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Combatting Burnout

Updated: Mar 11

‘Burnout’, now that’s a word we have heard before. According to the Centre for Addiction and

Mental Health (CAMH), burnout is being in a state of mental, physical and emotional exhaustion

that is due to continued and excessive exposure to stress. Most often, this can stem from

chronic workplace stress, personal pressures, or a combination of both, which can make us feel

drained! So, how can you recognize if you are burnt out or slowly burning out? Recognizing the

signs is crucial for creating coping strategies. Some signs you may be burnt out include

constant fatigue, lack of motivation, irritability, and decreased performance. In today’s fast-

paced world, this can affect individuals who live various lifestyles professionally and personally.

To combat burnout, you can do a few things to avoid or reduce the feeling of being burnt out.

  1. Prioritize Self-Care

  • Self-care can mean different things to everyone, but it can also mean establishing boundaries between work and personal life to avoid overextending yourself. For example, setting limits on your working hours and commitments.

  • Engage in activities like reading a book, exercising, going to a coffee shop, or spending time with friends and/or family.

  1. Take regular breaks throughout your day to reset and recharge.

  2. Develop coping mechanisms to manage stress, such as meditation and mindfulness techniques.

  3. Seek support by reaching out to colleagues, friends and family when needed. Seeking guidance and support can often be a valuable perspective and alleviate stress.

  4. Pay attention to warning signs of burnout, such as fatigue, irritability, decreased motivation, eating and physical habits. Take action by adjusting your routine if needed.

Overcoming burnout is a journey that requires a lot of self-compassion and time. It shifts your

perspectives by evaluating your priorities, rediscovering your passions, and making lifestyle

changes that suit your needs. Remember that being burnt out is not a sign of weakness but that

some things in your life need attention and compassion. By navigating these challenges, you

can emerge more robust and more resilient.

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