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Watch out for burnout

Updated: Oct 10, 2021

The nation has had over a year of being at home. Then all of a sudden restrictions eased and small businesses have gone into overdrive.

Demand for products and services has for many businesses gone through the roof as the economy starts its comeback after Covid and Brexit.

In recent weeks I have been seeing this start to take it’s toll on several business owners. Working relentless, I am seeing signs of burnout setting in.

This weekend is World Mental Health Day. Overwork leads to stress leading potentially to burnout.

So what is burnout?

According to Maslach, Jackson, & Leiter, 1996, burnout is characterised by “the triad of emotional exhaustion, depersonalisation, and a decreased sense of accomplishment in one’s occupation”.

Burnout can lead to

  • sleep deprivation

  • change in eating habits

  • a weakened immune system

  • difficulty concentrating and poor memory

  • lack of productivity

  • poor performance

  • avoidance of responsibilities

  • loss of enjoyment

Ways of preventing burnout can include

  • Early recognition of burnout and related risks

  • Cultivate ability to self-reflect

    • attend to your own needs

    • realign goals and expectations

    • Evaluate a typical weekly schedule and reduce or eliminate unnecessary items

  • Exercise regularly

  • Eat a well-balanced, healthy diet

  • Get enough sleep

  • Include daily enjoyable “timeouts”

  • Family time

Remember work is important, but so is your health, both physically and mentally.

Remember to take time for yourself.


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