Feeling The Burn? Five Tips For Combating Burnout

Stress is a natural part of life. We feel it at home and at work more often than we’d like. And although stress is something to expect, there are lots of great ways to reduce the amount we feel by making some simple adjustments. Below are five ways you can change your environment and mindset at work to lower your stress.

  1. Start with something you’re excited about. Nothing takes the wind out of your sails early on than beginning the day with something that’s mundane and uninspiring. When you begin with your creative work, you feel energized and ready to tackle things like writing emails.
  2. Take shorter, more frequent activity breaks. Rather than taking an hour for lunch and a couple of small breaks between starting and quitting time, try taking smaller, more frequent breaks. Use those times for a short walk around the office or a local park, a quick yoga session, or whatever type of activity fits into your work routine. Taking breaks will leave you feeling better because you’re interrupting the buildup of stress with physical activity.
  3. Switch things up. Nothing gets you tensed up like doing the same routine day-in and day-out. Too much predictability breeds stress. Since your mind isn’t challenged with anticipating something different, it defaults to dwelling on stressful thoughts. If you’re doing the same old thing each day, brainstorm about how to change things up.
  4. Have a plan. Begin each morning by planning your course of action for the day. Planning gives you more confidence that you can manage your to-do list. Just launching into a sea of emails or listening to new voicemail means you’re likely to lose focus on what really needs to be done.
  5. End the day with a recap. Just like you started the day looking at the big picture, end the day that way too. Look over the plan of action you created and evaluate your actions. After a whirlwind day at work, nothing beats checking off to-do items that you managed to wrangle onto the to-done list by the end of the day. Use this time to focus on what well, what didn’t, and write down any lessons learned and new tasks for tomorrow that came up during the day. When you sit down the next morning to plan the day again, you’ll have a head start.

Ready for more?

There are lots of ways to make stress something that’s more manageable. With some simple adjustments to your daily routine, you can make a positive change in how you feel during the day. Fast Company did an interesting short video which touches briefly on some of the ideas above and gives a few more. Check it out here.

Published on July 30th, 2015 in Blog

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