I have a workmate who is a Jehovah’s Witness and each month he gives me a copy of their Awake! magazine. This month the topic on the cover caught my attention and I will share some of the things I found quite informative from the article. These are not my words it’s just a matter of copy paste of some parts of the article but I’m sure you will find it insightful.
Burnout is characterised by chronic exhaustion and strong feelings of frustration and powerlessness. Those suffering from burnout tend to withdrawal emotionally from their work, lose motivation, and become less productive. Studies also link burnout to numerous emotional and physical health problems.
What causes burnout? Work overload is often a factor. Because of economic pressures, some employers demand that employees work longer hours, at times for less money. Technology now keeps some in constant contact with their job, blurring lines between work and private life. For some, job insecurity, lack of control over their work, or feelings of being treated unfairly contribute to burnout. so does dealing with unclear priorities or conflicts with coworkers.
Consider the following four steps for dealing with burnout:
- Evaluate your priorities – What is most important to you? These are the things that are likely to suffer if you are burned out. Beware of pressure to adopt the priorities of others around you as your own.
- Simplify your life – A simpler lifestyle can bring greater freedom and satisfaction. To prepare for such a change, reduce expenses and save money.
- Learn to say no to work – If you face an unrealistic workload or some other persistent problem in your workplace, discuss your situation with your employer.
- Renew yourself – Make time for sufficient rest and balanced recreation. Remember that recreation does not have to be expensive to be refreshing to you and your family. Cultivate interests and friendships apart from your work, and avoid defining yourself by the type and amount of work that you do.
Have you suffered from burnout before? What did you do about it? Do you have any tips to share on your experience?