THE BURNOUT ESCAPE

By: Captsee
In: Design
2020, March 9
Burnout is typically characterized as long-term job stress that leaves a person tired, unmotivated to process information, and, worst of all, doubting one’s own abilities and skills. It’s a real bummer, trust me.

So, what causes burnout?

In the case of graphic designers, burnouts are quite different. They usually occur when a large number of projects are stacked up or when a person is stuck on one project for an extended period of time, resulting in an art block. Conversely, where one puts a great deal of time into a concept and the client declines it, and so forth.
Burnouts may be triggered by these causes in the long run
  • Lack of self-awareness: It is important to be mindful of our areas of strength in order to develop or strengthen them and to meet the demands of the jobs we choose. For example, someone who excels at illustrations but prefers to deal with photographs. I know it’s incomprehensible, but you get the idea, right? It’s essentially the art of saying no and not attempting to please everybody. Knowing and sticking to our strengths and areas of focus is integral to maintaining a positive connection with the work we do. 
  • Lack of Motivation: Motivation may come from both the inside and the outside. Extrinsic motivation, also known as external motivation, may take the form of being rewarded, valued, or remembered. This does a lot to make us feel comfortable, but working only to be accepted will lead to unmet goals, which can lead to exhaustion. Intrinsic motivation, on the other hand, is the motivation that comes from within ourselves. It all comes down to trusting in ourselves, changing our perspective, resisting procrastination, and effectively controlling our time, among other things. 
  • Lack of Focus and Work/Life Imbalance: Extreme working conditions will cause one to lose concentration and become overwhelmed. Ignoring the fact that we need to relax and pressing ahead with work is a surefire way to create a work/life imbalance. Balancing work and personal life can seem daunting, but it is crucial not just for our physical and mental health, but also for a more productive work environment. 
  • Lack of Morality: Workplace cultures and morals will have an impact on how we feel about our jobs. Biased care or repeated invalidations, a loss of coordination, a lack of encouragement, stressful workloads, and time constraints are also significant contributors to burnout. 

How are we affected?

Burnout has a variety of consequences for people, ranging from physical and mental health to personal and professional life. Physical and mental health problems include elevated blood pressure, nausea, exhaustion, heat, and also cardiac and lung diseases; depression, anxiety, hospitalization, and frustration issues. Furthermore, both personal and professional lives are significantly impacted. Irresponsibility, drug abuse, self-isolation, career dissatisfaction, and avoiding the workplace and people are only a few examples. 

 

The Burnout Escape?

To begin with, escaping or overcoming burnouts and balancing a healthy work and rest routine can be really challenging; however, it’s necessary to get ourselves back to a robust and productive living. 

Quite summing up all the causes and effects of burnout, here’s how we escape it.

 

  • Acceptance: Accepting that we have a challenge and knowing that it is okay to feel it is the secret to every burnout cure. Ignoring it isn’t going to work. 
  • Scheduling and planning workloads: Rather than throwing it all up and moving from one to the other, focus on the most critical works first and eventually complete the others. Our closest friends are to-do lists and planners. 
  • Managing time: Setting time limits and encouraging ourselves to meet them, as well as taking breaks in between work hours to rest and return to work more efficiently. 
  • Me-Time: It’s also preferable to take personal time off and rest and regain lost patience and productivity. Pampering ourselves, spending time on our interests, social media detoxing, going out and meeting friends, listening to music, and treating ourselves to something we’ve always enjoyed are all options.

 

  • Exercise: I know you’re going to miss this because you don’t have time to work out or because you’re just lazy. However, sticking to a basic or decent fitness regime boosts productivity, makes us perform more effectively, reduces blood pressure, and lets us sleep well. 
  • Proper sleep schedule: Good sleeping habits are important for concentrating and focusing on a new day and new responsibilities. We sustain a healthy sleep regimen by sticking to a regular sleep schedule, keeping away from technology before bed, not eating a big meal before bed, eliminating too much caffeine, reducing exposure to light in the late evenings, and so on. 
  • Communication: During these instances, telling others how we’re feeling can be very beneficial. Supervisors, loved ones, or family members can be involved. Accepting and refusing works, as well as speaking up for ourselves in moments of difficulty, are also examples of communication. 
  • Prioritizing focus: On the one hand, concentrating on work but still focusing on activities that matter outside of work, such as spending time with family and enjoying things that we enjoy. 
  • Choosing environment: An environment of healthy ideals, open and frank dialogue, sensitivity and respect, commitment, and support with our actions is a wonderful place to live, and it is critical that we prefer an atmosphere with these characteristics for a better working experience. 
  • Acknowledging self-worth: Our job success may be harmed by doubting our skills and becoming less confident despite understanding what we’re capable of. It is critical that we begin to improve our self-esteem by modifying the thought habits that make us feel comfortable, stepping outside of our comfort zones, refraining from relating ourselves to other jobs, and connecting ourselves with people who make us feel comfortable while also assisting us in identifying mistakes.
 

It’s fine to be exhausted. We must understand that it is only temporary and we will still change our minds. We simply need to take things one step at a time in order to face and conquer it. 

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