How to stop Burnout
Burnout is (finally) an issue. This article helps people to identify, avoid and solve this health problem.It’s a common problem. For many years it didn’t have a name, but for now Burnout is an issue. Being a subject of today’s world, it helps people to identify, avoid and solve their problems. So let’s talk about Burnout.
Burnout is a long-drawn answer to physical and emotional stress, that culminate in exhaustion and a feeling of ineffectiveness. Usually, it’s more related with work exhaustion.
How to identify Burnout symptoms?In the first step you have to ask: how does burnout feel like?
. Waking up feeling this is going to be a bad day;
. Feeling helpless and hopeless, sadness, apathy, frustration, anger, irritability, low self-esteem, depersonalization;
. Being tired all the time, with concentration, memory and attention problems, confusion, slower tasks, persistent thoughts about work, hypervigilance and need for control;
. Feeling like nothing cares, feeling empty and mentally exhausted;
. Having communication problems, with impulsivity, aggression, abuse or increased substance use (tobacco, alcohol, drugs, medication), self-medication;
. Feeling that what you do is not appreciated, with a sense of injustice and unrewarding;
. Being more susceptible to physical illness: gastrointestinal problems, shortness of breath, dizziness, sweating, tachycardia, migraines, muscle tension, insomnia and appetite.
The stages of Burnout?. Physical, Mental and Emotional Exhaustion - feeling overload, with the perception of lack of energy to carry out professional (and personal) activities. Work comes to be seen as painful.
. Shame, Doubt and Depersonalization - more impersonal and unaffected contacts and little empathic with each other. Cognitive and emotional barriers to work.
. Cynicism and Callousness - although it often means yes, behavior does not show it. Step by step, you become insensitive to the affairs, as if nothing matters. As a result, the sense of professional achievement and effectiveness is often compromised.
. Failure and Crisis - in this step, and identifying the symptoms already indicated, maybe you need some professional help.
How to avoid and prevent Burnout?. Take control of your time: use an agenda to organize your time, but in a generic way. The point is to have a sense of the job done at the end of the day, feeling useful, but without a super pressure to do a lot of things;
. Analyze: as a result of this analysis, eliminate or delegate unnecessary work. Sometimes you’re spending time with things with no purpose. At the end of the day you have an unsuccess feeling that’s not good. So choose your jobs.
. Purpose: if you work with a purpose, everything is much easier and flowing.
. Give: force yourself to get involved with others, to participate in activities, always have lunch with someone, talk with colleagues.
. Exercise helps to keep the body and mind active in a positive way. The tiredness of the exercise will make you feel tired (which will help you fall asleep at night) but more positive. If possible, choose to exercise outdoors.
. Learn how to manage stress. If you’re not dealing well with your problems don’t hesitate and find professional help.
I am a company. How can I help my employees?. Be aware. Always keep in mind that your employees are human. Even the ones who look like superstars.
. Give feedback. As recognition or as alternative directions for better results.
. Reconsider where work can take place, increasing the availability of work-at-home opportunities.
. If a work-at-home isn’t possible, change the workplace environment (room layout, seatings, lighting, etc).
. When on vacation, encourage your employees to unplug.
Be aware that Burnout doesn’t disappear on its own. It’s important to be conscientious about the problem and identify the stage where you are. For the recovery don’t hesitate to ask for help. Burnout can be cured.