Burnout is physical, emotional, or mental exhaustion resulting from too much stress and pressure. Work-related burnout is one of the leading causes of absenteeism among employees. It affects an employee’s productivity and motivation while negatively impacting other areas of life such as sleep, relationships, hobbies, or exercise.

How to recognize burnout?
An employee may experience stress in the workplace that they were not experiencing before. Employees may look tired and sad and, in some cases, have trouble sleeping. There can be negative effects on relationships with spouses or significant others, work performance, emotions, and moods.

Employees can become burned out if they work in a high-pressure environment with high expectations for output and work quality. However, no one is exempt, and often even those in leadership positions can find themselves facing feelings of burnout and anxiety.

How to recover from a burnout
1. Set up a schedule
It is important to set up a routine and stick to it to have time for work, family, time for friends, and time for yourself.

2. Learn stress management techniques
There are many ways to manage your stress levels, including yoga, meditation, or even coloring, if you are not into other forms of stress management. There are also self-help books and webinars that can help you learn how to deal with burnout and have a healthy lifestyle.

3. Know when to take a break
Too much stress can cause serious physical, emotional, and mental well-being problems. Remember that taking time off will not reflect badly on you, and it is better to take time off than to burn out completely.

4. Watch out for signs
If you feel like you are getting burnt out, it is important to talk to someone about how you are feeling. You should find a friend or family member who can be there for you and help you through these hard times. If this does not help, talk to your manager or supervisor about how you feel.

5. Keep regular appointments with your doctor
Make sure you have an exam once every year, especially if you have any health issues that may take your mind off things. This will ensure that you are healthy enough to be productive at work and avoid burnout.

The first step in recovery is being open to it. You may be suffering from burnout, but if you are not willing to talk about it or even admit that it exists, dealing with it will be much more difficult.

If you are experiencing burnout, remember that there are many ways to help yourself recover. You are not alone in feeling this way, and there is nothing wrong with needing time off from work to recuperate. Try to follow the tips we have given you, and it will make your recovery faster and easier.

Originally published on Herrick Lipton’s website.