The signs are usually pretty obvious and show up as:
- Lacking motivation
- Being anti-social
- Feeling out of control
In today’s fast paced world it’s easy to burnout.
A demanding boss. Demanding clients. 24/7 technology. Deadlines. Expectations.
A million and one things “to-do” and yet another email to answer.
Burnout can rob you of your happiness, energy and health.
When I was working in my corporate job I reached burnout less than 2 years in.
I didn’t set proper boundaries. I kept saying yes to more. I sacrificed my health and sanity for my career.
It wasn’t the fault of my employer – it was my own doing.
I let it get so bad that ultimately I chose to quit without a proper exit strategy for what to do next.
Whether you’re on the road to burnout or are already there, here are 4 strategies from Creative Bloom to get you back on track.
Step 1: Be Proactive
“Burnout is often the result of issues in the workplace or problems with clients. In which case, be pro-active and make the necessary changes to improve the situation. You’ll feel much better if you actually do something about it, rather than allowing things to get worse.”
Action Step: Ask yourself, “What’s my biggest source of grief at work?”
It could be your demanding boss. An aggressive colleague. A condescending client.
Pick one and come up with 3 things you can do to make the situation better. Remember, you can only control what’s in your hand. Let go of the rest.
Step 2: Find Support
“Burnout can make you isolate yourself from the world. But instead of hiding under your duvet, turn to family and friends for support. Don’t be ashamed to admit that you’re suffering and share your problems with loved ones.”
Action Step: Pick one person in your circle who you can trust and have a genuine and open conversation about how you’re really feeling. Genuinely sharing how you’re experiencing burnout and getting it off your chest will help.
Step 3: Reassess your life
“Burnout can offer a silver lining by encouraging you to reassess your life in general. It can help you to reevaluate your goals, priorities, hopes and dreams. It can make you discover what does and doesn’t make you happy and help you take positive steps towards a better existence.”
Action Step: Re-evaluate what you want from your life and career. Speak to a friend about it or seek a professional’s help and guidance. By setting a clear intention on what you DO want this will help you see where you’re current job is falling short. From there you can strategise ways to design a life and career that works for you.
Step 4: Take time out
“Burnout sometimes requires a complete break from your working life. Therefore, use up any holiday entitlement you have to get away. Make sure you leave your laptop and mobile phone at home to completely recharge your batteries and get better.”
Action Step: Being in the daily grind can rob you of all imagination and creativity. Calculate how many days of leave you still have left for the rest of the year. Grab your calendar and plan a break. Even if it’s a long weekend. Get something in the diary so that you have something to look forward to. Disconnect and do something that you love. Prioritizing yourself and taking care of yourself will be a welcome change and help recharge those deplenished batteries of yours.
I’d love to hear from you:
- Are you approaching or at burnout?
- What are you going to do to get back on track?
- Have you recovered from burnout, what strategies have you used to recover?
Have a lovely weekend and get some much deserved rest.
P.S. I’m co-hosting a webinar on Wednesday 15th October 9am Hong Kong Time with Nicole Longstreath of The Wardrobe Code on “3 ways to take control of your career. How to have the style, clarity and confidence you’ve always wanted.” It’s a free training so make sure you sign up. Even if you can’t make it make sure you reserve your seat so that you get free access to the replay. You can sign up here.