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8 Strategies to Prevent Burnout

Nov 14, 2023 by Vreny Blanco · 3 min read · Mental Health

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Here are 8 valuable strategies to prevent burnout, inspired by our interview with health psychologist Dr. Veneta Slavchova from ASK Consulting.

Recognize the Warning Signs

Be aware of the signs of burnout so you can take early action:

  • Physical exhaustion.
  • Emotional exhaustion.
  • Mental exhaustion.
  • Decreased performance.
  • Depression.

Evaluate Your Work Conditions

Identify workplace stressors and try to reduce them. Talking to your manager or considering a job or position change may be beneficial.

Consider how you can integrate your work into your life in a healthy way to avoid burnout. A neutral and independent outside perspective can often make a significant difference.

Those with sufficient personal resources can better manage work demands in the long run and feel good about it.

Develop Your Professional Resilience

Develop sustainable strategies to increase resilience in the workplace. The Seven Pillars of Professional Resilience model from ASK Consulting can help:

  1. Optimism: Maintain a positive attitude towards life.
  2. Acceptance: Embrace your professional circumstances.
  3. Solution Orientation: Concentrate on finding work-related solutions.
  4. Self-Care: Pay attention to your body’s needs and ensure to take necessary breaks.
  5. Network Orientation: Proactively seek support from colleagues when facing professional challenges.
  6. Responsibility: Be willing to take responsibility when you make mistakes.
  7. Future Orientation: Define clear professional goals and develop a strategy to achieve them.

Stable professional resilience can help overcome burnout problems in the long term.

Avoid Cognitive Overload

Avoid multitasking and train yourself to focus on just one task at a time without distractions.

Eliminate Distractions

Eliminate digital distractions during focused work: Put away your phone, turn off notifications, and use an app and website blocker like 1Focus, to eliminate digital distractions.

Maintain a Good Work-Life Balance

An imbalance between work demands and personal resources can lead to exhaustion and burnout over time. Strive for a healthy balance.

Know your limits. Schedule breaks to maintain your health and long-term productivity.

Take Care of Your Mental Health

Take time to relax and pursue activities that nourish your mind and soul. Self-reflection, positive self-talk, recognizing your strengths and weaknesses, honest feedback, and understanding your own emotions are crucial parts of self-care.

The key is to reflect on the situation and develop effective action strategies and healthy mental attitudes in the area of professional resilience.

Seek Professional Support

If you are suffering from burnout or mental health issues, do not hesitate to seek professional help. Self-help strategies may not be sufficient.

For help and resources to prevent burnout, visit ASK Consulting(German site).

Conclusion

Remember, you are more than your job. It’s important to make your health a priority.

Burnout is not a sign of weakness, but a sign that you need to make changes in your life. With the right strategies and support, you can overcome burnout and live a healthier, more fulfilling life.

You have the power to transform your life. Start today!

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