Beat Burnout with Massage
Experiencing workplace stress for prolonged periods can lead to burnout. To avoid its symptoms, prioritize self-care. Replenish your physical and emotional energy, along with your capacity to focus, by prioritizing good sleep habits, nutrition, exercise, social connection, and practices that promote well-being, like meditating or getting a relaxing massage.
Have you been experiencing burnout and want to learn how to avoid it in the future and remain productive?
Burnout is the state of mental, emotional, and physical exhaustion that occurs when you experience long-term stress. Feeling overwhelmed and drained can easily lead to burnout and cause you not to perform well in your day-to-day activities.
Burnout can look a lot of different ways, including:
- Feeling trapped, stagnant or defeated
- Isolating yourself from loved ones
- Feeling constantly drained and tired
- Change in appetite or eating habits
A recent survey found that 77% of employees have experienced burnout, especially at work. And with more people working from home, the stresses from mixing work and home life don’t help. It’s crucial to find a healthy balance so you don’t feel overwhelmed and can keep up with your to-do list.
If you want to avoid burnout and deal with your tasks, these four tips are sure to help you get started.
Take Regular Breaks
Even though you feel stressed about certain things in your life, it’s vital to take regular breaks and make that a standard for your day-to-day. When you have a lot of tasks to check off your list, it can make you feel like you can’t step away from your responsibilities. But this only leads to more burnout and more stress.
As backwards as it might sound at first, you need to step away from your work to finish it. Whether you’re running a podcast or cleaning the house, if you’re working from morning until evening with little break time in between, you’re setting yourself up for burnout.
Your body and mind need adequate rest and refueling throughout the day to perform at their best. You can’t expect to run at 100% if you don’t give yourself the time you need to rejuvenate yourself and feel ready to return to your tasks.
Organize Your Time
Do you spend each day checking off tasks as you feel like completing them, without a clear itinerary? You don’t need to plan each little thing you do during the day, but having some sort of routine to follow can help you prevent burnout.
Many people thrive by organizing their time based on their energy levels. When they feel motivated, they work. When they can’t focus, they step away. For those who work from home especially, completing tasks based on energy proves useful and productive.
Create A Dedicated Workspace
If you struggle to stay productive with work tasks, consider the space you work in. Whether you work from home or an office in a building, it’s crucial to create an optimized workspace that encourages efficiency.
Some elements to consider when designing your workspace include:
- Color scheme
Depending on your tastes and preferences, you can create an office space that reflects your personality and makes you excited to get work done. Feel free to spice up the area with plants, inspirational quotes or sayings, favorite books and photos of pets or family.
Analyze Your Priorities
Another common reason why so many people experience burnout is that they fail to prioritize their tasks. They focus on doing the wrong things and end up neglecting their most important responsibilities.
To avoid wasting time on meaningless tasks, it’s vital to prioritize your time and learn how to spend it wisely. There are many ways you can reevaluate your priorities so that you see growth and check off the items on your list.
First, take a break from screens and technology. Too much screen time can negatively impact your sleep schedule, worsen your mood and give you FOMO (fear of missing out).
It’s also crucial to set healthy boundaries with yourself and other people without feeling guilty. If you need to take time away from work for your mental health, do it. Use your vacation time to recharge and feel better about how your body and mind feel.
Over To You
Learning how to avoid burnout is a game-changer for your mental health, productivity, motivation and much more. When you feel mentally exhausted, it impacts every other part of your life. It’s crucial to learn how to manage your stress so it doesn’t become a perpetual issue. How do you deal with burnout and stay productive?
Massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being. Start incorporating massage into your self-care routine! Visit our Facebook page for more information and schedule your appointment at 949.336.1089.