Burnout Prevention advised
Protect your career and your health by spotting & dealing with burnout symptoms early on. Your old defenses might not be sufficient if your work environment has changed significantly in the last year. However, if the damage is done, there are solutions too.
How can you tell if you’re burned out?
Depression, irritability, and lack of motivation are some of the most common symptoms of burnout. You feel exhausted and unable to control your life. You can get back your productivity if you feel down.
These 14 strategies can help you bounce back from burnout.
Reduce Burnout during Work Hours
- Review your expectations. Over-exerting yourself for too long can lead to burnout. Look at your to-do list and decide what you can cut back on or delegate. Keep your top priorities in mind.
- Establish goals. Getting inspired by the goal you are working towards is a great way to get started. You’ll build momentum by breaking down long-term goals into daily and weekly targets.
- Avoid distractions. It is difficult to focus. You can create quiet areas where you can work in the office or at your home. Avoid using apps and websites that can cause you to lose track of the time.
- Make friends. Are you feeling isolated? Have you been having more disagreements with coworkers? Avoid burnout. Get involved in social activities at work. Talk to your boss or trusted colleague if you feel secure.
- Have fun. Make your day brighter. Get involved in the party planning committee. Send a joke or interesting news story to the party planning committee.
- Keep your pace. How long are you working per week? Exercising overtime can lower your performance.
- Take some time off. You may find it helpful to step away from your daily routine for a while. Use your vacation days to visit friends and family in another place. You can either go to a local spa or stay in a hotel for the weekend if you are short on time.
- Take your time. It can take some time to get things back on track. Recognize your efforts. Recognize signs of progress.
Fighting burnout outside of work hours:
- Address the root cause. Sometimes it isn’t obvious what the root cause is, and if you keep treating the symptoms without sorting out the origin of the problem, the issue will keep occurring.
- Establish boundaries. Remote working blurs the lines between leisure and business. Keep office stuff out of your bedroom. Your employer should know when you are unavailable.
- Get to sleep well. Be sure to get up on time so that you feel refreshed when you wake up. Even on holidays and weekends, stick to a regular schedule.
- Get active. Exercise is a great way to relieve stress and increase energy.
- Relax. Take control of your stress with stress-relieving activities. You can listen to instrumental music and enjoy your hobbies.
- Seek counseling. You may benefit from seeing a professional therapist if your burnout symptoms continue. Some employers have extended COVID-19 counseling to provide mental health support. Contact a community hotline if you have limited funds to find low-cost services.
Although burnout symptoms can be overwhelming, you may have more options than you realize. If you are struggling, change your habits and seek support from others. You can regain your balance and improve your job satisfaction by taking constructive action.
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Many Blessings, Maria x