On the brink of burnout? Turn things around

30 July 2021 | Business

Selma Shilunga



1. Talking about your feelings is important

We often keep our true feelings bottled up, saying “I’m fine”, even when we’re really not. Talking about things that you are struggling with can really help - whether that’s with a friend or family member, or a professional, voicing our concerns and getting feedback can give us perspective, and sometimes just getting things off your chest already makes you breathe a little easier.

2. Control what you can

In an article for thriveglobal.com, Social Worker Shevon Jones writes: “It is important to remember to control what is in your control and let go of the rest. Focusing on things that you cannot control the outcome of will only bring on more stress.”

3. Protect your energy

Shevon also suggests that you protect your energy. “Changing your own negative thoughts, people and environments can help to boost your energy. Be intentional about where you place your energy because that may be exactly what is draining you.”

4. Say ‘no’ more often

This is often easier said than done, but setting boundaries and practising saying no more often can really lessen your load. Experts from the Mayo Clinic note, “[Saying no] may not be the easy way, but it is a path to stress relief. Keep in mind that being overloaded is individual. Saying no won’t be easy if you’re used to saying yes all the time. But learning to say no is an important part of simplifying your life and managing your stress. And with practice, you may find saying no gets easier.”

5. Knowledge is power

Recognising the signs and understanding the various levels of burnout is important, but being able to avoid workplace stress in the first place is better - prevention is better than cure. These four changes may help…