LIFESTYLE: Ways to avoid job burnout
June 5, 2019 Kae Luna
You’re feeling demotivated and have suddenly lost your drive, but you don’t know why. Burnouts at work can be a very common thing and it’s not so easy to wrestle with! But fret not, we have some tips for you!
What are burnouts? If you think about it, the word seems so extreme, but it is fairly common among working people. Burnout is a state of constant stress and fatigue (both physical and mental). It can also be characterized by a lack of focus, motivation, and drive to do work.
Although it’s not officially considered as a medical condition, most of us have experienced it. When experiencing burnout, you can also feel cynical or hopeless. You might catch yourself behind deadlines, with constant headaches, and having trouble sleeping. You always wish it’s Friday already.
And even though work is the most affected aspect, causes of burnouts can reach outside of our jobs. It can be combined unmanaged stress from other aspects of our lives that we tend to bring to work. Imagine having a problem at home and then you get to work and you’re greeted by deadlines (which you probably already missed), and at the end of the workday, you get a call from bills already past their due dates and get home again to a messy house. The point is, it can be a lot of things other than work. But don’t worry, we found some tips that might help!
Work is a very important aspect of our lives, but our health needs attention too. The right amount of sleep can really put you in the right headspace to be able to work properly. In contrast to this, lacking sleep can affect your mood throughout the day, as well as your focus, thus affecting your outputs.
Lastly, there are a lot of things that a healthy amount of sleep can keep you from other than burnout. Illnesses, bodily irregularities, and even acne! Trust me, get a good amount of sleep and your body will thank you.
Use your vacation days
Got a scheduled long weekend ahead or some holiday breaks? Use it wisely! If you’re experiencing burnout, there’s a great chance that you need a break and some time away from your screen and paper works. Take the leisure of time to relax and spend time at home with the family. Or better yet, use the time to schedule your put-aside plans or get-togethers!
If you’re permitted a couple of rest days a week, take it! It’s always nice to work extra days when you’re catching up on deadlines and such but remember that it’s also important to take in-between breaks and get your much-needed “me time”.
Communicate with your employer
It always helps to be open to your employer about your job. I’ve experienced being called to the HR office once. I was already freaking out, but it turned out that the HR Manager just wanted to talk to me about my work, how I’m handling things, and how I’m feeling about my job. She also asked me if I’m getting enough sleep outside of work and also if I needed help or coaching on anything. And, frankly, having that talk helped me released most of the mental tension that I have been holding in.
Talking to our bosses can be a terrifying idea, but once you experience opening up about reasonable things, you’d realize that they really take the time to listen to their employees, and that includes you. But remember not to do this to complain (we always need to always keep things professional), but just to be open to your boss about your struggles at work and things you need help with, to cope. It doesn’t hurt to not always be the best of yourself sometimes and being open helps your boss understand you more.
Find a new hobby
Burnouts can also be associated with routine. Feeling like you’re doing things all over again for no purpose other than to get a paycheck can be really exhausting for the mind. Finding a new hobby might help break that routine. Learn musical instruments, draw, paint, jog, or do handy crafts or sports! Aside from being a form of recreation, new hobbies can be your form of relaxing escape from the work that you do.
It’s also important that you give your self-growth a part of your time. You can’t get a hobby when you just don’t have the time, so it’s important to not just find time for it but to give time for it! When you’re feeling like one hobby is getting routinary again, then do other things! There are endless choices as to what we can learn in life.
Depending on the type of person you are, some social activities might help relieve the stress you’re feeling. When you’ve just been facing your screen for a whole week doing the same things every day, we understand that it can be a little exhausting. Go out to meet new people! Don’t shy away from the possibility of making new friends. Or if you want, you can always go get your long-time buddies to just hang out, and maybe you can vent out some of the stress, too.
Re-evaluate your goals
If you’re experiencing burnout, you’re probably doing a lot and have lost your focus on what your goal really is. What is your job asking from you and what is your purpose of doing it? Sometimes it helps to sit back and reassess yourself and your goals. Because maybe you’re straying away from that one goal. And sometimes, losing your sense of purpose can cause you to be demotivated because you don’t know what you’re doing it for anymore.
Also, sometimes tasks can be overwhelming. When in this situation, it helps to gain back focus and sort out the things you need to do into tasks and smaller subtasks that you need to accomplish. Put it in a list or something you can check or cross out. This way, the task will be a lot less overwhelming and you wouldn’t have to feel like your tasks are eating you up. You can do it one by one and cross out what you’ve accomplished.