Most people are under the mistaken impression that workplace burnout is a natural part of the life/work relationship. They feel it’s normal to be stressed out and overextended on a regular basis. In fact, a nationwide survey looking at American society’s behaviors and attitudes noted that half of the respondents were always tired because of being overworked.
When a person is stressed out, they may become easily angry or violent toward their loved ones and co-workers. They may not have the appetite to eat or may overeat. They may not have any motivation to do the things they used to do. Constantly being stressed out is hard on the body – not just physically, but emotionally too. What are the burnout signs you need to be mindful of?
People who are overworked at work will frequently call in sick, or not pay careful attention to their job. They have a lot of problems seeing eye-to-eye with co-workers and may even exhibit aggressive tendencies toward them.
Work-related burnout could affect a person physically, and it can hinder them from doing their job effectively.
The real problem stems from the stigma tied to workplace burnout. Anybody who complains they’re burned out from their job is deemed as being weak and unable to hack it. Since America is bad about glorifying stress and anxiety, people tend to stay silent and do the job despite the stress they face. They don’t want to be seen as less than the best.
Do you see any of the above symptoms in yourself? If so, then you’ll be glad to know that you don’t have to “get away” to alleviate the work burnout symptoms. If you can take some time away, then do it. However, if it’s just not possible, consider the following:
- Focus On Your Breathing – By focusing on your breathing, you allow the parasympathetic nervous system to relax. This will help to decrease your stress level and better manage your stress.
- Set Boundaries – When it comes to your work and home life, it’s okay to have boundaries. There’s no reason to bring your home with you and your home with you to work. Sometimes, it’s okay to have two distinct lives that don’t overlap.
- Take Breaks Often – It’s good to take five-minute breaks every 20 to 30 minutes to clear your head, especially if you’re focused on one particular task.
- Ergonomic Setting– Create an ergonomic setting that includes a sit/stand atmosphere with your desk and chair. You can also add plants to the room to create a relaxing ambiance.
- Work Mentor – Sometimes, the best thing you can do is have a work confidant – someone you can bounce ideas off of or who will let you vent when you have a problem.
- Non-Work-Related Hobby – Participate in some kind of after-work hobby that allows you to de-stress and think about something other than work. For example, you can sign up for a gym membership and exercise. You don’t have to lift weights; just walking on the treadmill or doing the elliptical can be enough to relax your body.
Another way to reduce your work stress is to work remotely. Getting out of the office and working somewhere quiet for a time will often spark your creativity. You could also spend time outdoors, enjoying nature.
Or, you could break away from it altogether and just spend some quality time with someone. This is the most effective treatment for burnout.
Your health and well-being are important to connect with others in a positive way. You want a social network that you can depend on – people who will be there for you as you will be for them. If you feel burnt out from work, perhaps it’s time to take a step back and free yourself from the shackles. Do something good for yourself, then focus on the work.
Read this free report to get some great ideas for Life/Work Harmony.