Running on empty? How do I deal with job burn out?
Most of us have been there before. We’ve been working hard on a project, putting in long hours and feeling the pressure. And then, suddenly, we hit a wall. We’re exhausted, both mentally and physically. We feel like we can’t go on. We’ve reached our breaking point.
We’ve all experienced burnout at some point in our careers. And it’s not just reserved for those in high-pressure jobs. Anyone can feel the effects of burnout, no matter what industry they’re in.
So what exactly is burnout? And how can you deal with it when it happens to you?
Burnout is a state of mental, physical, and emotional exhaustion. It’s characterized by feelings of cynicism, detachment, and a sense of ineffectiveness. When you’re burned out, you may feel like you’re running on empty.
There are a number of factors that can contribute to burnout. Working long hours is one of the most common. But other factors, such as a high level of stress, a lack of control over your work, and a lack of support from your employer, can also lead to burnout.
The good news is that there are things you can do to prevent and deal with burnout. Here are some tips:
1. Make time for yourself.
When you’re feeling burned out, it’s important to take some time for yourself. This may mean taking a few days off from work, or even just taking a break during the day to relax and rejuvenate.
2. Find a balance.
If you’re regularly working long hours, it’s important to find a balance between your work and your personal life. Make sure you’re taking time for yourself outside of work, and that you’re not letting your work consume your entire life.
3. Set boundaries.
If you’re finding that your work is starting to encroachment on your personal life, it’s time to set some boundaries. This may mean saying no to extra work assignments, or setting a limit on how many hours you’re willing to work each week.
4. Seek support.
If you’re feeling burned out, it’s important to seek support from your family and friends. They can provide you with the emotional support you need to get through this tough time.
5. Talk to your employer.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed at work, don’t be afraid to talk to your employer. They may be able to make some changes to your job to help you avoid burnout.
Burnout is a common problem, but it doesn’t have to be a part of your life. By taking steps to prevent and deal with burnout, you can protect your mental and physical health, and maintain your productivity at work.
Phil is the owner and principal designer and developer at All Saints Media. He has been in the industry for over 20 years and enjoys working with clients from a variety of industries.
Phil is a 1995 graduate of Cedarville University. He has a Bachelors in History. He received his Masters in Biblical Studies from Antietam Bible Seminary in 2007. Along with being a web and graphic designer, Phil is the senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Brunswick, MD.
Phil is married, and is the father of 5 beautiful children.