Burnout is defined as “A state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion caused by long term involvement in emotionally demanding situations.” – Ayala Pines and Elliot Aronson.
Some symptoms of burnout include having low energy, and little interest at work, having trouble sleeping, having feelings of emptiness, experiencing physical complaints such as headaches, illness, or backache; being irritated easily and pulling away emotionally from your colleagues or clients, among other symptoms.
The consequences can be severe, and affect your both work and personal life, negatively impacting your well-being and your relationships with friends and family, as well as coworkers and clients.
Below are some tips to avoid burnout and feel your best.
- Work with purpose: “Do what you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life”. This will help you feel great about what you are accomplishing, and make it worth the effort.
- Perform a job analysis: you can clarify what’s expected of you, and what isn’t. This tool will help you identify what’s truly important in your role, so that you can cut out or delegate tasks that aren’t as essential.
- Generosity: Even the smallest act of kindness can re-energize you and help you find meaning in your work.
- Prioritize and manage your time effectively.
- Exercise: you probably already know that exercise does wonders for both physical and mental health, and can be a great way to alleviate stress.
- Learn to manage stress: whatever that means for you, it can be through meditation, exercise, relaxation techniques, or any form of self care.