How to Recover From Burnout
Overtime, staff shortages, challenging people …
Trying to meet daunting expectations but never having enough time or resources …
A packed calendar paired with an endless to-do list and that consuming feeling no matter how hard you try …
Sound familiar? We've all experienced stress, but this could be something more. Perhaps it's burnout.
According to Psychology Today, "Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and often physical exhaustion brought on by prolonged or repeated stress. Though it's most often caused by problems at work, it can also appear in other areas of life, such as parenting, caretaking, or romantic relationships."
After a global pandemic with abrupt changes and increased demands on our work/life balance, burnout is more common than ever. So how can we identify burnout, and what can we do to resolve it? This post can help you learn more about burnout and what steps you can take to heal from burnout.
Am I stressed, or am I experiencing burnout?
Burnout goes beyond stress and impacts you emotionally and physically on a different level. You might have burnout if you:
- Have cynical feelings toward your job or your job has lost meaning for you
- Feel mentally and physically exhausted
- Feel angry or irritable toward people you interact with at work
- Make mistakes often and have poor work performance
- Find it difficult to get motivated
- Feel hopeless and uncaring
Additionally, if you're having trouble sleeping, getting frequent headaches, having digestive issues, and/or experiencing panic attacks, these symptoms could also indicate that you are experiencing burnout, and you should try to take action and make some changes so that you can recover.
What are the stages of burnout?
There are five stages of burnout that start with being overly stressed and then escalate into full-blown burnout:
Stage 1: The Honeymoon Phase
At first, in a new job or on a new project, you feel energized and excited. You're ready to go all-in and prove your worth! You may push yourself a bit harder to establish your value as an employee.
Stage 2: The Onset of Stress
The initial excitement over new work demands dissolve as you see your job for what it is. Workday motivation may become more challenging, and your optimism may start to wane as stress creeps in.
Stage 3: Chronic Stress
Stress becomes almost daily now, and it's beginning to take a toll. Motivation has plummeted, and you're starting to experience physical symptoms of stress.
Stage 4: Burnout
Stress becomes too overwhelming to cope without professional intervention. You're just barely hanging on, and something has got to give. Seeking therapy or otherwise taking steps to make a change at this stage is critical.
Stage 5: Habitual Burnout
Burnout symptoms have become chronic. You struggle daily with your mental, emotional, and physical health, and it may feel like you're drowning. Dramatic change and therapeutic measures are required in order to recover.
How do I reset after burnout?
- Enlist help from friends and loved ones to free up some of your time. You can also get support in figuring out your plan to move on from whatever has caused the burnout. Sometimes an outside perspective is just what you need.
- Consider your options for ways to eliminate some stressors. Is it talking to your boss about shifting some projects? Is it looking for a new job? Be creative in exploring all the possible paths. Sometimes it can help you feel a little better just looking at your options and knowing you're taking action.
- Get professional support with therapy and burnout treatment. Other therapeutic treatments for burnout may include yoga, mindfulness, meditation, nutrition, and massage therapy. You can find relief with cutting-edge therapeutic technologies like Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS).
- Take control of the situation by setting boundaries, delegating, reevaluating priorities, and reclaiming your time.
- Be kind to yourself and grant yourself some grace. Get sleep, eat healthy foods, get fresh air, and exercise. Take care of your needs.
How long does it take to recover from burnout?
Burnout recovery could take weeks, months, or even years -- everyone's situation is different. The important thing is to get started taking some of the steps listed above. Incremental progress is still progress, and making an effort to recover can prevent burnout from worsening.
How can I recover from burnout fast?
The best approach is a multi-pronged approach. Take some of the steps listed above, and then enlist the help of a professional who can create a custom plan tailored to your needs. At All Points North Lodge, we'll work with you to not only address the symptoms of burnout but also help you reevaluate your approach and workload to heal and prevent future issues. Our rejuvenating, spa-like atmosphere in the Rocky Mountains enables you to tap into physical, mental, and spiritual healing more effectively so that you can recover from burnout quickly and get back to being YOU. Get started with your healing journey today and contact us by phone at 855.235.9792 or via LiveChat to get started.
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- Valcour, Monique. "Beating Burnout". Harvard Business Review, November, 2016, https://hbr.org/2016/11/beating-burnout
- Davis, Paula. "Is Burnout Real? The Answer Is Yes". Forbes, June 6, 2019, https://www.forbes.com/sites/pauladavislaack/2019/06/06/is-burnout-real-the-answer-is-yes/?sh=655c09e65dfd
- "Job Burnout: How to Spot It and Take Action". Mayo Clinic, June 5, 2021, https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/burnout/art-20046642