Sports and good bosses – which helps with burnout
Less workload, more scope for decision making and an improved working environment, in combination with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) was found in a faster return to work. This confirms a report by the German Institute for Medical Documentation and Information (DIMDI). Overall, the authors evaluate the treatment of burnout, however, be insufficient. They strongly doubt that victims are being treated appropriately.
The report is based on the analysis of 17 studies. This common psychological and drug therapies, but also methods of treatment were included herbal substances. Several studies have therefore efficacy of cognitive behavior therapy. Were missing for other methods such as music therapy, physical therapy, stress management, however, clear evidence, it said.
Qigong therapy for the authors, could be clearly demonstrated no effect. For the progressive muscle relaxation that there were no relevant results. When drug therapy give no information about the current research, the effect of prescribed medication. The consumption of antidepressants appears to the authors, however, as high on average.
Inadequate research position
Efficacy of herbal substances, scientists find, at least in a study of Rhodiola. That it has a favorable effect on attention, the quality of life and on fatigue and depression symptoms. Overall, the current research situation of DIMDI as inadequate and somewhat comparable to criticism.
Very practical tips, the representatives of the Professional Association of German Psychologists: “Workers can protect themselves from burnout, giving heed to making regular exercise,” says Ulrich Schübel the Professional Association of German Psychologists. The sport was helping to reduce stress and work to keep them healthy. Allowed was in the process, which is fun: “One is a walk in the woods maybe,” said Schubel. “The next doing yoga, and helps another swim.”
Chief should praise – and not only himself
When burnout prevention is also needed and just the boss: “As a manager you should be a role model,” said Schubel. This applies both to physical fitness, as well as for the work week and the theme of accessibility. If the boss regularly to the sport, it was also recognized among the employees. However, is the chief professional around the clock on the phone to reach those who strive to even more employees after – in the worst case, until they show symptoms of exhaustion.
His model is one thing. In addition, the chief’s staff who have performed commendable but should also explicitly said Schubel. Because recognition is a way to reduce the stress of the employees. Many loads of workers were due to what psychologists call Gratifikationskrise.
In this situation, there are employees who have the feeling that a high level of commitment to the day to load, but only a bit to get recognition for it. This was unnecessary stress, the supervisor could stop easily, Schübel said.