Burnout is so real, and it can occur in many areas of one’s life. A primary area people experience burnout is in the workplace.

Many people experience job burnout and struggle to regain the motivation and passion they once felt for their career. This may also be called work-related stress, which may lead to both physical and emotional exhaustion, including a sense of diminished accomplishment. In some cases, burnout can lead to loss of personal identity, relationship issues, sleep problems, anxiety, and depression, so it’s important to address the problem as soon as possible. Other times, individual factors, like family life, and personal relationships can influence the experience of burnout. If you want to address job burnout and get back stronger, here are practical tips to consider, courtesy of Be BOLD Psychology and Consulting.

Explore New Career Choices

When you feel burnt out, you may consider a new career path. There are many benefits to a career switch, especially if you have hit a plateau in your current job. Some of the options to consider include going back to school to gain new skills and open up different career opportunities. For example, you could pursue a degree in business, which will equip you with leadership and marketing skills. You could pursue a computer sciences degree, marketing, or consider obtaining a licensed in something like medical billing and coding or real estate. Best of all, the flexibility of online programs means you can keep working while you study, and implement what you’ve learned in real time.

Take a Vacation

A vacation is an ideal option if you feel exhausted, stressed, or are lacking motivation. Of course, sometimes the trick here is figuring out if or when you are able to take a vacation. That being said, if you are at a job where you are unable to take a vacation, that is likely part of the problem itself! It must feel overwhelming to feel as though you cannot get away. If this is the case, it is unlikely your feeling of stress, overwhelm, and burn out with subside. As such, try your best to work with your manager or supervisor to find some time away. You can explain to your manager why it’s important to get some time off. When you do get the opportunity to take that much needed vacation, don’t check emails. Delete the app from your phone. Leave your phone in the room if possible. Go somewhere that gives you a complete opposite experience compared to your work environment. The idea is to get a true break, restore, and disconnect. Many travel destinations are considered ideal for someone experiencing job burnout; consider a nature- or spa-oriented getaway in Sedona, Stowe, or Palm Springs.

Find a Release

Often, burnout builds up and can lead to extreme stress. If you fail to open the release valve, you are likely to, eventually, emotionally explode. It’s important to release the pressure and recharge, to avoid hurting your career, relationships, or your own mental health. One suggestion is to pursue some much needed self-care by getting a facial. Another option could be a pedicure or massage, a painting class, or even a movie night.

Another great way to relieve stress is through physical activity. This could be martial arts, soccer, paintball battles, a Zumba class, yoga, hiking,  bowling, or rock climbing. Find what you enjoy and explore the hobby to release all the pressure from your work. Some people enjoy video games while others enjoy kickboxing or some laps at the pool. How you release your stress does not matter; just find something you can do to clear your mind.

Take Something Off Your Plate

If you’ve overburdened yourself and have become burnt out, it can help to relieve yourself of some responsibilities at home. Keeping up with the yard, for example, is something that can easily be relinquished to a professional service provider. Search for ‘yard service near me’ online to find a list of local companies to choose from. You can read reviews from other customers to help you decide which company will be right for you. Alternatively, if you need more help from others in your household, ask! Assertively communicating our needs is an important skill to practice and use in all of our relationships. Do you need your spouse to take over laundry duties? Let them know. Perhaps you are needing your teen to make dinner once a week? Tell them. Asking for what you need is your first step in getting a few things off your plate.

Ask for Different Responsibilities

Diversity, spontaneity, and new experiences are key!

In many industries, burnout can happen from doing the same thing too many times. Change is important if you want to overcome burnout. Have a conversation with your boss regarding different tasks, opportunities, or advancement  options within the company, so that you can potentially try something new and improve your overall well-being.

It is likely your company will not want to lose you, so they may be willing to consider how they can help you to recover burnout. Express yourself and let the management know what you’re going through.


Job burnout is real, and the impact can be far-reaching. Although there are several solutions noted in this article, what is most important is that you find the best solution for you! That is where our team of talented clinician can come in! We can spend time further exploring your overall thoughts and emotions, sleep patterns, relationship patterns, and discuss tangible steps that make the most sense for you in overcoming burnout. Reach out today! We have several providers with immediate availability who would love to support you on your burnout recovery journey! Schedule your free 20-minute consult here!

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Dr. Bate leads several therapy groups, which may be accepting clients. As a PSYPACT provider, Dr. Bate can service clients in over 30 states and jurisdictions. Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology (APIT) under the PSYPACT* Commission E. Passport issued 2/11/21 Mobility Number # 6459. Specialty areas: Queer and/or gender diverse folx, couples/relationships, and families. Trauma, PTSD, grief, bereavement, loss. Substance use/substance misuse, addictions. Relationship stressors and communication issues. Student-athlete stress. Court-ordered therapy and sex offender treatment. Mental health evaluations in the context of high-conflict divorce. Criminal and Civil Forensic Assessment. Email: [email protected] to schedule your free consult or request an appointment here. I help people who feel stuck, numb, or who are gripped by grief, loss, and unresolved trauma experience deeper, more fulfilling relationships and life outcomes. I assist people and families working through addiction find a path towards wellness. I work with individuals who may feel lost, scared, or alone to better understand their gender identity, sexual, relational, and romantic orientations. I also help intimate partners and families understand each other and communicate more effectively, including about matters of identity.

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