If you are at the point where you no longer care what happens to your job, it could be a sign that you are experiencing occupational burnout.
Working long and hard can cause stress, but where you are physically, mentally, and emotionally drained, it shows that your job is taking a bigger toll on you.
Burnout is becoming increasingly common these days. There is just so much pressure to get things done, meet expectations, and trump the competition, that after a while, one begins to feel empty and detached from the things that used to bring satisfaction.
Burnout is usually a personal situation and does not have a one-size fits all solution, however, there are certain lifestyle changes you can make that can help you avoid, manage, or recover from work burnout.
- Take care of your health
Stress is one of the causes of work burnout, and avoiding stress triggers can help you avoid, manage, or recover from burnout. Taking proper care of your health will help you avoid stress triggers. Self care techniques include treating your body right, exercising regularly, eating healthy, and getting enough rest.
Besides taking care of your health, you should also have a proactive plan in place for when you fall ill, such as investing in private health insurance, so that you don’t get to bear the burden of medical responsibilities alone, because financial worries can also lead to chronic stress.
- Have a life outside work
All work and no play make Jack a dull boy. This old nursery rhyme aptly describes the workaholic without an active social life.
If you have an active life outside work, strong relationship with friends and family, you will find that you are constantly in a good frame of mind, and this will make it easy for you to find the passion and drive you need to work, and this will keep work burnout at bay.
Therefore while it is true that your work is important, it is equally important that you have something to look forward to at the end of a work day or over the weekend.
- Find a hobby
Sometimes, your work situation is such that you have little or no time to have a social life. This is particularly true for entrepreneurs trying to grow their businesses or employees in a new organisation. In this type of situation, you can pick up a hobby that will keep you busy during your free time and take your mind off work.
Pick up a sport, join a book club, learn an art, or play video games. Everyone have a unique way for loosening up, and the way you choose to do yours is not important as long as it is not harmful to yourself or others.
Working steadily under pressure puts you under pressure, and unless you find a form of release, you may experience burnout that can significantly affect your career.
- Reduce caffeine, cigarettes and alcohol
Many people deal with workplace stress by taking a few drinks after work, boosting up on coffee, cigarettes, or energy drinks. Some of these things can be helpful when taken moderately, but they can quickly lead to dependency, which can lead to a lot of trouble down the road.
Additionally, alcohol, coffee, and cigarettes can affect your sleeping pattern, so that you find it hard to sleep, or don’t get enough sleep, and this can only lead to more problems in future.
The dangers of tobacco and alcohol is widely known so you must consume something, look for a healthy alternative.