How to Avoid Burnout

What is Burnout?

Burnout is the state of mind that comes with long-term, unresolved stress that can negatively affect your work and your life. Burnout syndrome has serious consequences on both our physical and mental health. When we feel burnt out, we become exhausted. With more of us working from home, blurred lines between work and home have increased employee stress and diminished overall wellbeing.

Over one-hundred burnout signs are currently known, here are a list of some of the most common:

  1. Chronic Fatigue

  2. Sleep disorders

  3. Reduced performance

  4. Chest tightness

  5. Dizziness

  6. Gastrointestinal complaints

  7. Headache

  8. Tendency to cry

  9. Feeling of faintness

  10. Restlessness

  11. Loss of empathy

What’s the difference between burnout and stress?

By definition, burnout is an extended period of stress that feels as though it cannot be resolved.

How Can I Avoid it?

Like any major health issue, the earlier you can recognise the signs of burnout, the better chance you have of recovering or even avoiding it altogether.

Although the term "burnout" suggests it may be a permanent condition, it's reversible. If you are feeling burned out you could try to incorporate some of the following into your daily routine:

1. Self-care is an excellent tool that you can use to help you to avoid burnout. Though self-care looks different for everyone, common strategies include yoga, mindfulness meditation, massage, exercise, dietary changes, journaling or practicing self-compassion.

2. Take your annual leave. With travel restrictions in place it can be easy to avoid taking annual leave. You don't need to travel to take time for yourself. The office will survive without you, I promise.

3. Sleep. Try to prioritise sleep where you can.

4. Reduce caffeine intake. Caffeine is a stimulant. It’s all too tempting to try and push through the tiredness by drinking coffee but this will only make it worse.

5. Ditch the phone. Several studies have investigated the implications of smartphone overuse, including increased sleep deprivation and the experience of depression and anxiety.

6. Healthy Eating and Exercise.

The LSW Mind Notes Journal can be used as an excellent tool to help you to practice gratitude and to increase your sense of wellbeing.

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