Burnout has become increasingly common but many people don't know what it is or what to do about it if they're experiencing it.
Here's everything you need to know in order to deal with burnout and get on with enjoying your life.
What is Burnout?
According to the World Health Organisation, burnout is a syndrome that results from continuous work-place related channel negative energy
It's defined by feelings of exhaustion, increased mental distance from your job and reduced professional efficiency.
Often people feel ashamed for feeling this way but if left untreated, burnout can cause people to become depressed or anxious.
So how do you know if you or a colleague is burnt out?
Typical symptoms of burnout include chronic fatigue, insomnia, forgetfulness, lack of focus, loss of appetite, increased illness, increased irritability, isolation, pessimism and lack of productivity.
Here are some questions you can ask if you think you or someone you know may be suffering from burnout:
- Do you often lack the energy to be productive?
- Do you have difficulty sleeping?
- Do you have some unexplained physical symptoms?
- Are you irritable with customers, clients or coworkers?
- Do you feel disappointed or deflated about your job?
- Have you become detached from your work or your colleagues?
How to deal with burnout?
The most important thing when dealing with burnout is to let friends and family know what's going on so they can provide you with much-needed help and support.
Firstly, you should take a break. Ask your manager for some time off, it doesn't have to be a month off - even a couple of days away from work can help you relax and refocus.
A lot of people feel guilty about asking for time off but all work and no play can do more harm than good. Regular breaks help you to relax and destress which will actually make you work more effectively as you have more energy.
Identifying the cause or root of your burnout will help you recover and ensure that it doesn't happen again.
Talk with a close friend or family member about it or if you prefer, a therapist.
You may only need to make minor changes to your work routine or environment to get your energy and focus back.
Finally, why not take up a hobby, where you can channel all of your negative energy.
Physical activity is a great way to channel negative energy but creative hobbies such as learning an instrument, painting, yoga or writing are also good.
If none of these tips help, you may want to consider consulting a doctor.