Burnout at Work
Dr Meetu Singh, Consultant Psychiatrist
You may be experiencing burnout if you have: –
- Decrease in motivation at work
- Reduction in energy levels, fatigue
- Feelings of cynicism or reduced professionalism
Burnout can be managed and prevented using techniques like:
- Establishing boundaries between your work, personal and social life: Setting specific times for you to be engaged with work and stop it from spilling into your personal and social life is the cardinal rule to prevent burnout.
- Taking regular short breaks and more importantly moving is vital! This improves your focus on the important tasks and prevents mental fatigue.
- Practicing Mindfulness: Self-awareness and being present here and now is a key component of understanding your emotions, thoughts and behaviours.
- Try some breathing exercises such as breathing in for 4 seconds, holding for 7 seconds and then releasing for 8. This will help you especially when you feel overwhelmed.
However, sometimes no matter what you do the work-related stress or a mental disorder like depression and anxiety disorders that you have no control over may occur. In this case seeking professional help maybe the best step forward.
Contact The Oaktree Clinic for further information or assistance on 0121 314 0330