If you’re feeling exhausted and like you can’t keep up with your usual workload, it’s possible that you’re experiencing burnout. Burnout is a state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion caused by overwork or job transition.
Symptoms of burnout can include feeling overwhelmed and stressed out and having trouble sleeping. You may feel disconnected from your work, family, friends and even yourself.
If you’re experiencing burnout, there are a few immediate steps that can help you recover. For example: taking deep breaths, trying to have more face-to-face communication with team members or colleagues about how they’re feeling, as well as taking some time for yourself outside of work. It’s important to take care of yourself so that you can be a better leader and role model for your team.
Of course, the best way to avoid burnout is to be proactive about managing your energy levels, but we’re not always able to do that, so…
Tips for recovering from burnout
- Make sure to take some time for yourself outside of work to do things you enjoy.
- Stay on top of your social and emotional needs by prioritising things like friends, family, hobbies and interests that add value to your life.
- Prioritise sleep so you can recharge both physically and mentally.
- If burnout has already hit, there are still ways to recover and be the leader your team needs.
- Remember that burnout is not a permanent state of being, it’s just temporary exhaustion.
- Ask for help from others when you need it at work or in your personal life. Friends or family members can lend an ear about what you’re going through.
- Take some time for yourself outside of work.
- Be patient with the recovery process; it may take some time before you feel like yourself again.
- Remember…this is only temporary
Managing your energy levels is key to preventing burnout, and if burnout does occur there are ways to recover. It’s important to know that burnout is not a permanent state of being; it’s just temporary exhaustion.