Burnout is the end product of a long gradual process and can occur at work or at home.
Are you at risk for burnout at work?
• Do you feel overworked and undervalued, with little say in how your day goes?
• Are job expectations unclear, and do they vary unpredictably?
• Is your work monotonous? Or is it rush and rush, with one deadline after another?
• Do you see an unending stream of crises, about which you have no control?
• Are you using alcohol, smoking, drugs or eating as a way to cope?
Are you at risk for burnout at home?
• Do you have enough quality sleep?
• Do you have people you can rely on for emotional support?
• Are you working too much, without time for relaxation, and eating right?
• Do you have too many responsibilities, without enough help?
Reverse the downward spiral of burnout
Recognize the problem, and decide to take action to end burnout. An initial step in the healing process requires that you see the problem as real.
Find or rebuild your emotional support network with people you can rely on to hear you. People who support you unconditionally can be some of the most effective assistance in overcoming burnout.
Slow down, reevaluate commitments, and give yourself time for reflection and centering. Your support network can help you reframe the problem of not enough time to re-evaluating your priorities, not only the immediate ones for your job or your family, but also the long term direction you want your life to take.
Employ stress management techniques. Stress management can be a key to regain balance in your life. Please remember that the most effective approach to stress management addresses the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional aspects of wellness.