Tips for dealing with burnout without quitting your job
In the second half of 2021, 20 million people quit their jobs, according to the Labor Department.
According to the Menninger Clinic, it boils down to a mental health crisis parallel to the COVID pandemic, and people are looking for drastic ways to improve their quality of life.
Symptoms of burnout include feeling tired, irritated, cynical, frustrated, and especially impatient.
This is called “the great resignation”. And while you often hear about this among healthcare workers, it has its grip in almost every industry.
“Think of people who work in grocery stores or other retail-focused industries, they have to constantly deal with people wearing their masks and adapt to store policy, and really have to interact with people on a regular basis. that they can’t work from home. That’s something that’s really starting to wear on people,” said psychologist Kerry Horrell of the Menninger Clinic.
Horrell said the pandemic is to blame because it has forced employees to stretch in unprecedented ways, sometimes taking over from colleagues who are sick or quitting, and in addition to changing childcare scenarios.
A UTMB study found that more and more women are turning to psychiatric drugs, in part because of these new demands.
“They’re being asked in their work and in their family life to be stretched in ways that aren’t normal, and there’s always been this kind of perspective that ‘this will only be for a while or so’. is just because of the pandemic. And as we approach two years, that’s starting to have a real impact on people’s ability to sustain such a pace,” Horrell said.
Recommendations for coping with burnout without quitting your job:
Set limits on working from home: do not work after normal working hours, including checking emails
Take the vacation time that is allocated
Make time for happy hours or lunch with co-workers to connect
Share when you’re struggling and let employers know when you hit your limit
“Having some level of appreciation and letting your workers know that ‘we know this is tough.’ It can be miles. It may look like allowing flexibility where possible, allowing people to be able to work from home or being able to come in – allowing flexibility where possible,” Horrell said.
Focus on personal care:
Exercise, stay hydrated, meditate and sleep
Not just once or twice, but make self-care a priority every day.
You may also need to find a therapist. It can be daunting, even difficult, to find a therapist who matches your emotional and financial needs.
Hear Horrell’s advice on finding the right therapist for you here:
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