The stress of your work situation is the part of career burnout that you are noticing the most, so let’s take care of it. You need stress management. Whether by reading about stress management in a book, online or signing up for a course, you will be able to learn ways to better deal with the stresses that are plaguing you day in and day out. You may need to add stress-releasing techniques, such as meditation, to your daily schedule.
You need to surround yourself with positive people. In a career burnout situation, you are in a negative mindset. The more positive people you are around the more of an impact they can have on you and soften your feelings. This is a time to remember your family and friends, and keep in close contact with them.
It’s ok to blow off steam. If you are dealing with a number of frustrating things at the end of the day, talk to a friend or loved one who will let you air your complaints. It is often best to give this person a heads-up of what you are going through and ask them if it’s alright that you unload on them as you try to make it through this tough time.
The better shape your body is in, the better it can handle stress. If you are not making sure your body get the nutrients, sleep and exercise it needs, you are starting off at a disadvantage to be able to deal with the stress and strain your job may throw at you.
Once you start getting your mental and body health back on track, it’s time to address the work problems. If you are feeling stifled and at a dead-end where you are, you need to look at ways to grow. Often a new challenge or skill will bring back all those feelings you had when this was a place you loved to be every day.
If you want to stay with the company you are employed for, you should look for ways to take on new or different project. Volunteer for skills training that may open new doors for you in the future. Often seeing and learning new things will be enough to get you back on track.
If your current company or job is the problem, you may be considering taking a new direction. This is not something that should be done without a lot of forethought.
If you think you know where you want to go in your career, start to investigate that path and see what it takes to make it. If you don’t have the skills and qualifications needed, this is the time to enroll in a few courses to move you in the right direction.
Remember, the grass is not always greener on the other side. If you are thinking of a complete change of career, you may want to ask around before you make the jump. While from the outside a new job may look nice, those on the inside may be able to give you a real look at the new stresses and strains you will have to take on in their workplace.
Career Burnout is nothing to be ashamed of. Many people suffer from it every year. The important thing is identifying that you have it and then taking the right steps in dealing with it.