How to avoid burnout – stress management tipsBy Toby Tunwase
According to Ayala Pines and Aronson Eliot, burnout is “a state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion caused by long term involvement in emotionally demanding situations.”
Burnout is a significant worry for many organizations and companies as an increasing number of people are experiencing burnout at faster rates.
Although exhaustion is typically overcome with rest, burnout, on the other hand, is a feeling of disillusionment.
Signs of burnout
- Having a negative attitude to work
- Fear of going to work
- Having little interest in work
- Feelings of emptiness
- Easily irritated by colleagues and clients
- Emotional withdrawal from friends and colleagues
Causes of burnout
There are many causes of burnout, depending on the individual, but some of the most common causes include:
- Having unclear job expectations
- Job overload
- Not receiving any recognition for your work and others.
Tips on managing stress to avoid burnout
· Working with Purpose
You need to have a deeper connection to your work than your paycheck. This gives you a sense of purpose, even when things are not going particularly fine at work.
· Perform a Job Analysis
When you feel you have excessive workload every day, you might feel overwhelmed, and this might lead to stress, which further causes burnout.
You have help yourself by analyzing what is expected of you for the task and what isn’t. This can help you in getting a clear picture of the job is really all about.
· Giving to others
A quick way of adding meaning to your job is giving to others by helping them in any way you can. Doing this can help make you feel good, and you feel a sense of accomplishment.
To feel less overwhelmed, you can ask your boss for more control over your task. You can then delegate by assigning a specific part of the jobs, so you feel less overwhelmed.