Learn how to take a step back

If you feel you’re on the verge of being stressed because of your job, take a step back. You might be burning out. Before it becomes full-blown, take these steps to avoid burnout:

1. Find time to play

Even if it means forcing yourself. People on the verge of burnout usually are spending less time with family and friends. They have trouble getting away form the workplace. If you can’t take a few days off, even just one day in a relaxing environment with no computers, faxes, emails, phone calls, or any thoughts of work can help renew you.

2. Get physical

You’ve heard it over and over again, but take heed. You need to work physical activities into your day and while you’re exercising, focus on something else besides work; otherwise you’ll just create more stress.

3. Set realistic objectives

Much of stress stems from feeling overwhelmed. If you’re feeling snowed under at work, sit down with a boss and prioritize your projects. Categorize them and then attack. Don’t work for perfection; work for good enough.

4. Use your support network

Everyone needs people inside and outside of work to turn to for support, encouragement and candid feedback.

5. Keep your options open within the company

People who burn out usually feel they have no way out of a situation. Update your resume and be prepared to talk about your accomplishments in the past five years and what you can contribute to the organization. Determine areas within the company that you may contribute to.

6. Leave if you have to

Much stress comes from worrying about problems at work and potential job loss. If there really is no sign that a situation will change, leave. Be prepared ahead of time. Network and have an action plan.

There’s plenty of reasons to be stressed by your job, but don’t despair because there are always ways to relax and recharge!