As we approach the second anniversary of COVID-19, more and more professionals are “hitting the wall” and burnout is at an all time high across all market segments.
Toss on top winter, cold weather, and January’s shorter days with less sun and you have the instant cherry on top of a doom and gloom recipe for burnout.
Why it Matters?
It is no secret that burnout has a direct impact on your ability to produce results. Not to mention, it impacts how effectively you lead others, who are likely burnt out as well and will need extra motivation from you to perform.
Burnout is different from stress. Stress can be managed by tactics like taking time off, going on vacation or rest. Burnout is a type of exhaustion that can be very difficult to turn around or recover from and does not go away on its own.
Burnout can be transformed through the following set of practices:
- Prioritize self-care – make time for self-care and add to your calendar so its reliably in existence.
- Set firm boundaries and agreements – it’s ok to take a knee and shut it down.
- Get support – find an accountability partner that can pull you to the surface (presence), so you can pause, breathe, reset and start winning the race again.
- Change your mindset – reframe something that shows up as a negative/bad/wrong. Ask yourself, what is the learning in this?
The link below offers some more practices that can support in reversing burnout in yourself and others.
Have an awesome month, leader!