5 Simple Ways To Avoid Burnout While Working From Home

Suruchi Patwary , 21 Aug 2020
Conceptual photo illustrating burnout syndrome at work By Kaspars Grinvalds | www.shutterstock.com
Conceptual photo illustrating burnout syndrome at work By Kaspars Grinvalds | www.shutterstock.com

Now that we’ve been working from home for quite some months now, we can safely say it’s been hectic for a lot of us. Managing household chores along with office work has hampered the work-life balance, at least for me. I find myself working longer hours than before and having lesser free time for myself. And this is a perfect recipe for burnout!

Burnout is when you’re in a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion typically caused by prolonged and excessive stress. It happens when you feel overwhelmed, unable to meet constant expectations and demands, and emotionally drained. If you’ve been feeling this way too, then here are 5 simple ways on how you can avoid burnout. Scroll down to check them out!

1. Build A Break In Your Day

Every day is not the same. Some days, the workload is so hectic that you don’t even realise you’ve skipped meals! This could end up in burnout if turned into a habit. And so, it is extremely important that you build a break in your schedule of the day. A fixed time for a break will help you develop the habit of taking some time off to spend time with the family or just unwind a little. And if during this time you hear a bing alerting you of an email, just remind yourself that the email will still be there after your break time is over.

2. Celebrate Your Achievements

Celebrating even the smallest of successes and achievements can prove to be highly motivating! It is also a good reminder of how much you have accomplished. So be sure to celebrate your wins, even if they don’t seem to be huge enough.

3. Try Working In Teams

Working with people helps add some socialisation as well as excitement to the work. It opens the window for variety as well, which in turn can help you stay excited about the work or project. And so, if you find an opportunity to collaborate, don’t hesitate to say yes to it. Working all by yourself can feel mundane and so collaborating with new people helps you with it.

4. Listen To Your Body

Your body talks to you, but you need to listen to it. If you feel like you need a breather, take one. Do not ignore the signs your body sends you. Working when you’re fried also affects your quality of work and makes the work non-enjoyable. Instead, honour the signals your body sends when burnout is around the corner.

5. Set A Bedtime

Having a set time to shut everything off is very important. Make sure you get eight hours of sleep every night, and if its a set routine time, it helps you feel more at ease and wake up with a fresh mind.

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