By Ben Wright, Senior Recruitment Consultant, Eden Ritchie Recruitment
We all like to feel like “Superman/Wonder Woman” in the office. Firing on all cylinders, saving kittens from tree’s and knocking down every brick wall that comes between you and where you need to be. But let’s face it, even superheroes burn out.
Some tell-tale signs of burning out are physical and emotional fatigue, detachment, insomnia, lack of focus and negative feelings like anger or cynicism. If you’re feeling burned out chances are your work performance will suffer, your personality will shift, and you’ll be too tired to function.
It doesn’t have to be this way. It’s important to recognise the signs and have an action plan in place to help get your motivation and general wellbeing back on track. I have outlined below, 3 ways to avoid burning out at work:
- Learn to say NO!
Whether it is at work or home, there will always be plans that pop up that you don’t actually want to be a part of, and to keep the peace or avoid any awkwardness we just go along with it. While it’s often easier to just say ‘Yes’ in the long run it can cause more stress and angst than it’s worth. Choose what is most important to you (or most necessary to your work) and stick to only those tasks or events.
- Make positive life choices
Sometimes it can be hard to compartmentalise your life and quite often the stresses from work can creep in to your personal life. It’s important to find the time to relax and enjoy the things you like doing. Some prefer to go to the gym while others might enjoy unwinding with a good book or a movie. In addition to this, it’s also important to eat healthily, and get enough sleep. Exercise and healthy eating go hand in hand and will often result in a good nights sleep, allowing you to be more energetic the next day.
- Take breaks
It’s important to take regular breaks, whether it’s a lunch break where you step out of the office or annual leave where you disconnect from work. Try and avoid checking emails or answering calls during these periods. While you might feel more productive working late or skipping breaks it can actually be more damaging to your wellbeing and cause a lot of stress.
Make sure you focus on your health, learn to identify the signs leading up to a burn out and make adjustments accordingly. By acting on this you are not compromising your productivity in any way, if anything, the above steps can help you be more productive and happier in both work and home environments.