Dealing with burnout

Here are some ways to deal with burnout in yourself or others.
Match heads representing burnout

With over 12 million people currently unemployed in the United States right now, those of us who are gainfully employed or own a business can feel some pressure to put in additional hours.

If you’re not careful, that can cause burn out! I have run one of my businesses since 2003 and now own a second business as well. Burnout is very familiar to me!

So how do I deal with it? The first step is to simply keep my eyes peeled for signs of burnout in myself or my team. Are routine tasks taking way longer than they should? Is someone’s energy level lower than normal? Do they seem to have a short fuse?

That person may be suffering from burnout!

If so, it’s time to do something about it. There are a few things I’ve found helpful, and they are not mutually exclusive:

  • Take a day off
  • Leave a couple of hours early or come in a couple of hours late
  • Go for a walk or do any type of exercise
  • Eat some comfort food in moderation
  • Play video games, read, or whatever helps you relax
  • Get a massage
  • Take your coworkers out for an extended lunch
  • Volunteer at a nonprofit

The key is to watch for signs of burnout, then take at least a short break quickly, before it gets too bad.

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About Tim Priebe

Tim is a public speaker, author, publisher of Edmond Business, and the owner of T&S Online Marketing. He helps businesses that are worried they don’t have the expertise or time required to invest in doing their own digital marketing. He helps them plan where and how much to invest and often helps execute the plan.

Tim started the Edmond Business online magazine in May 2020 to fill a need in the community when The Edmond Sun shut down and stopped publishing their monthly magazine, The Business Times.