Preventing burnout is often a matter of developing a few simple strategies. For starters, here’s a closer look at these two related, but different conditions:
Stress is a feeling that things are out of control, that too many things are happening. During stressful periods, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. However, stress is situational. When the situation improves, the stress eventually disappears.
Burnout, on the other hand, is a feeling of total exhaustion: physical – emotional, and mental. It is caused by long-term exposure to emotionally demanding situations. With exhaustion, you feel empty. You have nothing else to give. Instead of feeling engaged, you’re following the movements. Every day is a bad day.
Simple strategies to prevent burnout
Recognize the warning signs
Take the time to sit down and monitor mood, feelings, energy levels, and behavior patterns. Observe if there have been changes in sleep, eating habits and concentration. By feeling excessively fatigued, physically and emotionally exhausted, and losing interest in work and activities that used to bring joy, these signs can indicate that chronic stress and burnout are taking their toll.
Prioritizing sleep and self-care
Making self-care a priority includes getting a good night’s sleep, eating a balanced, nutritious diet, finding simple ways to stay active and moving during the day, as well as communicating with friends, family, and the community. Establish healthy transition habits and boundaries to leave work at work and feel more present and engaged during personal time.
Identify a daily practice to recharge
Each day, create time and space for your tranquility, rest, rejuvenation, and mindfulness. A few minutes of breathing meditation exercises in the morning, a yoga break at noon, or an afternoon walk while listening to music are examples of simple daily practices to recharge.
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