Overcoming Workplace Stress and Burnout
Stress is inevitable, and work-related stress is unavoidable. It can take a toll on you emotionally, physically, and mentally. If left untreated, stress can lead to burnout, which is an institutional concern. Stress, however, is a necessary emotion, and learning to cope with it is important. If used correctly, stress can benefit your business. Blogger Larry Lewis says stress is “the key determinant in well being, quality of life and successful aging.” Consider these tips to avoid work-induced stress and burnout:
Rate your Stress Level.
In order to really know how stressed you are, you need to take five minutes to sit down and take a survey. Answer the questions for this questionnaire and follow the directions to score your stress level.
Cultivate Healthy Habits: S.E.E. (sleep, exercise, eat).
S.E.E. yourself being happy and healthy. This means you need a good amount of sleep each night, you need to exercise daily, and eat healthy meals. These are essential in living a healthy, stress-free life. =
Everyday we are overloaded with information from the time we drive to work and turn on our alarm before falling asleep. The increasing use and emphasis of technology only increases the potential for stress and burnout. Rule number one: tech time-outs at work. As a busy employee, the emails you receive from friends, colleagues, management, and clients can cause stress and burnout. Depending on your job, you can choose two or three times to check your email each day. Stick to the times you pick and you’ll become more productive and efficient. Rule number two: tech time-outs at home. Leave your work at work and your personal life at home. This means not checking your work email at home, not accepting business-related calls, etc. Establishing these boundaries will decrease the amount of work-related stress in your life.
Make 3 Goals.
Now that you’ve taken a survey, seen yourself being healthy, and established work boundaries, you are ready to make three goals. Setting goals helps with motivation and attention-span, something that can be lost when feeling stressed or burnt out. Remember the three P’s: personal, professional, and passion. Make three different goals based on these three areas in your life, and you’ll have the care and energy to keep going when you feel down.
Remember that stress is inescapable but manageable. If you’re feeling stressed or burnt out, always ask for help from your supervisor. It is better to get help than to struggle through a rough patch.
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