Burning out? 3 Strategies to Recover Starting Now

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Are you burning out? Are you feeling like you don’t know how to stop it?

My friend Jim was recently laid off from his job. He wanted to start looking for his next job right away, but he just couldn’t get motivated to do anything. He was hurt and angry at the company that let him go. He had been working long days for months prior to the lay-off, and was physically exhausted. He felt pessimistic about his options. The last thing he wanted was to do was update his resume and start interviewing.

Jim was burnt out. He needed to deal with his burn out first, in order to replenish his energy and refresh his perspective. Perhaps you need this too.

Here are 3 critical steps that you can take to recover from burnout.

1. Focus on your health. 

Are you eating right? Are you exercising regularly? Are you getting fresh air occasionally? When we start down the path to burnout, very often self-care is one of the first things to go. That makes it one of the first things we need to restore.

Jim realized that he hadn’t been taking care of himself, and his health was starting to suffer. So he began a new workout program to get some physical exercise. He also realized he hadn’t been eating well. Now that he was home, he took over preparing meals for himself and his family. He also made a point of taking a walk after dinner with his wife. They’d just take some time to explore their neighborhood together.

2. Deal with your emotions. 

When you are burning out you can feel like you’re on an emotional roller coaster. Angry, sad, depressed, frustrated, or even numb. Ignoring these feelings doesn’t make them go away. Consider journaling about your feelings or meditating. You may even join a support group or seek the help of a therapist. Figure out what you need and who can best help you.

Jim joined a support group to process his emotions with others experiencing similar situations to his. It helped him realize he was not alone in his feelings. And he developed a new perspective on his situation.

3. Seek support to help you move forward. 

When you are ready to move forward, you may consider seeking a coach, a mentor, or therapy. Seek the support of someone who can bring a fresh perspective to your situation. Perhaps you need to request the support of your family. There are so many resources available to you. All you need to do is ask.

Jim enlisted the support of family and friends in his process. He let them know he wanted to take control of his career and to make sure his next job was a better fit for him than his last one. One of his friends referred him to a career transformation coach who could help him clarify his career goals and find the right next job for him.

Burnout is a serious thing, and if you don’t deal with it, it can make you very sick and very unhappy.

Jim was able to recover from his burnout by taking these three steps. He is now happily employed in a new job, and loves what he does. He continues his commitment to take care of his health and to seek ongoing support for his goals.

Do you need to recover from burnout? What is the next step you can take?

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When I first met Lori, I was in a rut. Having spent 25 years in the same industry, I was bored, max’d out and didn't know what to do next.  I was pigeon-holed into an industry that I was not so fond of, and saw no way to get out.  I felt trapped. Lori understood my predicament, as she had seen it all before -- she was sympathetic, but resolute in knowing that she could help me find answers.  I took great solace in that! 

Through several sessions and dozens of exercises, I began to get a clearer picture of who I am, and where my strengths and talents truly lie.  Working with Lori, I was able to translate that understanding into updated, targeted resumes that quickly produced interviews and gave me the confidence to express myself better than ever before. 

Consulting a Career Coach should be mandatory for anyone in today's work force, and Lori is the best at her profession.

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