4 Tips To Avoid Feeling Burnt Out
With increasing demands from the workplace, it’s no surprise that employees are feeling burnt out more often. According to the 2014 Stress and Wellbeing Survey, two in five working Australians rated issues in the workplace as a key source of stress. Employers can often overlook the importance of their employees work-life balance, however in reality, a stressed employee is likely to be less productive , less innovative and less engaged within their role. Prevent burnout from becoming an issue for you with the below four practices.
1. Exercise and meditate
Whether it’s high impact cardio exercise or low impact stretching – taking the time to incorporate exercise and meditation into your routine can help to manage stress levels. Both exercise and mediation can assist in developing a positive mindset and provide an opportunity to focus on yourself, rather than work. This can be of benefit to your state of mind, physical state and how you perform at work.
2. Pursue a hobby
Taking the time to enjoy something that brings you pleasure outside of work is a great way to avoid feeling burnt out. For some this may be reading or drinking tea, while for others it is taking a bath or watching a particular television show. Businessman Lucio Tan said “No matter how busy I am, I find time to read day and night”. This helps to separate work from home and can provide a feeling of contentment and relaxation.
3. Get enough sleep
With both personal and professional daily demands, it can be easy to put sleep at the bottom of your priority list. However, there are many benefits to getting a solid night’s sleep which extend beyond feeling more energised throughout the day. Harvard University and Boston College research found that people who get enough sleep seem to strengthen the emotional components of memory during sleep, which may help to spur the creative process. Curious how much sleep is ‘enough’? Click here to view sleep duration recommendations from the National Sleep Foundation.
4. Take your designated breaks
Those who work through lunch, stay back late and avoid taking leave are understandably likely to be left feeling burnt out. No matter how large and important your workload is, our bodies can struggle when we continuously work more than the prescribed ‘business hours’. To improve stress levels, try to leave work at the right time (i.e. 5:30pm), step away from your desk to take your lunch break, and utilise the annual leave you are entitled to. Leadership Coach Sonia McDonald suggests that small breaks throughout the day are also important, stating, “Busyness stifles productivity and therefore innovation and problem solving.”.
What do you think?
Do you have any further tips to add to the list? I’d love to hear how you de-stress and avoid feeling burnt out as a result of your role. Comment your views below and join the conversation.
This article was written by Laura Hutton on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB. The following sources were used to compile this article: Australian Psychological Society; Brainy Quote; Brainy Quote; Health; National Sleep Foundation and LinkedIn.
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