The real problem stems from the stigma tied to work-related burnout whether you are an employee, entrepreneur, independent professional, or contractor.
“Anybody who complains they’re burned out from their job or career or life is deemed as being weak and unable to hack it. Since America is bad about glorifying stress and anxiety, people tend to stay silent and do the job despite the stress they face. They don’t want to be seen as less than the best.”
What Are The Typical Work-Related Stressors?
- Unable to understand a new process, software, or a change in the workplace setting (Zoom anyone?)
- Impractical deadlines – still
- Random schedules – of course!
- Constant scheduling conflicts – an ongoing issue
- Adding more to one’s duties that go beyond the role and no compensation for added responsibilities – for everyone!
- Personal demands (interactions with contractors, customers, management, or co-workers) – life can sometimes be very very stressful
Do you see any of the above symptoms in yourself? If so, then you’ll be glad to know that you don’t have to “get away” to alleviate the work burnout symptoms. If you can take some time away, then do it. However, if it’s just not possible, consider the following:
- Focus On Your Breathing – By focusing on your breathing, you allow the parasympathetic nervous system to relax. This will help to decrease your stress level and better manage your stress. This works people!
- Set Boundaries – When it comes to your work and home life, it’s okay to have boundaries; in fact, I say it is a must to have boundaries. There’s no reason to bring your home with you and your home with you to work. Sometimes, it’s okay to have two distinct lives that don’t overlap.
- Take Frequent Breaks – It’s good to take five-minute breaks every 20 to 30 minutes to clear your head, especially if you’re focused on one particular task. Your brain needs a break!
- Ergonomic Setting– Create an ergonomic setting that includes a sit/stand atmosphere with your desk and chair. You can also add plants to the room to create a relaxing ambiance. The right equipment for the job.
- Work Mentor – Sometimes, the best thing you can do is have a work confidant/master class of 2 – someone you can bounce ideas off of or who will let you vent when you have a problem. This approach comes in handy and prevents migraines!
- Non-Work-Related Hobby – Participate in some kind of after-work hobby that allows you to de-stress and think about something other than work. For example, you can sign up for a gym membership and exercise. You don’t have to lift weights; just walking on the treadmill or doing the elliptical can be enough to relax your body. Or walk outdoors!
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