Burnout is one of those things that unless you’ve experienced it, it can be hard to comprehend. If you’re a runner, there is a term called “hitting the wall” that I think may closely define what it’s like to have burnout. It’s a point where you don’t think you can go on. Your mind and body will almost refuse to work for you. Emotionally you have nothing more to give and you may swing from extremely fragile, where everything becomes monumental, to a barren, unfeeling wasteland. Burnout affects everything about you and is something you want to avoid, because it takes a while to recover from it.
Why do we get burnout?
Usually there isn’t just one thing that causes burnout, but rather it can be a series of things including:
One of the common themes with burnout is issues that extend over time without any relief. We all can handle stress and long hours, but when the issues that cause those conditions don’t improve, we need to take action or suffer the consequences. Unfortunately, with the current bad economy, these conditions are occurring at record levels. Corporate downsizing and cut backs have forced extra work load on the remaining few.
What are some things you can do to avoid burnout?
I know of people who have pulled the plug on their career with 24 hours notice. It’s a dramatic step to take and can be a problem to your career. Even when that doesn’t happen, some people with burnout literally put their career into a death spiral, impacting their performance and damaging their personal brand. Don’t let that be you. Try to avoid burnout all the time by incorporating some of these ideas into your daily activities.
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