Burnout is an often inevitable part of life. We are working longer and harder at the office. But you don’t have to let it be a constant. These tips can help you take control of your life:
Indulge a little. Maybe you like to meditate in the morning, sip a cup of tea over breakfast or read before bedtime. Allow yourself to have such moments, which can free up your brain’s capacity to sort out problems and be more creative.
Regain control of your schedule. Sometimes that calls for going off the grid. Consider turning off notifications on your devices and only checking email or social accounts every few hours. If something is really urgent, the person will call you. Electronic communication can wait. Also, try to limit unnecessary meetings. If something can be agreed on in an email or via a short conversation, save yourself the trouble.
Respect work-life balance. You don’t live to work. Try to shut off email after work and on weekends. When you don’t get adequate down time, your stress level never has a chance to return to normal before morning rolls around again—creating a never-ending cycle of anxiety.
Delegate. You don’t have to do it all. Lean on your employees or outside vendors to lighten the load. Don’t forget we can help take the load off with our corporate products.
Be good to you. Eat well, exercise and prioritize sleep. Take a vacation at least once a year. The mind-body connection is real. Honor your limitations and don’t be afraid to set boundaries. You’ll be more effective at work when you’re refreshed.
Follow these tips and you’re less likely to let yourself reach the point of burnout. Your employees and family will thank you.