Burnout is a condition that tends to hit high achievers. Those driven by a passion for what they do will take on heavy workloads and ignore the excessive time spent at work. Burnout can leave you exhausted and unable to cope. It can negatively affect both your physical and mental health so it is essential to take action when it becomes evident.
While burnout finds its origins in the workplace, your overall lifestyle can add to the problem. Your personal attributes can also contribute. Pessimist people and perfectionists have a greater tendency to suffer from burnout.
Burnout always has a negative effect on your performance. It can stunt your creativity and alienate you from your colleagues and customers.
Recognizing the symptoms of burnout is just part of the challenge. You have to do something about the cause of the problem. More often than not burnout is caused by unrealistic demands and lack of support in the workplace and it won’t go away by itself. You have to take steps to reduce the amount of stress in your life.
Approach your supervisor or Human Resources Department to help with a strategy to get you back on track. Don’t forget to eat healthily, get enough sleep, and do regular exercise. A few changes to your routine might be all it takes to reverse the ill-effects of burnout…Or maybe a vacation is on the cards.