Ways to help avoid or treat burnout
Recognizing symptoms of burnout is important, says Holly Vanderhoff, PhD, co-director of student counseling services at Upstate. She says people who may be suffering from burnout if they feel: emotionally exhausted or overwhelmed, detached from their work and co-workers and that they have lost a sense of purpose or accomplishment. She talks about what steps individuals can take to treat and/or prevent burnout, starting with seeking help to determine whether they have depression. Also helpful are stress management, eating nutritious foods, getting adequate sleep, exercising and engaging in fulfilling activities outside of work. Vanderhoff also discusses what employers can do to help prevent burnout among workers.