No matter what industry you’re in and no matter how hard you work to avoid it, sometimes burnout is inevitable. Sometimes, you don’t even realize it’s happening before it hits you and you feel like you simply cannot spend another day at your job. I’ve talked about what to do if you think you’re experiencing burnout and how to avoid it, but it’s also important to understand what to do if you’re already dealing with burnout. Follow these pieces of advice to recover from burnout and get yourself moving again.
Take a break
The first item on your list for fixing the effects of burnout should be stepping away from your responsibilities. Take some time off of work, even if it’s only for a day or two. No matter how important something is, if you’re experiencing true burnout, recovering from it is more important. Once you’ve had time to breath, you can begin focusing on yourself and fixing what caused burnout in the first place.
Reevaluate your tasks
After you’ve stepped away from the problem for a period of time and feel less pressured to accomplish everything, it’s time to think about your priorities and what you’re responsible for doing each day. If you’re completely overwhelmed, it’s time to start cutting back and saying no. Trim down your obligations to the bare essentials and learn to start saying no to taking on new roles you simply cannot do and aren’t mandatory.
Burnout usually results from us pushing ourselves too hard and not focusing enough on our own health. Experiencing burnout needs to be a wakeup call that it’s time for you to focus on exercising a little bit each day, spending time outside, and getting an adequate amount of sleep. It’s also important to eat balanced meals and not skip breakfast or abuse caffeine. Taking care of your body helps you avoid future burnout.
Learn to manage stress
When it comes to burnout, one of the best coping mechanisms you can employ is learning to manage stress. As you recover from burnout, you’ll experience more stress. To make a successful recovery, you’re going to need to learn how to manage this stress and focus on what really matters instead of getting bogged down with the negatives. Practice deep breathing or talk to a professional about how you can work through your stress and use it to motivate you to finish what needs to get done.
Share your thoughts
Finally, it’s time to establish a strong support system. Talking about your stress and burnout is a great way to move past it and help you learn that there is an army of people who have your back. Rely on your close friends and family to be there for you when it gets tough and you’ll be amazed how much sympathy can do for your burnout. Also, consider talking to a therapist or counselor who has been trained to work with professionals who burnout in their careers. If you feel completely uncomfortable speaking to another person about your personal problems, find a creative outlet, such as journaling or painting, that lets you work through what’s going on.