The Overload Syndrome: Learning to Live Within Your Limits Hardcover – 1 Oct 1998
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From the Back Cover
DO YOU DREAD GOING TO WORK? ARE YOUR RELATIONSHIPS STRAINED FROM STRESS? DO YOU WISH YOU COULD CHECK INTO A HOSPITAL JUST TO GET SOME SLEEP? Busyness. Stress. Overload. Anyone living in today's society knows the struggle of trying to handle the demands of life at the turn of the millennium. You don't have enough time to do the things you have to do - let alone those things you'd like to do. You feel tired, worn out, and burned out. You're not alone. These symptoms are not a figment of your imagination. They're signs that you're suffering from a virulent new disease that affects millions of people - The Overload Syndrome. Where does overload come from? What does it look like? What will it lead to? Most important, what can you do about it? The Overload Syndrome examines these questions and offers prescriptions to counteract its effects and restore time to rest and space to heal. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Richard A. Swenson, M.D., is a physician, researcher, futurist, author, and educator. Following five years of private practice and fifteen years of clinical teaching with the University of Wisconsin Medical School, he currently conducts research and writes full time about the future of the world system, culture, faith, and healthcare. Dr. Swenson is the author of six books, including Margin, More Than Meets The Eye, and A Minute Of Margin. He and his wife, Linda, live in Menomonie, Wisconsin. They have two sons, Matthew and Adam, and a daughter-in-law Maureen. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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For example, in "Margin", you are over 1/3 into the book before Swenson gives a clear and comprehensive definition of the term "margin". In "Overload Syndrome", Swenson spends the first 50 pages describing overload syndrome and the last 150 giving prescriptions for the problems. Therefore, more text in "Overload Syndrome" is spent giving solutions. Granted, in our time and age we want a quick fix to our problems without delving deeply into the problem. However, Swenson's prescriptions are not the quick fixes we may have grown accustomed to and are profound in their simplicity.
For example, some of Swenson's excellent prescriptions include how to:
1. Make solitude a priority for resting and thinking.
2. Deal correctly with possesions so they do not
3. Combat media overload.
4. Deal with information overload.
5. Make wise choices.
6. Lower expectations.
7. Slow down and enjoy life.
Practically everyone who reads the book struggles with one or more of the above areas and will greatly benefit from reading "Overload Syndrome"!