Burnout, unless you are an infant, you have experienced some level of burn out. It is a state of emotional and physical exhaustion caused by a prolonged period of stress and frustration.
Picture this, you are a manager somewhere, you have so many projects running at the same time, you have short deadlines to beat, people working under you are not proactive so sometimes you end up doing most of the work and you work from Monday to Monday, so how does that feel?
Time always catches up, and you will reach a breaking point and when it does even spelling out your name will become a task too tedious. When it reaches this point it becomes a mental condition trigger, according to the World Health Organization.
The international health agency has announced that they will add burnout as an official syndrome in their International Classification of Diseases Handbook, which goes into effect in January 2022. They emphasized that by their definition, burnout is only a syndrome of stress in an “occupational context” and they are not considering it a medical condition.
So how can we bring down this small problem that is likely to bring trouble in the future of mental health?
- Finding a purpose in your work
In this day and age you cannot risk working for the paycheck only, you must find another reason to why you wake up in the morning to go to work other than working for a salary.
Look at the deeper impact of what you do every day; how does your work make life better for other people? How could you add more meaning to what you do every day?
If you think that you’re in the wrong role or career, develop a career strategy to help you plan for a career that’s better for you.
2. Perform a job analysis
Know what is expected of you in your job description so that you don’t end up doing someone elses job while they are having a good time. This tool will help you identify what’s truly important in your role, so that you can cut out or delegate tasks that aren’t as essential.
If you feel that your boss is assigning more work than you can handle, then schedule a private meeting to discuss the issue. Let him or her know that your excessive workload is leading to burnout. Come prepared with some options that could be considered for shifting certain tasks or projects to someone else.
3. “Give” to Others
One quick and easy way to add meaning to your career is to give to others, or to help them in small ways.
When you do this, it makes you feel good. Even the smallest act of kindness can re-energize you and help you find meaning in your work.
4. Taking Control
You can avoid or overcome burnout by finding ways to create more autonomy in your role. Try talking with your boss to see if he is willing to let you have more control over your tasks, projects, or deadlines. You’ll also feel more in control of your work if you manage your time effectively.
5. Exercise Regularly
Exercise can help alleviate stress and create a sense of well-being. You will also experience increased energy and productivity when you exercise regularly. What’s more, regular exercise will help you get a good night’s sleep.
6. Learn to Manage Stress
When not managed well, short-term stress can contribute to burnout. This is why you should learn how to manage stress effectively.
There are several strategies that you can use to cope with stress. For instance, you could keep a stress diary to document what routinely causes you stress. Practising deep breathing, meditation, and other relaxation techniques can help you calm down when you’re experiencing stress.