Stop the Burnout
Before we delve into what burnout is, how to recognize it, and how to manage it, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you often find yourself with more tasks than the time to complete them?
- Do you frequently struggle with starting your day?
- Do you have difficulty committing to social activities?
- Do you have a hard time going to sleep, staying asleep, or sleeping too much?
- Do you repeatedly feel sick or become ill more regularly?
- Do you end your day exhausted but feel you have not accomplished much (anything)? Decreased productivity?
These symptoms are signs of burnout.
Burnout is the result of mental, emotional, and physical fatigue brought about by stress. Although burnout is often related to the workplace, it can creep into all areas of our lives.
A common misconception is that professional women must run themselves ragged to be successful. This pressure to succeed has caused many of us to experience real consequences of burnout.
When I have worked with clients on the brink of burnout, they tell me that being busy and stressed is just part of being a woman. They are often overwhelmed with guilt when they have free time.
Here are some tips to help you STOP THE BURNOUT:
Assess: Look at how your life is set up. Your schedule, routines, relationships, work-life, eating, and sleeping habits. Get a clear look at how you are living.
Identify: Once you assess WHAT is going on, identify HOW it is going? What is working and what is not.
Prioritize: When you know what parts of your life are not working, you will prioritize and address them in order of importance.
Burnout can cause significant concerns in our lives and looks different for everyone. Consequences of burnout that go unnoticed or are left unaddressed, may lead to mistakes at work, job dissatisfaction, absenteeism, and physical, social, and psychological effects. Follow these tips to help #STOPTHEBURNOUT to build fortitude and stay healthy.
Your health and well-being are important, don’t ignore the signs. I am interested to hear about your experience of burnout. Let me know what you struggle with.