5 Ways to Avoid Burnout and Protect Your Mental Well-being in March
'Burnout', a state of physical and emotional exhaustion most commonly occurs when you experience long-term stress. Signs of burnout include feelings of self-doubt, helplessness, frequently feeling drained, procrastinating, alone and detached from the world.
According to YouGov, one in four (23%) women workers in the UK struggle to manage feelings of stress and pressure at work with covid taking a toll on their mental health. Further, 85% of UK adults identified symptoms of burnout, while 68% mistakenly identified symptoms of anxiety.
Burnout, a consequence of a busy lifestyle can affect anyone. So how can I help myself get out of burnout to protect my mental well-being you may ask.
Review your Objectives and Priorities
Examining your expectations through a realistic and compassionate lens can help relieve some of the stress. You should think about where these aspirations came from and whether they truly reflect what would make you happy in life.
Consider Conducting a Time Audit
Determine where your time and effort are spent during the day. Multitasking is a myth since we aren't focused on any of the tasks we're doing while we do it. Instead, make a daily schedule and identify the red zones where your stress levels rise.
Determine your Sources of Stress
Saying yes to everything and having no separation between job and home life is a concern. The more stressors you can eliminate from your day, the more likely your mind will be able to break free from its constant state of go-go-go.
Create a Wind-down Routine
The lines between work and life are becoming increasingly blurred as a result of modern work approaches. Set up a routine to help you relax and wind down at the end of the day. The first step is to turn off your phone's notifications after a certain amount of time has passed. It can also help you recover if you don't check your email in the evenings or on weekends. After work, you can unwind by meditating, walking the dog, taking a long bath, or listening to your favourite podcasts.
Make this a habit you'll be able to keep to and respect. You may feel bad at first, but you will quickly discover that when you do work, you are a lot more productive.
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