Burnout is a chronic form of work-related stress, resulting in a state of physical or emotional exhaustion and a reduced sense of accomplishment.

Burnout is a chronic form of work-related stress, resulting in a state of physical or emotional exhaustion and a reduced sense of accomplishment. Left unaddressed, burnout can lead to fatigue, frustration, substance misuse, increased vulnerability to disease and insomnia. Fortunately, you can combat burnout by setting boundaries.

Overworking is one of the most common boundary problems contributing to burnout. This can lead to mental, physical and emotional fatigue, and is not sustainable over the long term.

Burnout is especially common among people pleasers or perfectionists, as these individuals are more likely to sacrifice their well-being to meet certain goals or impress their supervisors. It is also common among individuals who have a heavy workload, struggle with work-life balance and feel they have limited control over their work.

Setting boundaries is crucial to prevent and reduce burnout. This refers to the act of setting limits for others regarding how you’re willing to be treated and what tasks you’re willing to do. Specifically, setting boundaries can help you assert your needs and rights and prevent you from being mistreated.

Consider the following practices for setting boundaries at work:

  • Reach out to your boss or manager if you need more time to complete an assignment.
  • Ask for help if you begin feeling overwhelmed.
  • Close your office door or schedule meetings with yourself to avoid unnecessary interruptions.
  • Stand up for yourself if you see a fellow employee taking credit for your work.
  • Speak to your boss or the HR department if you need help handling your workload or managing a workplace relationship.
  • Understand what’s included in your job responsibilities and what isn’t. 

Setting boundaries can help you reduce the risk of burnout and foster a healthy, sustainable working environment.

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