Burnout Prevention and Recovery
Signs, Symptoms, and Coping Strategies for Mental Exhaustion
If constant stress has you feeling helpless, disillusioned, and completely exhausted, you may be suffering from burnout. When you’re burned out, problems seem insurmountable, everything looks bleak, and it’s difficult to muster up the energy to care—let alone do something about your situation.
The unhappiness and detachment that burnout causes can threaten your job, your relationships, and your health. But burnout can be overcome. There are plenty of things you can do to regain your balance and start to feel positive and hopeful again.
The effects of burnout
The negative effects of burnout spill over into every area of life—including your home, work, and social life. Burnout can also cause long-term changes to your body that make you vulnerable to illnesses like colds and flu. Because of its many consequences, it’s important to deal with burnout right away.
Are you on the road to burnout?
You may be on the road to burnout if:
- Every day is a bad day.
- Caring about your work or home life seems like a total waste of energy.
- You’re exhausted all the time.
- The majority of your day is spent on tasks you find either mind-numbingly dull or overwhelming.
- You feel like nothing you do makes a difference or is appreciated.
What you can do
- Put a priority on face-to-face social contact with supportive people
- Set a time each day when you completely disconnect from technology
- Move your body frequently—don't sit for more than an hour
- Make laughter and play a priority
- Reduce your intake of alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine
- Get all the restful sleep that you need to feel your best