Do you suffer from emotional exhaustion or a sense of detachment from others? Do you sometimes think of yourself as ineffective at work? In this case, you have probably met the big and ugly monster called “burnout”. He creeps in silently, with some tiredness and maybe small focusing problems at work and, without you even noticing, you are exhausted all the time, you suffer from insomnia and you are not able to leave your professional life where it belongs: at work. We know, this article doesn’t sound very cheerful and it shouldn’t be. With more and more people suffering from this condition, we need to take action – for us and for others.
It’s hard to have all the answers when talking about burnout, but we believe that there are some very good practices you may want to start doing from today on to help you put your mind at ease. Like all good psychological advice, you should start by accepting you are suffering from burnout – we can’t emphasize enough about the importance of this step because, without it, all the actions might become superficial. Moving on to the physical part of defeating this condition, you can increase the quality of your thoughts by doing cardio exercises or yoga. These will not only make you healthier and increase the quality of your sleep, but they will also help you fight anxiety attacks that come with the burnout.
On the other hand, you should focus more on practicing mindfulness – by going for a mindful walk or a session of meditation, you will be able to live in the present and worry less about your work, missing deadlines and so on. Last, but not least, talk with people about what you’re going through – even if your brain tells you that’s shameful to share this kind of information with somebody else, it might make a huge difference to your whole mood – especially if you talk with your manager, a wellbeing specialist or a therapist.
We encourage you to keep in mind that miracles don’t happen overnight, so don’t lose your mojo after one walk or one meditation session because defeating the burnout monster requires practice and repetition. We trust you, knock it out!
photography & retouch: Bogdan Mocanu, Oana Bardan - thebucharests.ro