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Recovering from Burnout at Work

Burnout is a state of physical and emotional exhaustion. It can happen when you experience long term stress and or overwhelm in your job or when you have worked in a physically, mentally or emotionally draining role for a long time.  Burnout can also happen when your efforts at work don’t produce the expected results and you become deeply disillusioned, when you don’t feel valued at work or when experience a values conflict in your work environment.

If you feel Burned Out, you may also feel helpless.  However, you do have more control than you may think and there are positive steps you can take go get your life back into balance and to overcome burnout.  The most common suggestions we hear are to adjust your diet, take some exercise and get enough sleep.  These are all terrific suggestions.  Today I offer you one more really effective step you can take and that is to:


When you experience Burnout it is a sure sign that some important area of your life is not working.This is a good indication to take the time to think about your hopes, dreams and goals for your life.

Are you neglecting something that is important to you?  When you take the time to ask and think about this questions you give yourself the opportunity to slow down a little, to rest and reflect and to rediscover and reconnect with what is important to you and what makes you happy.

Once you have identified your true priorities and where you want to spend your time:

Set Boundaries.

CHOOSE to sop over-extending yourself and learn how to say ‘no’ to other people’s requests when you are already fully committed.  If, like me, you find this difficult to do, remind yourself that saying ‘no’ to others allows you to say ‘yes’ to the things that you really want to do.

Build Breaks from Technology into your Day.

Set a time each day or evening when you CHOOSE to turn off all your technology and disconnect completely (Scary, I know!!)  That includes your phone, tablet, laptop, television, games etc.  CHOOSE to spend this time doing something you are currently neglecting.

Schedule Time for Relaxation.

The very word ‘relaxation’ can be alien to people who experience burnout.  That said, relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation, mindfulness and deep breathing all activate the body’s relaxation response, a state that is the opposite to the stress response.  What relaxation activity will you CHOOSE?

Tap Into Your Creative Side.

Creativity I a powerful antidote to burnout. CHOOSE to start a new, fun activity or return to an old favourite hobby.  CHOOSE activities that are not work related to gain the greatest benefit.