It’s natural for our energy levels to fluctuate from day to day or even throughout the same day, but full-fledged burnout can compromise your happiness and take a toll on your career growth. There are at least 3 distinct types of burnout. What they have in common is the potential to leave you feeling drained and hopeless if you allow them to build up over time.
This may be you if you typically push yourself to exhaustion. We live in a culture that awards pushing ourselves to the max; which makes it difficult for us to slow down. There have been times when I have been overloaded to the point where I had an attitude about everything! You may also be prone to complaining about office policies and practices that seem to hold you back or you may even rebel a little and slow down your productivity.
Make time for your personal life. Excessive hours at the office could be a sign that you’re trying to compensate for shortcomings in other aspects of your life. Don’t forget to take care of you by giving attention to your health, social life, and spiritual life. If you aren’t in optimal overall health, how can you put your best foot forward in anything else you do?
Take a break. Sometimes overload can turn into being overwhelmed. If you experience a moment where your mind is racing, you’re getting upset, and are losing focus; take 5 minutes to go somewhere quiet or what some may call, your closet. This can even be the bathroom at work. I have had many a closet in the different places where I worked! Take deep breaths and focus your mind on your breathing and the solitude instead of the stress.
Maybe you feel like you’re coasting at work or even through life in general. Studies show that engaging in our boredom for prolonged periods can lead to anxiety, depression, declining interpersonal skills, and overall poor performance.
Find a challenge to tackle. At work, ask your supervisor for a challenging task or assignment. For your personal life, spend some time becoming an expert in your favorite hobby. In either case, pick something that will give you a chance to acquire new knowledge and learn additional skills.
Being Worn Out
This defines being worn out mentally, physically, emotionally, or spiritually. If you have worthy goals but are struggling to achieve them, this could describe you. Ask yourself if your motivation sinks when you encounter barriers and stress.
Find what relaxation techniques work for you. Stress is an inevitable part of life. Rely on methods that dissolve tension for you. When I’m stressed or worried about the fact that I feel unmotivated, I resort to finding or creating a quiet environment where I can pray or read. If I’m too wound up, I’ll watch a movie or call a friend that makes me laugh or brings me joy.
Actively motivate yourself. Give yourself periodic reminders of why your work and personal progress is important to you. You may discover multiple sources of gratification, including supporting those you love, volunteering, or simply getting things done on your to-do list that you’ve been putting off.
Before you throw in the towel, figure out your personal style of burnout and overcome it. Taking constructive action will make your life much less stressful and much more satisfying.
Push through the burnout! It'll be worth it in the end.