What to do if you are suffering from work burnout

I remember a time not so long ago when I was completely burnt out. My job had taken its toll and I felt like I was completely stuck. I knew that I needed to do something to change my situation but I was just too drained to think straight.

The problem was that by not doing anything, I was stuck. I knew that it was only by pulling myself together mentally and taking action that I could get myself out of my situation.


Your mindset controls your actions

When you are feeling low or exhausted it is almost impossible to believe that you can turn your life around. When your state of mind is negative you lack the energy to do anything which is why it is so important to take control of your emotions and mindset, forcing yourself to feel more positive and determined.

Easier said than done, right?

In the beginning yes it can be difficult but through determined action you can change your mindset, here’s how:


Find the good in your life

You may not feel like it but your life does contain positives for instance your family, your friends, your health or your home. Think about all that you have and make a gratitude list.

Then find the good in your work. Even though you may hate your job, it can’t be all bad. For instance your job provides a roof over your head, maybe you have some great work friends or clients, or perhaps you enjoy certain tasks you have to perform.

Every day remind yourself of all these good things. Make being grateful a habit by starting and ending your day by reading and adding your gratitude list. When you start to feel low, despondent or frustrated pull out your list and remind yourself that life is not all bad.


Commit to action

Positive change can only happen if you commit to taking action and then actually take action. To make a commitment you need to have clarity on what you need to change. Ask yourself:

  • What is it that I don’t like about my situation?
  • What would make me feel happier and more energised?
  • What changes do I need to make to improve my situation?
  • What steps do I need to take in order to make those changes happen?

Having a plan that is realistic will help you feel more positive about getting unstuck. Start with small adjustments first before leading into bigger action. Make sure you commit to taking action and if you don’t think that you can do it on your own then ask for help and support.


Take a break

Constantly worrying or working flat out is not healthy. Your mind and body will suffer for it so you need to learn to relax and take a timeout from your stress. Even if you can’t take leave from your job, you can still take a break from it. On your days off, do something completely self indulgent, something healthy that you really enjoy. Whatever you choose to do, make sure that it distracts you from your worries and makes you feel good.

You will feel more positive and better able to cope with life and work when you give your mind a chance to reboot through relaxation.

Burnout happens to most people at some stage of their career. By knowing what it is that has led to your job burnout, deciding what to do about it, having a positive mindset and then taking action will help you move through this phase and onto a happier, healthy state of being.

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