So, you're burnt out. It happens to most of us at one point or another. Long hours, strenuous projects, it all piles up and suddenly it's hard to get out of bed in the morning and feel excited to head into work. While sometimes burnout and being overworked can feel like a never-ending cycle, there are ways to get back on the top of your game.
Below are a few tips on how to reduce your stress and get refreshed and ready to tackle your day-to-day with new energy.
- Check-in With Your Supervisor. Repeat after me: I'm burnt out, and I'd like to talk about some ways to lighten my workload a little bit. Seems easy to say now, but when you're in front of your boss it could be challenging to spit it out. Remember that your supervisor is also human, that they've probably felt overworked at some point in their life, and that it's their job to help and support you through this. If your workload has no sign of slowing down, it's imperative that you ask for some help in strategizing what steps you can take to get back on even footing.
- Take a Personal Day. Heck, take a personal week if you haven't in a while. If you have the PTO saved up, start throwing in some me-time here and there to ease your day-to-day stress. Ask for it to be a phone-free vacation and set up contacts to cover for you while you're out. If Monday mornings are what you've been dreading- take a long weekend and turn that phone off! Don't check email, get some personal errands done, and try to relax.
- Take on a Mentee. While this may seem like it would be the opposite of lightening your workload, you may be surprised. When you meet with a young, eager new professional and start talking about your industry and all the projects you've taken on in your career-- it can remind you why you got into this in the first place. Sometimes taking a step back and viewing where you are at from another perspective, especially the perspective of someone who looks up to you, will remind you that you've come a long way and worked really hard for where you're at. All those negative-thoughts about how you could be doing better will wash away when you share stories with the new intern from your early days and serving coffee while trying to earn that first job.
We all experience the feeling of being overworked. These tips can really help alleviate some of your day-to-day anxieties about your career. But if you're habitually overworked and there are no signs of your supervisor stepping in or the outlook improving, it may be time to try for a change.
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