No matter what your source of stress is, we want you to take a look at some of the following ways you can help prevent a burnout.
On average, employees who are “burnt out” outnumber the engaged employees 2 to 1 worldwide. That is 87% of employees that could use a hand in learning how to avoid reaching that burnt out stage according to Forbes.
Not everyone gets stressed over the same things and not everyone deals with stress the same way. Stress can be a result of various causes such as an overload of work, lack of sleep or motivation. It is important to find out what your cause of stress is so that you can effectively treat and prevent it from happening again.
Take more frequent, shorter breaks
Long hours don’t always mean good work. Try working in smaller time intervals, broken up by breaks, and repeat the cycle throughout the day. This could not only help reduce stress, but also increase productivity.
Make a schedule
Seems pretty simple right? But not a lot of employees make a solid schedule that they can stick to and end up forgetting about important tasks as the pile of work gets bigger. Whether you prefer a digital calendar, or one right on your desk, make sure you have the tasks listed out day by day. This will also help you see what you can handle and will allow you to manage your time better.
Get the sleep you need
Not getting enough sleep at night can cause many short-term and long-term health problems. It is no question that lack of sleep contributes to stress. A recent CBC article points out that someone who has not slept for 20 hours has a level of impairment equal to someone with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08%, same as someone over the legal driving impaired limit. The point is clear: get good rest!
You don’t need to go out of your way by joining a local gym and doing any heavy lifting exercises. All it takes is a walk or jog after work to help you clear your mind and get you ready for bed.
Find a reliable colleague
Is there someone at workplace that could help you and make sure you stay on track? A helping hand never hurts, and this could be just what you need. It could also be beneficial to building a stronger relationship with coworkers as you can return the favour when they are swamped with work.