Burnout is a psychological term that is used to describe someone who has become exhausted or has lost interest in the work they do. We know that people lose interest in the work they are doing for several reasons. Sometimes individuals lose interest in what they are doing because it was not something they wanted to do in the first place. They had no interest in the work itself. Therefore, they give in when they are pressured.
Other times, people who are doing what they love reach that threshold of feeling burnout, too. Sometimes all they want to do is throw in the towel; although, they have worked long and hard on the project, dream or job for most of their lives.
Just because you’re doing what you love doesn’t mean things are going to be smooth sailing all the time. However, you can beat burnout with these 7 principles:
- Remember why you are doing the work in the first place. Remembering your purpose is vitally important, because you will encounter road blocks. Therefore, when you find yourself losing interest in something that you were once passionate about, you have to remind yourself why you do what you do.
- Remember the goals you have set out to accomplish. There is a reason why you are where you are. Each place is a stepping stone to your goal. However, don’t beat yourself up if you don’t reach your goal on time.
- Remember that you don’t have to fix people or mold them to your liking. Accept others for who they are. Sometimes people get so caught up in trying to correct others’ behavior, especially if they are working together and someone has a different personality. The person who spends all their time focusing on the other individual and not themselves will later become stressed, feel exhausted or even lose interest in their work because the other person is not to their liking.
- Remember to celebrate small victories. You don’t have to wait for the big celebration before you take time to show yourself some appreciation for the efforts you have put in towards your work.
- Remember to never take problems or negative emotions from work home. Dust them off when you leave out of the door. If you just can’t shake it that soon, make sure to listen to some good, uplifting music on the way home to change your vibe.
- Remember to take care of yourself. Self-care is essential to having work-life balance and preventing burnout. For self-care you may want to take a walk in nature, which will provide you with peace and relaxation. Daily exercise is also good, as it provides the body with endorphins that put you in a happier state of being. Furthermore, you also want to monitor your diet. Remember, the food you eat is what sustains the body with energy. Low energy can make you feel exhausted.
- Remember to ask for help. A lot of people refuse to ask for help because of pride and worrying about what others will think of them. Remember, it takes strength, not weakness, to ask for help, especially when you need it. It is weakness to need the help and not ask for it. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Ask before you are burned out.