Work burnout can be an extremely debilitating time in a person’s life. The constant feeling of stress, anxiety, irritability, frustration, depression and anger not only bombard your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing (and social life for that matter), these symptoms only get worse day in and day out. And it can last for months at a time.
You may find yourself curled up in bed every weekend, drained from the negativity engulfing you. Or devouring a tub of ice cream every night to coddle your emotions. Even staying up to all hours of the morning worried that you’ll be stuck in this place forever.
Let’s take a look at how you can boost your ability to stay on task at work, feel energized, productive, passionate and not want to dread every single tomorrow. Here are six tips to help you improve your work/life balance, reduce stress and avoid a crutching work burnout before it strikes.
How to manage, beat and prevent burnout
1. Talk to your supervisor
Most people would be surprised to know that their feelings may not be so evident to their bosses, managers or supervisors. There’s a good chance they have no idea what’s going on in your life and are unaware of your discontent. We all know that work is vital, so it’s important to utilize this relationship to your advantage – instead of fearing your boss, try to see them as the person who can help you bring about positive change and have them help you mold your tasks and goals. At the end of the day, your employers want you to be happy and productive because with passion comes enthusiasm and success.
2. Change your perspective about your position at work
Rather than feeling that you’re held hostage by the company you despise or are stuck in a boring career, know that you actually can make a change. Simple things like updating your CV can help you start to feel like you’re no longer at the mercy of constant dread and burnout. Eventually, these small tasks accumulate and allow you to feel a change in the relationship you have with your job and even get excited at what might possibly come next in this role or the next.
3. Put yourself first
Lacking mental and physical health and suffering work burnout is certainly a recipe for disaster when it comes to your wellbeing, let alone your career. In order to feel tip top and be successful, you must try to identify your needs and make them priority. Success doesn’t mean your job title, it’s the role you play in life.
4. Switch up your work environment
It’s no surprise that many companies who have implemented ‘work from home’ days in their offices have noticed positive changes in their employees. There’s something to mixing it up – things don’t feel stale and boring and you can also begin to feel more productive and less stressed. If working from home doesn’t appeal to you, check out your local library or communal work space.
5. Have a life outside of work
Dealing with burnout can make you feel like every day is groundhog day. You roll out of bed, stumble into work, dread the never-ending day, only to feel exhausted by the time you get home and lay in bed plagued by insomnia and anxiety. It’s important to make an effort to break this cycle and develop hobbies that fulfill your needs and connect with friends. One great way to break up your day is to grab a workout buddy and go for a jog around the park or go to a group fitness class. Hobbies like these can help you release endorphins and have conversations that invigorate you.
6. Take time off
Rather than accrue vacation time and let it sit, use it. Time away from work can help to provide a new and fresh perspective, allow you to recharge, and of course, expand your horizons beyond the confines of your work environment.
If you’re feeling down in the dumps about your situation at work, make sure that you don’t let things get worse. Look to prevent getting burnout by readjusting your priorities and putting yourself first. You can do it.