Christmas stress or New Year’s stress: alone because I am supposed to be happy now!

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The time is coming where I tell those patients who return only in January: "Merry Christmas and a happy new year!". And in nine out of ten cases, they reply with something along the lines of I do not like this time of year. Everyone is supposed to be happy, or to have a happy relationship. But I feel alone, sad, and empty during this time of year. Christmas stress: treating loneliness online? In this specific period of time, the feeling of loneliness becomes much stronger in many people. This... Read more...

Solving stress in 15 minutes

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Yesterday evening, I provided training in stress management for the Jonge Kamer in Deinze, more commonly known as JCI Deinze, witht he title: Solving stress in 15 minutes per day. The questions which the group had considered both dealing with work pressure and work stress as well as how to deal with your children being loud and demanding attention after a long day of work, before you have had the chance to relax. How to get rid of stress when my children are being noisy? What stood out in the story... Read more...

Hyperventilation and anxiety treatment with internet therapy or an online self-help program

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It has been raining questions about hyperventilation and other anxiety disorders these last few months. Sometimes it seems like an epidemic. It suddenly comes up and people keep walking around with questions as if there were a rational reason as to why you would start experiencing hyperventilation. There of course is a medical explanation. And luckily there nowadays are very good and simple solutions for this. Simple from the standpoint of the doctor. This of course does not mean that the patient... Read more...

Burnout prevention through breaks and time-out: extended weekend

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A time-out every 6 weeks Taking breaks can prevent burnout. If we want to let our mind and body actively and productively enjoy life for years without affecting our economic output, we need to take breaks. Just like we have a natural rhythm which requires a short miniature break every 90 minutes, we also have a regular need of a more important break of several days. The ideal schedule which we have  successfully used for years for successful professionals is as follows. Taking an extended weekend... Read more...

Is Kathy Pauwels cured from Burnout? Interview with Paul Koeck, MD in ‘Dag Allemaal’

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Burnout and re-integration in the job afterward: an interview with Paul Koeck, MD, based on the news message that well-known Flemish & Royalty TV presentor Kathy Pauwels would be cured from burnout and is returning back to work. 'Before a burnout patient goes back to work, they need to prepare themselves beforehand at home by building up the burden to the brain little by little', stress manager Paul Koeck says. Read the entire Dutch article (pdf): Dag Allemaal - Not all bosses want to keep... Read more...

How does our brain process negative thoughts?

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The training principle When we train a muscle every day, it becomes larger, heavier, and more powerful. When we do not use a muscle for an extended period of time, it reduces. This is called muscular atrophy in the medical world. It can take months to re-train your muscle after you start using it again. Training of our brain in stress, anxiety, burnout, or depression The same thing goes for our brain. Modern visual technology allows us to measure and map the activity in certain parts of our brain.... Read more...

Fatigue? Test your burnt out and exhausted feeling.

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How do you know if someone has fatigue? After working for years under pressure, without resting or vacation, your body and mind slowly become exhausted and fatigued. Burnout is the test used to describe that. But how do you know? Of course it is always important to discuss with your doctor if there can be other medical causes, but in most cases there is a large chance that you suffer from burnout if you have the following symptoms: feeling empty, exhausted and burnt out for a long period of time,... Read more...

Burnout? Test if you are anxious, burnt out, fatigued, or exhausted

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Burnout is a silent killer in our Western society. More and more companies tell me that 5% of their employees are at home with the diagnosis burnout. So what types of burnout are there? Burnout types: which ones are there? The Never-no burnout The never-no burnout-er. This burnout patient cannot say no when they are asked something. They cross their own limits and slowly get exhausted or literally end up in a burnout. With the self-help program 15Minutes4Me.com, we teach such people to work... Read more...