Avoiding & Overcoming Burnout

Avoiding & Overcoming Burnout

Burnout is avoidable. Learn new techniques to prevent it from happening to begin with.

If you often open your laptop in the morning, only to blink and realize it’s already 3pm and you’re still in pajamas, you’re not alone. Something many of us have lost through the pandemic and working from home is an overall sense of routine. 

The simple act of getting out of bed to shower, brush your teeth, and get dressed can make all the difference when it comes to your outlook on life. Start by asking yourself: Am I getting enough sleep? Am I eating nutritious meals throughout the day and staying hydrated?

Along the same lines, it’s absolutely invaluable to plan breaks throughout the day. And no, getting up to move the laundry isn’t a break. In order to be beneficial, your breaks should be intentional and provide you with a sense of recovery and rejuvenation. 

Instead of leaving Zoom to stare at another screen, try:

  • Meditating — if you’re new, try an app like Calm or Headspace
  • Exercise outside — getting sunshine in the middle of winter can be challenging, but it’s so essential. (Have a favorite scenic route you like to take to unwind? Share a snapshot of your favorite view in #watercooler!)
  • Make and enjoy a nutritious meal
  • Play with your children or pets

If re-establishing a routine and taking intentional, mindful breaks don’t help (or if you’re unable to do this with your current workload) it’s time to talk to your manager. Tech is a unique industry with many new opportunities that have opened up through the pandemic. As a result, many of us are feeling spread thin as we explore new markets.

Your manager may be able to help you reorganize your workload or plan a longer vacation you can use to recuperate. In the same respect, take some time to explore your benefits options. You may be pleasantly surprised to find your plan supports talk therapy or other resources.

If talking to your manager doesn’t help, or if you’re truly unable to find joy in your role again, it may be time to explore new opportunities. There’s no shame in outgrowing a role or an organization — it happens to everyone at some point in their career. 

Interested in new opportunities that come along, but don’t want to commit to job searching right now? You can publish your resume to the Partnership Leaders Job Board along with your requirements and we’ll match you with roles that align with your interests.

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