Start Doing These Simple Things at Work to Prevent Burnout

Updated 11/08/18
How to Avoid Burnout
@chrisellelim

The term "hustling" has fast become a popular millennial mantra for many professionals trying to get ahead in their chosen field of work. But what's often less talked about is the mental, physical, and emotional strain that often comes as a direct side-effect to those not-so-glamorous hours crunching the numbers long into the night.

In the BeyondBlue study, State of Workplace Mental Health in Australia, it was found that about 1 in 5 Australians had taken time off in the last 12 months because they felt stressed anxious, depressed, or mentally unhealthy. And according to the World Health Organization, long-term stress leading to burnout is also posing an increasing global risk within the next decade. So, the question is, how do you know if you're on the brink of occupational burnout?

The first step is understanding the condition, being a "special type of job stress" that Mayo Clinic considers a "state of physical, emotional, or mental exhaustion combined with doubts about your competence and the value of your work" for a prolonged period of time. Next, it's the tweaks to your daily routine that can help you stop impending burnout in its tracks.

Keep scrolling to find out how you can reset and find balance.

AUDIT YOURSELF

First things first, working in a fast-paced environment, doesn't offer much room for personal pondering. Founder of The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington, knows the feeling of burnout all too well, and in an interview for Collective Hub, stresses the need for employees to figure out what they really want out of not just their jobs, but their wellbeing, too.

"Life audits can take many forms, but it involves writing down what your goals and values are, and everything you really want to accomplish. It's an important process because it reminds us what we really want out of life, which is often very different than what we're spending our time on."

SLEEP WELL AND EXERCISE REGULARLY

It seems boring, but it's true. The old-fashioned advice to sleep well and exercise every day can help curb burnout. Here's why: It's inevitable that you will have a bad day at work. But allowing that day to filter into your home life has been shown to affect the way you behave with your loved ones. In a study conducted by the University of Central Florida, Erika Hodges reports that researchers found participants who were mistreated at work were more likely to allow it to spill into their home lives by engaging in similar behaviours at home.

The solution? Exercise. The study found that taking more than 10,900 steps per day meant that you were less likely to perpetuate that negative behaviour.

The study also found that sleep and exercise were key intervention points that can be used to prevent lapsed professional boundaries.

SAY GOODBYE TO PERFECTION

Most people want to be good at their jobs. But often, that desire to tick all the boxes can lead to unattainable perfectionism. And sure, when in a job interview and we're asked to list a negative trait, we often use perfectionism as a less severe weakness to have, but now according to a UK university study, researchers found that perfectionism is closely associated with burnout.

Interestingly, the study also found that the link between perfectionism and burnout is heightened in an employment setting. Meaning it is worth all us perfectionists out there forcing ourselves to redefine how we see failure as feedback, without taking it too personally. 

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