Mind right: beating burnout (Part 4)

Burnout is a syndrome of body and mind, so while you need rest and physical strength to recover from it, you also need to pay attention to your psyche.

The American Psychological Association recommends some of the following practices to strengthen your mental and emotional resilience:

  • Make connections. Foster good relationships with close family members, friends and others, and both ask for and accept help from others.
  • Avoid seeing crises as insurmountable problems.Stress arises mostly from the way we react to difficult events. Try to focus on the solution rather than the problem.
  • Accept that change is a part of life.Again, it’s about how you respond to the change that has an impact on your emotional health. Try to stay calm and accept circumstances that cannot be changed, and then focus on the things you can do something about.
  • Take decisive actions. Ignoring problems won’t make them go away – and often, it takes less action on your part than you expect. Doing something will often propel a problem in a different direction.
  • Keep things in perspective.This is very difficult when everything seems overwhelming, but try to consider the stressful situation in a broader context and keep a long-term perspective.

Burnout can often feel insurmountable. But the sense of being overwhelmed is a signal, not a long-term sentence. By understanding the symptoms and causes and implementing personal strategies, you can recover and build a road map for prevention.

NOTE: If you feel unaccountably fatigued, make an appointment to see your doctor. Fatigue is a symptom of many illnesses, so don’t just assume it’s burnout. Also try to describe your symptoms in detail to help your doctor narrow down the possible causes.

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