How to Avoid Burnout at Work

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"Burnout," as it’s often called, occurs when you experience a constant state of stress to the extent that you feel like you’ve hit a wall.

There are signs that may signal you’re reaching your breaking point. Feeling exhausted both physically and mentally, increase in irritability, lack of creativity, and overall detachment are just a few of the telltale signs you could be burnt out.

If you do feel this way, you’re not alone as 1 in 5 are at risk of work burnout. There are ways to successfully combat or prevent this from happening!

Take a Break


If you’re in too deep at work, it’s important that you know when it’s time to take a break. Plan vacations to give you the opportunity to unplug and relax. Breaks, even brief ones, are extremely beneficial to your mental health. Take a walk in the afternoon to break up your workday or practice an at-home yoga routine in the evening. It may be something as simple as setting boundaries by not taking work home with you to give yourself a better work-life balance. Find wherever this can work for you and make it a priority.

Stay on Top of Your Health


In a 2017 study, 61% of people reported work as their source of stress. Scheduling regular doctor appointments and reflecting on changes in your body is crucial to ensure you don’t reach the point of burnout. You may notice physical changes signifying you’re too stressed. For example, a dramatic weight loss or gain, sudden hair loss, or skin breakouts can all be signs that you’re body is under duress. Depending on the severity, you should consult a medical professional who may prescribe you an acne treatment or other prescriptions in order to help relieve your symptoms. They may even help you create a personalized wellness routine and suggest a natural anxiety supplement.

Find Passion in Your Work


If you’re working for the weekend, sorry to break it to you, but you’re doing it wrong. Not everyone loves every aspect of their job, however, it makes a huge difference in your perspective and happiness when you look for passion in your work. Find value in your projects, try connecting with your team, and focus on what keeps you inspired in your role. When you’re passionate about your job and responsibilities, you’re feeding your sole rather than depriving it. If you no longer can find that passion, it may be a good idea to reevaluate your career goals and your position.

Be Mindful Each Day


Have you ever pulled into your driveway after coming home from work and suddenly realized that you don’t remember any of the ride? It happens to all of us, as many times we get so ingrained into a routine, it becomes second nature. However, allowing these gaps in our focus to continue is what leads us to feeling detached over time. Actively being mindful throughout your day will help you stay in the moment and become re-centered.

Find a Side Hobby


A great way to avoid burnout is by making your life more than just work and obligations. Immerse yourself in a new hobby that you enjoy a few hours throughout the week. Having a hobby can help release anxieties and keep you recharged. Don’t know which hobby to choose? There are plenty of hobbies perfect for different personalities and interests out there to start with!

Laugh


Laughter does more to your body than you may think. Laughing doesn’t only improve your overall mood through the release of endorphins, but it can also provide short-term and long-term health benefits. It actually stimulates your circulation and can aid in muscle relaxation, both of which limit the physical effects of stress. Laughter can also improve your immune system, keeping you healthier while helping you cope with stress through a connection with others. They weren’t lying when they said laughter is the best medicine!



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2 comments

Midnight Mystic said...

Yeah, that really does help. I work 14 plus hours a day and it literally drains me out. My physical health was adversely affected due to my ignorance. I'm trying to get on the healthier side, but it's easier said than done. This info was really helpful, and I look forward to applying this in real life. Thanks again for writing this.
Keep up the awesome work!!

Deborah A Bailey said...

Hope you're able to add more healthy habits very soon! Thanks for your feedback!

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