It may be that you’re stuck in a rut, under pressure or snowed under with a pile of work. Regardless of how it comes about, feeling burnt out is a sure-fire path to feeling unsatisfied and unproductive in your working environment.
Avoid burn out before it happens with these five easy tips.
1. Follow a fitness routine
Once you start to get busy, your gym visits or regular active activities are usually the first things to get cut from your daily routine. However, since you’re also likely accompanying this cut with staying stationary for longer (e.g. spending extra time in front of the computer), stress eating or consuming products with extra caffeine, your body is not going to take well to the adjustment. You may find yourself feeling more tired, fatigued and bloated than usual – which, combined with stress, Is a recipe for disaster.
By keeping a regular exercise routine, you are not only maintaining healthy energy levels, but are setting time aside to clear your head of all the work-related frustrations that would otherwise be weighing on your stress levels.
2. Just laugh
Burn out can feel like a ticking time bomb – and if you don’t take time out to reduce stress for both yourself and everyone around you, there may be an explosion. Keep sane with humour – laughter reduces stress and reduces the amount of anxiety and tension running through your body.
3. Recharge during the day
Don’t eat lunch at your desk, and make time to get up and about. You may feel it necessary to be chained to your desk all day, however you will find yourself being more productive with a regular 10 minute break (just make sure it’s a break and not a means to procrastinate).
4. Don’t make excuses
Once you start feeling stressed, your temper will usually get much shorter and the need to start blaming others will get more tempting. Getting caught up in the blame game will only fast-track your burn out – and make your work environment way less enjoyable.
Being accountable for your actions is key to your improving your personal development. Once you stop the excuses, you’ll begin to be productive in finding a solution to your stresses.
5. Realise its ok to say ‘no’
Keeping everybody else happy at the expense of your own happiness is a recipe for burn out. If you’re taking on too many commitments, simply prioritise the tasks that you need to have done, and organise others to go onto the backburner – and if you’ve got too much going on to take on another responsibility, simply say no.
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