From Burnout to Soul Revival

From Burn Out to Soul Revival

Burnout can happen in any industry, from engineering, IT, banking, healthcare, to administrative assistants, non-profit ambassadors and retail.

If you think you might be experiencing job burnout, read on…

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Have you become cynical about your work or work place?

  • Do you drag yourself out of bed and to work?

  • Experiencing Severe exhaustion?

  • Have you become irritable or impatient with co-workers, customers or clients?

  • Is your energy so depleted that you can’t think straight?

  • Do you feel disillusioned about your life and/or job?

  • Are you using food, drugs or alcohol to feel better or to simply not feel?

  • Have you put on weight or lost weight unintentionally?

  • Are you not sleeping?

  • Or oversleeping?

  • Do you have unexplained headaches, backaches or other physical complaints?

  • Anxiety and Panic Attacks?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be experiencing burnout. Remember, if you think you might be experiencing job burnout, don't ignore your symptoms. Consult your doctor or a mental health provider to identify or rule out any underlying health conditions.

What causes burnout?

  • Feeling of Lack of control. An inability to influence decisions that affect your job — such as your schedule, assignments or workload

  • Unclear job expectations. If you're unclear about the degree of authority you have or what your supervisor or others expect from you, you're not likely to feel comfortable at work.

  • Dysfunctional workplace dynamics. Perhaps you work with an office bully, or you feel undermined by colleagues or your boss micromanages your work.

  • Mismatch in values. If your values differ from the way your employer does business or handles grievances, also ethics come into play here.

  • Extremes of activity. When a job is monotonous or chaotic, you need constant energy to remain focused — which can lead to fatigue and job burnout.

  • Lack of social support. If you feel isolated at work and in your personal life, you might feel more stressed.

  • Work-life imbalance. If your work takes up so much of your time and effort that you don't have the energy to spend time with your family and friends, you might burn out quickly.

  • Low Productivity – During the burnout phase it is common to experience boredom and a loss of enthusiasm for projects.

  • Health Problems – As emotional reserves are depleted; you begin to experience physical problems.

  • You identify so strongly with work that you lack a reasonable balance between your work life and your personal life

  • You try to be everything to everyone

  • You work in a helping profession, such as health care, counselling or teaching

  • You feel you have little or no control over your work

First, acknowledge that Burnout doesn't discriminate it can happen to all of us.

There is no instant cure……

It can, does and it will happen to us all at one stage of our careers.

Studies have shown that one of the most successful ways to a burnout breakthrough is stress management training & coaching. (Give me a call !!)

What's the best way to handle job burnout?

If you're concerned about job burnout, take purposeful action.

Purposeful Action could include some of the following: -

•Take some time out whilst you are recovering from Burnout. You cannot still run full steam ahead on an empty & depleted system.

•Set Boundaries – Saying NO to certain things allows you to say YES to the things that you really want to do.

•Prioritize & Delegate. Your two new favourite words to live by.

•Set BOUNDARIES. Stick to them. Remember boundaries and walls are different things. You are not blocking people or activities from your life, you are just drawing a line in the sand.

•Nourish your creative Soul, purchase an adult colouring in book, take a painting class, take a dancing class, knit a blanket for winter. Take a bike mechanics course. Re investigate your favourite hobbies. Find a new favourite hobby.

•Get a massage.

•Get several massages. And facials. And manicures. And Pedicures. #SelfCare

•Take some Magnesium. (Powder, not tablets – and check with your doctor first) Magnesium’s benefits can include reduced symptoms from conditions such as chronic pain, fatigue and insomnia. Magnesium may also provide protection from several chronic diseases, especially those associated with aging and stress.

•Essential to life, necessary for good health, and a vital component within our cells, magnesium’s benefits help our bodies maintain balance, avoid illness, perform well under stress, and maintain a general state of good health.

•Turn off all your devices for an hour EVERYDAY. Say NO to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & even looking at emails.

•Socialize with people that are not co-workers or in your industry.

•Nourish your body with healthy eating. Food fuels your system. Put in premium fuel for optimum energy results.

•Music – Fall in love with your IPod all over again. Listen to music that lifts you up, and makes you want to dance all around the living room and bedroom like no one is watching.

•Make realistic to-do lists. Too much on the to-do list and not enough time or resources to do them leads straight to burnout.

•Factor in reasonable deadlines – Stop promising and over-promising when a project will be completed.

•Manage the triggers that contribute to job burnout. Once you've identified what's fuelling your feelings of job burnout, you can plan to address the issues. One way is Journaling, just basically jotting things down to see a pattern or problem emerge in your thoughts being put down on paper.

•Get some deep REM Sleep. Sleep restores well-being and helps protect your ---health. Aim for at least 7-8 hours each night. Buy Arianna Huffington’s book – The Sleep Revolution – Transforming Your Life, One Night at a time.

It’s a game changer!

•What are my options? Discuss specific concerns with your supervisor. A simple chat to change expectations or reach compromises or solutions or deadlines. What about working from home for some part of your assignments& projects?

•Time Outs. Take short breaks throughout the day. Spend time away from work doing things you enjoy.

•Set up a Support System. Is there someone that can Mentor you? Whether you reach out to co-workers, friends or loved ones, support and collaboration might help you cope with job stress and feelings of burnout. Maybe some stress management training or a business / life coach?

•Shake that booty. Regular physical activity can help you to better deal with stress. It can also help you get your mind off work and focus on something else. With the obvious added health benefits.

One of the most effective measures against burnout is offering the services of a professional coach like myself. Through weekly sessions, we create a space where you are free to express things that might otherwise be repressed and denied because of organizational politics. You can explore what really matters to you the most, what your strengths and needs and core desired feelings are, and how best to handle stress and challenges. When there is a mismatch of an individual and the job, an effective plan can be made that benefits both the individual and the organization.

Sharne Tam

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