By: Bryan K. Ludeña Campoverde
Are you feeling demotivated, stressed, and exhausted at work? You may be experiencing burnout, a type of job-related exhaustion that can affect your physical, psychological, and emotional health. But don’t worry, there are ways to prevent and manage burnout to improve your well-being.
Burnout is a serious problem that can have different causes. One of them is a lack of balance between work and personal life. It’s important to establish boundaries and differences between both areas to prevent work from invading your personal life and affecting your emotional well-being. To do this, it’s recommended to establish a clear and defined schedule for both work and personal activities and prioritise the most important tasks to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
Strategies to manage burnout
A major cause of burnout is a lack of control over tasks and schedules. It’s important to have clear and open communication with your superiors to establish realistic expectations and avoid feeling overwhelmed. If you feel that you don’t have enough control over your tasks, talk to your superiors to explore options and alternatives that allow you to have more control and autonomy in your work.
Workplace harassment and social isolation are also common causes of burnout. If you feel that you’re a victim of workplace harassment, talk to your superiors or seek external help to protect yourself. If you feel isolated or disconnected from your coworkers, look for opportunities to connect and socialise, either through team-building activities or social events organised by the company.
If you realise that you’re experiencing burnout, there are several things you can do to improve your current situation. First, seek professional help. Although it may seem stigmatised, seeking professional treatment can help you identify the causes of burnout, create strategies to manage stress, or even develop a self-care plan. Don’t hesitate to seek help if you need it.
It’s also important to seek support from friends, family, or coworkers. Talking about how you feel can relieve your emotional burden and lead to new perspectives thanks to the experiences, knowledge, and skills of the people around you.
Organise your day to establish boundaries and differentiate work and personal life. Make sure to schedule relaxing or authentic activities, such as exercising or enjoying a moment of solitude. Set a schedule and prioritise tasks to control stress and prevent burnout.
Finally, get to know and enjoy yourself. We’re all different in how we perceive situations, and it’s those small differences that make us unique. Take advantage of those moments of peace and tranquillity in your daily life to do something that makes you feel good, like enjoying a sunset or spending time with your loved ones.
In summary, burnout is an increasingly common problem in the workplace that can seriously affect the physical, psychological, and emotional health of those who suffer from it. The causes of burnout are varied and can include a lack of balance between work and personal life, a lack of control over tasks and schedules, a lack of clear expectations in the workplace, workplace harassment, and social isolation.
Taking care of mental and emotional health is essential for having a balanced and satisfying life, and it’s each individual’s responsibility to take care of themselves to avoid falling into the trap of burnout. Quality time is important, as it can help you live a long and healthy life. Spending time with loved ones helps reduce stress, increases productivity and improves mental and physical health.Remember, if you start to notice any of these symptoms, you should still start to seek professional help or, perhaps, talk to people close to you, people you care about. Also, you can join our community where you can share your concerns and find more information and tips on burnout. You can find more resources for mental healthcare, inclusive care providers, discussions about topics like this and more on our youtube and resources page.