We have, in one way or the other, heard about it: “I’m feeling burnt out”. With people now working more hours than ever, feeling stressed out, exhausted and overwhelmed at work is all too common. Your stress can actually warrant a diagnosis: the World Health Organization recently deemed burnout a classifiable “workplace phenomenon.” It is a state of chronic stress that can lead to fatigue, inability to be successful at work and even anxiety and depression. Did you get that?
HOW TO ALLEVIATE BURNOUT
Burnout may be sabotaging your life but the good news is that there are concrete steps you can take to alleviate the condition. Now that you know what you’re suffering from, here are healthy ways to reverse your burnout.
EAT VEGETABLES AND DRINK MORE WATER: You have heard it a thousand times but focusing on a healthy diet and staying hydrated really does help. If you are having trouble staying motivated to up your water intake, water bottles will help.
EXERCISE: Moving your body has been shown to be a natural remedy for stress, anxiety and depression. Don’t fret (worry) if the gym isn’t your thing. Building your own home workout area or streaming fitness videos to your living room are easier than ever.
GET MORE SLEEP: Try to log the recommended seven to eight hours. If insomnia (inability to sleep) is interfering with your nighttime rest, improve basic sleep hygiene like leaving screens out of the bedroom. Weighted blankets have also been shown to help end sleepless nights.
SAY NO TO EXTRA WORK RESPONSIBILITIES: Don’t shirk (avoid) your basic job description but if side projects come up consider declining. Wait until you have renewed passion for your work before saying yes to taking on extra tasks.
TAKE A BREAK, THEN TAKE ANOTHER: No, one vacation won’t solve your burnout issue. But regularly incorporating weekend trips can help cut down on burnout. You can leave some of your gadgets such as laptop at home so you won’t be tempted to work.
SPEND TIME WITH POSITIVE PEOPLE: Make an effort to connect with people that uplift and support you. Cut down on time spent with negative people that lower your self-esteem or sap your creative energy.
PRACTICE YOGA OR TRY MEDIATION: I know, it looks boring but yoga is a very effective stress reliever. If stress is making you feel antsy (nervous), meditation and yoga may be the last things you want to do. But, forcing yourself to slow down and take a few deep breaths can help you calm down. You can even meditate on the go.
SCHEDULE TIME TO PLAY: Reconnecting with the playful side of your personality may also be the key to relaxation. Everyone has different passions, so find whatever activities you deem “fun” and make time to do them. If playing football is your idea of a good time, find a way to kick the leather after a stressful day of work.
Burnout isn’t an issue that will resolve itself in a matter of days. It takes time but if you make an effort to incorporate a few of these steps in your daily life, you will be far better equipped to handle workplace stress and exhaustion.
NOTE: Always consult your physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions or issues you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.