According to a new YouGov survey over half of UK employees are showing dangerous signs of ‘burning out’. You might think it’s no big deal, everyone gets worked up every now and then. But ‘overachiever syndrome’ can become a huge problem if left untreated.
Burnout is common in high performers hence the ‘overachiever syndrome’ label. It manifests itself in the form of anxiety, anger or sadness and is especially potent in those that remedy work stress with more work.
List For Life has got your back and by following these 5 tips, you can avoid the tumultuous process of recovering from a burnout.
1. Learn to say “no” before it’s too late
When the pressure is on, saying ‘no’ seems impossible. Regardless of your limits the work needs to get done, your brain will tell you. But that’s how you push yourself over the edge. Learn to prioritise and let your coworkers support you when you need it – you’d do the same for them.
2. Keep your body in top form
‘Burning out’ can often have dire physical, emotional and cognitive repercussions, so it’s important to make sure you’re in top nick if it ever happens to you. A healthy body begets a healthy mind so by eating well you’ll firstly lower the chance of burning out to begin with and secondly, clear the path to recovery.
3. Accept that you will make mistakes
You’re not a robot, you’re very human and like everyone else in your office, you will make mistakes. Especially if you’re working overtime to try and get ahead, your fatigue will encourage carelessness and you’ll feel worse overall. Accept your imperfections and try to improve on them.
4. Use your time off when you need it
Don’t feel as if your leave has to be saved for holidays and weddings, it’s there for you to take the odd personal day here and there – your company might not even deduct it from your leave. Taking time off is step one to getting over a burnout, some distance from your emails and office can clear your head and do the hardest thing an overachiever can do: relax.
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5. Talk to someone about it
If the problem persists, look into finding someone to talk to. It could be a friend or a paid professional – maybe not a coworker since the association might make things worse. Talk through your issues and figure out the best course of action. All we can say in the meantime is to rest up and remember that your health is more important than any job you’ll ever have.