Although cases of burnout have been heavily documented among healthcare workers and first responders, reports of burnout among HR leaders have continued to climb in recent months. Characterized as a state of mental, physical and emotional exhaustion, burnout usually results from long-term, work-related stressors.
Here are four ways to manage signs of burnout:
1. Remeber to address your basic needs first.
The moment you feel unable to turn off anxious thoughts or curtail stressful feelings, go back to your body’s basic needs. Are you hungry? When was the last time you refilled your water bottle? Fix what your body is telling you needs to be fixed first.
2. Face the facts. Keep evidence with you to help deny any negative self-talk. Do you think you’re in danger of being fired? Keep your last review handy and confront the truth of the situation. One critique is not the same as “you’re going to lose your job.” That nice comment a manager told you last week? Write it down and keep it somewhere visible to remind yourself of your value to the company.
3. Find your neutral. Ask yourself what you need to find your neutral setting. Do you need to blow off steam with your work friend, grab some fresh air, break out your favorite “in case of emergency” snack or practice some deep breathing exercises? Keep in mind what you need to reset, so you can get back to the task at hand.
4. Be unavailable. This will likely need to wait until after the work week but remember to take time to recover. Put your phone on airplane mode or silence it. Commit to being present with your family or favorite furry companion.
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