Julie McCarthy, associate professor of organizational behaviour at UTSC, said, “People need time to refocus in order to learn or study well.”
“But maybe by backing off and taking breaks, students are able to replenish their resources.”
Feeling drained leads to lower levels of satisfaction with life and higher rates of burnout, depression and ill-health. And while playing multiple roles can be stimulating, interesting and lead to sense of accomplishment and achievement, McCarthy said there are real risks we need to be aware of.
“People need to assess which strategies they’re using to cope with their problems and make sure they’re making time for resource recovery,” she said.
“Too many roles can be detrimental unless we begin asking ourselves honest, pointed questions,” she added.
“This technique is traditionally seen as ‘running away from your problems’,” said McCarthy.
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