Burnout is an occupational phenomenon brought on by overwork. The World Health Organization recognizes and describes it in the International Classification of Diseases. Its symptoms include long-term physical or emotional exhaustion, feelings of negativity and mental distance from work, and diminished professional effectiveness. Burnout is different from mere tiredness in that it is persistent and includes extreme negativity and mental fatigue. Overcoming burnout takes time and involves an alteration of your routines and habits. Here are some steps to help you accomplish this.
Admit That You Suffer from Burnout
An acknowledgment that you suffer from burnout is the first step. If you recognize that you have the problem, you can attain the perspective that will enable you to make changes to your lifestyle and work habits.
Take Care of Yourself
Self-care is an ongoing process that will take at least a few hours of your time every week. Establish a relaxing sleep routine, exercise regularly, and enjoy activities such as leisurely walks and tai chi or yoga.
Obtain Support from Others
If you are the business owner, delegate a portion of your workload to others so you can relieve some of the pressure you have been experiencing. If you are an employee, talk to your supervisor to see if your workload can be adjusted. Be sure to explain the situation to your spouse so you can receive support at home as well.
Take Specific Steps
Consider specific actions you can take to lighten your workload and relieve stress. These may include working fewer hours, rearranging your schedule, taking some time off, moving to another position in the company, or even looking for a different job.
Adjust Your Priorities
You may be suffering from burnout because you have been focusing on work to the exclusion of everything else. As a step towards healing, reevaluate what is important to you. Enjoy some hobbies and spend time with friends and family, and when you are doing these things give them your full attention.
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