How Burnout Can Affect You & How to Avoid it in the Workplace

Combating burnout is a simple difficulty of self-care. You need to start thinking about how to separate work from your personal life in order to recharge and find an optimum life balance.

Before being able to treat and prevent burnout, you need to recognise the warning signs so that you’ll know when it’s time to take action:

  • Cognitive difficulties & making simple mistakes.
  • Taking work home with you.
  • General feelings of fatigue and reduced energy, even after a full night’s sleep.
  • Feelings of reduced job satisfaction.
  • Problems in your personal life.

If you recognise some of these symptoms, you may be feeling burnt out or run down. Burnout is often stems from a misalignment of contribution and productivity; you start to feel unhappy when you’re putting an increased amount of effort into your work and not seeing a great deal of return. This can happen when a job isn’t stimulating, but more often than not it’s a result of not taking care of yourself over a prolonged period of time.

The following tips will help you to achieve this:

  1. Separate your home & working life. When you leave the office immediately start planning your non-work related evening.
  2. Pay attention to signals your body is giving you, don’t feel bad to lie in at the weekend!
  3. Relax your schedule; give yourself more time to complete your daily jobs and tasks at work.
  4. Make an effort to be organised in your day-to-day life, make a list and take notes at work during meetings and as events unfold.
  5. Take frequent breaks during your working day, especially lunch to eat and nourish yourself.
  6. Use your support system; whether they are colleagues, friends or your spouse, know that they are there for you!

If these strategies don’t work for you, perhaps the issue is a bigger one; the problem may be your current job or place of employment. Working in a job that is not suitable for your personality type can cause burnout naturally. In that case you’ll have to decide what’s more important: your work or your health.