Burnout can take a toll on your mind and body causing you to suffer symptoms of exhaustion, anxiety, and even depression. If you do not take stock of what is happening, and consider making a few changes in what you are doing, or how you are approaching things, burnout can lead to even more significant health problems, such as heart attacks or strokes.
In order to avoid burnout it is important to start noticing its warning signs so that you can stop it before it get cranked up. Even some relatively simple or minor life changes may make it more likely for you to avoid burnout altogether.
1. Assess your workload.
It is all too easy to take on too much work without really thinking that there are only so many hours in a day, and “everything” will not be accomplished each of those days. If you run on overdrive all the time, without giving yourself a decent break, you will surely eventually reach the breaking point of burning out. You have two choices when it comes to trying to figure out how to alter your workload:
- First, you can study time management techniques in order to work more efficiently. You may be be able to get more done in less time.
- Second, you can probably safely drop a few things off of your workload. This may not be always be the ideal solution, but it is important for the sake of your health and happiness.
2. Don’t wait for exhaustion to come knocking.
When we are really trying to be in tune with our bodies, we can begin to sense when we are approaching exhaustion. As soon as you start to feel this way it is time to stop and look to make some kind of change. You can book a mini-vacation, go on a day trip, or you can spend time at home. The important thing to remember is that you need to try to make a little space between you and the source of the stress. If this means no access to a cell phone or computer, then so be it!
3. Change. It is a good thing.
If you are continually reaching a point where you think you are about burn out, then it is probably well past time to think about making some major life changes. For example, you may be in a job that is causing you to repeatedly burnout despite your best efforts to avoid it. Perhaps it is time to start looking for a more suitable job. Or, a more suitable outlet outside of work.
4. Force yourself to take breaks.
There are many good reasons why it is mandatory in many businesses that employees are offered breaks. You need breaks to continually refresh, rejuvenate, and renew your mind. Go for a 10-minute walk, play a Sudoku puzzle, or just get away from the source of your tension for just a few minutes.
5. Get some help.
Sometimes we feel like we are all alone with our problems and we forget that we can reach out and ask for some help. Talk to your partner, friend, personal coach, psychologist, or psychiatrist to vent your frustrations and seek advice.
6. Say “No” more often.
There is a difference between someone who is open and accommodating to helping others, and someone who says “yes” to everything that crosses their path. If you tell everyone “yes”, it is highly likely that someone may take advantage of you at some point. Learn that sometimes saying “no” is sometimes in everyone’s best interest, including yours.
7. Time and Value top the list.
In the end, the most important tip is to listen to what your inner self is saying to you. If you have taken on too much, make a list and figure out the most important items that need to get done by you. The other stuff will simply have to wait or someone else will have to complete the tasks.
These are but a few of the strategies that you can use to help stave off burnout.
Take some kind of action, get the parts of your life that you can, back under control, and you will soon feel much freer of the crushing pressure of potential burnout!