When you are busy working on a daily basis, you may dream of taking a vacation to “spend a relaxing time at a hot spring” or “go for a full swim in the sea in a southern country. However, vacations do not cure “burnout,” and we need to find other ways to relieve work stress, according to a new study.
Going on vacation won’t cure job burnout – Quartz at Work
The Secrets To Recognizing And Avoiding Burnout
Burnout is a general term for a condition resulting from chronic workplace stress that includes “a feeling of energy depletion or exhaustion,” “increased work avoidance or negative or cynical feelings about work,” and “decreased efficiency.
Going on vacation is advertised as “the perfect way to relieve work stress” and so on. However, according to an American Psychological Association survey of more than 1,500 people, about two-thirds of those who went on vacation said that they felt better after the vacation, but returned to normal after a few days. Similarly, a 1997 Israeli study found that subjects’ self-reported mental health returned to normal levels three weeks after their vacation. Organizational psychologist Liane Davey, author of the book “The Good Fight” on workplace conflict, says, “A one- or two-week vacation is not enough for burnout.
The reason vacations are ineffective against burnout is that work is waiting for you while you are on vacation. You can be away from work during your vacation, but the work will continue to pile up, and by the time you return, you will have a mountain of work waiting for you. According to a survey by the American Psychological Association, about 49% of workers report that their workload is higher than normal immediately after a vacation. In addition, if you are aware that work is waiting for you, you will not be able to enjoy the vacation itself.
According to Paula Davis-Laack, an organizational consultant who specializes in stress and burnout, taking a good break during and after work from your normal routine, rather than taking a special vacation, can help with stress. to every 120 minutes, she recommends taking a 5- to 10-minute break.
Davey says the first step to avoiding burnout is to talk with your supervisor about which tasks you are enthusiastic about and which you are sick of doing. Finding work that energizes you is the real stress reliever, he says.