I think we all agree that this Pandemic has pushed even the most resilient of us to moments of breaking point.
"Be kind to yourself & let me know if you need support," are some quotes that employers and lecturers may have stated many times this past year.
As much as we appreciate the gesture, what happens if you work within a dysfunctional workplace?
What happens when you have a lack of social support?
What do you do if there is a constant work-life imbalance?
As a "key worker" who works within the health sector, I know exactly what burnout feels like!
How do we take time out to simply be, in a world where hustle, bustle and burnout are the new normal?
How do we take annual leave, without the feeling of apprehension of what awaits us, when we return after a week away?
The good news is I can share insight on this!😉
*Please note this post is for educational purposes and should not be used as a substitute for seeking medical help.
Before we dive into ways of granting ourselves self-care, let's look at what burnout may feel like!
Work Burnout Examples:
Do you feel you have become cynical or critical at work?
Do you have trouble getting started with your work and when you do not much is done?
Do you lack the energy to be consistently productive?
Do you find it hard to concentrate and become irritable?
Do you lack satisfaction from your achievements?
Are you using food, booze or substances to feel better or to not feel?
Have your sleep habits changed (sleeping too much or not enough?)
Can you think of any more?
These are just a few examples that you might be experiencing work burnout.
Oh, Hunny trust me, I know the feeling!
*Statement from an anonymous member!
"My burnout has led to my formal diagnosis of depression. I now hate a job that I once enjoyed, tbh if my family was financially secure, I would resign. I am overworked, underpaid and feel unappreciated".
While I was writing this article, I realised that we promote being under pressure even when applying for certain positions.
Here are some examples:
Ability to work well under pressure
Fast, accurate turnaround
Ability to handle high volume demands
This establishes you as someone who can think on their feet and perform necessary action when needed.
Now, as much as having these qualities can be great in many ways - it's certainly isn't the nicest way to work during this pandemic.
We need to be mindful that we are not robots, we are human.
Tips on how to be kind to yourself
Look at your options- discuss specific concerns with your manager. Is it possible to reduce your hours or share the workload with a colleague?
Peer Support - can you speak with your colleagues? Can you reach out to friends or loved ones, support to help you cope?
Try relaxing activities-yoga, meditation, breathing exercises and mindfulness audio books can help you distress.
Here is a link to a guided meditation for beginners https://youtu.be/4EaMJOo1jks.
Try to get more sleep. Sleep restores well-being and helps protect your health. I have a full blog post on my website for those who want natural remedy tips for beating insomnia
You can check it out as a featured post linked below "Are you tired of sleepless nights"?❤😎
So, as you can see there are practical steps, to try our bests to get through feelings of burnout.
But sometimes, that is still not enough to overcome feelings of being overwhelmed.
If this is the case for you or someone you care about, it's essential to take some time off.
Taking time off is not quitting, it is resting.
If you need to book extended time off to regenerate do it!🙌
If you need a fit note from your GP to advise your tutor that you need extended time to hand in the dissertation do it!✌🙌
I am very passionate about the importance of making changes to make our health and wellbeing more positive.
We can not control the world's way, but we can change how we survive in this world.
Love & Light to you all x🌎❤