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May 21, 2019

How to Prevent Burnout at Work


Every office has its busy seasons and working through them can be very overwhelming and exhausting. During these times, there is often a lot of pressure to work harder and longer than normal to get the job done, which can result in you crashing. Taking the following steps to prevent burnout will help preserve both your mental and physical health and ensure work is a positive force in your life.

1. Don’t Work Overtime if You Don’t Need to

During high-stress times in the office, it’s not uncommon to stretch your normal 9-5 into a ten-hour workday. Although this might be necessary every once in a while, is crucial not to make a habit of it. Keeping yourself from having the proper work/life balance will only increase your stress because you are not getting to relax.

2. Get a Restful Night of Sleep

Most people know that doctors recommend seven to nine hours of sleep a night, but beyond that, it is important is making sure you are waking up feeling rested and ready to start the day. Giving yourself time to relax before bed and getting at least seven hours, will recharge your body and mind so you head to work free of the stress from the day before.

3. Exercise, Even in the Little Ways

Getting to the gym or going on a run after work is not always possible, but there are always ways to get your muscles moving. Try to step away from your desk at least once an hour and walk around the office or even just to get a drink of water so you can energize yourself and return to your desk with a refreshed mind.

4. Leave the Office During Your Break

Even if you bring your lunch from home, try to get away from the office during your break and enjoy some fresh air, especially now that it is warm out. Eating lunch at your desk or even in the break room doesn’t truly give you the chance to forget about your work and enjoy the pause that you are supposed to be getting in the day.

5. Find Support Within Your Coworkers

Most likely, if you are feeling at risk for burnout, your coworkers are too. Developing a strong connection with a few coworkers that you can meet up with out of the office will give you people to grab a coffee with or even a drink after work to vent, destress, and relax.

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