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This surprisingly easy habit could help you avoid career burnout


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You’ve booked up the rest of your vacation days, practiced the art of monotasking, and even optimized that “one-hour workday” by crushing your to-do list—and yet, that feeling of burnout is still looming.

Even if you love your job, the average American work schedule—which often spills over the 9-to-5 mark straight through to the weekend—can be a draining one.

Luckily, there’s a simple way to avoid feeling exhausted at the office: Ignore the things that bother you. (Finally, your zoning-out skills can be put to good use!)

A new study published in Health Care Management Review found that those who didn’t let colleagues’ rudeness or office politics get under their skin were less affected by it. After following 596 Canadian nurses for one year, the researchers found that those who ignored “workplace incivility”—think any and all office BS—were less bothered by it and reported lower rates of burnout.

Granted, all the participants in the study were nurses, so their workplaces may not be exactly like yours—but the researchers believe that they are actually very representative since their work is so social. And the results show that getting caught up in the menial workplace stresses and general day-to-day bothers, no matter how trivial, can leave a bigger impact on your happiness than you may realize.

The big takeaway? You now have full permission to ignore that coworker who wants to gossip about your cubicle neighbor’s relationship problems. (You’re welcome.)

Need a midday relaxation tool to help avoid the drama? Try this five-minute meditation trick to help you stress-proof your mind. Or learn the foolproof way yogis stay calm—even in stressful situations.