4 Things You Need to Know About Career Burnout and How to Beat It
By April Rose Cañete on 26 November 2018
Stress is probably the number one reason behind career burnout and it is likely that your body is physically reacting to every stressor you deal with. More extreme levels of stress will make it harder for your body to cope.
Career burnout doesn’t just cause stress, it’s way bigger than that. It can drain you both physically and mentally, leaving you confused and exhausted both in the work you’re doing and your ability to perform.
Battle that burnout with these four simple tips:
Find the source
Identify which particular stress or problem burns you out. Whether it may be an issue at work or a personal struggle that affects your work, it is very important that you know and address the root of the issue. Burnout is something that accumulates over time, so a little stress can be detrimental if not taken care of.
Most of us “sleep on” our small stressors and problems, hoping they would subside the next day. However, this can cause small issues to develop into something larger and begin to take a toll on your performance, attitude and health.
Set boundaries between life and work
Work-life balance is arguably more important than work itself. You are not your job and your world does not revolve around it. Find joy outside work – may it be a time well spent with your family, a lunch date with a good friend, a new set of fresh succulents in your room, a hardbound copy of your favourite book, or anything that uplifts your mood and gives you a mental break. More importantly, it can help to talk about your struggles at work with a trusted friend to get it off your chest.
Minimise social media habits
Excessive screen time can drain your energy and contribute to a negative mood if not managed well. Once in a while, switch off your phone, laptop and iPad. Try to be with nature, meditate or exercise during your free time. There are several ways to balance your time outside work, so be careful how you spend it.
Health is wealth
Above all, health should be a priority on your journey to a stress-free lifestyle. Sleep deprivation, an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise can harmfully affect your performance, potentially leading you to burnout. Try a diet plan that incorporates more fruit and vegetables into your day, you may be surprised at the abundance of energy it will bring. Exercise will also help to get those feel-good endorphins flowing; find an exercise that you enjoy and try to be consistent.
Burnout is quite a topical subject as we move into the digital age where the expectation to be constantly connected and contactable is higher than ever. Take care of yourself and keep your priorities in mind. Know when it is time to step back and take a break, or when to reach out for help.