Salcher: My exhaustion has condition

Where does exhaustion come from and how do we get rid of it? Non-fiction author Andreas Salcher analyzes and gives tips.

Exhaustion. In 2019, the ex-politician and co-founder of the Sir Karl Popper School, Andreas Salcher, once again addressed the school debate with his title “The talented student and his eternal enemies”. His new litter is about a broader social topic, but also about enemies. In “The Great Exhaustion” Salcher addresses what keeps us from leading a good, relaxed life. There is the Corona crisis, which is still preoccupying us, the war in Ukraine, the increased energy and thus living costs and a certain degree of insecurity, probably the sum of all these threats. Salcher explains that not only does it feel like we’re all more exhausted, but that the need for compensatory measures – he cites cures for mothers – has actually increased.

Salcher explains: “It is fear that exhausts”

Selection. It is fear that exhausts, the author explains, and looks at why men are now increasingly affected. He pleads for the use of two essential words: to say no firmly and to say yes. That gives you stability in your own system. In addition to examples from his everyday life, Salcher also draws on the considerations of other wise men in his book, including those of the happiness researcher Csíkszentmihályi, the philosopher Seneca and the monk Steindl-Rast. In doing so, Salcher also hits the current immanent notch of minimalism when he quotes Musil’s “The Man Without Qualities”: “Life means choosing.” A sentence that is always justified, even if you already know it; as well as self-help books.

Tips and tricks against crippling condition:

Excerpt from the book: “The great exhaustion”

“Exhausted people dip the trowel in the well with their energy reserves and they don’t find a droplet anymore. Work, family, a flood of other obligations and also unexpected crises throw every plan overboard. The to-do lists are constantly getting longer instead of shorter . When they play with their children, they are tormented by the unfulfilled responsibilities of their job. They wake up every day feeling like they are digging alone in a mine. The pioneer of modern management science, Peter Drucker, said: ” Whenever you pit a good employee against a bad system, the bad system will always win.” This is one of the reasons why originally highly motivated and dedicated nurses resign themselves to changing jobs. Idealistic nurses who want to help the sick and vulnerable , suddenly find themselves forced to spend their time ever more satisfying a bureaucratic machine ing and having to neglect their patients. This can be solved neither with one-time bonus payments nor with phrases like “Our everyday heroes”.

Then there are the fears of a loss of prosperity, cold living rooms, empty gas tanks and the unthinkable until recently – a war that is spreading to our front doors.”