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  • Writer's pictureAaron Elam

Burnout: What it is and How to Deal With it

As a working professional, I have often found myself in a place of feeling mentally and physically exhausted... burned out.

Burnout is when the physical, mental, and psychological exertion from stress takes its toll on your body and mind.

It is a state of physical or emotional exhaustion that also involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity.

Burnout is something that can easily sneak up into our lives.

Many people experience this from different factors, and it can lead to several symptoms. If you are experiencing burnout, you may notice it is difficult to engage in activities you normally find meaningful.

You may no longer care about the things that are important to you or experience an increasing sense of hopelessness.

If you've ever been there, you know that burnout can be seriously debilitating. Don't underestimate the impact it can have on your life.

Burnout is not caused solely by stressful work environments or too many responsibilities.

It can be experienced by anyone with prolonged levels of chronic stress and pressure. Researchers point out that individual factors, such as personality traits and family life, influence who experiences job burnout.

Here are some tips of how to handle burnout:

Evaluate your options. Discuss specific concerns with your manager at work or whomever might be adding to your overwhelming sensation. Maybe you can work together to change expectations or reach compromises or solutions. It is also good to set goals for what must get done and what can wait.

Seek support. Whether you reach out to coworkers, friends or loved ones, support and collaboration might help you cope.

If you have access to an employee assistance program, take advantage of relevant services.

Try a relaxing activity. Explore programs that can help with stress such as yoga, meditation or tai chi.

Get some exercise. Regular physical activity can help you to better deal with stress. It can also take your mind off work.

Get some sleep. Sleep restores well-being and helps protect your health.

Mindfulness. Mindfulness is the act of focusing on your breath flow and being intensely aware of what you're sensing and feeling at every moment, without interpretation or judgment. In a job setting, this practice involves facing situations with openness and patience, and without judgment.

Whether your burnout is from your job, lifestyle causes or personality traits, it is important that you regain control of your life.

Your well-being is important, and it's necessary for you to show up at your best.

Your wellness matters, understanding your own part in burnout, and leaning on others for help if you need it.

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