Let’s do a quick temperature check and see if you are experiencing chronic burnout.
Do you spend your downtime recovering from your working hours?
Are you frequently irritable, stressed, or overwhelmed?
Do you always feel like you’re playing catch up and feel tired most of the time?
If so, you may indeed be one of the millions experiencing the phenomenon called burnout.
Burnout affects people from virtually all life stages, ages, and demographics. It’s also common for people who have spent a significant amount of time in the same professional role or doing the same work tasks for an extended amount of time.
While burnout is commonplace, several tactics can help manage and reduce these feelings. Keep reading to learn about five easy strategies to counteract burnout.
As defined by Merriam-Webster, burnout is “exhaustion of physical or emotional strength or motivation usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustration.”
Translation: Burnout is that feeling you get when you just can’t. It feels like the ultimate overwhelm.
If it feels like a chore to do things that used to be a piece of cake, like doing typical job duties or checking work emails, you may be experiencing burnout.
Leaving burnout unchecked often manifests itself as symptoms like fatigue, difficulty sleeping, declining mental health, and even health issues like high blood pressure.
Large swaths of us spend our waking hours working one (or more) job(s) with high stress, job security concerns, irregular or extended hours, and general fatigue.
Add other life responsibilities, like family commitments and relationships, and it’s no wonder that many of us are exhausted, leading us right into chronic burnout.
Burnout is a reoccurring feeling for many of us, but there are several changes that we can make to mitigate its effects. Try implementing a few of the suggestions below to alleviate the feeling of chronic burnout.
Contrary to popular belief, multitasking isn’t the bastion of effectiveness that we believe it to be. Studies show that multitasking is less valuable than we think in most cases and contributes to reduced productivity overall.
Rather than multitasking, which is likely to result in limited success, consider monotasking instead.
If you’ve ever made a to-do list for everything you need to get done in a day (or a week!), you may find your eyes glazing and a pervasive, overwhelming feeling washing over you.
This likely stems from the fact that the to-dos are a jumbled mess with no level of importance factored in. To reduce this feeling, consider prioritizing the tasks on your to-do list.
Do you frequently find yourself stressed because you’re often racing against the clock to complete work or projects?
If so, it may be time to take a hard look at your responsibilities and determine whether anything you typically do can be rescheduled or reallocated altogether.
Although it sometimes doesn’t feel like it, taking time for yourself is one of the most important and beneficial ways to reduce chronic burnout.
Doing hobbies, hanging out with pets, connecting with friends, or even doing absolutely nothing can be just the boost you need to recharge.
The natural next step to taking time for yourself and away from your responsibilities is to unplug. When we’re experiencing chronic burnout, this seems undoable. But, with planning, spending time away from technology can be easier than you think.
In today’s society, the feeling of being overwhelmed and exhausted is recurring for countless individuals. While chronic burnout is a common experience for many of us, it doesn’t have to be a foregone conclusion.
You can significantly reduce or ease the symptoms of burnout using strategies like implementing monotasking and non-negotiable me-time. With the proper steps and attention to yourself, regaining control and feeling recharged is within reach.
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