End of year Burnout

An illustrated figure leaning out of the window of a burning building with the text, "Beating Burnout."

2022 is like tomorrow, and we’re not going to discuss it. Hell, we’re not even acknowledging it. Nope, just a regular day, nothing to see here folks.

With the year that shall remain unnamed looming, the struggle is real. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, tired, cranky, and just want to be left alone—you are not alone.  You’re experiencing burnout and all the dogs, shoes, or wine in the world won’t make it go away. I mean, it will help…wine always helps.

Before we give you sage advice on beating burnout, you should know it is completely normal. In fact, it is your body and brain telling you to take a break. Some days or weeks are just going to be more productive than others. Other weeks, you want to hermit and be left alone…cut yourself some slack.

As we’re wrapping up this 2020 continuation year, give yourself some grace FFS.

Take Five

Get up, leave your desk/bed/chair and grab some water, pet a dog, go for a walk—it doesn’t matter what you do, just get away from your workstation and take a breather.

No one is chaining you to your desk but you, in fact, much of the pressure you’re feeling, you’ve put on yourself. 

Ask for Help

Um…you’re not alone. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, sad or frustrated—reach out to your manager or another team member. If you isolate yourself and your feelings, you are going to crash. Advocate for yourself, no one else is going to do it for you. By the way, use those mental health days and time off. 

Say Thanks

Thanking someone else or recognizing another person’s achievement is good for the soul. Might we suggest “Gratitude Tuesday.” Take 30 minutes each Tuesday and write handwritten notes to family, friends, co-workers or professionals and drop them in the mail. It brightens your day and someone else’s—spreading joy is good for the soul. 

Celebrate

Acknowledge birthdays and milestones. It is the little things in life that bring a smile to your face. Whether that is sharing a favorite book with your coworkers or a work session from a coffee shop or Graydon’s Crossing while enjoying red wine on ice. Work can be fun, but it depends on each of us to find joy.

Lastly, try not to take yourself too seriously. Make time each day to mock/encourage a fellow coworker, enjoy Bode-isms or just catch up on weekend escapades.

Need more advice or some encouragement? Reach out to us, we got you.

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