Wouldn’t it be great if you could just quit your job and finally feel able to relax?
Unfortunately, that’s not always possible, but there are things that you can do to prevent burnout and exhaustion.
Strategies for Preventing Burnout:
1. Take Control
As with any job, it is important to know what is in your control and what is not. For example, you don’t have control over how your boss responds to your work. However, you do have control in ensuring that your work is the highest quality possible. Other examples of taking back control include:
Remember, you can’t control other people, but there is a lot that is in your sphere of control. Knowing this can stave off exhaustion and prevent burnout.
2. Stay Healthy
Burnout is more noticeable when you’re not taking care of yourself. For example, oftentimes when we feel stress, anxiety, or even exhaustion, we cope negatively by eating or drinking too much. In turn, we lack energy so that when we get home, all we want to do is lie on the couch and watch TV. Instead, you can choose better options, such as:
If your body is healthy, you will be much more capable of coping with stress and avoid burnout.
3. Calm Your Mind
When you are stressed, your brain feels it. You become cranky and have a short temper. It also becomes harder to make good decisions or cope with stressful situations. That’s why giving your brain some TLC is so important for preventing burnout. For example:
These practices help refocus your thinking from a negativity-based mindset to a strength-based one. When you are strength-based, you can see the world from a more positive perspective and are better capable of creating the change you desire.
But what if you are still experiencing burnout?
If you try the above strategies and still feel burned-out, it may be time for professional help. Consult with a therapist and be open about why you are experiencing burnout symptoms. Your therapist can suggest additional strategies, as well as help you sort through your feelings. Sometimes it’s just nice to get things off your chest and talk with a person who will be understanding and non-judgmental.
When you experience burnout, it seems as if all the energy has been drained out of your body. However, by practicing the above techniques, and working with a therapist when necessary, you can learn to prevent burnout and rise to your full potential.
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