Burnout is classified as a state of physical and emotional exhaustion caused by prolonged stress. In order to prevent burnout, it is important that you can recognise the signs and symptoms. Anyone that feels overworked or undervalued is at risk of burnout. Experiencing high-stress levels on a daily basis, coupled with juggling too many responsibilities in the workplace is a recipe for burnout. However, these factors alone aren’t solely responsible. Personality traits and lifestyle causes also play a role. High-achieving individuals are more prone to burnout. Those that display perfectionist tendencies and have a hard time delegating. Additionally, lifestyle factors such as working too much, but not socialising enough also factor in. If you identify with any of these traits, keep reading for tips to avoid burnout.
1. Seek support from other people
Do you feel you are at risk of burning out? Now is the time to seek support. People approaching burnout can avoid it by simply speaking about how they are feeling. Is there a friend or family member you feel comfortable speaking to? Or if that isn’t an option, a counsellor may be able to offer you the support you need. Additionally, HR representatives are there to support the workforce. Many even run programmes designed to help support employees’ mental health. So you could utilise that option. It doesn’t matter who you speak to, it only matters that you speak to someone. You are not seeking someone to “fix” you. Just someone that will listen attentively without judgement. Connection is a natural antidote to stress. Talking face-to-face with a good listener is a great way to calm your nervous system, get perspective, and ultimately relieve stress.
2. Shift your focus to avoid burnout
The easiest way to combat burnout is to quit your job. However, that is not always an option. So, if that is the case it is important to shift your focus. Is your job boring? Shift that mindset by finding value in your role. Maybe your value comes from friendships with co-workers. Or being able to help customers. Whatever it may be, focus on it. If you truly hate your job and can’t find value within the workplace, look for meaning elsewhere. Focus on family, friends, or hobbies and passions. Find something outside of work that brings you joy and let that be the catalyst to propel you through your workday. It is important to mention that if your job is overworking you to the point of burnout you need to take time off. Speak to your GP, and manager ASAP.
3. Reassess your priorities
Burnout is a huge red flag that the way you are living your life is no longer working. So, if you are on the way to burnout now is the time to reassess what is important to you. Are you where you want to be in life? Are you happy? And are you taking care of yourself physically and emotionally? Exercise, nourishing foods, relaxation and connection all go a long way in reducing stress. Take time to really reflect on these questions. And take action. By changing what needs to be changed. Maybe you are happy in your job, however, you need to set boundaries and not work too much. It is important to reevaluate your work/life balance, in order to avoid burnout.