How to recover from BURNOUT

How to recover from burnout video

What is burnout?

Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mentally exhaustion and it’s caused by periods of prolonged stress and it dramatically reduces our own productivity and also causes long-term health problems for us too. If you’re suffering from burnout now then you definitely know that you are and if you have suffer from burnout previously then you might remember that quite vividly.

So what’s the difference between stress and burnout?

Stress can leave us emotionally overactive. We might jump to action often, whereas with burnout we would feel emotionally quite distant, some describe as being quite blunt. With stress we would feel a loss of energy for example we may feel quite tired whereas burnout is different — while you might also be tired it’s more of a loss of motivation and general loss of hope with stress it can cause anxiety but with burnout you might also have anxiety but would also cause some level of detachment — with stress stress, this usually prompts a level of urgency within our own bodies whereas with burnouts when you’re going through it is this general sense of hopelessness compared with an immediate action which you would have with stress.

How do we find ourselves in a scenario where we have become burnt out?

Here’s an example from me, I might start working longer hours at work that might lead me to pick up more stressful projects. Given that my longer hours allow me more time in the day for work, which allow me to pick up some more stressful things given that I’m also working long hours on stressful projects, I might start sleeping less, I might start relying on caffeine more, and sacrificing those few hours of sleep to work harder creates this negative cycle over time this would cause a level of emotional bluntness.

How to recover from burnout?

In the next few slides I have detailed some examples that I have used in order to recover from burnout and I personally have found them very useful and I wanted to share with them with you because I hope you might find them useful to you.

Category number one, the people category.

I’ve outlined here’s some do’s and don’ts that I have personally found very useful in tackling burnout let’s go through them one by one. Under the do column, we have you talk to friends and family — it seems really simple but picking up the phone and having a conversation or having a socially distance picnic or something similar has really helped me.

Category two, set boundaries at work.

just because you find yourself working multiple hours per day, let’s say 12 to 14, doesn’t mean that that’s healthy or fair for you so try and set some of those boundaries. Try and take some time off a vacation or holiday or something similar — at the moment most of us are under lock down so it might feel strange but still remains a true, removing yourself, be it physically or mentally, from work is really valuable.

The third category, diet and exercise.

I’m going to start this by saying I’m not a dietitian, I haven’t trained to be, and that these are just the things that I have personally found really helpful.

The fourth category, the future you category

Under the do column, do write down your goals have a think — this could take you a few minutes a few hours or even a few days to think about what do you want to achieve in life. That leads me on to the second point, be honest with yourself — so you might want to become an astronaut, and that’s great, but is that achievable for you, is there something else that your skill set might be better suited for?

How to recover from burnout video, Jessica UK

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Jessica London

Jessica London

Trans woman in London, building fun things in the Public (Government) sector.