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Whatever field you work in, you’re bound to feel frustrated with your job at some point. These stresses and trials can progress to such a degree that you begin to burn out. And when you do, it is much more than just a bad day or even the occasional tough week at work. You are actually dealing with a psychological condition brought on by excessive stress, cynicism, emotional or physical exhaustion and the lack of personal efficacy.

Going through burnout can cause a great deal of chaos in your personal and professional life. Coming out of the situation can also take a lot of time and soul-searching to get your life back on track. Fortunately, you can effectively deal with these high levels of stress in the workplace. Here are several steps you can take at work and at home every day to help prevent a total burnout from ever taking place.

5 ways to prevent burnout

1. Start a stress journal - Use this journal to help you identify everyday stresses and the way that you normally deal with them. Each time you are feeling stressed, simply write about your experience in your journal. As you continue to keep a daily log, you will see different patterns and common themes starting to play out. From there you can find ways to avoid the triggers and work through other, unavoidable stresses in an effective manner.

2. Find a creative outlet – Not everyone is blessed with the opportunity to be truly creative every day as part of his or her job requirements. But that doesn’t mean that you cannot find other ways to be creative and have some fun outside of the workplace. If you are finding that the stress of work is following you home each day, this is the perfect opportunity to dive into a new hobby or perhaps an old one that you haven’t made time for recently.

3. Make time for yourself – It is important that each of us has a bit of “me time” every day. Find opportunities to shut out all of the noise of your everyday life and have a moment of relaxation all to yourself. It can be something as simple as a trip to grab your favorite cup of coffee each morning or setting aside a few minutes for some quiet meditation each evening. Whatever the case, the time you spend alone is a perfect way to de-stress and recharge to tackle the rest of your day.

4. Acknowledge the burden – If you are no longer able to approach your daily activities or your career with any passion at all, this is a big sign that you are on your way to burning out. Honestly assess the situation you are in, and if you find yourself avoiding your coworkers, feeling trepidation about your daily tasks or unable to enjoy your accomplishments, it is time to take a step back and make some much-needed career changes.

5. Seek out support – Don’t be afraid to reach out for help from friends, family members and peers. Chances are that the people closest to you have experienced something similar and can offer their own support as well as possible recommendations for professional help, if you feel it’s necessary. When people are on the path towards burnout, they tend to become introverted and avoid social interactions. This is the last thing you want to do in times of increased stress and hardship. It may be tough at first to push yourself to maintain important social connections, but it is a truly vital step in avoiding the crash and burnout from stress.

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Monica Gomez
Monica Gomez is a freelance writer who enjoys covering many topics including health, fitness and travel. You can connect with Monica on Google+ or Twitter @gomezmonica53.