Signs of Burnout

Signs of Burnout and How to COPE

Burnout is a state of physical, mental and emotional exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress at work or in life. There are some physically and mental warning signs you may be overdoing it.

Factors that contribute to burnout include:

Work-related causes

  • Having little or no control over your work, hours, rest periods
  • Lack of recognition, encouragement and financial benefits
  • Stressful work conditions
  • Boring or monotonous work

Lifestyle causes

  • Lack of work and social balance
  • Lack of supportive relations
  • Not enough sleep

Personality traits

  • Perfectionistic or obssessive tendencies
  • Pessimistic view of yourself and the world
  • Need to be in control
  • High achieving

How to cope and regain your balance

If you recognise some of these warning signs starting to enter your life regularly, it’s time to regain a sense of wellbeing and prioritise balance to your life. Here are three simple ways to improve your wellbeing and decrease your burnout symtoms.

For starters, turn to your friends and relationships. Put effort and time aside to spend some quality time and fill up your social cup.

Reframe the way you view work and life outside of work. Finding value and meaning through life outside of work can be rewarding and help your reshuffle your priorities going forward.

Lastly, daily exercise. This could be a morning walk, a lunch walk to a nearby coffee shop, early morning yoga or an afternoon cycle. Regular physical activity will improve with your overall mood and wellbeing.

Burnout is a critical issue that can impact every aspect of your life, from your professional performance to your physical and emotional well-being. By recognizing the signs of burnout, such as emotional exhaustion, cynicism, and reduced performance, you can take proactive steps to address and manage it. Implementing coping strategies like prioritizing self-care, setting boundaries, and seeking support can help you regain balance and improve your quality of life.

Preventive measures, including regular self-assessment, maintaining a healthy work-life balance, fostering positive relationships, and pursuing professional development, are essential in avoiding burnout. Remember, acknowledging burnout and taking steps to cope with it is not a sign of weakness but a vital part of maintaining your overall health and productivity. If necessary, don’t hesitate to seek professional help to guide you through this process.

Prioritize your well-being to sustain long-term success and happiness in both your personal and professional life.

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