5 must-watch TED Talks for when you’re feeling burned out

5 must-watch TED Talks for when you’re feeling burned out


It happens to the best of us. Your whole body aches, you’re feeling depressed, anxious, and detached, both your job performance and personal relationships are suffering and you see no way out. All because of built-up job-related stress. That’s a burnout.

Burnout represents a major challenge to global health nowadays. Not only is it a drain on the workplace, but it also has long-lasting effects on your well-being. In times like these, you must learn to incorporate timeouts in your daily schedule, periods of rest and relaxation. TED’s expansive online library of presentations can help a lot in that respect. Here you have five suggestions of TED talks to watch when you’re feeling burnout:

Daniel Levitin: ‘How to stay calm when you know you’ll be stressed’

This neuroscientist recalls how, after a stressful event, “started wondering, are there things that I can do, systems that I can put into place, that will prevent bad things from happening? Or at least if bad things happen, will minimize the likelihood of it being a total catastrophe?” He found that there is in fact a way to avoid making critical mistakes during stressful situations when our thinking becomes clouded.

Kelly McGonigal: ‘How to make stress your friend’

The Stanford University psychologist and author of “The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It” offers a fresh perspective on stress. She says that a belief in the harmful effects of stress — and not stress itself — is what poses a serious health risk. Her talk focuses on how a change in the perception of stress rather than the elimination of it could save people from a premature death.

Stefan Sagmeister: ‘The power of time off’

For more than 20 years, Sagmeister has dedicated his time and energy to designing album covers for artists like the Rolling Stones and Lou Reed. But he says that very seven years, he closes his New York studio for a sabbatical year to rejuvenate and refresh his creativity. He explains how taking time off has allowed him to pursue “some little experiments” that have become innovative projects.

Andy Puddicombe: ‘All it takes is 10 mindful minutes’

Puddicombe is a mindfulness expert, a former Buddhist monk, and cofounder of mediation app Headspace. In his talk, he describes the transformative power of doing nothing for 10 minutes, undisturbed, each day. “The sad fact is that we are so distracted that we’re no longer present in the world in which we live,” he says. “We miss out on the things that are most important to us, and the crazy thing is that everybody just assumes, that’s the way life is, so we’ve just kind of got to get on with it. That’s really not how it has to be.”

Arianna Huffington: ‘How to succeed? Get more sleep’

The idea that a good night’s sleep has the power to increase productivity, happiness, and smarter decision-making is not new, but Arianna Huffington, cofounder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, believes it can also unlock bigger ideas. “I urge you to shut your eyes and discover the great ideas that lie inside us, to shut your engines and discover the power of sleep,” she says.