5 ways to prevent and recover from emotional burnout

By Jurassic JennJun 20, 2024 21:03 PMPsychology
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The state of emotional burnout can be described as a transition from a zone of bright light to pitch darkness. In this case, a person feels overwhelmed, stagnant, incapable, and unmotivated by resentment towards the world around them.

The online magazine SSPDaily wrote that the World Health Organization (WHO) considers emotional burnout not a spontaneous psychological state or way of thinking but rather a syndrome that results from chronic stress in the workplace. Here's what psychologists advise on the matter.

Identify the cause of burnout

The most important thing here, experts say, is to understand the essence of the problem, its level of complexity, and determine the cause of the syndrome. Why is it important?

Today, there are many ways to get rid of burnout, but they are all very different. When you decide on the answer to the question "Why?", you will be able to determine the most effective method. At the same time, generalizing this question will lead you into a dead end.

Don't neglect your body

We often resort to complex solutions in search of getting rid of an uncomfortable state, while the answer lies on the surface.

If you don't sleep well, don't exercise, don't spend enough time outdoors, and work a lot, you will naturally lack energy. And sooner or later, this condition will be combined with stress and psychological fatigue, which will lead to emotional burnout.

Tip: our physical experience always "colors" our emotional experience, so don't neglect your body. Take care of it and it will respond with gratitude.

Say "no" to say "yes"

Burnout is often caused by overwhelm from other people's expectations of your performance. The problem here is that you don't know how to say no. So, to get rid of the syndrome, learn how to do it.

For example, remind yourself, "I need to say no to some people in order to say yes to others" or "I have to say no to my team because I have to say yes to my family."

Remember that life is always a choice, where it is important to set the right emphasis and priorities.

Be a role model

If you want to change your lifestyle so that you don't fall into emotional stagnation, set an example for other people. For example, working around the clock sets a bad example for your colleagues. Show that you know how to work and relax. As a result, you will not only solve your problems but also help other people get rid of them.

Take care of yourself

If you don't take care of yourself, is it reasonable to expect others to do so? Work and career are certainly important, but they are not worth the cost of lost health. So, if you feel tired, put all your work aside, turn off your phone, and rest: walk all day, watch your favorite movies, read, or talk to your loved ones. This is a great prevention against emotional burnout.

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