Have you ever experience burnout? You’re motivated, taking on projects, firing on all cylinders, saying yes to helping with extra projects, maybe even working overtime to pay off extra on bills, and then, you all of a sudden, crash.
Everything hits you like a ton of bricks. You feel exhausted, stressed and suddenly unmotivated to do anything. This is burnout. It crushes momentum, can undo your positive morale and productivity, but it’s also avoidable.
5 Tips to Avoid Burnout at Work
Your best work will happen when you avoid burnout, so follow these tips to stay on top of your performance.
- Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is so important for your overall health and professional performance. If you are on track to burning out, you may begin to experience insomnia or trouble sleeping. Do your best to get back on a healthy sleep schedule so you can perform your best at work and stay healthy.
It is also important to note that chronic lack of sleep can lead to serious mental and physical health issues. It can also be dangerous to drive or do your work with machinery while suffering from sleep deprivation.
- Exercise & Stay Active
Staying active is another way to avoid burnout. Exercise is important for both your physical and mental health. It decreases stress, improves work performance, will help you sleep better and gives you more energy. Taking care of yourself will help you perform your best at work without experiencing physical or emotional exhaustion and avoid burnout.
- Socialize Outside of Work
Making connections and nurturing relationships outside of the workplace is very important. Socializing outside of the office is emotionally fulfilling and for many, is energizing. Plus, when you get together with people other than your coworkers, you will talk about other topics so you can be connected to more than just work-related matters.
- Don’t Be Afraid to Say No
It’s also important to remember that it is OK to say no sometimes. While it is good to help a boss or coworker from time to time, if you never say no, you will not only experience burnout, you may also be turning in subpar work, and therefore, you won’t be doing anyone any favors. It is responsible to say no when you are already quite busy with work.
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