Today’s technology allows for almost constant workflow. For professionals, finding a balance between their work and personal life, while aiming to succeed and move up in both, can often lead to burnout. The key to combating burnout is to recognize stressors, symptoms and know how to handle them.
The stress that leads up to burnout can often vary from individuals. Consistently overloading your schedule often leads to feelings of exhaustion associated with burnout. For most, an extremely high workload, personal issues- at work and at home- and juggling work and personal life are often the main causes of a burnout.
It is crucial to know the signs that you are coming close to burnout, so you can address and get ahead of them. As CEO, I am constantly busy. Whenever I start to feel excessive exhaustion or lack of joy in my day to day life, I know it is time for me to take a step back before I reach the point of no return. Other symptoms of burnout, such as lack of sleep and a poor diet, can lead to physical and psychological illnesses like depression, heart disease and diabetes.
Knowing how to properly identify the symptoms and stressors of burnout are important, but so are the preemptive steps you can take to avoid heading down that road to begin with. It is important to stay healthy, both exercise and diet-wise. Taking time out of your day to focus on your health, from cooking a meal loaded with nutrients to going for a run to unwind, I find it important to take time for myself away from work and personal obligations.
A proper sleep schedule is also crucial to maintaining my mental well-being. Going to bed around the same time every night and waking up around the same time every morning allows me to schedule my day and prioritize what I need to get done. With a set schedule, I am able to focus on what I need to without pushing myself too far. One key factor that works for me is setting a time where screens go off. This allows me to disconnect from work and my personal life and take care of my mental health.
Finally, if these strategies are not working and you feel burnout coming on, take a step back and take some time off. Whether it is a weekend or saying no to the next project you’re offered, know when it is time to take a break and do something you love.