Lastly, after so many situations where you are forced to put yourself behind another person
or to try to understand better how someone is motivated and what they want, it can start
to get tiring. The repetitive nature of answering the same questions without reprieve can
start to feel frustrating and boring. That’s called
If you end up burning out, you lose all of your enthusiasm for the things in your life that
used to make you happy. You also start to get snippier at your coworkers and colleagues, grow
angrier or shorter with customers, and in general, lose your professional decorum.
Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to circumvent burnout and all the things that
Care about yourself.
This might sound like second nature to most, but when you are a person that naturally
cares about others as your first instinct, it can be hard to put yourself first. So,
in instances where you feel like you are trending towards burnout, see if there are
some opportunities for you to put yourself first outside of work. Perhaps, for
example, treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure, or to a sports game of a team you
When you exercise it releases endorphins in your brain which
promote a sense of well-being and
This is a great way to work against personal problems like depression or sadness, but
also excellent for burnout. When you release endorphins you put your body
in a positive state of being which is a
counteract to the negativity of burnout.
Just like exercise, if you try to put a positive spin on what’s happening in your
life, it can
greatly improve how you actually do perceive
So, for example, if you try to see things as opportunities instead of difficult
challenges, it may make them seem less overwhelming and help you to push through and
overcome the feelings of burnout.
Hobbies outside of work are a great way to let off some steam from a stressful
workday. Instead of coming home and thinking about work, hobbies allow you to devote
brain power and energy to something else. They also give you a
to leave work, if you’re the type of person who needs one. Instead of saying “I want to go home”, you can say “I need to leave so I can make it in time for my bowling league”. While it shouldn’t be the case that you need to give an excuse to leave your job, having a hobby makes it a bit easier.
Having a sense of humor about things can help make them a little bit easier. It’s
known that laughter
reduces stress and boosts the immune
but it also makes things easier to get through. For example, if you have a friend
that you can laugh about a crumby situation with, it’s better than going through the
situation alone. If you can try to find anything to laugh about, it can help lead you
away from burnout.
It’s always okay and good to ask for help. If there are people that you know care
about you, reach out to them and ask for their help. Or, even if you don’t ask for
their help, know that you can at least vent or tell them about how you’re feeling.
Knowing that you have a way to release some pressure with someone that won’t judge
or automatically try to give advice can be immensely helpful.
Be open in 1:1s.
If your boss asks you if you are feeling burnt out, you should tell them. There
is no way for them to know what is going on inside of your head unless you tell them,
and they are the best person to help with your problem. After all, the person who
manages you has control over the queue, what you’re assigned to do there, and a whole
other slew of things. If you tell them how you are feeling, they can make positive
changes to shift aspects of the team so that both you, and any other future people
feeling burnout can be relieved.
Take control over your time.
It’s okay to say no. As people pleasers, support people often find it difficult
to say no or to set boundaries. But, it’s alright to do that. You don’t have to stay
late or say yes to an extra shift. Take control over your time and get a little bit
more of your free time back (and a little bit less of your work time) in order
to alleviate burnout
With the rise of “unlimited” vacation, people seem to
actually be taking less and
That being said, plan and take your vacations and, when you do take them, turn
everything work-related off. There’s no point in unplugging if the plug is kinda
still in the socket. Unplug fully and give yourself the space to refresh and come
back to work with a fresh set of eyes.
Multitasking does nothing but
It doesn’t make you smarter, or faster, or more productive at your job. All it does
is make you sad or frustrated. So, try to focus down on the task at hand, rather than
constantly thinking and worrying about the other stuff you have to do. It will help
you get the work done sooner, and keep you happier and farther away from burnout
in the meantime.
A lot of people feel weird about this. They don’t feel comfortable talking about the
things that they are good at. Everyone is totally good with talking about what they
would like to work on or could be better at, but no one can “toot their own horn”.
Well, start tooting, because there are things that you are excellent at and as you
recognize them in yourself, you may start to notice that some of
your burnout goes
This is merely shifting your perspective. Similar to positive thinking, if you can
for a situation instead of anger, it can help to make it a bit more tolerable. Try
to see where you can find gratitude: for example, in the fact that you have a job,
even if it is tiring; or that you have great coworkers whom you love working with
or a great boss that appreciates you. These things will help keep you grounded even
in moments of deep frustration.