Preventing burnout

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Preventing Burnout

Gemma Gosden

16 June 2017

This week we’ve been thinking about how worry and anxiety can cause burnout and how to prevent this from happening.

If you missed it, check out last weeks post on How to stop worrying.

How to stop worrying and start living

So what if you can’t help but worry about something that’s coming?

We took some more tips from Dale Carnegie’s ‘How to stop worrying and start living’ and tweaked them slightly so they apply to today.

  1. Learn to recognise when you’re tired and rest.

Do you get hungry or grumpy when you’re tired?

Learn to recognise the signs before you eat the entire contents of the fridge or bite someone’s head off for something entirely insignificant.


     2. Learn to relax and work with what you’ve got.

Learn how to switch off so you can get some decent down time.

It’s really important for you to be able to take a break and recover from whatever is making you tired.

Starting each new day fresh and with a clear head can work wonders.

If you find this impossible try not to let it take over. You have to work with what you’ve got and create the best environment for yourself without stressing about it.

What works for you will more than likely not work for your BFF.


     3. Put good working habits into play.

This contributes to the items above.

If you leave your work organised you can leave your work where it is instead of having it at the back of your mind when you’re supposed to be relaxing.

Dale Carnegie suggests the following:

  • Clean desk policy – a messy desk = a messy mind
  • Prioritise your work load – get the most important stuff done first. No buts.
  • Solve problems as quickly as possible and act on the resolution immediately – this will reduce the amount of worry and ‘back of the mind thoughts’.
  • Learn to organise and delegate – can you reduce your workload somehow without shirking your responsibilities?
  • Put enthusiasm into your work – keep that PMA going!!

There’s loads more!

This list isn’t exhaustive, there are lots of ways to reduce the ways and causes of your worry.

We hope this post has given you some ideas to get you started or some motivation to keep going.

What methods do you use to prevent yourself from burning out?

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Other posts you might be interested in:

Why it’s a good idea to take a break sometimes

3 easy things you can do to increase your productivity now

How to stop worrying


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