5 ways to Prevent, Identify and Beat Burnout

5 ways to Prevent, Identify and Beat Burnout

There are plenty of ways people get burned out at work besides being overworked or having unrealistic deadlines. They might not feel supported by co-workers or managers; maybe there’s been an increase in workload without any increase in pay and/or benefits. There may be too much pressure placed upon hitting specific goals if you consider how hard it is for someone whose skillset isn’t necessarily suited for those kinds of metrics. These issues can all affect one person differently depending on their unique circumstances.

The reality is, after the last 3 years, many people are experiencing burnout despite being in supportive workplaces with realistic goals and exceptional support from team members, supervisors, and managers. It’s been a rough couple of years, and people are struggling.

Identifying burnout –
Burnout is a state of mental and physical exhaustion caused by excessive stress. It can lead to more serious problems like depression and anxiety, so it’s important to seek help if you think you’re experiencing burnout.

The Understanding Burnout checklist –

To figure out if you have burnout, ask yourself the following questions.

In the past 2-3 weeks,

  • have you felt run down and drained?
  • do you feel that you’ve not been performing at your best?
  • have you felt that you are a failure?
  • have you been easily irritated or overreacting by minor problems?
  • have you felt underappreciated or misunderstood?
  • have you been resentful?

If you answer yes to two or more of these questions, you may be suffering from burnout.

5 ways to Prevent, Identify and Beat Burnout –

  • Take a break: Ensure you take enough time away from work, even if only for a few minutes. It would be best if you also took regular breaks while working, which can be as simple as standing up, walking around, and getting some air.

  • Get enough sleep: Sleep deprivation is one of the most common causes of burnout, so make sure to get at least seven hours of sleep every night. If you feel like your energy levels are waning throughout the day, then it may be time to consider getting more sleep rather than trying to push through with caffeine or other stimulants.

  • Eat healthy: When stressed out by work, it’s easy to resort back to unhealthy habits like overeating and skipping meals altogether; this will only exacerbate feelings of exhaustion and overwhelm you further down the line. Try keeping healthy snacks on hand so that when hunger strikes at odd hours (or during those stressful moments), something is waiting for us besides pizza delivery!

  • Exercise: Exercising regularly not only keeps us in shape but also helps keep our minds sharp by releasing endorphins throughout our day—it makes sense that doing something physical regularly could help prevent burnout! Exercise can also help us get better sleep at night. Just remember not to overdo it, though—we don’t want anyone injuring themselves or burning out before they even get started!


  • Don’t suffer alone: Talk things through with someone else who understands what’s going on with your workplace situation. Talking things through with someone with first-hand experience dealing with similar problems might help provide perspective.


Burnout can affect anyone, and it’s important to recognize the signs before it gets too difficult.

Burnout is a serious issue that can have a negative impact on your career and personal life. Unfortunately, sometimes it can be challenging to recognize the signs of burnout. If you’re worried about burnout or think someone else might be feeling burned out at work, it’s important to understand what behaviours are indicative of this condition and how to handle them when they arise.

But you don’t have to be the expert – let us support you! Through our Identifying, Understanding, and Beating Burnout Workshop, we aim to motivate and provide individuals and teams with the tools they require to thrive.

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