Tips for Avoiding Career Burnout
Avoiding Work Burnout
Hustling and working hard can be seen on every motivational IG/FB post. Although working hard to achieve your career goals is part of the process, burnout is the result of not maintaining a healthy work/life balance. Here are some helpful tips to assist you with avoiding burnout.
1. Understand your stress triggers: Stress is an inevitable part of life, but the key is understanding when you are becoming too stressed to be productive. If you listen to your body many times, you are able to assess how stressed you are. Some tell-tell signs are overeating, headaches, increased blood pressure, increased irritability, and inability to focus. Once you know how your body responds to stress, you must then assess how to navigate major stress triggers. Are your stress triggers a dirty house/car, scattered papers on your desk, loud co-workers, missed deadlines, or difficult conversations at work?
2. Take a break: Whatever you recognize as your work stress trigger- step away from it and take a break. Whether you need to take a walk outside, watch a motivational video, or simply take a deep breath- take a break from what is stressing you. I recently learned a way to divert your attention aways is to look at pleasant images (pictures of loved ones, pets, etc), smell a welcoming fragrance, or eat something you find tasty. You can use one or all three of techniques to help your mind relax.
3. Set boundaries: Setting boundaries at work is imperative to avoiding burnout. You should understand that these boundaries are not meant to stop your productivity but curve the amount of stress you may feel. Place your phone on do not disturb when working on important projects, schedule meetings with personnel so people are not calling/stopping by your office unannounced, or simply tell your peers that now is not a good time to talk, and you will get back to them soon. Setting reasonable boundaries will set the expectations for yourself and your peers.
4. Schedule PTO: If a longer break is needed, schedule PTO for yourself so you can truly unplug from the chaos of work.
5. Think About is it Time for a Career Change: If you have been unsuccessful in navigating your work stress triggers, now is the time to examine if your current career/ job is the right one for you. Do not make a major change but really take the time to examine if the position that you are in services the purpose of your life right now.
If you need help with navigating stressful situations, do not only read about it online but reach out for personal professional help so that you are able to achieve the level happiness and peace that you deserve.