Beat Burnout

Everyday stress can be fleeting and is typically linked to specific events or situations.  You may develop Physical symptoms and a sense of urgency.  Once the stressful situation passes, those feelings are relieved.

On the other hand, stress without let-up can lead to a state of burnout with serious health problems.  for many employees, burnout is related to an imbalance between your personal values and goals and your work responsibilities.  Examples: unanticipated changes in workload or work environment, unresolved family issues or lack of time for personal pursuits.

The key to managing burnout is to watch for warning signs:

  • Feeling exhausted and overwhelmed most of the time.
  • Feeling disconnected from your work, home life and other people.
  • Frequently getting sick and missing work.
  • Being pessimistic and cynical at or about work.
  • Changes in sleep and appetite.
  • Increased headaches, backaches and digestive problems.

If you think you are experiencing burnout, take action:

  • Seek support.  Talk with a mentor, counselor or trusted friend or family member.
  • Change your outlook.  Focus on the positive aspects of your job.  Find ways to incorporate more of what you enjoy into your day-to-day work.
  • Communicate.  Talk openly with your supervisor or family members about your concerns and how to improve your situation.
  • Self-reflect. Take time to think about your larger personal and professional goals, and pursue a long-term plan to achieve them.
  • Take a break. Use vacation to enjoy a much-needed change of pace. Regular breaks to rest and recharge are key to managing stress–before you reach burnout.

Article from Top Performance

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *