What practical steps do you take to prevent job burnout?
Luckily my job seems to change from day to day so ensuring it doesn't get stale isn't an issue, but in terms of burnout and tiredness, I try to exercise. I know this may take up even more energy but it's also stress busting which helps to make you feel more revitalised and isn't work-centric in the first place.
I am a social worker, so you can imagine the high stress and fast paced environment. I make sure to give myself at least a 10 minute break every couple of hours to relax and refocus. I also keep my work separate from my home life, otherwise you'll always feel like you're on the clock. For me that means unplugging when I'm at home, not checking my work phone for texts and calls, not checking my e-mails, and only allowing myself to check my schedule once before I go to bed (I travel a lot so I need to know where I'm supposed to be in the morning).
I also try to eat right and exercise regularly - which can be a struggle. However, when I'm on my health kicks I always feel so much happier and relaxed! What you put in is what you get out.
Sleep is also hugely important to reducing stress. An adult needs, minimally 7-8 hours of sleep on average. Sleep helps balance our emotions and improves our memory and focus.
I also have to remind myself regularly that it's okay if I'm not always "perfect" and that I can ask my co-workers and supervisor for support when I'm overburdened with work or dealing with a difficult (and often emotional) case. Social support not only makes us feel better, it allows others to know what our needs are and therefore makes them more capable of helping us.
Lastly, as cheesy as this may sound, when I catch myself becoming overwhelmed and emotionally overloaded I meditate. For me it's not so much a spiritual thing as it is a way to slow down, find my calm, and refocus my energy into a more positive direction. Simple breathing exercises and a peaceful environment do wonders for the mind.
Burnout is the reason that I left the education profession. It is difficult to keep your emotional health when those around you do not have theirs! Part of the problem for me was the seasonal nature of my work. I was either overworked, or didn't have anything to do! This is common with many professions. Learning to set limits for yourself is vital to preventing burnout, as well as high quality self-care, emotional and physical. We cannot give to others when we feel empty and useless ourselves!
by Yvette Stupart PhD 5 years ago
What are some simple, practical steps we can take to relieve stress?In today's world, we face stressful situations on a daily basis. But what simple steps can we take to deal with stress? For example, reading inspirational books helps a lot when I'm stressed. Give a practical tip on how you cope...
by DARRYL WILLIAM CRAWFORD 9 years ago
Hi, Who hates being sick? I do! Who wants to prevent getting sick? I do!OK!First in foremost, DISEASE, SICKNESS, ILLNESS, WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT CANNOT LIVE IN AN ALKALINE ENVIRONMENT! DID YOU HEAR THAT?So How do you put your body into a alkaline environment?Glad you asked. ARE YOU...
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|