I think we all agree that this Pandemic has pushed even the most resilient of us to moments of breaking point.”Be kind to yourself & let me know if you need support,” are some quotes that employers & lecturers may have stated many times this past year.
As much as we appreciate the gesture, what happens if you work within a dysfunctional workplace? What happens when you have a lack of social support? What do you do if there is a constant work-life imbalance?
As a “key worker” within the health sector, I know exactly what burnout feels like! How do we take time out to simply be, in a world where hustle, bustle & burnout are the new normal? How do we take annual leave, without the feeling of apprehension of what awaits us, when we return after a week away? The good news is I can share insight on this. 😉
*Please note this post is for educational purposes & should not be used as a substitute for seeking medical help.
Before we dive into ways of granting ourselves self-care, let’s look at what burnout may feel like! Burnout Examples at Work:
- Do you feel you have become cynical or critical at work?
- Do you have trouble getting started with your work & when you do, not much is done?
- Do you lack the energy to be consistently productive?
- Do you find it hard to concentrate & become irritable?
- Do you lack satisfaction from your achievements?
- Are you using food, booze or substances to feel better or to not feel?
- Have your sleep habits changed (sleeping too much or not enough?)
These are just a few examples that could indicate that you might be experiencing work burnout.
Oh, Hunny trust me, I know the feeling!
*Statement from a member of my peer support forum –
“My burnout has led to my formal diagnosis of depression. I now hate a job that I once enjoyed. Tbh if my family was financially secure, I would resign. I am overworked, underpaid & feel unappreciated”.
While I was writing this article, I realised that even when applying for certain positions, we promote being under pressure. Here are some examples:
- ability to work well under pressure
- fast, accurate turnaround
- ability to handle high volume demands
This establishes you as someone who can think on their feet & perform necessary action when needed.
Now, as much as having these qualities can be great in many ways – it certainly isn’t the nicest way to work during this pandemic.
We need to be mindful that we are not robots, we are human.
Tips on how to be kind to yourself
Look at your options – discuss specific concerns with your manager. Is it possible to reduce your hours or share the workload with a colleague?
Peer Support – can you speak with your colleagues? Can you reach out to friends or loved ones, support to help you cope?
Try relaxing activities – yoga, meditation, breathing exercises & mindfulness audiobooks can help you distress. Here is a link to a guided meditation for beginners https://youtu.be/4EaMJOo1jks.
Try to get more sleep – sleep restores well-being & helps protect your health. I have a full blog post on my website for those who want natural remedy tips for beating insomnia . . .
You can check it out via https://www.survivingthestorm.online 💗🕶️
So, as you can see there are practical steps, to try our best to get through feelings of burnout. But sometimes, that is still not enough to overcome a feeling of being overwhelmed. If this is the case for you or someone you care about, it’s essential to take some time off.
Taking time off is not quitting, it is resting.
If you need to book extended time off to regenerate do it! 🙌
If you need a fit note from your GP to advise your tutor that you need extended time to hand in the dissertation do it! ✌️🙌
I am very passionate about the importance of making changes to make our health & wellbeing more positive.
We can not control the way of the world, what we can do is change how we survive in this world.
Love & Light to you all 🌍💗
Written by Kay Storm