Clinching a career opportunity that seems, feels, and IS a dream leads you to thinking that you should never mess things up. This often leads to wearing 'workaholic' on your sleeve like a badge of honour. But because of expectations and the feeling of losing out on this 'big break' that you have been given, the tendency to wear yourself out mentally, emotionally, and physically borders on the inevitable.
You may not notice it, but sometimes, throwing yourself off to too much work to the point that you're drowning can lead your job performance to go downhill, rather than your aim to go the other way around. This can also result to losing interest on things outside of work that you tend to enjoy before, leading to lack of motivation, cynicism, and even serious cognitive and major health problems.
So if you've been in a major state of work burnout, thus, leading you to this article, take this as a first step to relax. Keep on reading for more steps on how to address the situation before it takes a turn for the worse.
Set some limits
With the technology we now have, it makes it almost impossible to just log off from work. You have no excuse to not reply to emails or settle something while on the go, making it hard to cleanse off work even after office hours. Plus, seeing a notification on your email app is always tempting to open. But just think: work will never run out no matter how pro-active you can get. Everybody's off doing their own thing after work anyway; who's going to reply to you?
So we say, unless there's something particularly urgent that you need to attend to, disable all the work notifications from your phone until the next morning, or the next work-week if it's the weekend or a holiday. If you're really iffy about missing out on something important, set up a protocol where things that need to be attended to after work hours are relayed via a messaging app. That way, you can rest from emails during the night or the weekend.
Rekindle your love for a hobby
Passion for your career is not a bad thing, but you should be able to love other things as well. Take some time to unplug from work and focus on things that you enjoy doing, whether it be reading, dancing, hiking, etc. Stop using your schedule as an excuse for not being able to do other things outside of work, because in reality, you are the only one who can manage how you're leading your life.
Plan a getaway
A person who experiences burnout is most likely the type who gets everything on their plate done and does even more things in advance as much as they could. And as we've said earlier, work will never run out no matter how much you try, especially if you have a long way to go with your company. So it's a good thing to remind yourself that the world won't come crashing down if you leave work for a day or two. Giving yourself time to just relax and get away from it all after working hard (or maybe TOO hard) does not mean you suddenly don't care about your job. Think of it as simply recharging yourself and giving your mind and body time to heal in order for you to perform even better when you come back.
Find someone to vent on
When things get rough, it's best to share it with someone you trust. Talk to someone about your frustrations and the struggles that wear you out; just breathe out all the toxicity. Having to see things from a different perspective can help you look into the matter more clearly, and trust us when we say that letting it all out from time to time can help ease out chronic stress.
Your well-being should be your top priority
Burnout is usually not just a result of one factor. Exhaustion from the work itself is one thing, but having to deal with toxic workmates, an overly demanding and unjustifiable timetable, or even pressures you set towards yourself can all be culprits. If you've been manifesting signs of anxiety, depression, or even getting physically sick more often than before, take it as a sign to slow down or even stop. Reconsider your circumstances and think if what you have now has more pros than cons or vice versa. After all, who wants the payment for their hard work to simply be used in hospital bills? Something that makes you throw your well-being out of the equation is, and will never be, worth it.
Learn how to perfect work-life balance here.