General Mental Health In the Workplace Tips

Establishing Boundaries to Prevent Work Burnout

Burnout is a direct result of chronic work-related stress, causing you to feel physically, mentally, and emotionally worn out. When disregarded, burnout can result in heightened fatigue, frustration, substance abuse, and an increased risk of disease and insomnia.

Who is most susceptible to burnout?

People pleasers and perfectionists are the most likely to burn out due to their likelihood of sacrificing their own needs for the needs of others. Additionally, individuals with heavy workloads often burn out as they feel unable to keep a healthy work-life balance.

Setting boundaries

One of the leading causes of burnout is overworking due to a lack of boundaries. Fortunately, burnout can be prevented by setting boundaries. By setting boundaries, you assert your needs and prevent frustration from building and developing into burnout.

Every individual is different, but consider the list below to help you determine what boundaries could benefit you.

  • Ask for help when you feel overwhelmed. There is no need to struggle alone when help is available.
  • Set time for yourself to accomplish specific tasks. To those in an office setting, closing a door, finding a quiet space to work, or setting do-not-disturb can help accomplish tasks and help you mentally reset.
  • Establish realistic expectations. Do not take on timeframes or additional responsibilities that are not possible or are bad for your mental health.
  • Adhere to your work hours. There are times when work can wait until the following day. Taking the night to decompress can reduce your risk of burning out.

Setting work boundaries is a great way to keep you motivated and engaged while maintaining your well-being.