How To Overcome Burnout When You’re A Superachiever

We’re all susceptible to work-related stress and fatigue, and those of us who are really career-driven may be even more likely to burnout. If you already feel exhausted and unmotivated (or close to it), here’s how to bounce back.We’ve featured a guide to handling burnout before, as well as tips on recognising the signs of burnout, and even how to avoid tech burnout. A blog post by Dr Sherrie Bourg Carter at Psychology Today offers 10 steps that complement what we know about dealing with burnout, and also focuses on the end goal for many high achievers: to regain that spark and enthusiasm you once had.

Among the important reminders:

  • Take breaks between big projects. Burnout puts your mind and body in a weakened state, so avoid jumping from one stressful, time-consuming project to the next in order to give your mind and body a chance to recover.
  • Socialize outside your professional group. This can provide fresh perspectives, stimulate new ideas, and help you discover previously undiscovered resources.
  • Reinforce effort, not outcome. Not even the best players hit home runs every time they get up to bat. Remember to reinforce yourself for trying rather than only for the end result.

And, perhaps most important, try to rediscover your passion. Check out the link for the rest of her tips or share your burnout-busting advice in the comments. Photo by alonso_inostrosa

Overcoming Burnout [Psychology Today]

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