Tips on Avoiding Burnout
By Mahtan Moradi, MA, MFT
Topics To Discuss
- Define your relationship with stress
- Eustress vs. Stress
- Your brain under stress
- Creating new habits
- Shifting your mindset
Heal me with your best thoughts…
Re-defining your relationship with stress, making healthy mindset shifts, and being open to new habits to feel anchored are all ways to conquer burnout.
Grounding Techniques help us reconnect with our 5 senses.
What is your relationship with your breath?
According to WHO up to 85% of us face burnout!
A healthy mindset towards burnout is where we practice flexibility in our approach to everyday work problems. We recognize our boundaries with ourselves and others in the workplace, exercise awareness of the beliefs that contribute to our cycle of stress.
Unhealthy patterns that contribute to workplace burnout might include poor boundaries with work and personal obligations. The inability to say “no”. Failure to manage our expectations both with yourself and others.
Our Brain Under Stress
- Executive Function
Stress impacts our ability to perform simple cognitive tasks.
Overtime, stress can cause distorted thinking, making us prone to negativity.
- Attention Span
Stress can impact our ability to maintain focus on simple tasks.
Our brain can remain in fight or flight response, avoid situations, and even experience numbness or shut down.
Minimize Your Risk for Burnout
Integrate “grounding strategies” to help you feel anchored. Rather than pushing yourself to take on more, instead try committing to less with more emphasis on being present and intentional. Grounding techniques can help us form healthy habits that promote our sensory engagement. This helps us declutter and improve our cognitive functioning.
Sometimes we are prone to burnout because we set ourselves up for a bad experience. Maybe you are one of those people who constantly describes their work as difficult or stressful. Perhaps, a shift in language will help create a more positive mindset. Choosing to like something about what we do can help create a sense of purpose or buy into the process.
- Create Agency
We are either defined by an experience or we define the experience. This shift has a powerful impact on how different circumstances impact us mentally and emotionally.