In this episode of the You Winning Life podcast, Jason Wasser, LMFT talks about…
Is professional burnout a myth? Is professional burnout an excuse to procrastinate a task you simply don’t want to complete? No. It’s real and we have 5 ways to avoid professional burnout.
In my practice, I have seen a correlation between coronavirus fatigue and professional burnout. Some entrepreneurs are struggling to keep their businesses afloat; other entrepreneurs are thriving, but are coping with the restrictions placed on them by the coronavirus pandemic and its shutdown of many services.
Know that you’re not alone. I have been meeting with many professionals from all industries in telemedicine sessions to discuss burnout, and to find ways to avoid professional burnout.
You first need to know that professional burnout isn’t just a case of having a packed schedule. A busy schedule is manageable when you put limits on your accessibility and schedule time for self-care.
Here are the reasons you may be suffering professional burnout and what to do about it.
- Loss of community. We are all feeling a lack of community. Our favorite coffee shops are closed. When we meet with friends or colleagues we need to stay socially distant and wear masks. In-person networking events have all but dried up. How can you address a lack of community and feeling of connection in your professional life? Get involved in Zoom calls. Virtual meetings may not be a satisfying solution to face-to-face meetings, but you should consider attending – or hosting your own – Zoom meeting.
- Loss of control. Because of coronavirus we are all feeling a bit powerless and are suffering from the loss of control. My practice shuttered its physical doors and has moved entirely online; I had to find a way to adapt and still offer services to my patients. By making the decision to offer telemedicine I took back control of a situation that had been foisted upon me. I can work with you and help you regain control – of your life and/or your business.
- Loss of rewards for a job well done. If you feel you’re working too hard and you’re not making the money you feel you should or not feeling appreciated for your efforts you need to take a step back. Review your business plan. Take stock of what your expectations were and why they are falling short of reality. Working with a business coach can offer you a new perspective and even a new path toward the rewards you are seeking.
- Overwhelming workload. Whether you’re a solopreneur or an entrepreneur who has staff or contractors with whom you work, you may be feeling overwhelmed at your workload. If you have had to cut back on services or are lacking components to complete the products you produce it can add to your feeling of overwhelm. When this happens, professional burnout will likely be the next step you’re faced with. Talk with a business coach, take stock of all you need to do, how you can successfully do it and what resources you need to have in place. This will help you clearly see where you need to be and how to get there.
- Self-care matters. In times of stress, we typically avoid caring for ourselves – both physically and emotionally. Take a day – or an hour – off. Get out. Enjoy nature. Meditate. Reach out to someone from our office and schedule a telemedicine visit to talk through the issues you’re facing. Professional burnout and coronavirus fatigue are real and should be talked about.
The bottom line on professional burnout? Acknowledge that you’re facing it. Take steps to address it. Know that you’re not alone and that help is a phone call – or Zoom visit – away.
Register today for my How I Show Up Workshop. Seating is limited. The workshop begins October 19.