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How to Cope with burnout at work

Post Date: November 28th, 2018

How to Cope with burnout at work

 “choose a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life”

Well really, it’s just not that simple.  Maybe it’s your favorite thing to do, but do you really want to do it every single working day? And are you just so busy all the time?

Here are a few things you can do to help with feeling burned out and overwhelmed at work

 

1. LOOK FOR SUPPORT IN OTHER PLACES

Ideally, your manager and your team are supportive. But if you can’t get support from your immediate coworkers, make it a priority to find it somewhere else.

It takes time and effort to maintain social connections, but supportive people are the best remedy for burnout.

 

2.  AVOID VENTING AT WORK

Some of your social connections may well be at the office. And while making friends at work can make your job a lot more pleasant, it’s also risky. Why? Because it’s tempting to vent to your office BFF, especially when you’re in a high-pressure situation. And that’s not necessarily constructive, either for you or for them.

For one thing, there’s no guarantee that your coworker will be discrete about your complaints. Accidentally confide in the office gossip, and you could have bigger problems than your original situation. Even if your work friend is totally trustworthy, dwelling on the negative could drag you both down.

 

3.  FOCUS ON RESILIENCE, NOT PERFECTION

No one likes to make mistakes … but everyone makes them anyway. Focus too much on perfection, and you’ll set yourself up for disappointment.

Instead, develop resilience.  Look at setbacks as an opportunity to learn. Not only will it make you better able to deal with tricky situations at work, it may even help you cope with stress better in general.

 

4.  SCHEDULE PERSONAL TIME

Having trouble finding time for yourself?  You might need to put it in your calendar, just as you would any other important commitment.

Schedule free time on your calendar, just like you would schedule a meeting, and stick to it. It’s important to take the time you need for yourself, even if it’s just 30 minutes a day. You’ll get back to work feeling recharged and inspired, and chances are, you’ll accomplish a lot more than you would if you worked straight through the day.

 

5.  MAKE A PLAN TO MOVE BEYOND BURNOUT

Hopefully, your burnout-inducing work situation is temporary. But if it isn’t, you need to find a way to cope.

If you’re in a high-pressure job, that might mean learning how to manage stress better such as mediating, finding time to exercise, finding time to do the things that bring you joy.  If all of this is just not working, it might mean finding another job at a company with more reasonable deadlines and/or more support.

Regardless of your situation, you need to plan. It’s possible to thrive in a stressful environment … if you get what you need from the work and your team. But if you find yourself always feeling burnout, it’s time to figure out what you’re going to change and when.

 

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