Mental resilience is an essential skill for preventing job burnout. This phenomenon is described as physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion.
The Woman Post | Carolina Rodríguez Monclou
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Job burnout requires a long time to recover from. This is why it is vital to see it coming, know the red flags, and pull yourself back before you're actually in that place.
One of the themes around this extreme exhaustion is often for overachievers that don't have good boundaries. When a person works very hard, doesn't take care of their physical and emotional needs, and is very focused on what is doing, it is more likely to experience job burnout.
The research titled "Mental resilience enhances the well-being of Singaporean college students through reducing burnout" by Joanna Su Xin Chue and Hoi Shan Cheung points out this issue. The study shows that people with a high level of resilience are less likely to suffer from job burnout and psychological distress.
The researchers highlight five aspects of resilience that demonstrate the importance of building a solid mental state.
1. Approaching adversity in a healthy way
Overcoming adversity is a secret of champions. If you want to experience a life of victory, you must be an expert at taking advantage of the obstacles present throughout your life. Getting past adversity requires changes in our beliefs about challenges. It is not what happens to us but how we choose to respond. If you change your mindset, you will realize how much it will help you get out of your comfort zone and use all your potential to find a solution.
2. Believe in your skills and abilities
Recognizing your potential and abilities builds your character and gives you more strength. Honor what's good about you and share it with the world. This way, you will respond more positively to situations that are not under your control. If you show your talent through your human quality and hard work, people will recognize it.
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3. Know your life purpose to stay motivated
Think about what motivates you when you get up, what drives you in the morning, and what's the first feeling you have when you wake up. It's essential to find something you like doing and to cultivate that. If you wake up with a sense of purpose and stay focused, you will be closer than you think of your dreams. Make sure to find a balance and work to achieve different goals in each area of your life.
4. Build strong relationships
Social well-being and social connections with other individuals are crucial to mental health. The lack of meaningful social connections can drastically affect your resilience capability. Friends, family, and people you love allow you to share your achievements, failures, and all kid of emotions. To be healthy, we need people in our lives that inspire us and support us. If you have a network that you can connect with daily, you will feel relieved and effective with no stress and no judgments.
5. Learn to believe in the things you can't see
Attributing a spiritual component to life's events that we can not explain or are not under our control helps us open our minds and understand the nature of adversity: sometimes it doesn't have a reason; it simply happens. If you allow yourself to look at the bigger picture and feel like a part of something bigger, it will be easier for you to commit to your dreams and the people surrounding you.
The study concludes that resilience can help you withstand and recover quickly from difficult conditions. Cultivating skills to face adversity and increase self-belief is an effective way to prevent job burnout. Other techniques such as mindfulness and meditation are praised by the study to combat stress and exhaustion. With these five components of resilience, you will be able to prevent job burnout and psychological distress.