Burnout is more common than you think. If you have been in a long term stressful situation, physically and emotionally then you maybe subject to burnout or being overwhelmed.
Some of the signs to look out for in you and colleagues are:
- Feeling tired or drained all the time
- Unable to sleep when exhausted
- Self doubt
- Sudden weight loss or weight gain
- Procrastinating and taking longer to complete things
- Feeling overwhelmed in basic situations
It can mistakenly be identified as anxiety. 1 in 5 people in work currently suffer with burnout. Often, external factors and stress and contribute to burnout, not just workload. Difficult relationships, extra studies etc.
There are lots of ways we can aid burnout, and more importantly avoid it. 1-2-1 informal conversations are always good to vent and create a safe space to communicate problems or concerns.
Reducing or removing stress
Identify some of the flash points and look to avoid or limit them. If commuting to work for example adds to your stress levels, look to use public transport and use the time to have some personal development.
Connect with nature
Now the weather is improving, try to get as much fresh air and natural light as possible. This is a great way to lift your mood, figure out some challenges or just quiet the mind.