What to Do If You’re Experiencing Burnout

Dealing with burnout at work is not easy. It’s hard to say no to the demands of coworkers, bosses and managers, whether you enjoy your job or not.

Burnout can have serious mental and physical health consequences so it’s important for you to do something about it. Here are some suggestions about what to do if you’re experiencing burnout at work.

1. Change Your Mindset

Take the time to try and change your attitude about your work and recognize the negative thought patterns and habits you have that are contributing to burnout. Try to move away from perfectionism and the pressures you put on yourself to be the best employee. It’s okay to say no sometimes and to let things go.

2. Consider an Advocate

Joining a union is a good option for employees experiencing burnout. Being a union member means you have the resources to deal with the stresses of work. You can always reach out to your Shop Steward or Business Agent for support and you don’t have to worry about being fired for saying no to extra work that may cause stress.

3. Unplug and Create A Better Non-Work Life

When you leave the office make sure you are actually leaving. That means disconnecting from emails, texts and calls and setting realistic boundaries. Then dedicate some time to fun or realizing activities outside of work with friends and family. It could be playing sports, volunteering or taking up a hobby.

What resources are out there?

If you feel like you need some professional help or resources to help you deal with burnout there are lots of options.

The Distress Line is a great resource to call if you are feeling overwhelmed and need someone to talk to. 

You can contact them at:
403.266.HELP (4357)
in Calgary,
780-482-HELP (4357) in Edmonton
and 1-800-232-7288 in rural areas.


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