“Burnout is hard to recognize, and it doesn’t go away on its own. It doesn’t get better because you finally reached a new week or checked off another item on your to-do list” – The Muse. Even the most productive, inspired and motivated employee feels burnout. The more workload and responsibilities you take on, the more prone you are. What are the signs of burnout and how can you handle it? Check it out below.
Signs That You’re Burned Out
Lack of Control
You feel that you’ve lost control of your position. The workload, your schedule, and even the tasks that are being added to your to-dos by others seem like they’re out of your hands. You are not in charge of determining what you can tackle in a day, or what is expected of you which makes you feel disorganized and as if you’re working with no direction.
Related to the previous point, the feeling of being overworked can be a huge reason for your stress. Whether these are additional tasks that you are taking upon yourself to complete or tasks that are being added to your daily schedule by a boss, or colleague – doing too much can cause the feeling of burnout as well.
Lack of Support
You feel secluded, unsupported and oftentimes isolated in your current position. You have no one that can assist with questions, or assist you with the workload. A lot of what makes an employee happy is the support system and the office culture. If you are missing either of these things, it’s difficult to stay motivated.
Your Performance is Decreasing
You notice that you’re starting to put less effort into your work. You’re unmotivated completing tasks, you’re making more mistakes and you don’t care as much about your job as you used to. You’re also feeling more negative – regarding the way you’re thinking in general, the way you are communicating with others, and regarding your job. Even for things that you have no reason for.
How to Handle It
One of the most effective ways to improve work burnout is to disconnect. Take a personal day or two (if your personal time off allows for it) or have a conversation with your employer and discuss that you are looking to take a mental health day. Allow yourself some time to unplug and regroup. Often times this may be the sole thing you need.
Incorporate Exercise into Your Day
Exercise can improve burnt out in more ways than one. Exercising can improve your energy levels which helps your productivity and the ability to more efficiently complete your tasks. Second, it allows you to destress. If you have stress occurring at work and have no outlet – that pent-up stress leads to burn out. So, if you allow yourself an outlet you may find your burnout surprisingly decrease.
Ask for Support
Although this is a more obvious point, ask for help from your manager or your employer. They may have a solution or come up with some suggestions to help ease your stress. Not to mention, they may be unaware that you’re feeling this way, and a simple conversation sharing your circumstances – may solve the problem.
Focus on Your Sleep/Self-Care
As we can assume, when you have a vast amount of workload stress, your body is physically and mentally affected. If you don’t allow yourself to get rest and catch up – your feeling of overwhelm will increase. So ensure you are allowing yourself time to rest and recover.
How do you fix your feeling of burnout?