In today’s fast-paced society, it is no wonder that two in every three workers admit to feeling burned out. A burned out employee is not what you want for your business. What are some strategies to avoid burnout and focus on self-care?
Take Care of your Physical Body
When people think of self-care, they tend to ignore the physical options for self-care such as running, jogging or swimming. Of course, getting a massage or taking a long bath is a physical form of self-care too, but active forms of self-care are best! The better you care for your body, the more it will be able to care for you. Whether it be going for a run to ease some stress from the day or taking a yoga class, engage in some sort of physical activity before or after work.
Set Healthy Boundaries
Americans already work more than an average of forty hours per week in the office, yet they still check on their work email late into the night and early in the morning. Obviously, answering one email after work hours won’t undo your healthy boundaries, but if a pattern forms, you will quickly lose those boundaries. You should be setting boundaries within the workplace as well. The best way to achieve this is by blocking time off on your work calendar. If you want to avoid burnout, you need to focus on one thing at a time as much as possible. Blocking time off on your calendar will let others know when is good time to connect with you.
Prioritize your Sleep
One of the most common side effects of burnout is insomnia. When you are not sleeping enough, you are not able to be an effective employee. When you go to bed too late night after night, you are setting yourself up for failure. When you don’t get enough sleep, you suffer from a lack of good judgment and an increase in the likelihood of accidents. Science has shown that adults need seven to nine hours of sleep per night. If you are not meeting this mark. take small steps to get there. The more you prioritize sleep, the better you will feel and perform at work.
In order to avoid burnout in the workplace, you need to set your priorities. Your physical body is just as important as your mind and needs activity. You need to establish healthy boundaries around your working hours, and lastly, prioritize sleep! A rested mind is a mind ready to think!