Stressed out, Overworked and Just Plain Exhausted?
By Tracy Yandow
Over the past few months have you found yourself physically and emotionally drained? Do you feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish what you need to get done?
You are not alone.
Business operators everywhere are feeling the effects of this lull in the economy, and not just in their wallet. It’s bad enough that you’re affected, but wait – it also affects your staff. How well do you think you can lead a team if you’re burnt out?
Many people will deny being burnt out; they want to appear invincible and strong.
Remember, this is not just about YOU… so pay close attention to your feelings and behavior, and resolve it before it gets out of hand.
Here’s what to look for, and what to do:
1. Fatigue/exhaustion. If you find yourself often feeling worn out and tired, take a look at how much rest and exercise you’re getting. Be sure to schedule enough time in your day to take care of yourself physically.
2. Emotional exhaustion. If you notice that you don’t have the enthusiasm or drive that you once had, or that you don’t even have the energy to get angry when it’s appropriate, you probably need to take some kind of break to replenish your emotional reserves. If you can’t take a lengthy vacation, try spending some time away from work doing things that are meaningful to you — listening to music, being outdoors, visiting an art museum.
3. Isolation from other people. Do you find that you’re not paying attention to the accomplishments of those around you, especially people who expect you to provide advice and leadership? Make a point of looking for their positive achievements and praising them for their contributions to the organization.
4. Feelings of being unappreciated. When your own efforts aren’t recognized or appreciated, your personal morale will suffer. Look for ways to share news of your contributions with people who ought to know.
5. Obsession. If you find yourself becoming too focused on a single project or area of your work, force yourself to take a break and do something different to restore your balance.
Once you start recognizing the signs of burn out and take better care of yourself, both you and your staff will reap the benefits.
So, take in a big deep breath and “Oooommmmm!”