6 Keys to Avoiding Burnout

From the recent webinar "Avoiding Burnout", we learned about the 12 Stages of Burnout. This time I would like to address 6 different ways to avoid burnout, as explained by Michelle Steffes, from IPV Consulting.

Take Control

Steps of discipline and encouragement must be taken every day. According to Steffes, balanced people control everything they do, see, or listen to. People who take control are considered to be balanced, and they are to tune out things that are discouraging or depressing. Replacing these with things that are inspiring, motivational, or educational will help you take control and therefore achieve balance.

Exercise & Respite

Exercise should be a part of everyone’s daily routine.  Not only does exercise have an effect physically, but also mentally. When a person exercises for at least 20 minutes, the pituitary gland releases endorphins, which in return helps the person be more alert and happy, and it also helps the brain stay sharp.

Along with exercise, Steffes suggests that people should unplug from their devices. Nowadays people are constantly using their mobile devices or tablets, no matter what is going on around them. If you go to a public place, you will notice that about 90% of people will be immersed in their electronic devices, not paying attention to what is going on around them. Instead of being a part of that 90%, you should be part of what is going on, especially when you’re with friends and family.

Learn Ways to Manage Stress

While workplace stress is normal, excessive stress can interfere with productivity and even impact your health. People manage stress in different ways; whatever way you chose to manage, it should involve activities that are peaceful and relaxing. Go for a walk, read a good book, listen to music, or do anything that will take your mind off of what is causing your stress.

Make a Written Plan

Writing things down is proven to help people remember things much better, and therefore goals are more likely to be achieved. Having goals written down brings clarity, focus, and will give you direction. 

Prioritize Your Life & Job

Having a balance between your personal life and your job is very important. Michelle recommends writing a list of everything you want to accomplish into personal and professional lists. After you have your lists, put them in order, from easiest to accomplish to hardest to accomplish. Once you have done that, break them down into month, week, and day. This will help you manage your time better and help you accomplish every task. 

Sow Into the Lives of Others

Helping others and making an impact in someone else’s life can be beneficial for your own well-being and state of mind.   

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