by Julie Morris You will spend nearly one-third of your life at work. That's why so many people seek out jobs that are meaningful and empowering. But that doesn’t mean you’ll always be happy, motivated, or excited. Even in the best of environments, employees will still experience some kind of burnout from time to time. Maybe you have felt this way — burned out on repetitive or emotionally draining work or stressed out from being at or over capacity.
You will spend nearly one-third of your life at work. That's why so many people seek out jobs that are meaningful and empowering. But that doesn’t mean you’ll always be happy, motivated, or excited. Even in the best of environments, employees will still experience some kind of burnout from time to time. Maybe you have felt this way — burned out on repetitive or emotionally draining work or stressed out from being at or over capacity.
If you are feeling the effects of burnout, don’t blow it off or decide you’re too busy to address it. Burnout can lead to anxiety or even depression at the idea of going to work, and you can’t afford to let burnout overtake your life. You are never too busy for self-care, so here are a few easy ideas to help you turn burnout into fired up.
Meditate to Ease Your Mind Avoid burnout by focusing on how you manage stress. In as little as 10 to 20 minutes of meditation a day, you can see an almost immediate impact on mood, chronic pain, and memory. All meditation asks of you is to sit still and listen to your breath, but if you want a more guided experience, download a free meditation app like Calm, Insight Time, or Headspace.
Inhale a New Scent Aromatherapy, also known as essential oil therapy, can reduce the effects of stress and burnout on your body, mind, and spirit. For thousands of years, cultures around the world have used concentrated plant extracts to manage pain, improve sleep, reduce anxiety, soothe body aches, and more. Diffusing oils is easy, but beginners should take the time to learn about the oils before ingesting them or using them topically. Luckily, there are plenty of beginner guides available to help you get started quickly and safely.
Start a New Hobby Learning a new physical activity or starting a new hobby can challenge your mind and body. Tackle something that requires your brain to learn new rules and your body to practice new skills. You can join a recreational softball, volleyball, or kickball league. You can take golf or tennis lessons. Joining a running group can be an inexpensive way to start a physical hobby that inspires you to set goals, make plans for achievement, and celebrate successes.
Leave a Toxic Work Environment Some companies and organizations are simply too rigid with their managerial styles, so the risk for suffering from burnout can be pretty high. If you are not feeling fostered and empowered to be your best self at work, there may not be anything you can do to fix the present situation. Go ahead and update your resume, talk to people within your network, and start looking for a position at a company that emphasizes servant leadership.
Take Your Full Lunch Breaks Daily Chances are you can’t remember the last time you’ve taken your full lunch break. Maybe you’ve sacrificed them to finish deadlines, take conference calls, or run personal errands. Your lunch break is guaranteed “me time,” so taking them can help you unwind from work stress and let go of any challenges you’ve experienced that can lead to burnout.
Make a Change If these tips don’t help you feel less stressed, it may be time to reassess your career altogether. After all, you spend more time each week working than almost anything else, and more meaningful work that helps others and makes you feel good about yourself is out there. Take teaching and education, for example. If you already have a bachelor’s degree, you can enroll in an accredited graduate program online and earn your teaching license from anywhere without breaking the bank.
Making mental and physical health changes may not be easy, but they can be the key to managing burnout. Think you’re too busy to manage burnout? Think again! When you feel burnout at work, other areas of your life will feel tedious, stressful, and joyless. Reduce your risk of burnout by trying one — or even a few — of these tips today.
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Julie Morris is a life and career coach. She thrives on helping others live their best lives. When she’s not working with clients, she enjoys writing articles.