Burnout is very, very, real but we often ignore it hoping it will go away. We don’t realize how it affecting so many aspects of our lives. Our friends and family, co-workers, clients, they all probably see it sooner than you do.
I get it, we are all overextended in so many ways right now. At home, at work, the pressure to perform in the midst of so much turmoil can be overwhelming.
Are you burned out? Ask yourself:
- Are you tired right now?
- Does it feel like you are ALWAYS tired?
- When was the last time you felt energized and fully alive?
- Have you been warned at work that your production is slowing?
- Have you been more than a little grumpy lately?
- Do you have to drag yourself out of bed in the morning?
- Exhausted by midday?
- Are you dissatisfied or disillusioned with your work?
- Do you feel like you just can’t get everything done in a day?
- Do you feel detached from others, or a desire to isolate yourself?
How do we respond to overwhelm and burnout?
- Hide our head under the covers
- Deny that we’re burned out and ignore the obvious evidence that we ARE
- Make lists and more lists of things we have to do
- Get overwhelmed by the lists
- Catastrophize what “could” happen if… (fill in with impending doom)
When we are burned out we are not able to operate effectively, personally or professionally. We often can’t see that we are getting burned out until it is fully upon us, and by then it’s so much harder to recover isn’t it?
What’s the 3-step answer to managing burnout and keeping it from taking over everything?
- Recognize the symptoms, and they may be a lot more subtle than you think. By the time we see it it’s already affecting us, sometimes dramatically.
- Learn how to make objective decisions about how to moderate the effects of burnout on ourselves and others.
- Implement simple strategies to reduce the impact of stress and the likelihood of burnout.
If we have some very simple tools in our skillset we can learn to be productive, get our focus back, and retrain our brain to respond rather than be reactive to stuff that comes up. Because it will.
I’m offering a free workshop on managing stress levels and burnout on Zoom. Learn more about it at the link below and share it with your team!
Register today for the free workshop on OnZoom: Wednesday December 9 at 12 noon PT.