Learn how to recover from burnout, so that you can find joy in your job again.
When Ron first started with his organization, he loved his job.
He went into work every day filled with purpose and passion, and he was excited about the difference he could make in his new role.
Three years later, however, it's hard to recognize him.
Now, Ron dreads going to work. He feels as if his work is meaningless, he's always stressed, and he calls in sick frequently.
These are classic symptoms of burnout. If you've experienced this yourself, it's essential that you know how to recover from it, before you experience lasting damage to your sense of well-being and your career.
In this article, we'll look at what burnout is and how you can recover from it.
Burnout is a state of physical and emotional exhaustion. It can occur when you experience long-term stress in your job, or when you have worked in a physically or emotionally draining role for a long time. You can also experience burnout when your efforts at work have failed to produce the results that you expected, and you feel deeply disillusioned as a result.
You might be experiencing burnout if you:
Studies show that people who experience burnout early in their career often find it easier to recover than people who go through it later in life. However, it's important that you know how to recover effectively, whatever stage you're at in your career.
These are just a few of the many symptoms that you can experience with burnout. Take our Burnout Self-Test if you think that you're experiencing burnout, and read our article on Avoiding Burnout if you think that you might be at risk.
Burnout doesn't go away on its own; rather, it will get worse unless you address the underlying issues causing it. If you ignore burnout, it will only cause you further harm down the line, so it's important that you begin recovery as soon as possible.
Recovery from burnout is a slow journey; not a quick dash to some imaginary finish line. You need time and space to recuperate, so don't rush through this process.
The recovery strategies that we've outlined below are all useful in different situations. Some of these strategies will work for you, while others won't, so find a balance of strategies and best practices that feels right to you. If you believe that something isn't working, don't be afraid to try something new.
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