How to Avoid Burnout in Your Job

 Burnout is real. If you're feeling tired, drained, and less fulfilled in your work – you're not alone. 77% of workers have experienced burnout at some point in their careers, while 23% feel burned out more often than not. Sometimes we simply feel stressed, but other times, it’s complete burnout.

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It's extremely difficult to maintain your career longevity while remaining fulfilled and energized to do what you do best. Here are five ways you can maintain health and avoid burnout in your career.

1. Remember Your Why

Simple advice, but if it's so simple, why do so many people struggle to articulate why they do what they do. Why are you in your field? Why did you choose this career path? 

Human beings are wired by purpose. We need a purpose to drive us, so remind yourself of yours and cling to it. Keep it top of mind – especially when things get hard.

Sure, not everyone has the privilege of working a job they adore. And not every career is all that fulfilling. If this is you, there still has to be a reason you're getting up every morning. Is it to provide for your family? Is it to provide for yourself?

Don't forget why you do what you do. It will benefit you greatly when things get difficult.

2. Prioritize Physical Health

Many people experience career burnout in conjunction with physical burnout. When our bodies aren't operating at 100%, it's tough to give our all in our jobs. This is a quick way to burn out.

Here are a few ways you can prioritize physical health to give your all at work:

Physically healthy people tend to be more in tune with their work. Prioritize your health.

3. Don't Be Afraid to Make a Change

Sometimes burnout exists for more than a single season. When this is the case, it may be time to consider a career change. Even if you've been in your career for a long time, it's never too late to switch things up. 

Consider a new company, a different role, or a new career altogether! Consider going back to school for an MBA if you're in the business world or trying occupational therapy school if you're interested in the healthcare space or passionate about helping people.

It's never too late to make a change.

4. Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

Speaking of making a change, sometimes we need to break out of our comfort zones. Monotonous routines and schedules can burn us out quickly. 

If you've gotten stuck in a familiar pattern or routine, try doing something new (it doesn't have to be drastic) to get out of it:

  • Take a day trip to the zoo or aquarium

  • Take a different route to work

  • Take a weekend trip to another city

5. Stay Socially Connected

Lastly, make sure you stay connected to people. Loneliness and burnout can often go hand-in-hand. 

Reach out to people you haven't spoken to in some time, plan a lunch date, or grab coffee with a friend. Put weekly or monthly hangouts on the calendar to keep you accountable to them.

Don't forget your why, stay healthy, break out of your routines, and stay connected to people. If you still feel burnt out – try something new! 


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