News, 77(7), 349-355.Carter, S. B. (2013, November). The telltale signs of burnout… Do you have them? Psychology Today. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/Shin, H., Park, Y. M., Ying, J. Y., Kim, B., Noh, H., & Lee, S. M. (2014). Relationships between coping strategies and burnout symptoms: A meta-analytic approach. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 45(1), 44-56. doi:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0035220 By David Lee Sexton, Jr., Bari Sobelson, & Hannah HydePexels [Burnout by Pedro Figueras, December 23, 2015, CC0]With it being the beginning of the year, talk of resolutions abound! Why not take advantage of the opportunity to make some work resolutions as well? If you have experienced burnout in the past, you know that it can have a profound impact on your coworkers, your clients, and you. You also know that the negative effects can spread to other areas of your life including relationships with friends and family members.If you are interested in making a resolution to steer clear of burnout this year, keep reading!What is Burnout?Bosque and Skarl (2016) discuss burnout as lengthy exposure to frequent emotional and interpersonal stressors at work which manifests as exhaustion, detachment, and inefficacy in one’s job. This issue has received a great deal of attention in helping professions, such as healthcare, but it has the potential to affect a wide range of individuals in varying occupations. In their article, Bosque and Skarl provide several resources for individuals that explain the phenomenon of burnout, identify symptoms, and suggest potential prevention and treatment options.Symptoms of Burnout                                                   Carter (2013) identifies a variety of symptoms for each of the three factors associated with burnout:1) ExhaustionAccording to Carter (2013), symptoms of burnout manifest differently during early and later stages. In early stages of burnout, one may experience reduced energy and feel tired more quickly than normal. However, the later stages of burnout can produce feelings of chronic exhaustion and emotional drain. In addition, this may accompany feelings of dread when thinking about work to come. Alarmingly, there are a variety of other physical symptoms associated with exhaustion from burnout, including insomnia, loss of appetite, inability to concentrate, and depression. Shin et al. (2014) also point out that these symptoms are accompanied by emotional exhaustion. Thus, employees in helping professions, such as clinicians, who experience burnout will see a reduction in their emotional resources. This relates strongly to the second factor of burnout.2) DetachmentShin et al. (2014) indicate that this factor is related to increases in feelings of cynicism and decreases in empathy. This can result in detachment from clients. More general symptoms can include loss of enjoyment in one’s work and feelings of pessimism. Carter (2013) again indicates that these symptoms may start off mild, but increase in magnitude if intervention is not sought for burnout. For example, lack of enjoyment may manifest in early stages as lack of desire to go to work; however, later stages of burnout may result in lack of enjoyment in areas outside of work that one used to enjoy, such as spending time with friends. One of the most prominent signs of burnout associated with the detachment factor is withdrawal. This can manifest itself in a variety of ways, such as isolating oneself from social interaction (or even experiencing anger when interactions cannot be avoided in the later stages) or procrastination and attempts to escape work tasks.3)  InefficacyThe last factor of burnout is inefficacy, which Shin et al. (2014) describe as feelings of incompetence or inability to effectively perform on the job. In addition, during later stages of burnout, feelings of apathy can occur (Carter, 2013). That is, in addition to feeling unable to do the job, an individual may start to feel that there is no point to the job at all. Finally, poor performance is also associated with this aspect of burnout. Even if one is working very long hours, the physical symptoms of burnout will prevent the individual from performing at their peak (Carter, 2013).Factors Associated with BurnoutIt’s a good idea to keep the symptoms of burnout in mind, so that you are aware when you or a client might be experiencing burnout.You can print off this PDF!last_img read more

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Making Ford v Ferrari: Cinematography at 100 mph

first_imgSee how director James Mangold relied on tried-and-true methods for shooting scenes at high speed—and invented a few techniques of his own.Ford v Ferrari sped past the competition at the box office last weekend, taking in $31 million. The mid-budget car drama set in the ’60s spent a decade coming to the big screen, and it was important to director James Mangold to make the racing scenes authentic.The filmmakers used four different race tracks to recreate the Le Mans track, and they used VFX to smooth over continuity issues like weather and time of day.One thing they didn’t fake was actors in the drivers’ seats. The crew used a variety of camera cars and other rigs to capture the heat of the race. We’ve already covered the vintage lenses used in the production, but let’s take a deeper look at the high-speed rigging.Process TrailersThe first tools Mangold and his team used were process trailers. Trucks tow these low-profile trailers bearing “picture cars” with cameras and lights situated around the actor. If you’re just working on a normal driving scene, you can use a standard truck to tow the car at low speeds. Because Ford v Ferrari is a racing film, however, the filmmakers used a specialized truck capable of hauling the trailer at high speeds.These work best if you’re shooting backward, showing the actor’s face and the track behind them, because the driver of the truck needs an uninhibited view of the track to drive.The behind-the-scenes for Ford v Ferrari show the filmmakers using a process trailer for both the Shelby Cobra and the Ford GT. The filmmakers used $100,000 replicas, which would have been expensive to damage or drill into, but they were much cheaper than $25 million for an authentic GT40 or Cobra.Hostess TraysHostess trays allow you to rig a camera to a car or process trailer for a side-on view of the driver. It’s a horizontal surface, usually covered in mounting points for a camera or lights, level with the window. Suction caps usually attach the tray at multiple points. Depending on the weight the tray will need to bear and how much movement it will endure, filmmakers sometimes use up to ten, each connected to the tray with a 15mm rod.Specialty VehiclesEven with a supercharged truck towing the process trailer, the filmmakers couldn’t get the 100+ mph speeds of real racing (the 1966 GT40 was capable of 210 mph on the straightaways). They also couldn’t record through the windshield.To solve this problem, they created a novel solution — a half car/half trailer. The GT40 replica housed a modern engine and a control pod on the roof. Not only was it capable of high speeds while carrying up to four cameras, but Christian Bale could sit in the “driver’s seat” and communicate with the director via radio while another operator drove him around the racetrack. The crew dubbed the vehicle the “Frankenstein car.”One Mile at a TimeJames Mangold and his crew recreated a bygone era and created a new kind of racing film by inventing gadgets and shooting practically at every opportunity. They only used CGI to hide wires and make the track seem more authentic. Because sometimes, there is no substitute for real speed.Cover image via Twentieth Century Fox.Want more on filmmaking? Check these out.Video Tutorial: Build Your Own $50 Car-Side Camera MountBuilding Your Own Car Rig — Commercial Insider EditionMeet the Pocket-Sized, Versatile Aputure MC Film LightGetting Your Lights and Camera in Impossible PlacesWhat “The Righteous Gemstones” Teaches About Directing Styleslast_img read more

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Court questions Assam’s jumbo transport to Gujarat

first_imgThe Gauhati High Court on Monday asked Assam’s Chief Wildlife Warden Ranjana Gupta whether she had taken note of a 2016 Supreme Court order against transfer of elephants while clearing the transit of four juvenile elephants to Gujarat for a religious event.Hearing separate petitions filed by Kerala-born Canadian Sangita Iyer and Guwahati-based NGO Avinava Prayash, a division Bench comprising acting Chief Justice Arup Kumar Goswami and Justice Manish Choudhury sought clarification from the Centre with regard to the operation of the apex court’s interim order in 2016 prohibiting transfer of elephants outside a State by their possessors.The Bench also asked Ms. Gupta to clarify whether she had taken note of the Supreme Court’s interim order when she authorised on June 12 the transit of the elephants to Ahmedabad’s Jagannath Temple for a Rath Yatra on July 4.The oldest of the four elephants — females Joytara and Rani, and males Babulal and Rupsing — is nine years old. ‘Will not survive trip’Wildlife activists had argued that these juvenile elephants would not survive the heatwave while travelling in a metal railway wagon 3,106 km from eastern Assam’s Tinsukia to Ahmedabad.Noting that the railways too had sought clarification on the Supreme Court’s interim order before transporting the elephants, the Bench referred to the March 8 letter of the Project Elephant Division of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change seeking legal steps for the “welfare of the captive elephants, etc., and strict monitoring” to prevent illegal transport of elephants between States.The petitioners’ counsel Bhaskar Dev Konwar, argued that the elephants would face adverse climatic conditions during their train journey to Gujarat.He also pointed out that unlike Tamil Nadu and Kerala, Assam has not framed rules for management and maintenance of captive elephants under Section 64(2) of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. He also contended that none of the elephants sent outside Assam on temporary leases have returned till date. The case is scheduled to come up for hearing again on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Current crop of archers can have another shot at Olympics

first_imgIndia’s archery campaign at the London Olympics ended on a disappointing note with Deepika Kumari going out in the first elimination round to home favourite Amy Oliver.Deepika had defeated the British girl quite easily whenever they had faced off previously, but at Lord’s on Wednesday, things turned out differently.This was a totally unexpected result. Deepika did not hit any 10s when required, which is very unusual. Normally, she compensates for her low scores by shooting a large number of 10s, but could not manage to do so here.She told us after her match that she did not feel any pressure during her match. However she struggled to assess the tricky conditions.As far as the other archers are concerned, Jayanta Talukdar did not put in a good performance though he was up against a top American.Rahul and Tarundeep made it to the second elimination round, before bowing out. But they showed fight which is a good sign.Chekrovolu Swuro seemed to just give it away after being in control. She first allowed her to draw level at 5-5 and then went down in the shoot-off.In the overall picture of the archers’ performance at the Olympics, the less than perfect start also had a role. They finished quite low down in the ranking round, which could have had an adverse impact on their morale.The fact that the conditions were quite tricky can be gauged from the fact that the topranked men’s archer, Brady Ellison of the United States, lost in the second round and later tweeted that he was thoroughly confused by the wind.advertisementAfter returning to India, one needs to find out what ingredient we are missing as we fail to crack the Olympic code despite going with high hopes. We need a long term programme for the Olympics.Age is no factor in archery and if the current batch can remain fit and focused, they can have another crack at the Olympics.(The writer is a two-time Olympian and Arjuna awardee)last_img read more

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I think India is a world class team: Zaheer Abbas

first_imgAfter Imran Khan dropped out of the Pakistan tour of India this winter for reasons of health, the Pakistani selectors did not have to look very far for a replacement as captain. The man they chose was, of course, star middle order batsman and vice-captain Zaheer Abbas, that elegant scourge,After Imran Khan dropped out of the Pakistan tour of India this winter for reasons of health, the Pakistani selectors did not have to look very far for a replacement as captain. The man they chose was, of course, star middle order batsman and vice-captain Zaheer Abbas, that elegant scourge of Indian bowlers who seems to grow roots whenever he settles down to bat. Abbas, 36, plays for Gloucestershire in the English county cricket league and it is undoubtedly the experience and expertise gained from this most demanding of cricket set-ups that has made him what he is today, the lynchpin of Pakistan’s batting. He is the first Pakistan batsman to score over 4,000 runs in Tests, with 11 hundreds, four of them double hundreds, two against India. He now has 4,073 runs from 56 Tests at an average of over 45 per innings. A devout Muslim, Abbas is married with two children.” We feel that umpires in India make biased decisions in favour of the Indian team and I hope there won’t be any such problem this time.”Abbas is perhaps the first non-controversial captain the Pakistanis have had for a long time. He commands the respect of all the players and it is likely that in his reign there will be little of the petty feuds that have rocked the Pakistan team in the last few years. Asif Iqbal had to contend with the quite vocal criticism of some of his senior players such as Sarfaraz Nawaz. Imran Khan is given to shooting off his mouth: lately he had commented, rather immaturely, that it was more important to beat Australia in Australia than to beat India in India. Abbas, with his low-profile approach, is unlikely to raise the hackles that Imran apparently relishes doing. In effect, he should face few problems both with the team and with his Indian hosts. advertisementLast fortnight, the Pakistan captain spoke to INDIA TODAY Correspondent BONNY MUKHERJEE in London about his team’s prospects on the forthcoming Indian tour. Excerpts:Q. This is your second official tour of India. Are you looking forward to it ?A. I enjoy playing in India but there is always great pressure on Pakistani players when they play in India. Our people expect us to play really well. It is the same for the Indian team when they play in Pakistan. People take the game so seriously.Q. How much difference will the absence of Imran Khan make ?A. We know that without Imran Khan we will not be a strong team. But I will be looking for strong bowlers to make up the team when I go to Pakistan.Q. People are obviously going to make comparisons between you and Imran Khan, both in style and gamesmanship. How do you feel coming in the shadow of such a superb player? A. I am sure people are going to make comparisons but it doesn’t worry me at all.Q. You have made 100 centuries so far but never managed a century while playing India. Can you explain that?A. I don’t really know. Perhaps the conditions have never been right.Q. Whenever the Indians tour Pakistan or the Pakistani team is in India there is always bad feeling about umpires’ decisions.A. Yes, we always have this problem. We feel that umpires in India make biased decisions in favour of the Indian team and I hope there won’t be any such problem this time.Q. How do you feel about the Indian team that won the World Cup ?A. Whoever can win the World Cup is a strong team. I think India is a world class team. They play with tremendous concentration, with full spirit. For myself I can say that I love watching them play.Q. What kind of team do you hope to lead to India ?A. Well, it will not be the best team we can produce because some of the players want to rest so that they can play in Australia later.Q. Why don’t these players want to play in India ?A. I don’t know. Perhaps they feel it’s a better class of cricket in Australia. For me every match is a good game. I take every match seriously.Q. The British sports commentators were not very impressed with the Indian team despite their winning the World Cup; do you think they had good reason ?A. I don’t agree with the British press about that at all. Regarding Kapil Dev I can say that whoever can win the Prudential is best.Q. How do you rate your chances in India ?A. Like in any match the chances are even. But I can tell you this: the Indian crowds are going to love the show our team will put up.advertisementlast_img read more

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