Understanding Burnout, Its Causes, and Possible Solutions

In a bid to achieve more, we all place pressure on ourselves to be, do, and achieve more. It is known as a “high-performance work” culture. However, this inevitably leads to feelings of disappointment and frustration when we don’t reach our goals. Eventually, it leads to a state of chronic stress and burnout.

In competitive high-performers, the desire to be successful, driven, and recognised to “win” overshadows all else. Individuals become disconnected from themselves, who they really are, and what they really want.

When people feel undervalued and unappreciated, they can lose their sense of purpose and career direction.

What Is Burnout?

Burnout is a state of physical and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. This condition can occur at any stage during your working life.

There are many causes of burnout, such as the following:

1. Lack of Support: Your needs are not being met, whether that’s in terms of a lack of supportive relationships with colleagues and managers or in terms of your workload and expectations being so high.

2. High Expectations: You feel you are under a lot of pressure to achieve. 

3. Stress: You feel overwhelmed by your workload, dealing with office politics, and family issues. Or perhaps you’ve got a lot of responsibility and feel you are letting others down.

4: Impatience: You have unrealistic expectations of yourself and others, and it’s getting to you. If you don’t achieve what you want, you feel disappointed.

5: Stagnation: When you are unhappy with a lack of progression or promotion. You may have taken a job expecting more responsibility, but you’re still doing the same work as before after a year or so.

6: Lack of personal time: You’re not making time for yourself and your well-being. You’re always at work, always doing things for other people. It can make you feel miserable and dissatisfied.

How to Recognise Burnout

  • You feel unhappy or unfulfilled at work
  • You’re exhausted
  • You dread getting out of bed in the morning
  • You’re having difficulty paying attention at work
  • You have a sense of hopelessness about the future
  • You have a feeling of emptiness
  • You have a loss of enthusiasm for life
  • You feel anxious or worried

How to Counter Burnout

1. Stop Doing More Than What’s Necessary

Most people are guilty of this one. They start doing more and more, thinking they have to prove themselves. That is a sign that you are putting too much pressure on yourself. Make a conscious effort to do less and do it to the best of your ability, rather than overloading yourself. You don’t have to do everything.

2. Take Care of Your Health

Taking care of your physical health is essential to preventing burnout. If you are overworked or under pressure, you need to make sure you relax and exercise to keep your energy levels up.

It would be best to do something to relax and take care of yourself. Even if it’s just ѕitting on the grass for 20 minutes with your lunch break, you need to try and get some fresh air and sunshine to help boost your morale.

3. Sleep and a Healthy Diet 

Sleep is vital to your health and well-being, and good sleep is crucial to help reduce stress and fatigue. A good diet is also essential to maintain energy levels and self-motivation.

4. Take Some Time Off

Try to take some time every day to relax, to do a hobby or something you enjoy. Taking time off will help you recharge and feel more сonnected to yourself and what you really want.

The Takeaway

Inevitably, we’ll have to deal with stressful and challenging situations throughout our lives. It’s impossible for a human being to survive without experiencing stress. Burnout is a complex problem, and there’s no single solution. However, we can reduce our stress levels and influence how we deal with them to ensure we don’t cave in. We can engage in meaningful work and take time to relax, unwind, and nurture ourselves.

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