Management of Burnout goes hand in hand with stress management. We live in a fast-paced world that demands a lot from us; this can take a toll on our health in the long run. When you reach a point of distress due to being overwhelmed; it results in what we call "burnout".
We all encounter various forms of stress every single day. Stress can be caused by family issues, relationships, children and especially work. According to the Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research, burnout is having a growing impact on workplaces, particularly in advanced economies and during times of economic distress. Many offices do not have workplace strategies for mental health which is not in your best interest.
If you are fortunate enough to have medical aid as a part of your remuneration package, you should be using it to keep your mental health in check, along with your physical health. Unfortunately, due to the stigma around mental illness, many of us shy away from seeking help, but that only makes matters worse. It would be best if you were managing your mental health the same way you do your physical health when you exercise and eat a well-balanced diet.
Severe burnout can also result in:
- Sarcasm and negativity
- Debilitating self-doubt
There are common lies we often tell ourselves when we are living through burnout. You may catch yourself saying things like “I’m fine”, “I will be fine once this is done” and “people depend on me” to mention a few. If you have to say this to yourself often, chances are you are not coping.
If left unaddressed, burnout may result in many outcomes that include:
- Poor physical health
- Reduced job satisfaction
- Decreased productivity
- Increased absenteeism