The pandemic has disrupted the daily routines of millions of people. Work is slow and tedious. And the risk of burning out is greater than ever.
Burnout is the emotional, physical, and psychological exhaustion that results from too much stress. It’s a common problem for professionals, especially those in stressful jobs like healthcare. But with proper self-care, you can counteract burnout.
The key to recovery is self-care. Self-care means taking the time to exercise, eat healthily, and get enough sleep. Work-life balance is also important.
What practical steps can you take to recover from burnout? Try these tips:
Take notes and track your stress levels
The first step to recovery is to acknowledge your burnout and take steps to minimize stress. Keep a stress diary to determine stress levels and identify stress triggers. Describe any stressful events you might encounter during the day, such as traffic, deadlines, and office politics. If you have trouble coping, write down how you feel and what happens. Over time, you will understand how stress affects you.
Figure out your stress triggers
When stress starts to take its toll, it can be helpful to understand what triggers it. Think about what your life was like before your burnout. Were you always so busy that you couldn’t or wouldn’t give yourself a break? Were you under a lot of stress? If so, you may be unintentionally causing stress in your own life. It’s also a good idea to pay attention to situations, people, or scenarios that keep triggering your anxiety.
When you discover these triggers, take proactive steps to avoid them.
Seek professional help
Many people who suffer from burnout are ashamed and unaware that proper treatment can help. Burnout is a treatable condition from which you can recover. A therapist can help you overcome your burnout by teaching you how to manage stress and identify your triggers.
Make a habit of keeping a journal
A journal is a place where you can document your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Keeping a journal can help you work through your problems and identify patterns. It can also help you understand your triggers and the reason for your burnout. Although it may take a while to get into the habit, journaling can do wonders for your recovery. Keeping a journal will help you manage stress by helping you understand why you feel stressed. This understanding will help you respond to stress differently in the future.
Make exercise a regular part of your routine
Exercise is a great way to clear your mind and relax. Since it can be painful to exert yourself while burnout is still affecting you, slowly ease back into exercise. Start with a few minutes of walking or stretching and gradually increase to more exercise as you feel stronger and are able to take on new challenges. It may feel counterintuitive to combat stress with physical activity. But exercise can help you feel energized and relieve stress.
The more you take care of yourself, the better you’ll feel and the easier it will be to recover if you suffer from burnout.
Changing careers can also help if it is possible. If it is not possible for you to change careers or quit your job, consider seeking the help of a colleague to help you get through the difficult times. Look for someone who is understanding and patient, yet firm. If that doesn’t work or isn’t an option, seek out a professional therapist. He or she can help you cope with difficult situations and get through this difficult time.
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