Professional Burnout

If you go to bed dreading the next day at work and are so exhausted you’re considering taking stress leave from work, keep reading.

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Professional burnout is a state of physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion caused by prolonged stress in the workplace.

When you can’t even remember a time your job felt good or you keep wishing you could take a veeerrrry long break, you could have professional burnout.

Here’s the thing: you could consider taking stress leave from work or going on a holiday, but it will only be a temporary, band-aid solution. Getting right to the core of WHY you’re becoming burnt out and what parts you can actually control (even if it all feels out of your hands) is the key to healing and thriving in your job and life.

How many of these common causes of professional burnout sound like you?

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Workload and insufficient support:

Do you feel overwhelmed and overburdened with excessive workloads, unrealistic deadlines and inadequate time, staff, tools or support from your team members?

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Lack of control and autonomy:

Do you have little control over your work processes or schedule, leaving you feeling powerless, frustrated and disengaged?

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Lack of recognition and reward:

Do your efforts go unnoticed or unappreciated, diminishing your motivation and engagement and making you feel undervalued and purposeless?

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Organisational culture and values:

Do you have a toxic work environment with poor communication, unfair treatment, or conflicts that make you feel stressed, on edge and uncomfortable to speak up?

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Work-life imbalance:

Does your work eat into your personal time, and do you find it challenging to establish a healthy balance between your work and personal life? Are you neglecting your self-care, hobbies, and relationships?

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Role ambiguity and mismatch:

Do you have unclear job expectations, conflicting roles, or a mismatch between your skills and the assigned tasks? Do you often feel unqualified or uncertain about your responsibilities?

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I still remember so clearly what it felt like to be deep in professional burnout.

I was in my 20s and seemed like a high-flying professional winning at life on the outside, while on the inside I was dying from a soul-sucking job I had no passion for.

It all began with me not being true to myself. My darling father loved the stock market and I tried so hard to show him how fabulous I was by being successful in the field. I worked my way up to managing corporate takeovers and floating companies on the stock exchange. The long hours and meaningless work slowly depleted me and I started getting sick all the time, run down from my terrible lifestyle.

It took a career change to heal my burnout, but I’ll let you in on a secret, that wouldn’t be my last experience of burnout. Changing jobs might have helped in the short term. But my nature of overgiving and perfectionism meant burnout reared its ugly head again several times later in my life.

This is how I know that while some aspects of professional burnout may be outside our control, there are still a lot of elements we CAN control. That means you may not need to throw your career away or switch jobs to heal. There are many pathways we can explore that will help you feel better without sacrificing your financial security.

I still remember so clearly what it felt like to be deep in professional burnout.

I was in my 20s and seemed like a high-flying professional winning at life on the outside, while on the inside I was dying from a soul-sucking job I had no passion for.

It all began with me not being true to myself. My darling father loved the stock market and I tried so hard to show him how fabulous I was by being successful in the field. I worked my way up to managing corporate takeovers and floating companies on the stock exchange. The long hours and meaningless work slowly depleted me and I started getting sick all the time, run down from my terrible lifestyle.

It took a career change to heal my burnout, but I’ll let you in on a secret, that wouldn’t be my last experience of burnout. Changing jobs might have helped in the short term. But my nature of overgiving and perfectionism meant burnout reared its ugly head again several times later in my life.

This is how I know that while some aspects of professional burnout may be outside our control, there are still a lot of elements we CAN control. That means you may not need to throw your career away or switch jobs to heal. There are many pathways we can explore that will help you feel better without sacrificing your financial security.

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Recovering from professional burnout

Healing from burnout requires a holistic approach and taking proactive steps towards self-care and support. Here are a few things to consider:

1. Acknowledge the issue – The first step to recovery is to recognise and acknowledge the signs. We have a tendency to bury our heads in the sand because it feels easier than facing the issue. So are you ready to decide that enough is enough and the pain of change is less than the pain of staying in burnout?

2. Seek support – Like most things in life, it’s easier if you don’t have to carry the burden and work it all out on your own. Share how you feel with trusted colleagues, family or friends. Seek professional help from therapists or counsellors who specialise in stress management and burnout.

3. Set boundaries – What things are you allowing which is causing your burnout to thrive? So many women struggle with boundaries because we’re socialised to prioritise others needs before our own. This is not your fault. But boundary setting is such an essential skill for EVERY woman to learn.

4. Practice self-care – It sounds obvious, but you’re probably not doing it, are you? Sadly, in an effort to get ahead in life, we often prioritise work over looking after ourselves, getting proper sleep, eating nutritious food and moving our bodies every day. But these things make a HUGE difference in whether or not we are able to handle a high-pressure work environment.

5. Re-evaluate your goals and values – You may benefit from taking a short break, holiday or sabbatical to recharge and regain perspective. Use that time to reflect on whether your current work aligns with your purpose. If it doesn’t feel aligned anymore, you might need to take some time for self-discovery and explore what your path really needs to be.

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