How To Avoid Job Burn Out
All of us have those periods where everything seems to be going wrong at once and our long-term goals feel further away than ever before. Job (or career) burnout is happening when you experience prolonged spells of being mentally, physically and emotionally drained. You also lose perspective of what you’re doing and why you’re doing it.
If this sounds similar, then cross over to Huffington Post, which has eight steps you can to take to inject some energy into your life. The article leans on advice from psychiatrist Kristen Carpenter, Ph.D at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center:
1. Realign Your Time With Your Goals
Don’t get burnt out with activities that will not fulfill you. “Resources of time and energy are finite, and yet we always have demands on our time,” says Carpenter. “Keep some sort of calendar or planner, so you can track how you are spending your time. How you spend your time should be in line with your values and goals.
2. Be Mindful Of Your Yeses
Notice what you’re taking on and to which tasks you’re saying yes, says Carpenter. “This is hard for us, but if it’s not helping you reach your goals in life, then it’s just eating up time,” Carpenter says. Instead of jumping the gun with an immediate yes, earn to say no, or simply delay your yeses by saying, “I’d like to do this, but I need to see what I have on my plate right now.” This allows you to consider: Am I doing this to be a team player, or because it will move me toward my goals?
If none of the steps mentioned above are helping, then you might want to consider a career change. Taking small steps are the key to turning your life around and creating a more stress-free environment.
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