So if last week that description of burnout felt all too familiar, we’ll focus on some action steps you can take to steer yourself on a healthier path. Here are three tips to try out to reduce burnout.
- Slow down – a lot of burnout stems from working long hours on too many things and not giving yourself a moment to breath. Find some ways to pace yourself. It could be as simple as finding time to work out, eating healthy, stepping away from your desk for a few moments or take up meditation and mindfulness techniques. Rather than shooting off emails immediately, take a moment between each one to have a sip of water, and think about how you’d like to respond. Taking that extra moment let’s you avoid being reactionary and you may catch some spelling mistakes.
- Switch it up – sometimes what you need is a change of pace. Try asking for a different responsibility at work, and it could be one that doesn’t even relate to your daily role. Learn a new skill outside of work that’s totally different than what you do each day. It could be something that would further your career or help open doors into exciting opportunities. Even in your daily routine you could try to break up the monotony by doing things a little differently. If you always start with emails and finish with reports, switch the order to give your brain a little jump.
- Cut the fat – keep track of the items in your role that really frustrate or dull you. Review them, and think about ways you could slice them out a bit. Even better? Review the things that really get you going at work and see if you can tip the scale towards more of that. Consider talking to your superior about some responsibilities you’d like to take on and try to craft the role that you’d like to be playing at your company. It may not happen immediately, but just having something as a goal in the long run can give your brain a happy boost.
Overall, burnout is really scary, and if you’re feeling really low, consider talking to a professional about it. Either a career counselor or a regular counselor can help you analyze what’s going on and give you a safe space to talk through exactly how you’re feeling now, and what changes you could make for the future – all while staying involved weekly on your progress. Good luck!