When you’re burned out and exhausted, it’s easy to think of yourself as a victim of circumstances and forget that you have a say in your situation. Instead of blaming everyone else for your being overworked and overstressed, take ownership of it. Think to yourself: “Others may have contributed to my situation, but I have the ability to make choices that can improve my present and future.” Realizing that you have autonomy creates hope, which enables you to take action, and taking even small steps reinforces your sense of control. Make the choice to attend to your physical needs, for example. This could be as simple as getting up to stretch your legs when you’re feeling stiff, eating lunch with coworkers instead of at your desk, or going to bed when you’re tired. Making the choice to do these things demonstrates to yourself that you have some control, even on a small level.

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