Overworking and going through long periods of stress can lead to burnout. The good news is that it can be avoided if you know the early signs and do things to help prevent it. Here are a few ways to avoid burnout at work, before it takes a toll on your physical and mental health.
Get enough sleep
You need to ensure that you’re getting enough sleep every day. This is because when you sleep enough and are well rested, you reduce your chances of burnout. Make it a habit to sleep at the same time every evening, so that you won’t have trouble falling asleep or losing track of time and sleeping less than you should.
Setting healthy boundaries at work is a must, as taking on too much work can lead to burnout. Sometimes, saying no can be difficult but you need to do so if you know you don’t have the capacity. Let your team know when you’re not in a position to take on more work so that they can distribute the work amongst themselves.
Have a work-life balance
With the current COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are suffering from COVID-19 burnout. It can be hard to keep a work-life balance where you separate your work from your personal life, especially when you’re working from home. But you have to try your best to separate the two, so that you don’t get overwhelmed. Avoid spending too much time on social media, limit your screen time especially before bed, and take time each day to connect with family, friends and your loved ones. Simple things like eating your lunch away from your desk and taking breaks in between your work can also help you avoid burnout.
Do yourself a favour and take breaks from work. Use your leave days to rest- it’s not selfish and you don’t need to feel guilty about it. For you to work at your maximum and be an effective employee, you need to take time off and rest well. Make sure that when you’re off work, you don’t do anything work-related and that you truly unwind and recharge - both physically and mentally.
If you feel like you might experiencing symptoms of burnout, reach out to your superiors at work and take some time off. After all, you can’t pour from an empty cup, so go on and recharge now and then! Don’t forget you can speak to us privately on AskCellCgirl if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed. Good luck!