If you work you’ve probably experienced, know someone who has experienced, or are worrying about burnout. Unfortunately, burnout is all to common and damages both personal and professional lives. Because of this, it is important to consciously avoid burnout. Here are five easy-to-follow tips for avoiding work burnout:
1) Reduce Stress at Work
We know, easier said than done. But, there are things everyone can can to reduce stress levels in the office. High stress reduces productivity, increases anxiety and leads to burnout. It can be easy to fall into the stress trap. To reduce stress the first step is identify what causes you stress. Check out this post if you need more recommendations for ways to de-stress at work.
2) Learn How To Say No
Saying “no” can be extremely difficult. While we don’t advise you say “no” to everything, you certainly cannot say “yes” all the time either. A healthy balance of the two will help you avoid the dreaded office burnout. Pressure to please often times pushes us to take on more work than we can handle. And, if we think we can handle a heavy workload our work product often times suffers. Catching up on projects during the evenings, on weekends, or even during vacation means there’s a significant imbalance between work and me time.
3) Take Lunch Breaks
Do you find yourself working during lunch? Do you eat at your desk with your eyes fixated on a computer screen? Maybe you do leave the office for lunch but you bring your laptop or check emails from your phone or tablet. Lunch should be a time dedicated to feeding your stomach and letting your brain relax. Sure, you can push yourself and check more items off your to-do list, but, at what cost? It might be hard to make this change but try it a few times a week. You might be surprised at how much more productive you are. And, we promise taking a lunch break won’t get you closer to a burnout.
4) Get a Life
Enough about what to do at work! To maintain a healthy lifestyle, and keep yourself from burning out, you must have a life outside the office. Family time, playing with pets, tackling your reading list, spending time with friends, and getting back to your hobbies will help you stay refreshed. If you spend all your time, energy and effort on work you’ll burnout in no time.
5) Exercise and Eat Right
This one is a combination of the third and fourth tips. Exercise can is great for your body and mind. Increase endorphins, get your aggression out and feel good about yourself! Being active is so important, especially if you sit behind a desk and stare at a screen every day. Eating right is just as important as exercise. It’s far too easy to grab a quick drive-through meal during lunch or to overindulge on your weekends. Feeding your body healthy food will improve your mood, stamina and overall health. Exercise and a nutritious life style will keep work burnout at bay.
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Originally published Jul 24, 2015, updated Aug 10, 2020