According to the World Health Organization, “burn-out is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. It is characterized by:
- feelings of negativism related to one’s job
- reduced professional efficacy”.
Unfortunately, no one is free from the burden of burn-out nowadays. It reaches more and more people. The corporate rat race, working long hours or being under chronic pressure is leaving quite a mark on our attitude related to the workplace.
These factors beg the question: is there anything we can do to protect ourselves from burn-out?
Definitely, it is worth trying!
Here are a handful of tips that may help:
- Work-life balance is a cornerstone of a good life! Remember these words and put them into action. The sooner, the better. It is common knowledge that you should not transfer problems from work to personal life, or from personal life to work, but for many people, it is easier said than done. Do not let this happen to you. Set boundaries. Concentrate on work when needed but after working hours do not think about projects or deadlines.
- Take care of yourself! Sometimes the best way is to start with small changes. You may take up a hobby after work. You will see how beneficial it will be for your frame of mind.
- Stop complaining! Instead of doing that, try to focus on positive aspects of your job. I’m sure there are plenty of them. Just think what your job gives you: a sense of stability, opportunities for personal development or a good atmosphere? If you dig deep you will find something that will help you see your position in a different light.
- Don’t be so serious! Eventually, work is only a part of your life. Take a deep breath and start taking it a little bit less seriously. If you cut yourself some slack you will cope with stress much better.
I hope you’ll find the above tips useful. It must be admitted that burn-out is a real threat. Luckily, we can face this issue before the job we used to like will morph into a trap.