Burnout in the workplace

What is burnout? Burnout is a form of exhaustion caused by constantly feeling swamped. It’s a result of excessive and prolonged emotional, physical, and mental stress. In many cases, burnout is related to one’s job.

Procrastinating: procrastinating is the action of delaying or postponing something, often presenting as doing pointless tasks to avoid the task at hand. Often procrastination makes a person feel worse, as it adds to the stress causing your burnout. Tips for tackling procrastination include putting your phone away, list writing and staying organised!

Feeling tired all the time: feeling tired all the time is another sign of burnout, and not a pleasant one. Tips for feeling tired all the time is to ensure you get enough sleep and relaxation time. Switch off from work and the stresses of life by taking time doing something you love- or simply sleep it off!

Self doubt: Self doubt is something we have all felt before, and is a common feature of burnout. Tackle self doubt by keeping well in the knowledge you’re doing your best, and don’t be afraid to ask colleagues how your performance is. If it is just self doubt, they’ll tell you that you’re doing great.

Feeling overwhelmed: Being overwhelmed by the stresses of life come hand in hand with burnout. Take a step back and evaluate the things you have to do and want to do and find a healthy balance. Say no to things you don’t want to do or cannot handle at that time and ensure to set reasonable deadlines with your superiors if you think trying to meet them is negatively impacting your wellbeing.

Having a negative outlook more often: Having a negative outlook more often is typical with burnout, when you’re feeling so low it is hard to see things positively. When you feel like this it is best to sit down for 5 minutes and evaluate why you’re feeling negative, is it work? something going on at home? Once you identify the cause it’ll be much easier for you to deal with the issue and gradually get back your positive outlook. Self love is healing so remember to acknowledge the good things in your life and allow yourself to be proud of the good work that you do.

How to prevent burnout:

Exercise: exercise is not only good for your physical health, but your mental health too. You don’t need to spend hours in the gym to get the benefits of exercise. A simple stroll, short home workout or some morning stretches and you should start to feel the benefits!

Practice good sleeping habits: Practising good sleeping habits such as establishing a healthy bedtime ritual will help you unwind before bed and get a good nights sleep.

Spend time with loved ones: spending time with those you love will help you get through low times, but don’t overdo it. Finding a healthy balance between social life, work life and time alone is important for your health. Don’t want to attend your friends games night but feel obliged? Don’t be afraid to say no and explain your situation. Your friends will understand.

If you’re struggling, check out this link to find the right plan for you: https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/?WT.tsrc=Search&WT.mc_id=MentalHealthGeneric&gclsrc=aw.ds&gclid=CjwKCAiAm7OMBhAQEiwArvGi3OHam2pz0MtxJE4fxnHlPlfED9_48h949clVloJHkEpQkQzAwqcanhoCkw4QAvD_BwE

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