With the right strategy, you can beat burnout
If your job is wearing you down, you’re not alone. Many factors contribute to employee burnout, and it has even been labeled an epidemic.
In 2018, 67 percent of workers were burned out by work in some form. This led to between $125 and $190 billion being spent in healthcare to tackle burnout-related illness.
The good news? There’s a way to beat it: a wellness strategy. You need a plan that goes beyond a few days of home rest. It starts with understanding the nature of burnout, and by knowing yourself.
Breaking down burnout
How is burnout measured? The American Institute of Stress has a definitive breakdown of job burnout from every perspective. While workload does dominate the reasons for job stress, they make the excellent point that burnout very much depends on how the individual relates to their environment holistically, rather than the nature of the work itself.
The key is to revitalize yourself as an individual through a wellness strategy built on the five pillars of well-being:
The power of finding your purpose
Times are changing. Work used to be a constant grind to pay the bills, but it’s increasingly become a way for employees to extend who they are inside. A company’s core values must align with yours. What’s your employer’s purpose beyond profit? If they have one and it inspires you, your job becomes something more than a cash grind.
Face up to the physical
Ask yourself the following:
- Can I improve my diet? Rushing through your day makes decent nutrition difficult. Prepping work meals at home (or over the weekend) is a great way to improve nutrition.
- Do I have any bad habits I can reduce? Things like smoking, excessive drinking or even drug use find their roots in personal or professional stress. They’re only hurting you and providing a fake “fix” to situations that only positive action can repair. You can break that habit!
- What’s my current state of health? If you have a health condition, how well are you managing it? If you think stress might be your only problem, think again. Issues like heart disease and diabetes can affect any of us, especially during burnout. Speak to your physician to discover your current or at-risk conditions and take steps to treat them.
- Which exercise options are open to me? Many Americans have static jobs and don’t truly grasp the dangers this presents, and how a lack of motion only worsens burnout. Make use of any fitness opportunities your job offers or get started at your desk or at home.
Have a social and community strategy
Humans are social animals, and a positive work/life balance depends upon a healthy environment professionally and personally. The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
Try to get into a social routine with friends, family, colleagues or with activities or hobbies where others share your interests. You may like to volunteer in your local community. It’s an enriching way to meet people and make a meaningful difference for yourself and others.
Don’t worry about the financial
Easier said than done, we know. Finances can be a fearful thing which fuels burnout more than any other concern. Take a breath, and consider taking these steps:
- Set a personal budget.
- Reduce or remove any expenses you feel aren’t completely necessary.
- Address debt. Debt is an enormous stress for millions of Americans, yet there are ways to affordably and gradually reduce any outstanding fees
- Create an emergency fund. Knowing there’s some form of cash cushion mounting up can take the stress out of day-to-day living and work worries.
Lastly, take some time off whenever you can. It can work wonders if you combine it with the kind of proactive steps we’ve listed here today. If you need any more inspiration, we’re here to help you live life to the fullest!
At LiveWell 1440, we believe wellness can be as fun as it is functional. We’re here to give you new inspiration, motivation, and education to meet your personal goals. Contact us today to discuss a custom solution for your workplace.