At some point, everyone experiences a burn out. According to the Mayo Clinic website, job burn out is “work-related stress— a state of physical or emotional exhaustion that also involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity.” It’s a point where we start to lose our motivation to do well and continue to strive for improvements in our day-to-day work. It’s an incredibly common issue that affects us more than we might think. If you’re experiencing burn out at your current job, don’t stress over it too much; we’ve here with some great ways to help you avoid burn out as well as hopefully find yourself motivated once again.
But before we talk about how you can avoid burn out, we need to be able to identify what is causing us to feel this way. Some of the most common and obvious ways burn out happens include:
- Excessive stress
- Work-life imbalance
- Unclear expectations
- Negative work place environment
If your current job features even one of the four aforementioned traits, we feel for you. Our jobs should be challenging and engaging but it positive ways that don’t take a toll on you mentally. But sometimes, we just aren’t having the best time at work. To be able to handle some of that negativity, we thought of these helpful tips:
- Slow down and focus on one task at a time
Feeling overwhelmed with a large amount of work is a quick way to be very stressed out. Of course, a good amount of stress is required for you to perform at your best, but when the stress gets to be too large then things can start going south. If you’re feeling pressured under a mountain of to-do’s, it might be helpful to slow down and take everything one step at a time. This way you have more breathing room and you’re not constantly worried about the next three tasks looming on the horizon.
- Get some sleep and exercise
It’s been proven that exercise helps our body destress and be able to cope better with stress. Physical activity can get you focused and motivated. Sleep is another way to destress—you can’t think about deadlines while you’re asleep. Resting your body can help give you more energy to do all the tasks in a day that you need to.
- Seek support from friends, family, and/or co-workers
Reaching out for help, support, and advice from your family, friends, and/or co-workers might help you cope. Sometimes just knowing that someone is around rooting for you is helpful in building motivation.
Burn out is an incredibly real problem in our work-force today. Rather than ignoring it, we should be on the look out in order to help the people around us suffering from burn out. Not only will it help them, but it’ll also help your business.