Growth & Grace Podcast Episode #36
EP 36: Dealing with Burnout
Are you feeling exhausted? Unmotivated? Can't focus? Are you constantly stressed?
You might be experiencing burnout!
Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by prolonged and repeated stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands.
More simply put, if you feel exhausted, start to hate your job, and begin to feel less capable at work, you are showing signs of burnout.
In May 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) identified burnout as an "occupational phenomenon."
It is not a diagnosable disorder, but people all over the world are experiencing it.
What's the difference in stress and burnout?
Stress- Some amounts of stress are good to push you just to the level of optimal alertness, behavioral and cognitive performance. It can be a 'good' things.
There is nothing good about burnout.
Being under constant pressure to achieve, with few opportunities to take real breaks from work, can add to a person's levels of stress. This can make them feel overwhelmed and more likely to reach the burnout stage.
Burnout can affect well-being and quality of life in various ways. This can lead to poor physical and mental health, as well as a sense of isolation from other people.
If you have experienced burn out, then you know exactly what I'm talking about!
A lot of people in high stress jobs or helping professions are more likely to experience it. Also, entrepreneurs. It can be a lot of pressure and isolating.
People are talking about burn out, but not the serious of burnout. People are walking away from calling and careers because they just don't know how to continue on with it. It literally becomes too much to bear and people become miserable.
If you're vibeing with anything I’m saying, then keep listening. I want to talk about some solutions and ways to manage and overcome burnout!
Managing and Overcoming Burn out
in order to manage burnout and eventually overcome it, the first step is recognizing that you are experiencing it. Being able to put language to what you're experiencing is super helpful!
Once you do that, then talk about it. Share about your experience with others! Find someone else who has experience something similar. Ask friends and co workers in the same position what they do to find a healthy work life balance!
Don't neglect yourself! Make sure you are doing your self care!
Making time for yourself, dinner with friends, doing things you enjoy, journaling, bubble bath, mani-pedi.
Find a release. Do something for fun.
Zumba, Craft, a New Hobby
Give yourself permission to take time off.
When you're off, BE OFF! Stop taking your work home.
They can make it without you. The office will go on. Other people will step up in the gaps.
Take off more than just a couple of days, take off a week or two if you need to. Unplug and really take a break.
Take care of your physical health. We've talked about it before, but your physical health impacts your mental and emotional health.
Work away from your desk!
Focus on your strengths and delegate your weaknesses.
You don't have to do all the things.
Your weakness is probably someone else's strength.
Learn to say NO. Just because you CAN do something doesn't mean it is yours to do.
Evaluate and control your priorities. Make decisions based on those priorities and stop making other people's urgency, your priority.