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Burnout is Real – Part 2

How to Reframe the Way You Look at Work

by Shakira Crespo

Last week we started with Tip #1 on how to reduce or work through burnout by turning to other people. This week let’s talk about how to reframe the way you look at work. I know a lot of my readers are retired, that does not mean you are exempt from burnout. Apply these tips to volunteer work, family obligations, etc.

The most effective way to combat job burnout is to quit and find a job you love instead. Of course, for many of us changing jobs or careers is far from being a practical solution, we’re grateful just to have work that pays the bills. Whatever your situation, though, there are still steps you can take to improve your state of mind.

  • Look to find some value in your work. Even in some mundane jobs, you can often focus on how your role helps others. Focus on aspects of the job that you do enjoy, even if it’s just chatting with your coworkers at lunch. Changing your attitude towards your job can help you regain a sense of purpose and control.
  • Find balance in your life. If you hate your job, look for meaning and satisfaction elsewhere in your life: in your family, friends, hobbies, or voluntary work. Focus on the parts of your life that bring you joy.
  • Make friends at work. Having strong ties in the workplace can help reduce monotony and counter the effects of burnout. Having friends to chat and joke with during the day can help relieve stress from an unfulfilling or demanding job, improve your job performance, or simply get you through a rough day.
  • Take time off. If burnout seems inevitable, try to take a complete break from work. Go on vacation, use up your sick days, ask for a temporary leave of absence, anything to remove yourself from the situation. Use the time away to recharge your batteries.

My favorite is making sure to take that time off. It really helps me recharge my batteries and helps me get through all the work I need to accomplish until my next vacation.

Which one works best for you? What will you do to be healthy BEFORE you NEED to be healthy?

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