Whether you’re working from home or have returned to the office, you might experience burnout during this time. You’re bound to find yourself too exhausted from all the Zoom meetings, all the fear and anxiety you may be feeling due to the pandemic or simply from having a different routine than what you’re typically used to. Luckily, we have a few tips to help you manage it.
Set realistic goals
Many people have had their schedules changed completely, so it’s normal if you can’t do all the things you used to do in the same amount of time you could before the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps at first you were able to do more in the same number of hours, but now you can’t because you spend some of your time trying to find a balance between working and being at home. Setting realistic goals for yourself should reduce the risk of burnout.
Know when to pause
Knowing when to take a break is important, especially if you’re working from home. It’s so easy to get carried away and overwork yourself even after your normal working hours, but you need to know when to press pause, close that laptop and call it a day. In-between breaks are also good for you. Using a couple of minutes to step outside for some air and sunlight can really help you feel a little more relaxed and calmer.
Check in with self
We all have days when we’re not feeling like ourselves, both mentally and physically, and it’s important to acknowledge those feelings. Paying attention to how you’re feeling should help you recognise that something may be wrong, and that’ll help you realise that you either need to slow down or seek help. It’s perfectly normal to feel overwhelmed or exhausted from work during this time, so don’t be hard on yourself.
Ask for support
Reaching out to your colleagues when you feel like you’ve taken on too much or if you feel like you can’t complete tasks because you’re not feeling well mentally or physically is okay. Remember that your colleagues form an integral part of your team and they’re there to help. So, if you ever need help to take the load off and focus on your wellbeing, you should definitely ask for it.
Get professional help
Seeking help from healthcare professionals doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with you or that you’re weak. It simply means that you’re putting your wellness first and that’s a good thing. Staying healthy, getting enough rest and eating right is necessary right now, so it would be helpful to get in touch with healthcare professionals who can help you maintain all of these aspects of your life to avoid possible burnout.
We’re navigating uncharted waters due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so you’ll probably feel things you’ve never felt before, and that’s okay. Remember that things may be difficult right now but you’re going to get through it, and there’s help out there for you. You can also share some of your tips on how you manage burnout on our social pages Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, and reach out to us on Ask CellC*girl* if you need to talk. We’d love to hear from you!