Workplace Burnout: How to Prevent It, Identify It, and Heal From It

February 12, 2021

Here at CGL, we are passionate about work-life balance. This is one of the main reasons we are a distributed company. 

Burnout is far too common. Finding the right way to balance the stress of work with real life is more important than ever. I believe it is extremely important to talk about this issue, so I recently discussed it with an expert.

Michael Levitt is the Chief Burnout Officer of the Breakfast Leadership Network. He is a leading authority on burnout, recovery, and prevention. This expertise comes from his intense personal experience with workplace burnout.

Michael’s burnout led him to the worst-case scenario in his life. He was working around the clock for over 2 years and then a heart attack stopped him in his tracks. From there, he lost his job, which led him to lose his house and car as well. Burnout affected not only his health but his and his family’s livelihood and happiness.

Self-Reflection: A Tool To Cope With Burnout

In order to identify what needed to change, Michael started with a lot of research. It’s hard to get out of your fishbowl when you’re caught up in an overwhelming situation. However, you need to get out and see yourself from another perspective. 

Dive deep into your habits, thoughts, beliefs, and actions. Step back and take the time to figure out why every little thing that’s happened to you has happened. 

How to Heal From Burnout

After self-reflecting, what you need to do is prioritize. Decipher where the “bleeding” is coming from and stop it. This will get you back to a normal state where the problem of burnout can more easily be addressed. 

1. The first thing to prioritize is sleep. 

Invest in a good mattress, sheets, and pillows that will keep you comfortable all night long. Additionally, get rid of all of the screens in your bedroom. 

2. The second place to focus is nutrition. 

You may want to hire a dietician to help you here, as they can identify food intolerances you have. 

3. Finally, schedule things in your life that you love to do. 

Don’t dismiss them as unimportant. These things fill your tank and diminish your stress.

To learn more about how Michael’s organization helps people who are burnt out, check out Episode 014: What is Burnout? A Conversation with Special Guest Michael Levitt, Chief Burnout Officer of The Breakfast Leadership Network.


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