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5 Simple Ways To Prevent Workplace Burnout

Burnout is a state of emotional and mental exhaustion caused by a long-term involvement in emotionally demanding situations. Work certainly counts as an emotionally demanding situation for so many of us.

Experiencing workplace burnout is nobody’s idea of fun. I mean, if the place you’re contractually obliged to rock up to 40 plus hours a week is sending your stress levels through the roof, it’s probably time to take several steps back and ask yourself why you’re feeling that way.

Besides, there are ways to make your days less stressful. Here are five to get you started:

#1 Rely on your work pals

Your work-wife, work-husband, work-mate, co-worker, whatever it is you call them – we’ve all got that person at work who makes the day go by a little quicker.

Yeah it’s fun not sitting alone at lunch and yes, they can add a sprinkle of fun onto an otherwise boring day. But a recent poll by Gallup News says having a workplace bestie has even more benefits.

The research found that employees who reported having a best friend at work were: 43% more likely to report having received praise or recognition for their work in the last seven days, 27% more likely to report that the mission of their company makes them feel their job is important and 21% more likely to report that at work, they have the opportunity to do what they do best every day.

#2 Log off when you leave the office

It’s no secret that for many of us work is the biggest stressor in our lives, and for some, work troubles aren’t left in the office.

A 2000 Integra Survey reported that 65% of workers experience workplace stress that cause difficulties, with 34% of workers reporting difficulty in sleeping because they were too stressed-out.

The best way to leave any work stress at the office is to log off once you leave the four walls of your office-building. That means turning off e-mail push notifications, putting your phone on silent and enjoying just being at home.

There are some jobs out there that require more attention and are more high pressure than others. Some even need round-the-clock attention. But what’s more important, reading and responding to that email right away or your mental health?

Let’s go with the latter.

#3 Take leave. You’re entitled to it

The best way to relieve stress is to take a moment to get your shit together. The best place to take that moment is far away from the office.

Whether it’s booking a trip to some tropical island, or having a good ol’ fashioned staycation. So long as you’re not plagued with the stuff that stresses you out on the daily, your break will be worthwhile.

#4 Know the signs of burnout

It’s important to check yourself before you wreck yourself. Know the signs of workplace burnout so you can rectify them sooner rather than having a full on public meltdown in front of your co-workers.

Are you feeling super depleted after work or losing interest in your work pals? Are you constantly hanging out for the weekend, dreading Mondays or find yourself incessantly complaining about work at home?

All are tell tale signs of workplace burnout – time to act.

#5 Practice mindfulness

When you’re stressed to the point where you’re grinding your teeth or are ready to backhand a bitch, take a moment to ground yourself and relaaaax.

One way of doing this is to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is a type of meditation – a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment. It involves calmly acknowledging and accepting your feelings and thoughts.

It can be as simple as focusing on your breathing patterns or consciously listening to music.

Workplace Burnout is a serious problem, and shouldn’t be taken lightly. If you’re feeling affected, check out or tips on switching off after work

(Lead Image: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) 


Bradley is a writer from regional NSW and he didn’t come here to make friends, he came to win. He tweets infrequently to his 43 followers @bradjohnston_.