Burnout is a pretty common word in the working world. Whether you’re an extrovert, you could fall foul at some stage. We all have our limits. Perhaps the only difference is that some of our limits are a lot closer than others. As a general rule, introverts reach that edge much faster than others. For the most part, this is due to a little thing known as introvert burnout.
For the most part, that is what it says on the tin. Introverts often burn out faster because social interactions leave them feeling more drained. Sometimes, it comes on faster due to introverts being sensitive and cerebral people. Whatever the reason, it’s essential you recognize the possibility and do what you can to avoid it.
On a human level, avoidance is essential for wellbeing. Note, too, that burnouts could impact your work, and even lead to severe problems. Office workers who deal with numbers, for instance, could make fatal mistakes when working past their limit. Those who work on the road could find themselves on the wrong side of a fatigued driving lawsuit if they keep pushing themselves to far. And, the list could go on. So, we’re going to look at three ways to make sure burnout like this doesn’t burn your career to the ground.
Recognize the signs
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Recognizing the signs of burnout is essential. How else will you know when to take a step back? Don’t make the mistake, either, of thinking these symptoms manifest like regular burnout. Introvert burnout is unique, and so are the symptoms. As well as exhaustion, symptoms include negative thoughts, unexplained anger, and feelings of isolation. When you come to recognize the signs that you’re reaching the end of your tether you can take action before it’s too late.
Arrange a work environment which works for you
Even when you recognize the signs, it’s unlikely you can just drop work commitments. Instead, make efforts to arrange a work environment which works for you at these times. Work spaces which are productive for introverts are often very different to those which work for extroverts. And, if you’re on the brink of burnout, an open plan office space could tip you over. Instead, speak with your boss. See if you can arrange remote working for these periods or even an office with a little less bustle in it. Taking yourself away from the action like this could be all it takes to refresh.
Stop going out after work
It’s also worth noting that, during periods of burnout, it would pay not to go out after work. There’s often a pressure to meet with friends or attend night classes, but these will only worsen your burnout. After all, even desirable social interactions can leave us introverts feeling drained. Instead, be honest with people. Let them know that you’re suffering and need some time on your own. You’ll soon find that merely having your evenings to recharge can go a considerable way towards keeping burnout at bay.