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How Can You Prevent Burnout at Work?

man struggles with burnout at work

You may love your job, or be just doing what it takes to make ends meet.  Either way, you may experience burnout in the workplace. Burnout refers to a sudden feeling of being overwhelmed and drained of all energy and inspiration.  You may be juggling several important tasks at once, working long hours, or doing a job that requires a great deal of emotional endurance. Burnout can cause you to under-perform, struggle with mental health, and stop taking care of yourself physically.  There are certain strategies for avoiding burnout in the workplace, as well as recommended actions to take if you feel you are already burnt out. 

Take Care of Yourself Physically, Mentally, and Spiritually 

 This means ensuring you receive seven to eight hours of sleep every night, eat nutritious foods, and avoid drugs and alcohol.  If you work in a field that tends to be emotionally draining, such as healthcare, social work, or as a first responder, be sure to spend your time off channeling your lighthearted side.  Watch funny movies, go to comedy clubs, and socialize with friends that make you laugh. Having a heavy job requires striking a fine balance in your personal life to preserve your mental wellness. If you believe you are already experiencing burnout at work, look at how you are attempting to cope.  Many people turn to drugs or alcohol to numb unpleasant emotions or overwhelming stress from their jobs, but this habit only worsens health overall and may lead to addiction.  We all must take care of ourselves to be able to perform to our full potential at home and at work, and this might mean taking time off to seek treatment.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction and mental health issues, now is the time to reach out for help.  At Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals that understand addiction in all its forms.  We use an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, and at The Arbor, you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan.  We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit so that you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness.  If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us at 844-413-2690.