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What Is Burnout?

1 Nov

Burnout is more than just stress. It’s more than just being tired, or being bored.

Are you feeling emotionally, physically, and mentally drained? Does nothing you do seem to help the feelings go away? It’s possible that what you are experiencing is a condition known as burnout.

What Causes Burnout?

According to Psychology Today, the condition of burnout is far more than simply being overworked. Rather, it is a result of working long hours combined with feelings of cynicism and depression. These negative feelings usually result when an individual is in a job where they feel they are out of control of the situation. Either that, or it places them in situations where they may be asked to complete tasks that go against their worldview.

People can also feel burned out due to working towards a goal that they don’t agree with. Or if they feel they lack support as they work towards a specific goal.

How Do You Know If You Are Burned Out?

If you drive or walk to work every day with a sense of dread, this is a sure sign of burnout. If you feel cynicism, anger, or irritability towards your job or others, this is another sign you may be becoming burned out. You will often notice you are burned out when feelings of depression, dissatisfaction, and cynicism don’t go away for an extended period. You may also begin to have other physical or mental health problems such as headaches, fatigue, heartburn, and other gastrointestinal symptoms.

Burnout vs. Stress

It’s important to differentiate between regular stress having to do with work and the state of being burned out. Stress is usually temporary and easily remedied. Burnout is a long-lasting condition that may need the help of a professional to treat.

Stress is usually short-lived or tied to a specific goal. And when that goal is accomplished, the stress usually goes away. On the other hand, burnout is an extended period of stress accompanied by emotional changes. Regular stress, on its own, is not harmful. Burnout is damaging to both the individual who feels the burnout and those involved in that individual’s life. Overall, burnout is a very dangerous period of extended stress or dissatisfaction with your job or home life. And if left untreated, burnout can lead to a host of other problems in your life. This is why you should learn to recognize the early signs of burnout and make changes in your life before it’s too late.

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3 Tips To Avoid Burnout

15 Oct

Burnout is a real and quite damaging condition. Once you find yourself suffering from burnout, it can be difficult to turn your life around. This is why it is necessary to take steps to try and avoid burnout.

Set Boundaries

No matter what your profession may be, it’s important to have boundaries. You can’t be available around the clock; this is simply impossible. So, to prevent burnout, it’s critical to establish boundaries of times you will not be available. This means that you won’t be in the office or available by phone or email during these times. If you are in a management position, it might help to post these hours somewhere or adjust your email auto-reply, so people know you will answer as soon as you are available.  

Have A Work-Life Balance

Besides just setting boundaries, you need to have time to do things that aren’t workplace-related. This means you have time for your hobbies, your family, and just doing what you love. This doesn’t have to be complicated, and it could be as simple as taking one afternoon a week to go for a walk in your favorite park. Whatever it may be, it needs to be something you want to do, and you need to put your foot down if work ever tries to interfere with your time.

Put Yourself First

Whatever could be going on at your job, if you start not to feel well or feel overwhelmed, you need to put yourself first. This means that, even if your group just started a new project, if you need a mental health day, you take one. You will be no use to your group if you begin to feel burnout and your mental abilities begin to deteriorate.

Putting yourself first is especially important when you start to feel the symptoms of an illness. Although it may be tempting to say it’s just a cold and go to work anyways, this will only make you feel worse and put yourself closer to burnout. Stay home and rest instead.

Overall, in this day and age, it may seem difficult to avoid the condition of burnout. But you can—as long as you remember to set boundaries, have a work-life balance, and put yourself first. And if you follow these tips, not only will you avoid the damages of burnout, but you’ll also go through life feeling less stressed as well.

See My Blog “5 Signs You Are Heading For Burnout”

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