After long sick leave due to burnout, returning back to your usual job seems difficult. This article brings some insights and hands-on ideas about how to get the best from this situation. Gratitude, take time, mastermind with others, and follow your passions are the 4 best-suggested ways.
You have recovered from burnout, sounds great! Now what?
Many people just feel stuck after recovering. Indeed, during long sick leave, they were isolated in their isolated islands trying to recover. When they are back, suddenly they face a reality. They are not anymore in their isolated islands. They need to pay rent, pay bills. And apparently, I need to work again!
Returning back to your usual job seems difficult. I remember the first day I came back from my long sick leave. I felt horrified by opening my computer and start scheduling work meetings! Because I’ve lost your passion and energy about what I did before. Probably for many like me, that was the reason I got burned out.
So How to Cope with This Most Effectively?
- Feel grateful for your current job: When coming back to your previous job, although you’re not so passionate, try to feel grateful for it! Your company embraces you again into your job. And thanks to that, you can pay your rent. You can also gradually look into how best-restarting opportunities!
- Look deeper into the nature of things: The fresh air you are breathing this morning. Autumn leaves. Nature beauty. This earth spinning around its orbits… Does it not remind you of how lucky you are right now right here? Gratitude will bring you happiness and energy. It is needed to begin anew.
Do not feel pressure to restart immediately. Take your time with your current job. Here are a few tips:
- Reduce working time: to 80%, even 50% of your time, if your financial situation permits for a certain time period (6 months, 10 months…). It is normal that you are not passionate about your current job. And it is fine! Because you’re on the way to find a better way. It is just a matter of time. So take your time!
- Schedule for joy: Enjoy little things that make you happy. A good coffee and chat at work. Time with your kids. A wellness session that makes you feel relaxed…
- Meditate: There is a wide range of options to help you start with meditation, even without any experiences or external support.
Mastermind with others
You are not the only one in this situation. That is very assuring! So do not hesitate to:
- Meet with others in the same situation
- Join meditation and yoga retreats, meditation groups and workshops
- Search for professional support (psychology, social organization)
You will meet people who are coping with the same situation as you. Feel assured and learn from them!
Follow your passions
If you need to find back a job after burnout, this is key! Follow your passion. Do what you love! A big consulting company recently in their training on “Energy and Resilience” has put “Exhibits passion in one’ life” as among the most important resilience strategies.
However, you know it. In reality, it is not so easy sometimes to follow one’s passion. Simply because things that passionate you do not bring you easy income. At least in the traditional economy.
One good news is, things have changed! Indeed, in the digital economy, extraordinary opportunity has opened for those who want to do what they love.
With over $2.5 trillion per year being spent in retail purchases online, there has never been such a vast opportunity to make money with an online business. It makes your dreams possible.
With some basic website and online marketing skills along with a little maintenance know-how, almost anyone can launch a business online. And get it up and running in only days.
Burnout is a life event that can bring positive changes if we know how to effectively deal with it. Gratitude, take time, mastermind with others, and follow your passions are the 4 simple ways to make the best out of it. Take some action today!