Tips to Help Battle Burnout
Last week, we discussed some tips to help achieve work-life balance, and today, we'll delve into a closely related topic: burnout. Many people experience burnout, which can negatively affect their mental health and physical well-being.
“76% of respondents in a Mental Health America and FlexJobs study agreed that workplace stress affects their mental health, leading to 75% experiencing burnout.”
Let’s explore some tips to help combat burnout.
What is Burnout?
The Mayo Clinic defines burnout as “a type of work-related stress characterized by physical or emotional exhaustion, as well as a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity.” While not an official medical diagnosis, burnout significantly impacts mental health. Various factors, including personality traits and past work experiences, can increase burnout risk, which varies from person to person.
Signs and symptoms of burnout to watch for include:
- Gastrointestinal problems
- High blood pressure
- Weakened immune function (frequent illnesses)
- Recurrent headaches
- Sleep disturbances
- Concentration difficulties
- Depressed mood
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure
- Suicidal thoughts
Tips to Help
Rely on Your Team
It is important to recognize when you are taking on too much or have spread yourself too thin. Be sure to communicate with management when you are feeling overwhelmed or struggling with your mental health. There should be resources and support available to you when needed or asked for.
“Employees who feel strongly supported by their manager are 70% less likely to experience burnout regularly.” - Verywell Mind
Break large tasks into smaller steps and delegate when possible. If you need help with projects, don’t hesitate to ask. Remember, you're part of a team.
Regardless of your workplace, taking scheduled breaks is essential. Use this time to step away from work and engage in enjoyable activities like walking, reading, or relaxation techniques. Regular breaks help you stay centered and manage stress.
It is also important to utilize your time off. When you are booked off from work, be sure to completely disconnect from work and take advantage of this time to do things you enjoy so that you feel relaxed and energized upon your return to work.
Evaluate Your Situation
If you're experiencing burnout symptoms, it might be time to reassess your position. Consider other employment options, seek support from management, consult a mental health professional, or reevaluate your workload and commitments. Regularly identify stress sources and find ways to address or eliminate them.
Preventing burnout is a continuous process, and prioritizing your well-being is crucial. If burnout becomes overwhelming, seek help from a healthcare provider or mental health professional.