Burnout is an increasingly common phenomenon that affects millions of employees worldwide. Despite the prevalence of burnout, however, many organizations are still failing to take the necessary steps to help their employees avoid it. Our current approach to battling burnout simply isn’t working, resulting in decreased productivity and overall job satisfaction among workers.

A reminder of what burnout is

Burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion caused by prolonged stress. Symptoms can include: feeling overwhelmed, being easily irritated or angered, constant fatigue, and lack of motivation.

To begin with, many organizations are not taking adequate action when they recognize signs of employee burnout. Rather than addressing the underlying cause of burnout – such as work overload or a lack of resources – employers often brush off these issues and expect employees to “push through” despite their exhaustion and frustration. This attitude fails to recognize the long-term damage that unchecked employee burnout can have on an organization’s success.

Additionally, our current methods for combating burnout fail to consider the individual needs of each employee. Employees are not all the same, and an effective solution to combat burnout cannot be applied across the board. Our current solution, therefore, is to provide employees with all the resources they need, as well as offer a variety of ways in which they can take care of themselves. This approach completely ignores the fact that not all employees have the same needs and desires.

Why self-care alone won’t beat burnout

Burnout is an ever-increasing issue in the modern work environment, and many workers are feeling overwhelmed, overworked and undervalued. Self-Care has become somewhat of a buzzword recently, with people encouraged to develop healthy coping mechanisms to combat stress and fatigue. However, while Self-Care can provide relief from burnout in the short term, it alone may not be enough to beat burnout in the long run.

In order for a worker to fully recover from burnout they must address both its physical and emotional elements. Self-Care is paramount when it comes to recovery; ensuring that you have time for relaxation each day, getting adequate sleep, and eating a balanced diet are essential steps toward healing. However, this alone may not be enough if underlying causes of burnout such as poor management or unrealistic expectations from colleagues remain unaddressed. In addition to Self-Care, many people are turning to alternative therapies such as therapy or yoga. These methods of healing can help you learn to cope with stress and improve your overall mental health by teaching you how to better handle difficult situations.

Why our relationship with work can cause us to burn out

Burnout is a growing issue in the workplace, and it can have a significant impact on an employee’s productivity and mental health. It’s important to understand why our relationship with work can cause us to burn out so that we can take steps to prevent it from happening.

The first reason why burnout occurs is because of an imbalance between work and life. When we spend too much time at work and don’t make enough time for ourselves or for family, it can lead to feelings of exhaustion, frustration, and disconnection from meaningful activities. We need to ensure that our workload allows us enough time for restorative activities such as exercise or creative pursuits.

The second reason why burnout happens is that our current culture emphasizes “busyness” over meaningful engagement with our jobs. We are often expected to work harder, faster, and longer without a break. We can prevent burnout by refocusing our attention on what matters most in our lives and having the courage to take care of ourselves.

How what we eat can impact burnout

What we eat can have a major impact on how we feel, and this goes double when it comes to burnout. Eating a balanced diet full of fresh fruits, vegetables, proteins, and fats can help keep you energized through long days and make it easier to manage stress levels.

By looking at what foods you’re eating regularly, you can start to see how they may be impacting your energy levels throughout the day. For example, if you’re consuming large amounts of sugar or processed foods then this could be causing dramatic spikes and drops in your energy levels as well as reducing your ability to concentrate over time.

Why type-a personalities are prone to burnout

Burnout is a very real and common issue for many of us, especially those who identify as type-a personalities. Type-a personalities are often characterized by their immense drive to succeed, perfectionism, and extreme competitiveness; traits which can lead to burnout if left unchecked. Burnout is caused when we overextend ourselves beyond our capacity; constantly pushing ourselves too hard, both physically and mentally. So why are type-a personalities more prone to burnout?

This comes down to the personality traits that define people with this particular type of character. The need for success and recognition coupled with an intense work ethic can push these individuals too hard in pursuit of perfection; leading them towards exhaustion both mentally and physically. Furthermore, any delays or setbacks encountered on their way will cause further frustration adding additional stressors into the mix.

Summary of how we need to change to avoid burnout

Burnout can be a serious and dangerous problem. To avoid burnout and keep ourselves healthy, it is important to recognize the signs of burnout early on and make changes in our lives to reduce the pressures that lead to it.

We must learn how to manage our workloads better. This includes taking breaks throughout the day, setting reasonable goals, delegating tasks when possible, and saying “no” more often when we are feeling overwhelmed. We should also make time for leisure activities such as exercise or hobbies that help us relax and rejuvenate. Additionally, having an effective communication system with our colleagues will allow us to share any concerns or issues quickly so solutions can be found swiftly before they become too overwhelming.

Originally Published on https://www.breakfastleadership.com/

Michael D. Levitt Chief Burnout Officer

Michael D. Levitt is the founder & Chief Burnout Officer of The Breakfast Leadership Network, a San Diego and Toronto-based burnout consulting firm. He is a Keynote speaker on The Great Resignation, Quiet Quitting and Burnout. He is the host of the Breakfast Leadership show, a Certified NLP and CBT Therapist, a Fortune 500 consultant, and author of his latest book BURNOUT PROOF.