With a study showing that 66% of the Irish population regularly deal with stress, it’s clear that college, work and life in general can be pretty overwhelming. However, with hard to manage stress looming in the background of our day to day lives, it can easily lead to work burnout. Luckily, there are many ways to prevent burnout and manage stress, which can leave you happier and healthier overall.
What exactly is work burnout, anyway?
Work burnout is often defined as the state of being physically and emotionally exhausted when faced with constant stress and demands. Most commonly, work burnout happens with students and employees, due to the workload and standards that must be consistently kept and met. As a student, the pressure of maintaining good marks in exams and the stress of balancing a work-study lifestyle with your personal life can all lead to burnout.
When it comes to work burnout, one of the first stages is becoming a workaholic. You might find yourself working or studying all the time, not taking breaks, or losing sleep over the stress that work or college may bring. More often than not, those who experience burnout will feel constantly fatigued, experience anxiety, headaches, panic attacks, loss of appetite, and even depression. You might feel as though you can’t focus on or complete your work. Not only that, but relationships in your personal life may suffer as well, and you may find yourself losing interest in things you once enjoyed.
Creating a work-life balance
While there are many ways to avoid getting burned out, finding a work-life balance can be one of the best ways to do so. This means creating a lifestyle for yourself that is equally focused on you and your well-being, as well as your work/college related obligations. Luckily, this can easily be achieved by cutting your work hours, setting uninterrupted time aside for yourself, and getting away from it all once in a while. Having time for yourself away from work and college can allow you to focus on something you enjoy, and can allow you to clear your mind from daily stressors, whether you choose to go out with a group of friends or stay at home and watch a movie alone. Above all, creating a work-life balance can make a huge difference in your day to day life – even if it means dropping a class that’s making your college experience too overwhelming.
Some of the most effective methods when it comes to avoiding work burnout start with small and manageable lifestyle changes. When you experience burnout, you’re losing sleep, not eating right, and immersing yourself in work – and experiencing overwhelming stress, too. This is one of the primary reasons that getting into a routine is so important, as simple things like going to bed at a regular time, eating regularly, and working out can all make a major and positive difference in your daily life – especially when it comes to reducing stress. Incorporating new things in your lifestyle can also be beneficial, such as meditation, yoga, or even going for a walk now and then, as studies show that exercise can help to relieve stress, in addition to leaving you healthier overall.
We all get stressed from time to time. However, when occasional stress becomes too much to handle, it’s time to take a step back from the situation. Simple things such as adjusting your daily routine, getting enough sleep, and taking time away from what’s stressing you out the most can all be effective when avoiding burnout and leading a healthy lifestyle.