How to Avoid A Burnout – Practice These Simple StepsChen Wan Lim
It’s Sunday night and you’re dreading Monday. Come Monday, you’re already longing for the weekend to arrive. You go to work feeling tired, demotivated, exhausted and simply not in the mood. You find that you are no longer excited over new projects and your work performance is on a decline. Sometimes, you feel moody at work and getting irritated by things that do not usually bother you. If you are experiencing these, chances are that you might be facing a burnout, or on the verge of facing one. Practise these simple steps to avoid having a burnout:
Determine the cause(s) of your burnout
Burnouts are typically caused by a few common factors namely work overload, lack in work challenges, lack in work guidance and lack in recognition. The first step is to figure out why you are feeling the way you are feeling. Work overload can be caused by you taking on more work than you can handle or things which are you not capable of executing given your existing skill sets. Lack in work challenges can also cause stress as complacency and the mundane day-to-day duties take a toll on your motivation. In addition to that, burnouts can also be caused by lack in support shown by your supervisors or the company towards the job that you are tasked to do.
Put in a request for a break from work. Simply be honest to your company that you need some personal of work to clear your mind and to seek some relief from work. Go for a holiday, indulge in your hobbies or just spend some time at home with your family. During this time, disconnect yourself from work and do not get on the phone with clients and do not respond to any emails. Taking some personal time could give you fresh perspective about your work and also help you make a decision on what you really want to do with your career.
Give back to society
Sometimes, the daily repetitive grind could also cause us to lose perspective of our work. Try signing up as a volunteer at a non-governmental organisation to help the less fortunate. Spend a weekend participating in a soup kitchen or a welfare home. Volunteering will provide us with a fresh perspective on life and also help us to be grateful for what we have.
Take up after office hours activities
Most companies these days have after office hours activities such as sports, spiritual events and clubs. These activities are designed, amongst others to promote healthy lifestyles, to expand employees’ social circle outside the department and as a stress relief mechanism. Getting involved in such activities will give you extra purpose for being with that company and sitting in the position you are in. In addition, you will also have something else to look forward to for the day.
If you think that your work is taking a toll on your personal life, then perhaps it’s time to realign your priorities. It is undeniable that work is important, however there are other things which take precedence such as your health, family and general wellbeing. Therefore, create boundaries to separate your work from your personal life. Examples of realigning priorities are trying to leave work on time every day, making it a point to spend quality time every day with your family and to not answer work related emails on weekends.