Feeling burned out may be especially common in fields like healthcare, which involve a lot of responsibility and interpersonal contact, but it can really happen anywhere, so it’s important to be on the lookout for symptoms.
Feeling burned out can lead to irritability, cynicism, depression, exhaustion and hostility in the workplace or classroom, and feeling isolated can compound those feelings of feeling burned out. Try talking to your co-workers or classmates. Chances are they have or have had similar feelings, and connecting can help you figure out how working together as a team can decrease stress and anxiety to avoid burnout.
Also, consider making plans with others to deal with the stress. This might mean stepping out of the office to get lunch together or taking breaks to decompress and not discuss work topics. Even a short conversation with a friend across the office can serve as a healthy break from a tough workday full of stress.
At the end of the day, make sure you emotionally unplug and unwind. “The biggest thing I see with people who are approaching burnout is generally they are overcommitting themselves … and not able to take time for themselves,” Neider observes. It’s OK to do a lot, but save some time for you too.
Or, as Neider puts it, “Be deliberate about your schedule.”
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