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Executive leadership coach explains how to avoid workplace burnout

Posted: 3:43 AM, May 31, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-31 10:00:52-04
Burnout is an official medical diagnosis, World Health Organization says

TAMPA, Fla. — This week, the World Health Organization called burnout at work an official medical diagnosis.

So, what does that mean and how do you fix it?

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We reached out to Tricia Manning who works as an Executive Leadership Coach with White Cap Coaching in the Tampa Bay area.

To our surprise, using your paid time off (or vacation days) was not even the number one suggestion to avoid burnout.

"The most important way to avoid burnout is focusing on yourself and finding things that you like to do that give you energy and help you recharge." explains Manning.

She says the number one you can do is get seven hours of sleep. Exercise and finding a hobby are other ideas to prevent burnout.

Manning says having a positive mindset can help. She says one negative thought at the beginning of the day can actual impact your day eight hours later.

If you feel like you are on the verge of burnout, Manning recommends you take a break or a vacation. But, if you are not able to do that, she endorses taking a break from your phone.

"That device creates a lot of stress for us," says Manning.

As for those employers, Manning says they should be clear with their expectations for their employees. Not having a full understanding of expectations can create conflict.