Over the last few months, the internet has been flooded with tips on how to prevent burnout. But what to do if you are already experiencing it? In this article, we provide some useful tips on how to identify burnout and bounce back after it hits.
How To Bounce Back From Burnout
Dealing with a pandemic on a daily basis can be exhausting. Add the stress of work, and it’s easy to see why burnout is becoming widespread.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified burnout as an occupational phenomenon which is defined as a syndrome that results “from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.
According to the WHO, there are three dimensions to burnout:
- Feelings of exhaustion
- Mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of cynicism related to one’s job
- Reduced efficacy
Sounds familiar? Then you may be experiencing burnout. In the next section, we’ll explore some strategies to replenish your energy.
Focus on Self-Care
The exhaustion caused by burnout often makes you lose sight of the most basic things. That’s why the first step to recovering from burnout is to focus on taking care of yourself. Eat healthy food, get enough sleep, and set aside time for some moderate exercise.
Do Things That Bring You Joy
Being exhausted is time-consuming. If you are experiencing burnout, chances are good that it’s been a long time since you treated yourself to the small things you love to do. Whether it’s riding your bike, reading a book, or baking a cake, it’s time to reconnect with yourself.
Identify the Source of Burnout
After taking care of the most taxing effects of burnout, take a step back and identify the source of your exhaustion. Maybe you are doing things at work that clash with your values. Or perhaps your workload is simply too much. Pinpoint the reason and come up with a strategy to address it.
Create Better Boundaries
Having well-defined boundaries helps prevent future cases of burnout. Enforcing your boundaries Every person has different boundary needs. Some of the steps you may consider include:
- Learn that you have the right to say “no.”
- Give yourself permission to delegate.
- Respect your time off — and make sure others respect it.
- Create clear structures.
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