How to avoid a burnout?

Burnout is a reaction to a prolonged or the chronic job stress and is characterised by three main dimensions: exhaustion, self doubt, and feeling of reduced professional ability. Thus there is loss of motivation to do anything in life. This can lead to depression, hopelessness, feeling overwhelmed by responsibilities and using escapist behaviour to cope with various life situations.

The first step is to reassess your aptitude. Are you doing the job compatible with your nature? It is wise to reassess your goals. Develop expertise in the area of your responsibilities. Don’t start practice till you have gained 100% clarity and depth on the subject of commercial and social interest. If you are not an expert then it is always wise to outsource the job because it can save a lot of your energy and time as well.

Make a policy decision to relax for 10 minutes after every one hour of work – means do some other work or listen to the music or just lying down. Plan to work for five days a week – means a maximum of 42 hours a week and relax or enjoy your weekends – maybe have some outing. Take a one-week vacation after every three months or so.

In addition focus on these areas as well: Connect with a trusted friend. Exercise regularly – maybe long walks or start playing some game. Develop a habit to have regular sound sleep. This will help you rejuvenate yourself and you will be able to enjoy each and every moment of your life.