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Managing Professional Burnout

Updated: Dec 15, 2020

We've probably all been here before. You find yourself on a Wednesday or whenever and it suddenly hits you. You're feeling fatigued, easily irritated by co-workers/clients/customers, lacking satisfaction from work, and it's hard to concentrate. There's a possibility that you might be experiencing work burnout. Work burnout can happen even to the best of us, even if we are working in a career that we truly love.

Work burnout can happen due to a variety of reasons, which can include having lack of control in your work environment, lack of support, unclear expectations, difficult work dynamics, and a lack of balance between career and personal life. Other reasons can include not knowing when or how to say no, prioritizing others over self, people pleasing, having unrealistic expectations, people pleasing, and not being appreciated for what you do.

We live in a culture that glorifies being busy and productive, so it can be so easy to get burned out fast. If you find yourself experiencing work burnout, here are some quick tips to help out:

* Build time in the day for yourself: this can be a walk during your break, doing a quick mindfulness exercise, or (my favorite) sitting in silence in your car.

* Look at your calendar before committing to something

* Say no to things you realistically cannot do, especially when your calendar is already full

* Set limits on how much you will do during a given period of time

* Know that it is ok to check off everything on your To-Do list

* Limit the amount of contact you have with people who are toxic

* Limit the amount of time you spend in environments that are toxic and harmful to your mental health

I hope that this post is helpful to whoever may need it!

-Meagan Camille

DISCLAIMER: Please note that the content of the posts of this blog are not to substitute for psychotherapy. If you are in crisis, please call 1800-273-TALK (8255) for immediate support.

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