If you’re feeling stressed out over work or home life, you may be feeling burnt out. Many people shrug burnout as just something you can treat with a brief vacation. It’s not that simple. Often times, burnout is caused by larger underlying issues. The only way to treat it is to attack the problem at the source.
Many people don’t take burnout seriously and that’s unfortunate because it can truly impact the way you live your life, how productive you are, and ultimately, how happy you are. You may be experiencing burnout at work if:
- You dread going to work everyday
- Your work life is consuming your whole life
- You don’t have enough time to take care of yourself and your health
- You’re struggling to find motivation
While there are many other signs of burnout, these are some of the most common. And when you ignore them, they only get worse. When you finally come to the realization that you need a break, here is what you can do:
Learn to say no.
Many people bite off more than they can chew. The consequence of that rears its ugly head in the form of burnout. Accept that you can’t always do everything. That doesn’t make you lazy or unambitious. It makes you realistic. Challenge yourself as much as you can but realize that everyone has a limit. It’s OK to say no.
Ask for help.
Some people seem like they can do it all and have it all. That doesn’t mean you have to be the same way. Asking for help doesn’t make you weak or incapable. On the contrary, it makes you better. You’ll be able to learn more about others and learn from another’s perspective. There is nothing wrong for asking for help every once in awhile. Everyone needs it.
Stop thinking about what you should do.
Sometimes, burnout is caused by doing something you probably shouldn’t be doing. We all feel a need at some point or another to conform to what someone else or society thinks we should do. The fix here is simple: stop thinking about what you should do or what others want you to do. Do what you want to.
Take a break.
No matter what you do, sometimes the only cure for burnout is taking a much needed break. Don’t be afraid to take your vacation days. Take an extended trip somewhere you never been with your loved ones. Don’t think about work. Everything will be OK, even if you don’t respond to that email.