Everyone has a breaking point. If you continue to take on long hours without a break, you’ll eventually burn out. You tell yourself that you love your job, but that isn’t necessarily so. The human mind needs rest. If it’s denied that privilege, it can cause a number of unwelcomed changes.
Tell-tale signs of work burnout can be in the form of changes in your appetite and sleep pattern. It can also cause fatigue, frustration, lack of motivation and unhealthy addictions.
Below are a few tips to avoid breaking down at work.
1. Take your lunch break
Taking time out to eat does not mean eating a sandwich at your desk while researching. It also doesn’t mean eating just a bag of chips while reading an email. The lunch hour is assigned to you as a breather. It isn’t a luxury, it’s your right.
Even if you don’t feel like eating, step out and take a walk. Play a game or watch a video. It’s your chance to stretch both your body and mind. If you don’t feel like taking your lunch hour because you deem it unnecessary, your body will start to complain soon enough.
2. Take your vacation time
In some nations, overtime is actually illegal. People started taking long, extra hours in hopes of extra money and eventually broke down. They collapsed at work and the companies got sued. This happened because the company failed to give attention to the apparent stress of their employee.
Sometimes, you skip your vacation time because you love to work. You feel like you’re in a good rhythm. You take on extra work because you feel like there’s not much to be done at home. That is not the case with your mind and body. It can only take up to a limit. Do not skip your vacation time.
3. Make friends at work
It’s pretty obvious that you won’t like everyone you work with. You’ll even try to steer as clear away from them as possible. But make at least a little effort to understand your co-workers. You cannot always stand to be uptight and professional. It will help keep you at bay and sustain you at your office if you have someone to joke around with during your breaks. Plus, friends are best when it comes to collaborating on custom assignments.
As stated by John Donne, “no man is an island.” You need to find someone you deem capable of sitting with you at lunch, at least.
If not anything, you and your friends can complain about your colleagues and boss together and that is always a mood booster. If your friendship works out, you can even take it outside of work!
4. Create divisions
[Tweet “Your work is not your life, especially when you’re working for someone else.”] Why burn yourself out over someone else’s dream? You do not want to be identified with your own work?
Create divisions to mark where everything stands in your life in matters of importance. You do not want to be associated with your workplace, as that would just make you dull and boring. Diversity is always exciting. Invest in your family time. Go out with your friends. Work on your hobbies as well.
5. Schedule in some more sleep
You’re obviously familiar with the popular phrase, “sleep is for the weak.” On the contrary, sleep is not for the weak, it is for the healthy. It’s especially needed when you’re burnt down at work.
It’s common to dread Mondays and look forward to the weekend when you’re burnt out at work. It’s mostly so because we look forward to the extra amount of sleep we’ll be able to squeeze in without having to worry about going to work on time the next day.
Burnout is not something which can be easily overcome. Once you start to feel the heat, it’ll not just affect your work, but the people around you as well.
About: KaelynnBailee is a research manager working for a startup that provides academic assistance to both educators and learners. When not working, she enjoys blogging on education and technology.