Burnout is a serious issue, especially for workers in these times. Working in the office and at home made it difficult for employees to create an excellent work-life balance.
The current economic situation has also led people to struggle with making drastic life changes — work or lifestyle-wise.
In the ideal world, you shouldn’t have to continue working at a job that impedes your mental health. However, if you don’t have a choice, here are the following things you can do to avoid professional burnout.
- First, determine what professional burnout is. Burnout is more than being tired. Joe Grasso, a clinical psychologist and senior director of workforce transformation at Lyra Health, said it combines fatigue, cynicism, and misalignment. Pay attention to your moods and energy levels.
- Map out your ideal situation. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all cure for burnout, so know your options. Can you afford to take time off from work or not? Where are you in your career? Discovering the answers to these questions will help you understand if you are a good fit for your job.
- Set boundaries. Known also as “psychological contracts,” setting these up will help you be at your best or, at the very least, alleviate the source of your burnout. “If we don’t carve out time for mental repair,” says Frank, “all those burdens compound over time until we reach a breaking point.”
- Find your sense of meaning. Grasso said that it’s possible to find a sense of purpose in your work, no matter how small that may be. You can either focus on the aspect of your work that you enjoy or get a “sense of mastery” in your line of work.
- Learn to detach. If all else fails, Grasso recommends learning how to separate your sense of identity from your work. Grasso recommends getting an accountability buddy who can let you know when you might be “overinvesting in work” and starting to withdraw from aspects of your personal life.
Employers are legally responsible for evaluating circumstances that may harm their employees’ health. However, it is only yourself that would know if you are already feeling burnt out from work or not.
So to stay performing excellently at your job, learn how to identify burnout and address it immediately with these steps.