Avoid Burnout – 3 easy steps to finding balance
Often we give so much of ourselves in an effort to fulfill that inner need for self-worth. This can quickly lead to BURNOUT and send us down that road to destruction. This is particularly applicable to our career, especially when in a role such as Frontline worker, Emergency Services, Carer, Disability Support, Medical and Hospitals, Mental Health, Small Business Owners, highly driven corporate settings and Customer Service.
So how do we avoid BURNOUT?
It is easier said than done, because we have to really know ourselves, to understand our limits. Recognising when we are needing to take a break can often conflict with our upbringing and subliminal programming to strive to be the best at all times. That means we push through when times are tough. The “No Pain No Gain” mantra plays in our heads and we continue to work ourselves into the ground long after our desire to give up has been unceremoniously squashed.
Is it any wonder that we get sick? Is it any wonder why we fall into a black hole? We are ourselves just “an accident waiting to happen” whenever we avoid the warning signs of life.
Are you currently feeling emotionally exhausted, mentally drained and physically wrecked?
In case you are still doubting that this is relevant for you, here are some of the subtle warning signs that you may be getting close to burnout stage.
Recognising signs of Burnout
This is not an exhaustive list but it covers some of the common signs of burnout:
- Physical and emotional stress
- Low job satisfaction
- Feeling frustrated by or judgmental of clients
- Feeling under pressure, powerless and overwhelmed
- Not taking breaks, eating on the run
- Unable to properly refuel and regenerate
- Frequent sick days or “mental health days”
- Irritability and anger
So how do we solve this?
Recognising your limits physically, mentally and emotionally is the first step on the road to recovery and balance.
- Learn SELF CARE techniques (i.e. “How to Fill Your Own Jug First”)
- Understand the “Foundations to Living”™ and apply these strategies to your everyday life
- Identify your “trigger” that pushes you beyond reasonable limits and relinquishes your ability to say “no”, “stop” or “enough”.
Reducing the risks associated with Burnout can be as simple as understanding what is reasonable acceptance of responsibility upon yourself. Seek help or support when it comes to mental wellness to ensure you maintain a balance of perspective throughout any adjustment period. Taking the steps forward in regaining quality of life rather than heading down that road to BURNOUT and destruction is the most valuable legacy that you give to yourself, and your family.
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