Burnout: It may not be a medical diagnosis, but it’s real. Work-related stress can take a toll on the mind and body, whether you’re in-office or clocking in from home.
It’s easy to get engulfed in work or running a business. Without realizing it, you become so overwhelmed and emotionally drained that you’re unable to function. As the pandemic continues to drag out, more and more Americans are becoming burnt out. In fact, according Monster.com:
Over two-thirds, or 69%, of employees are experiencing burnout symptoms while working from home during COVID-19, a 35% increase since early May (51%).
Don’t push yourself harder or neglect your personal care and needs for the sake of doing business. Simply organizing, prioritizing and planning a little bit can save time and anguish later.
In fact, while it may be true that “unplugging” can relieve some stressors, technology can prove to be the best assistant in times like these.
Consider Your Health
Take time to exercise or take a walk in the fresh air. Exercise is not only good for our physical health, but it’s also a great emotional boost. Diet works the same way. Because what we eat plays into our emotional and physical health, spend the day filling yourself with fresh food as a pick-me-up.
If you’re not in the mood to do much of anything, that’s fine too. Good sleep habits help relieve burnout so darken the room and crawl under the covers.
Be sure you’re keeping work away from the bedroom and out of sight during your rest period. Even the greatest of business owners deserve a break.
Burnout Signs and Solutions
Exhaustion: Feeling drained emotionally? Suffering from headaches, stomachaches and appetite or sleep changes? Consider taking regular mental pauses to get a good stretch in or dance to a favorite song from your past. Isolation: You’ve stopped socializing with friends, family and co-workers because you’re overwhelmed. Try confiding in someone instead. They may not have the answers but perhaps a lunch and vent session over Zoom is all you need. Escape fantasies: If you’re daydreaming about running away or turning to a not-so-healthy vice, maybe schedule some time off and disperse your work among co-workers to prevent more pile up. Irritability: Are your day-to-day tasks starting to feel like a bit much? Maybe you’re losing your cool over the simplest of things. Before you burn any bridges, go for a walk. Find a nice spot and journal all of your woes out of your system and take time to simply breathe. Frequent illness: Stress can lower your immune system as well as lead to mental health concerns. Be sure to take your vitamins and inform your doctor of excess stress to offset these issues. Get Out of Spreadsheet Purgatory
You’ve got quotes to send and invoices to follow up on, but that doesn’t have to monopolize your entire day. If you’re still creating paper invoices, whether that’s writing it out or printing it up, it’s time to upgrade your methods and simplify your life.
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