Content provided by the Health & Wellness Team at GBS Benefits
The prevalence of burnout has increased dramatically, and its impact is overwhelming. Often due to prolonged stress in the workplace, burnout can cause once enthusiastic employees to lose their charisma and become downbeat and less productive.
Although the workforce can be a significant contributor to burnout via anxiety and stress, we can also feel overwhelmed by other responsibilities including being parents, caregivers, and partners. As a result, burnout is becoming an issue for people all over the world!
Burnout can lead to a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion. Consequences can be severe if not treated correctly.
What Can You Do?
Create a daily routine. This adds structure and focus to each day by instilling a sense of control and productivity. It can also help alleviate stress and provide a level of predictability to the day.
Get organized. Organization can improve workflow, save time, and increase productivity. Declutter a workspace, bag, desktop, or car. Focus on cleaning a small area each day to improve overall organization.
Identify changes. Consider focusing on small changes that can be made to alleviate stress and anxiety. Reevaluate your schedule, plan ahead, or eliminate unnecessary tasks.
Take a break. Schedule a proper lunch break to decompress and recharge for the rest of the day. Call a friend or read a book during this time to give your brain a break.
Turn to other people. Reach out to family or close friends for support. Limit contact and reexamine relationships with negative people. Don’t be afraid to seek help from professionals and those who truly care.
Recognize the signs. Common indicators of burnout include loss of interest in work, fatigue and lack of energy, physical pain or discomfort, sustained dip in performance, or a loss of enthusiasm.