A common problem for many office employees, burnout has been officially recognized as an occupational phenomenon by the World Health Organization. Jayne Morris, author of Burnout to Brilliance, has a plan on how to conquer burnout
So it’s official, burnout is an actual thing with The World Health Organization (WHO) officially recognising workplace ‘burnout’ as an occupational phenomenon.
‘Burnout is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully manages,’ says the WHO.
Our society is addicted to success and competitiveness; we’re encouraged to exceed expectations in every area of our lives. Laptops, smartphones and other handheld devices are blurring the boundaries between work and leisure. Being continuously connected to each other and to our work can result in connectivity overwhelm, unless we consciously choose to unplug.
Although employees are given vacation days, most do not use all of them; With the rise of new technology, employees are pressured into working outside of their normal 9-5 job. ‘Not having your phone is the new vacation,’ says Dan Schawbel, research director at HR advisory firm Future Workplace.
Constantly checking your email and news feeds, whether political, health, sport or social media, exposes us to ever more information and the feeling that we need to know what’s going on around us is addictive. This can affect our relationships.
Most of us will, at some stage, have broken the flow of conversation or not given a friend our full attention because we’ve been distracted by an email or Facebook notification. If we consume too much information, our brain continues to function in a hyper-alert state, making it hard to disconnect even after we detach ourselves from our electronic devices.
Don’t crash and burn
Each person’s experience of burnout is unique to them. Some people completely crash, while others repeat patterns of self-destruction, continuously feeling run-down but never reaching breaking point.
Cut cords energetically to anyone or anyone or anything you feel negatively about
Our society is addicted to competitiveness and success; we’re encouraged to exceed expectations in every area of our lives. When your symptoms of stress go beyond occasional headaches, disturbed sleep or having difficulty concentrating and you need pills to treat prolonged complaints, it’s time to take stock.
Look after yourself
10 ways to prevent burnout
1. Replenish exhausted adrenals with a combination of rest, good nutrition and gentle exercise.
3.Clear clutter from your home and office lots of clothes lying around waiting to be washed, piles of paperwork scattered on the floor or shoes strewn everywhere mean that your mind is constantly distracted by the chaos. Throw away, recycle, sell or rehome anything you don’t need, use or love.
4 Let go of resentment Suppressed feelings of anger and frustration can eat away at us and deplete our energy. Cut cords energetically to anyone or anyone or anything you feel negatively about by writing a letter to help you express your emotions and then either send or burn it to enable you to release and heal.
5.Time is your most valuable asset learn to say no. Disconnect from people and commitments in your life that drain or deplete you
6.Spend more time with positive people, they will help keep you motivated and uplifted on your journey through life.
7. Get creative boost your energy by reigniting your creativity. You might not have played with coloured chalks or pastels since you were a child, but give yourself permission to doodle in any way you please and your energy will feel lifted as a result.
8. Alternate periods of activity with being still Meditation is attention to detail at all times. Find meditation techniques at Jayne Morris website
9. You have the right to request flexible working to help gain a better work-life balance.
10. Perfectionism contributes to burnout. Sometimes, accept that a task completed ‘well’ is ‘good enough’; it’s not possible to maintain a scrupulous attention to detail at all times.
11. Switch off your smartphone or other devices at mealtimes and set a cut-off time in the evening.
12. Listen to your body the mind and body are powerfully connected. Common signs of burnout are headache, backache, repetitive strain, IBS, excessive sweating, respiratory issues and skin conditions. Instead of popping pills try exploring the root cause with a health coach.
13. Schedule renewal Book a weekend away of rest every few weeks to help balance periods of hard work with sufficient time out to relax and recharge.
Jayne Morris is the author of Burnout to Brilliance: Strategies for Sustainable Success (Changemaker Books, Friday 27th March 2015). She is resident life coach expert for NHS Online Health Sector, contributor to The Huffington Post and has been featured in leading publications. Jayne is a popular international speaker, workshop leader, radio and TV personality.
To find out more visit: www.jaynemorris.com