Combat Burnout

Burnout (Photo credit: fmgbain)
When you experience stress over a long period of time it can affect all areas of your life, especially your job! The result can be burn out. You might feel underappreciated in your job or overburdened with the responsibilities that are thrust upon you. If you are having a hard time managing your work load as it it, the extra work can make it even more difficult for you to perform your job the way you need to. You may feel absolutely helpless. But there are ways that you can alleviate burnout.

The first thing you need to do is take care of yourself. You can’t take care of other people if you don’t take care of yourself first and that includes your job. How do you do this?

• Talk to your boss. Let your boss know that you feel that you could do a better job if some of your tasks could be re-assigned.

• Make sure to take breaks. Even when it seems like you don’t have time for a break, taking time to unwind and re-charge your batteries can actually make you better at your job and you will get more done.

• Find someone that you can safely vent to without putting your job at jeopardy. Co-workers may not be your best bet because ultimately, they are all your competition and it might just be too tempting for them to “let it slip” and then your job may become even more stressful.

• Socialize more. Don’t go home and spend all of your evening in front of the computer. Get out of the house and see some friends.

• Get active. Exercise is one of the best ways to relieve stress. Hit a ball around on the tennis court, take a boxing class, or kick a soccer ball around.

• Get some sleep. Make sure you are sleeping a sound 6-8 hours every night (everyone is different) and that includes on the weekends.

• Eat properly. Don’t live on chips and chocolate bars. Bring a healthy lunch or look for restaurants nearby that can help you fuel your body. You’ll feel more energetic and you will be more likely to think with your full brain capacity.