The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a lot of strain on all of us. It’s caused many of us to begin to experience the signs of burnout—and some of you won’t even recognize it. This blog will help you know when burnout is seeping into your work life and what you can do to turn things around.
Recognizing the Signs of Burnout
On Sunday night, do you start to feel depressed that you’re going back to work tomorrow? Are you struggling to accomplish tasks? Do you long for the day when you can get away from the grind? This may feel like normal work stress, but it may be something more serious.
Burnout is a clinical term recognized and defined by the mental and physical health classification in the ICD-11, a diagnostic manual that doctors use. The definition says burnout is a “syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” It is characterized by:
- Exhaustion or a feeling of depletion.
- Negativity, cynicism, and a mental distance from work.
- Decreased effectiveness in the workplace.
Burnout is a feeling that your tank is empty and you’re too tired to keep going. Burnout means you have a whole stretch of bad days with no good days in between.
How do you know if you’re burned out? Do you feel:
- A lack of interest or enthusiasm about the job?
- No desire to keep doing the work?
- That your performance in the office is suffering?
- Exhausted with no energy?
- Health issues such as insomnia, headaches, stomach ache, or other illness?
If you’re feeling these symptoms, don’t brush them off. Recognize them for what they are and try to do something about them.
How to Deal with Burnout Symptoms
Now that you recognize your burnout, how in the world can you fix it. Taking a vacation is a great idea, and if you can get the time off, do it. But if you come back and don’t change your behaviors, then you’ll inch right back toward your state of burnout. The job will be the same, and so will your approach toward it. Two things you must-do if you want to stay in the job is:
- Change your workload.
- Change your attitude.
Take time to recognize negative behavioral and thought patterns at work and then try to change them. Also, try to decrease your workload. Talk with your boss about feeling overworks and find ways where you can lighten the load a little. Learn to say “no” to new obligations, take breaks during the day, and avoid working late. Stop answering emails on the weekends and change your approach.
Burnout can be serious so take steps now to recognize the signs and do something about it. Sometimes the best thing to do is to find a new job. That’s where IES can help you take the next step toward a better role that can invigorate you again. Contact our team today about some of the available opportunities and how we can help.