How to Prevent Job Burnout

There will come a time in our career when we feel totally burnt out. We may lose our passion, or simply surrender by succumbing to the routines we’ve been doing for many years – or even decades for some people.

Experts have also stated that workplace burnout affects health. Therefore, it is important to be able to detect the symptoms early to be able to combat it.

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Job burnout symptoms

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Have you started to not care about work anymore?
  • Do you find it difficult to stay motivated?
  • Are you constantly finding mistakes of your colleagues, bosses or employees?
  • Have you lost your passion?
  • Do you feel tired all the time?
  • Are you having unexplained headaches, backaches or other physical complaints?

If you find that your answers to these following questions are somewhat negative, you might actually be experiencing job burnout at the moment. The signs include experiencing fatigue, depression, and declining work efficiency, frustration, loss of motivation, resentfulness, and feelings of helplessness.

Left untreated, job burnout will affect your physical and mental health.

Preventing burnout

While you are not going to quit every job straightaway after having a burnout, there are ways to prevent it.

1.    Recognise when your passion has turned into poison

Doing work that aligns with your passion is great, but when that very same work has left you feeling irritated every day, you might want to consider doings things differently. The first step is to identify the burnout early.

2.    Assess your situation and determine what must be done

Are you burnt out due to workload stress? You may want to talk to your boss about the job expectation once again. Are you required to work overtime everyday and as a result, do not have enough time to sleep? Are you feeling agitated? You can also start changing your lifestyle – such as eating healthier food, setting aside time to do your hobby and exercising regularly.

3.    Make time for yourself

You can take a five-minute walk to the park, read a book for thirty minutes before bed, or cook your favourite meal. The important thing is to give time for yourself – and not thinking of deadlines, projects or even the chaos at home.

4.    Seek for support

When things get overwhelming, perhaps it’s time to talk to someone – your family member, trusted colleague or even your boss about the situation you are in right now.

5.    Take action

Nothing will happen if you pretend that the job burnout isn’t there or if you leave it alone with the assumption that it will go away by itself. It won’t. It’s up to you whether to wake up with excitement or stress out before going to work.

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