Avoid Burn Out At Work
How can you avoid burn out at work? What techniques should you consider?
Hundreds of thousands of people each year say they feel burned out from work. They have reached a point in their job when they are overworked, under-rested, and experiencing severe cases of brain fog. Most people feel burn out when their relationships with their immediate supervisors aren't as good as they'd hope. People who like what they do and work hard at what they do don't generally experience burn out. However, if the people they work for are abusive or work without clearly defined goals, burn out is fairly common.
• Know when to back off. If you're putting in long hours at work, take a few days off. Get out of town. Take a vacation. Get some rest, and don't think about work.
• Don't do as much work at home. Leave your work at work. Try to avoid bringing your work home with you.
• Work shorter hours. Put in a few fewer hours each day than you have been, if you've been working late each night. Work hard while you're at work, get caught up during the day. Avoid staying late.
• Know where you stand at work. It's often better to get fired than to worry about getting fired. If you think you're on the way out at work, find out your status. Make sure you understand any reasoning. If you think you want to try and stay, work on improving conditions. If you're told you're about to be fired, start looking for other work. More people spend more time stressing about the possibility of being fired than on stressing over the actual firing.
• If you are stressed about work, talk with your supervisor about your concerns. It's best to get your concerns out in the open.
• Use relaxation techniques. If you're stressed, take a few minutes–or even just 30 seconds–to stop, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Or even meditate. The best thing you can do is to forget about work just for a minute or two and feel refreshed.