While the coronavirus has given some people a much-needed break from the rush of everyday life, others are finding themselves forced to work harder than ever just to stay afloat. A lot of business owners are having to work twice as hard to stay afloat while they and their entire team tries to adapt to their new work-from-home routine. And, of course, medical professionals around the world are being forced to their upper limits of tolerance while they try to save lives during this time of crisis.
Regardless of why you are working, one thing stays true: stress, crisis, and unusual work conditions can easily lead to burnout. And unless you plan to take a long break anytime soon, burnout is something you need to avoid in order to maintain your productivity into the future. Here’s what you need to know about burnout, and how you can avoid it.
What is burnout?
Sustaining high-stress levels for long periods of time frequently lead to burnout. This state is characterized by a series of negative mental and physical symptoms, including:
Burnout is often caused by overworking, and it often leads to a drop in productivity, as your weakened mind struggles to keep up with the tasks at hand. You’ll even find yourself wondering why you bothered working on those things to begin with, and whether you are a pretender — self-doubt and overwhelming negative thoughts are common staples of a burned-out mind. So are cynicism and resentment.
Are you burning yourself out?
When it comes to burnout, there are some red flags you can keep an eye out for in order to avoid reaching that extreme state. Consider making some life changes if:
Your work or home life feels like a waste of time;
You’re always exhausted;
Bad days are becoming more common, or the norm;
You are having an increasing amount of trouble finding pleasure in any task;
You feel snubbed, forgotten about, and overall resented at everyone around you;
You are having more trouble falling asleep than usual, or having trouble getting rest from sleep.
On top of keeping an eye on the warning signs, there are a few things you can do in order to avoid burnout. They all have to do with managing your workload and maintaining your overall health.
1 – Exercise regularly
Working out reduces the amount of stress hormones in your bloodstream and, over time, will give you more energy to tackle your day. It also boosts your immune system, helping you stay healthy; very important these days.
2 – Pace yourself
Regular breaks are crucial if you want to survive under the weight of a large workload over long periods of time. How many breaks you need varies from person to person, but there should be at least some breaks into your daily schedule.
3 – Delegate more
There’s no shame in needing help, especially if the task at hand doesn’t really have to be done by you. Look for opportunities to delegate time-consuming tasks as often as possible.
4 – Go natural
Junk foods and caffeinated drinks call all boost your stress levels, mess up with your sleep, and speed up the approach of burnout. A natural diet combined with meditative techniques and the use of natural remedies like CBD will do wonders towards improving your long-term well-being.