Another thing that struck me was to put yourself in someone else’s shoes – but not in the way we’re all used to saying it. So employers, try thinking about where your employees are in their life, where they see themselves going and, more importantly, what they find themselves missing at the moment. Do they feel like they don’t have enough time to spend with their family? Are they concerned with their health? Offer something that’ll help them get their time back - like fresh grocery delivery service or a gym membership for a gym close by the office/their home. If you don’t know where to start, have a look at Juno as they’ll be able to help you on your way.
Finally, some tips that’ll actually help you prevent burnout. Psychologist Dr Kate Daley wrote about the matter a couple of weeks ago for Unmind and was kind enough to have them reiterated once again.
- Pay attention to your body signals: those are warning signs for when burnout is approaching. We tend to say it’s down to something else or just ignore it all together. Our tummy ache is down to something we ate, our muscle pain is because we exercised too hard and headaches are just one of those things. It Could be physical, but we should also see stress as a possible factor.
- Take time for you! When we’re stressed or busy the first thing we stop doing is taking care of ourselves in favour of other tasks. Taking care of your physical and emotional health is essential for rebuilding your energy. How? Make sure you have good sleeping habits, exercise on a regular basis, and eat healthy. If you’re struggling to find time, schedule it in your diary and treat it as you would any other meeting.
- Put up boundaries between work and home. When leaving office, turn off your phone, put an OOO on and keep that laptop closed. If you, like many of us millennials, need to be reachable– set specific times for checking email and tell your colleagues to only call in an emergency. If you’re always working, you won’t have any time to recharge and restock – build that work balance!
- Don’t multitask and do away with the distractions. Contrary to popular belief doing multiple things at once is actually quite ineffective and can cause more stress. So just stick to doing one thing at a time.
- Make use of the people around you when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Colleagues might be able to offer a different perspective, suggest strategies or even take some work out of your hands. Outside of work, don’t withdraw yourself from friends and family. Taking about it with other people helps.
Although burnout has gathered more attention over the past years, there’s still a taboo that’s paired with it. There’s still so many unknown factors and misdiagnoses that the road to fully understanding it is long. But we know enough to prevent and overcome it. If you think someone’s struggling, reach out, because it can do more than you think.
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