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Challenging Stress, Burnout and Rust-Out


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Acknowledgements. Preface. What is this Book About? Overview of the Book. Part 1. Understanding Lifestyle Balance and its Link to Wellbeing. 1. What is Life Balance? 2. Doing Too Much in Paid Work. 3. Obligatory, Non-Obligatory and Meaningful Activities. 4. Stress, Burnout and Rust-Out in Life Imbalance. Part 2. Moving from 'Doing' too much to Reconciling Being, Becoming and Belonging. 5. Finding Life Balance: Strategies for Change. 6. Managing Life Imbalance: Living in the Moment. 7. Meaning and Time. 8. Creating Wellbeing in Workplaces. 9. The Intricate Web of Life Balance. Glossary. Figures and Tables. References.

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Practical tools and techniques to find life balance and wellbeing at individual, family and community levels

About the Author

Teena J. Clouston is a Reader in Occupational Therapy and Life Balance at the School of Healthcare Sciences at Cardiff University, UK. Over the last ten years, her research interests have become focused on the meaning and experience of lifestyle balance, and her PhD specifically studied the influences of paid work on finding balance in everyday life. Teena also has experience of management positions in the National Health Service in the UK, built on a clinical career in occupational therapy and counselling.


Occupational Scientist Teena Clouston offers tools for healthcare professionals and service providers, teachers and homemakers, workers and job seekers, and caregivers and retirees, to build better lives by balancing what matters most. Clouston pits current research on improving quality of life against the wider forces driving stressful lifestyles worldwide. No one-size-fits-all remedy exists for the debilitating effects of stress. Yet each of us can find the just-right balance of "doing, being, becoming and belonging". -- Gelya Frank, PhD, Professor, Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy and Anthropology, University of Southern California, USA
As an occupational therapist Dr Teena Clouston is an expert in doing. In this very useful book Teena uses her occupational science expertise to explore lifestyle balance and how doing too much can be addressed by applying concepts of being, becoming and belonging. The accessible writing style of this excellent book allows readers to explore and understand neo-liberalism and its role in creating our Western 'busyness'. I recommend it to all those who work with and/or experience lifestyle imbalance. -- Annie Turner, Emeritus Professor of Occupational Therapy, University of Northampton, and Chair, The Elizabeth Casson Trust
In this brilliantly written book, Dr Clouston presents a thought-provoking reconceptualization of the notion of occupational balance. She argues that living a balanced life means resisting the neoliberal capitalistic pressure to value "doing" over other aspects of life, and instead pursuing personally meaningful occupations that enable "doing, being, becoming, and belonging". This is a must-read textbook for anyone who is interested in ideas about meaningful living through focused engagement in valued occupations. -- Moses N. Ikiugu, PhD, OTR/L, Professor and Director of Research, Occupational Therapy, University of South Dakota
This practical resource addresses a problem affecting many professionals worldwide. It will be of particular interest to help professionals, including occupational therapists, counsellors and therapists, and will allow them to apply the theories of work-life balance to real life in straightforward and tangible ways. -- StudentNurse.net
A Practical Guide to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 is an invaluable resource for any health and social care professionals working with individuals who lack decision-making capacity. -- StudentNurse.net

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