4 Tips To Deal With Burnout

As this year draws to a close, you may be one of millions of Americans feeling burned out. Dealing with the pandemic for the past year and a half has been exhausting, and on top of that, you still have to maintain other responsibilities in your life that can seem overwhelming. Here are 4 tips to deal with burnout and get your motivation back.


Take a break

It’s good to take some time off to focus on your mental health both throughout the day and during extended time off. During your workday, try taking intermittent short breaks to give your brain some rest when you find yourself becoming stressed, or haven’t stopped working in hours. When you’re able to take extended time off, do whatever it is that helps you feel refreshed, whether that be a vacation, spending time with your family or friends, or having some time to yourself. If you can, schedule your next day off or vacation well in advance — having a date on the calendar to look forward to might just be the thing that helps you push through tough times.


Build a support system

It’s important to have a support system that you can rely on for emotional support. Whether that be among close coworkers or family and friends, it’s necessary to have people you can talk to about how you’re feeling.


Maintain hobbies and interests outside of work

Don’t let work consume your life. Find hobbies and interests that you enjoy and pursue those interests on the weekend or after work. Having something you enjoy doing outside of work is important when other aspects of your life are causing you stress and anxiety.


Identify the source of your stress and try to reduce or eliminate it

If there’s a single household chore that truly grates on you, ask your roommate or partner if they’d be willing to take ownership of it.


If there’s a specific work task that continuously overwhelms you, talk to your boss about divvying up that task with other coworkers (it’s best to frame this conversation by letting them know that you are passionate about the work you do and to present a potential solution).


If you’re not doing work that fulfills you, it’s easy to get burnt out. Sometimes the time comes to make a career switch — it’s okay for your dream job to change as you grow and change interests. You don’t have to stay in the same type of role, or even in the same field forever.


To read more about how to avoid burnout while working in the progressive space, click here.


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