Burnout: How to Address and Overcome It
At some point in the last two years, we have all felt burnout. The convergence of pandemic fatigue, upsetting current events and work and home life blending together. Whether it’s being short-tempered, sleep disturbance, digestive issues or feelings of resentment, you are not alone. Millions of Americans are feeling the exact same way.
This May, during Mental Health Awareness Month, Freedom Mortgage encourages employees to take a more active role in how they feel. The good thing is there are ways to combat burnout. Read on for our tips.
Talk to a Professional: Talk with your primary care doctor or therapist with your symptoms of burnout to come up with a plan for now and the future. Freedom Mortgage offers Telehealth options through Cigna, with 24-hour coverage for any time you feel you may be experiencing burnout.
Halt Those “Shoulds”: We have all had those moments of feeling that we “should” be doing something. Instead, transform that should into a preference. Rather than saying, “I should get more sleep,” think, “I want more sleep so I will go to bed 15 minutes earlier this week.” Make more manageable, mindful goals.
Get Outside: Staying cooped up inside could be detrimental to your mental health. Make sure you take 10-minute breaks to get away from your computer. Taking a walk or just moving around outside alone, with your pet or with family can really boost your mental health.
We asked Amanda M., a Communications and Engagement Specialist on the Internal Communications Team, how she combats burnout during her workday. She told us:
“For me, I have a daily self-care app that allows me to make goals, personal and work, so I can be reminded to do small and big things (floss every night or go for 10-minute walks outside during work breaks). It can be so hard to remember everything all at once, but I know I feel better when I have a routine. It’s nice to have a checklist on my person so I can not only stay on track, but it also takes one less worry (recalling everything by memory!) off my list to have a better day/week.”
Mark W., Director of Employee Communications said:
“Routine is key for me. My day starts with something as simple as making the bed, but then I benefit from getting outside early and before work. It’s great to begin the day having already accomplished something. From there, the ball is already rolling, and it’s just a matter of keeping it going.”