Burnout. I Have It. What Can I Do About It?

Burnout. I Have It. What Can I Do About It?

You can tell you’re burned out when your motivation is at rock bottom. You don’t care about anything, and you’re avoiding doing things and spending time with people that you would typically enjoy. You may also be experiencing negative emotions like depression and anxiety. You’re not sleeping well, and you’re probably not eating well either.

If you work in a job where there’s nothing you can do to mitigate burnout, then the obvious solution is to leave that job. If you’re stuck, try some of the following techniques:

  • Pace yourself. Don’t take on more than what is reasonable for one person to handle.
  • Make sure you allow yourself time to recover from stressful events — not just big ones like death or divorce but smaller things like finishing a major project, getting sick or having a fight with your partner.
  • Get away from work even if it’s just for a few minutes to walk around the block or sit quietly in the bathroom stall.
  • Exercise regularly — it’s good for stress relief!
  • Eat healthy food — it affects your mood!
  • Ask for help when you need it — don’t be afraid to delegate tasks to others if they are able and willing to support you.

In order to stay in fighting shape, it’s important to recognize the signs of burnout and take some steps to keep it at bay.

Here are some of them:

  • Losing motivation. Everyone has “off” days when we’re not as productive as usual. But if you’re constantly finding yourself lacking motivation to get things done, that could be a sign that you need a break or change of pace.
  • Feeling ineffective. When you aren’t motivated, your work suffers. If you find yourself feeling like nothing you do is making a difference, it might be time to reevaluate your approach.
  • Procrastination. We all procrastinate sometimes, but if you find yourself delaying basic tasks because they just seem too hard, that might be another sign that you’re stressed out or burned out.
  • Sleep problems. Burnout can cause sleep issues and vice versa. Getting enough sleep is crucial for maintaining physical health and mental acuity, so if you’re having trouble sleeping, try taking a break from work or talking with your doctor about ways to improve your quality of rest.

Anna Daniels

Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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