Are You Seeing #burnout Everywhere?
I don’t know about you, but I’m seeing posts about Burnout everywhere. My LinkedIn feed is post after post about #burnout this or that.
Recently burnout has been promoted from being the latest term to an actual medical diagnosis according to the World Health Organization. (Read more: https://www.who.int/tools/occupational-hazards-in-health-sector/occup-stress-burnout-fatigue)
Sometimes burnout is described as a fog or an overwhelming sensation of exhaustion. However it shows up for you, we are all feeling the pinch.
Since I work with a team that is passionate about mental health, I decided to interview them all about their personal experiences with feeling burnt out and the ways they cope with it.
How is the Mindfulicity team combating burnout? And what strategies are they using to manage their stress?
(Feel free to steal all their strategies😉)
Combating Burnout – Tips from the Mindfulicity Team:
How do you combat burnout?
Lana Bentley (the brains behind Mindfulicity):
I’m a fan of the STRONG skill. I also take active steps to problem solve the items that are within my control. Last but not least, once I have my ideas organized in my head, I share them with others.
It can be tough to do but asking for assistance, or at the very least expressing my challenges (in a constructive and non-blaming way) can be a good step to prevent or respond to feelings of burnout.”
Tamera Van Brunt (our fearless leader):
“The pandemic has really opened my eyes to how I am coping with stress. One thing that I’ve been trying to do is stick to a routine and making sure I take time to do some kind of activity, such as a walk sometime in the day, no matter what the weather is like!”
Reggie Perdomo (all things Social Media):
“Setting limits for myself and others has been huge for me! I was taught to be a people pleaser. I didn’t know you could say “No”! I didn’t know you could ask for more time to finish a work project. It was freeing for me to learn that limits are not only necessary but a key ingredient in healthy relationships.
That was my aha! moment.”
What are some of your signals of burnout?
“My body’s signal that I’m burning the candle on both ends is when I have scrambled eggs for brains. What I mean by that is when I start noticing myself feeling frazzled all of the time. Or being forgetful and distracted when performing a task. That’s how I know it’s time to do a mental reset. To me, that says “unplug and start again.”
What’s your favourite stress management strategy?
Lana: “I’m a fan of exercise that really pushes me to the limit physically (please don’t tell my personal trainer – I don’t want him getting any ideas).”
Mairi: “For me making sure I schedule time for exercise each week helps me manage burnout and stress. I do that by putting the time in my calendar like another appointment. That way it’s a commitment I have made so I do it.”
“Well I always say to myself, Stop, Pause, Breathe when I feel that surge of emotions coming on!
But I tried something that has helped me prevent these feelings from surfacing in the first place — a 30-day yoga challenge: Yoga with Adriene, on YouTube that I’ve been doing each morning. I am not a yoga person but I thought it would be worth a try to improve my sleep. I’m on Day 29 and I’ve noticed it has definitely made me feel stronger both physically and mentally.”
Reggie: “Combating burnout is in a lot of our minds. Lately I’ve been really focusing on my mindfulness practice. My brain tends to be very counterintuitive – I know I need to take in the medicine but at the same time I’ll think “who has time for that?!”
I’m doing a guided meditation every night before bed, my phone will prompt me when to do it and I just follow instructions from the facilitator. I find this method works best for me because at the end of the day I’m so tired I don’t have a lot of bandwidth to do anything but follow instructions.”
How do you make these strategies stick?
Reggie: “The more I worry about making it stick, the less sticky it becomes. When I focus on my mindfulness practice one day at a time it shifts my focus from what I’m not doing right to “I did it!” My brain is easy to trick.”
Lana: “I write it down and, I tell a few trusted friends what I’m planning so that they can check in every so often (and gently hold me accountable).”
What’s your favourite Mindfulicity module for combating burnout?
Tamera: “For me, I really like A Balanced Approach, as I’m always reminded of how easily NATS (negative automatic thoughts) can seep into my mind when I’m tired, frustrated or overwhelmed. When the words “always” and “never” start to enter my vocabulary, I think of this module and remember that feelings aren’t facts. I’m reminded to dial back my emotions, breathe and think about the situation more logically, which helps me feel better and move forward in a more reasonable frame of mind.”
Burnout is so much more than simply being tired, it shows up in different ways for different individuals. Burnout is caused by excessive or prolonged stress. Whether you are feeling burnout at work or in your personal life, all signs point to doing something about it.
Key Takeaways for combating burnout:
– Practice mindfulness
– Move your body
– Ask a friend for support
– Listen to your body and feelings coming up.
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