No matter how happy you might be with your job, sometimes burnout can be difficult to avoid. A real burnout can leave you feeling exhausted, stressed and feeling as though your job might not be right for you. You can easily lose enthusiasm for a career you were once passionate about. But a burnout doesn’t necessarily mean that your job isn’t right for you anymore. It can happen for a number of reasons, but feeling this way is often caused by working too much and then taking your stresses home with you. And one of the biggest ironies that comes with this situation, is that identifying the feelings of a burnout mean that you become more stressed, as you work even longer hours to ‘get things out the way’. So rather than addressing the problem, you merely exacerbate the issue.
If you find yourself in a position where the time off in your personal life doesn’t minimize your stresses, you may be on the verge of a burnout. Don’t panic though, addressing the problem in a considered manner could not only solve the impending crisis but give you the chance to reflect on the causes of this situation and position you better to cope with burnout in the future.
Here are our suggestions to stop burnout getting the better of you…
There are two ways to look at this bit of advice. Either you can make the most of the weekends, properly disconnect and take time off to relax and unwind. Or this could be a chance to look at how you structure your days. Are you really taking a lunch break or actually just eating at your desk. However you approach this, the key is that you take some time to let your thoughts run freely; even if only for a few moments. Taking the time to adopt mindfulness practices will do wonders in minimising the effects of burnout.
Getting back to a state of focus and relaxation can be easily done by getting organised. In most cases, the cause of burnout isn’t an overload of work, rather a lack of ability to manage the workload effectively. Once you’ve set aside the time to organise and properly prioritise your workload, you’ll find that many of the burnout stresses are gone. You could even factor in some organisation time to your daily schedule. Decide to take 10 minutes at the start of every day to plan out what the next 8 hours look like and what you hope to achieve. Giving yourself mini achievable goals each day will give you a sense of accomplishment and quickly reduce stress.
The typical thinking on strategies to avoid burnout are usually around emptying the mind. However, another way you can reduce the effects of burnout is to fill the mind with a little imagination and creativity. Study something new, enjoy art or create something that’s your own. By immersing yourself into something more interesting than the work that’s causing stress and fatigue, it will allow you to see the bigger picture, and hopefully, realise that whatever is causing the stress is quite insignificant in the grand scheme of things.
It can often be really difficult to completely avoid burnout. We either get so engaged with work that we fail to balance personal and professional lives, or the same tasks day to day can become monotonous. In either scenario, the important thing to remember to cope with burnout is to take time for yourself. Your physical and mental wellbeing is always more important than your work. However, if it’s boredom in the job that’s causing the burnout, maybe it’s time to explore your career options and find out what’s next.