Workplace burnout is a real threat. According to a Gallup study nearly 23% of workers feel burned out very often and an additional 44% feel burned out sometimes. Burnout negatively impacts both your mental and physical health. Physically, burnout can cause type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, gastrointestinal issues, and high cholesterol. Mentally, burnout leads to a lack of motivation, high levels of stress, and detachment.
What is burnout?
Burnout is a gradual process that happens as stress continues to build. HelpGuide.Org defines burnout as: “Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands. As the stress continues, you begin to lose the interest and motivation that led you to take on a certain role in the first place.” Burnout is silent but has a huge impact.
It is estimated that the average adult makes roughly 35,000 decisions per day. Obviously, most of these decisions are made subconsciously, but that is still a lot of decisions! Creating routines is a great way to simplify life. For example, Steve Jobs famously wore the same outfit every day. Why? He didn’t want to have to make a decision about what to wear. Routines help calm our brain down as we don’t have to use as much mental energy to follow them.
Break Those Routines
As soon as I suggest making routines, I’ll suggest breaking them. It may seem counterintuitive, but being a little spontaneous can go a long way. It is important to be willing to try new things, such as taking a different route home from work or trying the food that you don’t think you’d like or trying a new form of exercise. New experiences keep the brain fresh and excitement gives a natural rush of energy.
What strategies do you use to defeat workplace burnout? What routines do you have? What new things are you going to try?