Undoubtedly, some weeks are rough. Stresses are high; the workload feels never-ending, and your motivation is low. This is normal. In fact, it’s often expected. Life and your career can sometimes feel at odds making both challenging. It’s no surprise that at the end of the week you feel exhausted and have nothing left to give. However, some may experience the type of job burnout that cannot be suppressed with a few days away.
Burnout—constantly feeling exhausted, negative, unmotivated—is an intense indicator that changes need to be made.
But, how do you know if you’re experiencing or building up for job burnout?
- Every Day is a Bad Day – You constantly feel as though you cannot get relief from feeling like each day is worse than the next. The light at the end of the tunnel is non-existent.
- Complete Lack of Interest – You no longer revel in the challenge that your job has to offer. Furthermore, you have no interest in building meaningful relationships with people at work.
- You Feel Overwhelmed – You’re constantly overwhelmed, lacking the motivation to tackle your responsibilities. These feelings cause a complete shutdown where you cannot overcome them to regain your productivity.
Overall, you feel unmotivated, exhausted, and hopeless. Furthermore, these feelings can lead to destructive behaviours or intense physical symptoms.
When you feel this way more often than not, it’s time to take action.
How do you overcome burnout?
- Focus on What Matters: Often burnout occurs because you feel as though you’re missing out on something that truly matters to you. Therefore, taking the time to engage in the things that bring value to your life is imperative to your career satisfaction.
- Go Back to the Basics: Ensure you are eating right, exercising, and getting enough sleep. These basics will help your mind and body feel better. Thus, you are physically and mentally prepared to tackle your responsibilities at work.
- Take Time Away: There is no shame in recognizing you need time to reenergize, refuel, and reassess.
- Reassess Your Goals: Set goals for the future of your career to prevent burnout in the future. Focus on your values and the things that matter.
Now that you’re more informed of what job burnout looks like and how to overcome it let us know if we can help in any way.