Does the below sound familiar?
Everything is going great at work, you are performing well, staying on top of things and you are managing your time somewhat successfully. One day however, all of a sudden you feel you’ve hit a wall and you become exhausted, stressed and your mind feels fried.
If you can relate then you’ve suffered from burnout.
What is burnout?
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, burnout is “exhaustion of physical or emotional strength or motivation usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustration.”
In others words burnout is a stressful state that can make you feel like you are stuck in a rut, regardless of what you do to try to get out of it. It can make you feel sluggish, unfocused, negative, and can cause both emotional or physical stress & fatigue. If you find yourself burned out at work then your job performance can fall and your work-life balance and mental health may suffer.
Burnout can be difficult to shake off, but there are actions you can take to avoid getting burned out in work.
Check out some factors below that our team finds helpful for avoiding burnout:
This may not be everyone’s favourite activity but exercising can be a great way to improve both your physical and mental health as it can reduce stress levels and increase energy levels. This is something that is particularly important if you have a job that involves sitting at a desk for long periods of time. If you find exercise that you enjoy, it can help to relieve stress without feeling like it is a chore. Getting out in nature to exercise if the weather is good can also help to improve your mood, which can also help to lessen emotional exhaustion that can lead to burnout.
This is key for us to function. Burnout can cause insomnia or cause stress and anxiety, which can lead to less sleep. Without enough sleep we find that our concentration levels slip, we can feel more sluggish and aren’t able to perform to the best of our ability. Therefore trying to get a decent and consistent amount of sleep can be vital for our happiness and health.
Know when to say NO
Something that a lot of people can suffer from at one point or another is saying No. In the workplace this can mean taking on a larger workload than you can handle, always saying Yes when asked to do something and not knowing your limits. You might want to prove yourself in the workplace but you need to know your limits and when to say No otherwise you will cause yourself to burn out by taking on more than you can handle. Try to evaluate your limits and how far you can push them within reason and stick to that as much as possible.
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