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Burnout in The Corporate World

Understanding burnout

If you’ve been keen on exploring more about burnouts, their causes and how to possible prevent them – you’ve come to the right place. A couple of months ago, I braved a major career shift. I went from teaching two-year-olds at a nursery, to taking up a role in the highly dynamic industry of PR and communications. Just like that.

I took an online course about marketing and consumer behaviour and started looking for jobs until I was able to secure an interview, which then led to a part-time three month internship, and that ultimately landed me in the job I currently have.

During my internship period, my work time at the nursery was from 7.30 in the morning until 2.30 in the afternoon, then until 7.30 pm I was in the office for some new learning. Fast-forward three months, I got the job and was over the moon with joy. With a typical mindset of ‘I need to hustle & push myself in order to get to where I need to be’ I started the new adventure.

A couple of months later, I started feeling anxious, irritated, nervous, emotional, and indifferent toward everything happening around me. I was no longer interested in what made me happy, I was always tired, I felt disconnected and discontent almost 24/7, with so little energy to get the job done or to enjoy any of my usual hobbies.

Armed with an academic background in Psychology, I was able to detect the symptoms of burnout. This helped me understand how I had been feeling and what I needed to do.

Now, having the mindset of needing to work extra hard and walking the extra mile in order to achieve your goals is not wrong, nor is it a negative mindset. But, always be mindful of what your body and brain tell you.

Preventing burnout

What does being ‘mindful’ mean? How can you read the signals of your body and brain? It means being conscious and aware of the minor changes, the thinking patterns, and the negative thoughts. To respond to a stressful situation, you need to first be aware of the fact that things are not going as planned.

Once you do that, the trick is realizing and accepting that. When you notice negative thoughts take a moment to process and accept these emotions and then let them go.

Do not shy away from asking questions, or for help. Keep nurturing your hobbies and take out time to stand back and do things other than work.

Find something you enjoy doing, stick to it, and see it as your own time to discover and connect with yourself. Once you leave the workplace, try to leave the work at the work place and focus on bettering yourself, for yourself.

Personally, I enjoy working out, painting, and reading. Each of these three hobbies has its own benefits. Exercising has been scientifically proven to be a perfect way to destress, painting is great to let out emotions and a way to express feelings. Reading is also an amazing method to disconnect and enter a different world for a while.

In a nutshell, this blog is a gentle reminder for you to be kinder to yourself and to take it easy in stressful times. Experiencing burnout is okay and there is always a solution in order to grow out of it in a healthy way.

Tima Khalifeh is Account Executive at Cicero & Bernay Communication Consultancy, an independent PR agency headquartered in Dubai offering new-age public relations consultancy to the UAE and across the MENA region. |