How to Prevent Burnout
You probably have met team members who look and feel tired, bored and simply wish for the weekend to come several days early. While they were physically completely healthy, they simply didn’t feel that way. What they experienced was “burning out.”
It’s a common term often used to express exhaustion or mentally draining. In this article, we’ll discuss the terminology from the mental health perspective, its symptoms, the differences between being stressed, being depressed, and being burnt out. Also, we’ll touch upon preventing burnout in the workplace.
First things first, according to Psychology Today, being burnout is a state of the chronic state that may lead to physical and emotional exhaustion, cynicism and detachment, and feeling of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment.
Second, the symptoms of being burned out, including having a negative attitude at work and at home, dreading to go to work, having low energy, having no interest in work activities, feeling empty, being easily irritated, and blaming others. Also, the overall demeanor is negative, clueless, and cynical.
The physical and emotional exhaustion can be identified with difficulty in sleeping, chronic fatigue, forgetfulness, chest pain, dizziness, gastrointestinal discomfort, weak immune system, loss of appetite, anxiety, and uncontrolled anger. You can recognize the person’s detachment from activities and people in the surrounding and showing signs of isolation and hopelessness.
Prolonged stress causes the feeling of being burnout. It can be an early sign of clinical depression. Thus, stress, burning out, and clinical depression is related with one another and may be triggered by similar elements.
Stress is usually short-term and caused by feeling out of control. When being burned out, stress continues for longer terms and people tend to lose interest and motivation.
Recovering from burnout is as important as preventing it in the first place. Here are several tips to help you from getting burned out again.
Work smarter, not harder and not longer.
Delegate whenever possible, use the latest automation tools, utilize apps and gadgets to simplify workflow and work smarter with shortcuts and hacks, whenever possible. Don’t work longer hours to increase your performance. In other words, shorten your work hours by optimizing the tools and assistance available at your disposal.
Disconnect yourself by being online.
Disconnect from anything connected to the Internet and phone, such as e-mails, Facebook and Twitter accounts, and other social media networks. Social media is known to have caused increased anxiety and as a big time waster. Stay unplugged for a few days, if possible, which can be realized by living a cabin in nature.
Go to the spa. Have that full-body massage and attend that retreat in Sedona. The key is getting yourself away from all kinds of commotion and chaos schedules.
Walk at least 30 minutes a day. Go to the fitness club every other day to run on the treadmill and train with weights. If possible, take yoga and pilates classes as well.
Healthy work-life balance.
If you have the strong work ethic, most likely, you’re a workaholic. Even though it’s probably in your DNA, maintain healthy work-life balance by exercising every day, visiting beautiful places, meditating, and creating arts.
In conclusion, stay away from being burnt out by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and living in balance. The key is recognizing your mental and emotional needs for being tranquil and peaceful at any time of the day and any phase of your life.