Hi Fabulous Working Females! Today, I want to talk about what it means to be “burnt out”, in addition to some tips as to how to get back into a better headspace. So, let’s get right into it.
What exactly is “burning out” ?
Burning out means feeling both mentally and/or physically exhausted, unmotivated, and irritable. When you feel burnt out, this stems from being stressed for long periods of time, overworked, to eventually not being able to handle it. We can only handle so much until we reach out breaking point.
Signs of being burnt out:
1. Frustration, and other negative emotions
2. Exhaustion, trouble sleeping/waking up
3. Lack of motivation
4. Slipping up in your job performance
5. Health issues (feeling sick, aches and pains in muscles)
6. Being distracted easily
Tips on what to do when you are burnt out:
Refer to the “Three R’s” when dealing with burnout:
Recognize: Look out for signs that you are headed down the path of becoming burnt out.
Reverse: If you become burnt out, reverse this by seeking support from your manager or co-workers, and let them know how you are feeling so they can help.
Resilience: Work on your resilience by reducing stress levels, and taking care of your physical/mental health.
1. Reach out to others
When you become burnt out, it becomes easy to isolate yourself because of how tired and uninterested you are. Try not to fall into this habit, as it can make the situation worse. Reach out to people you work with and let them know how you are feeling. Reach out to friends, and try to be sociable to help lift your spirits.
2. Re-structure your work approach
To help yourself become more motivated, take a deep breath and ease back into it. Make lists, become organized, re-vamp your work space to become more comfortable. It’s ok to feel out of sorts, as long as you take steps to getting back to it.
3. Change your priorities
After you re-structure your work approach, change your priorities to include things in your social life that will make you happier. Set boundaries when to stop working. Make time for friends, get out of your house, take up a hobby. Take breaks from technology and social media.
Most importantly, take the time to rest. When I burn out, I take a full weekend to do nothing, catch up on sleep, and get myself feeling well rested. Rest is most important when feeling burnt out for our mental and physical health.
If you burn out, don’t worry, you will be you again! It happens to all of us, we are hard workers, but if we don’t take the time for ourselves, we are bound to reach our breaking point. I hope these tips are helpful, and that you fabulous working females feel your best today and every day at work. Remember, you can do ANYTHING, but not EVERYTHING.