Burnout in the Workplace

Feeling burnt-out? Here are some key signs:

Mental exhaustion

Lowered motivation and engagement

Feeling cynical and resentful about your work and contribution

Second-guessing your ability to do your work well

Psychologists recommend using the “3 R Approach” when you may be close to burnout

Recognize the signs of burnout

Reverse the symptoms by focusing on how you may personally reduce and manage your stress (This may be through pausing and realizing you need a break and/or to seek support).

Resilience: Focus on taking care of your needs and what you are able to control  

Strategies to help:

1.     Reframe how you think about your day and your work:

When you recognize symptoms of burnout, think about the value you bring to your work: “How am I helping others? In whose life am I making a difference? Where can I have fun at work? Who can I talk to or spend time with to connect or distract me (chatting, joking, sharing ideas)?"

2.     Take movement or creative breaks:

What fits into your day? Can you walk and talk at a meeting? Can you bring a fun project to work on or include your interests with your students or coworkers?

3.     Use your social circle(s):

Trusted family, friends, coworkers, spend time doing what you enjoy with people who support and understand you, or try community, social and hobby groups and clubs.