Burnout: Strategies for Prevention

By WorkBook6

Last week, you might have seen JT’s blog post about Burnout being addressed as a qualified diagnosis by the WHO. (If you haven’t had a chance to read it, I suggest you do first, here is the link.)

In my experience, Burnout has a way of creeping up on you, until it occupies your entire life. So, let’s talk strategy. Addressing it before it hits you is the trick, that means finding balance and knowing when it’s time to shut down for the day or take a break. Taking action before you completely spiral is key to staying on top of this.

Here are 5 ways I address burnout before it hits:

  1. I change my environment. If I’m feeling overwhelmed or stressed, sometimes changing my setting altogether can make a huge impact. I make an effort to go for more short walks throughout the day or working from home if needed. It can completely change how I’m feeling briefly, reduce my anxiety, and puts my mind at ease.
  2. Designate off time. Seriously, going off the grid and sticking to it can do wonders. I don’t mean I take a 2-week vacation on a remote island, (because let’s be real) when you’re feeling burnt out, you usually can’t just get up and leave the country. I do my best to stay off my computer after 8pm or even earlier if that’s feasible so that I can actually fall asleep when I want to. And designate time for an activity that quiets my mind first thing in the morning instead of reaching for my phone right away. Getting in the right mindset before beginning my day can add so much value.
  3. Stress Relief. Finding a good stress reliever that requires my full attention always helps reduce my stress levels. This helps with self-awareness and in turn I notice the signs and symptoms faster to more readily facilitate addressing them and knowing when and how to make a change. 
  4. Finding an activity that brings me joy. Such as going to a concert, reading a book, going to yoga or spin class. I have to schedule these things to keep me grounded. I look forward to it all week, which helps me enjoy it that much more.
  5. Finding Support. Lastly, it’s ok to ask for help. Communication is important to let people in and letting them know what’s going on. At WorkBook6, I know full well my team has my back (and I have theirs); we rely on trust. Collaborating with others and supporting each other is what makes this team so great.

Everyone has their own strategies to fight burnout. Ultimately, it comes down to finding what works best for you. Being self-aware and working to be more open with each other will create a work environment conducive to higher productivity.

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