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job burnout

Burnout and stress are not the same thing. As Karen Burns, author of The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use, writes in a post for the Seattle Times, persistent stress can lead to burnout, which involves feeling completely apathetic and used up. If you’ve found yourself in this situation, read over Burns’ “5 Tips for Fighting Job Burnout” and learn how you can reenergize yourself and keep from feeling constantly tired and pessimistic.

1. Reorganize — When you’re in over your head, it’s tough to convince yourself you have time to take five and reorganize, but according to Burns, this is precisely the time to do so. Once your ducks are in a row, so to speak, you’ll feel much better.

2. Enjoy Your Downtime — Even if you’re working a ton, chances are you’re not at the office 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In what spare time you have, indulge in your passions and explore new hobbies. You might even just spend time with your family. “It’s an investment that will pay off many times over,” Burns insists.

3. Just Say No — The last thing you need to do when you’re feeling burned out is take on new projects. Refrain from signing up for new tasks, and if possible, delegate some of your existing ones.

4. Take a Breather — The power of a vacation cannot be underestimated. If you’ve got the time to take, schedule more than a long weekend and try to completely unplug and not take any work with you.

5. Be Healthy — This goes for the mind and body. In addition to exercising, eating properly, and making sure to get plenty of sleep, try doing something for your mind, like keeping a journal or allowing yourself some kind of relaxation ritual (prayer, hot bath, meditation, etc.) before bed.