Do you suffer from a lack of energy or motivation? Do you feel disillusioned, unproductive, and exhausted? Job burnout could be the culprit.
2020 was, for many individuals, nightmarish. Your career was likely among one of the aspects of life that changed seemingly overnight. What may have seemed like temporary arrangements at first have been prolonged indefinitely. While some industries have been able to shift to remote work almost seamlessly, other careers have suffered in a world of isolation.
The Mayo Clinic cites the following as potential causes of job burnout: lack of control, lack of support, and work-life imbalance.
Lack of control. A global pandemic with no clear end in sight? Yeah, you can say that again.
Lack of support. While we seem permanently connected to others through email, Zoom, and other means, gone are the days of impromptu catch-ups in the office break room. Feeling isolated from your fellow employees, even though they may be one click away, takes a toll.
Work-life imbalance. For some, working at home has come with a horde of benefits. However, boundaries between work life and personal life seem to be eroding, often to the detriment of our mental health. At what point does “working at home” become “living at work?”
In summation: if you’re feeling this way, you’re not alone, you’re not without reasonable cause, and you’re not without hope for the future. Here are a few small things you can do to combat burnout.
Take a break. Our brains aren’t meant to stare at a screen for sixteen hours a day. Stand up. Look out the window. Do jumping jacks in your kitchen. Just get away from the computer and the tasks that may be stressing you out. Taking even a five-minute break every hour or so is incredibly beneficial.
Practice mindfulness. The Mayo Clinic suggests practicing moments of mindfulness to battle burnout. This again requires separating yourself from your to-do list. Spend a moment of quiet with yourself, breathing deeply and observing both your bodily sensations and the world around you. Yoga and meditation often promote such a mental state. Thankfully, there are plenty of “5 Minute Yoga” videos available online for your next break.
Tell someone how you feel. Forbes recommends telling your boss and teammates sooner rather than later. Remember, lack of support is one of the causes of burnout. Reaching out to your coworkers can help remedy the feeling of isolation. Who knows? They may be feeling the exact same way and could easily end up being your biggest encouragers.
Job burnout is a real and prevalent issue in our newly remote world. Thankfully, there are a few small but effective things you can do to fight it. These practices have the power to boost your productivity, ease your stress, and refresh your mind.