Nurse's Advice on How Not to Burn Out at Your Job: Julia Merrill of BefriendYourDoc.org
Working day in and day out can start to feel like a daily grind, even if you like your career. Job tasks can feel monotonous, bosses can feel overbearing, and coworkers can become annoying or adversarial. There are some strategies that can help you break out of your work-related daily grind, and some minor changes can produce significant results.
CBS News explains that the feeling of being burned out or stuck at work can develop in several ways for women. You may throw yourself so fully into your job that you can't pull back and you fall into a rut, or you may not be challenged enough to stay motivated. A lack of change or job gratification can certainly be an issue as well and all of these types of ruts can take a toll on your overall wellness.
Take control to combat job burnout
As John C. Maxwell details at Success, your attitude and word choice when it comes to your work can make or break your day. It is easy for women to get sucked into negativity and self-doubt, especially if they are facing issues of discrimination in the workplace. However, making the effort to turn negative talk around and choosing to go with positive language can build some momentum to help you push past the work doldrums.
Many women have a difficult time setting limits in terms of accessibility. They may make themselves available after hours too readily or find it difficult to leave work at work. If you struggle to distance yourself from issues on the job, you may begin to feel like work is a daily grind. Inc. notes that women can struggle to set boundaries, oftentimes having to cope with feelings of self-doubt and guilt. To combat these issues, it is important to stick to your guns as you set your limits and boundaries.
Take stock of your personal choices and embrace change
Women can adjust how things are going at work by focusing on themselves and what they can personally change in the situation. For example, look for ways to enhance your career growth by taking classes, attending seminars, or connecting with mentors. Mind Tools recommends taking some time to rediscover your purpose when it comes to your job and look for ways to help others in some small way.
Job stress can take a severe toll on your overall well-being, so women need to take care not to lose sight of their priorities related to their nutrition and overall health. The Harvard Business Review indicates that it is crucial to make self-care a priority to combat the daily grind of job stress. Quality nutrition, regular exercise, solid sleep, and connecting with friends and loved ones all enhance your overall wellness and better equip you to handle frustrations or challenges at work.
Nutrition plays a key role in reducing stress and lifting spirits
If your work environment is becoming a major source of stress, schedule time to embrace the positive aspects of your personal life. Clear out the junk food from your kitchen and incorporate healthy choices that can help to combat stress. Health suggests focusing on foods such as leafy greens, oatmeal, blueberries, pistachios, salmon, turkey, yogurt, seeds, avocados, and dark chocolate. The more you can reduce your stress levels, the better you will be able to cope with the daily grind of your job.
When heading to work starts to feel like a depressing daily grind, take a step back and consider what can improve your situation. Women sometimes have to work at being assertive in setting boundaries, especially if there are issues of discrimination in the workplace, and it can be difficult to make their own personal growth and health a priority. Self care, including quality nutrition, rest, and exercise, can have a major impact on one's ability to cope at work and improvements in those areas can spark greater job satisfaction and reduce burnout.
Ms. Merrill is a retired nurse, who aims to provide tips on finding the right medical care, health insurance, etc. Find her at BefriendYourDoc.org.