5 Ways to Beat Burnout at Work, According to Experts

On-the-job stress has taken a significant toll on America’s workforce, increasing burnout in employees of all ages. You’re in good company if you’ve lost your motivation or are exhausted and unfocused at work. 

Luckily, there are strategies you can use to stop burnout in its tracks. Relationships are key. So are healthy boundaries and prioritizing your own needs (but you knew that already). 

Seek Connections With Co-Workers

Strong relationships are one of the best ways to stave off burnout, says Katie Lear, a licensed clinical mental health counselor in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Solid interpersonal connection is also protective against mental health issues related to work stress, such as anxiety and depression. 

Create (and Stick to) Strong Boundaries

If you’re in a high-stress work environment, creating strong boundaries around your work is essential, says Lear. 

That’s especially true if you don’t have a physical boundary or separate office to divide your work and home responsibilities. 

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

When we create a bond with our co-workers, trust is established. And when there is trust, you can let your guard down, being honest about your feelings. Chances are if you’re feeling stressed, others are too. 

“You can talk about how you are managing the stress that exists in your environment. Odds are the culture is contributing to the feelings of stress and burnout, so creating awareness helps the organization know changes are needed.” 

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