The last thing you want to do is burnout at work. Not only will your productivity decline, but you’ll experience a decrease in happiness and mental health. In these times, it can be particularly challenging to give yourself a break, with vacations on hold and normal schedules disrupted. Here are four things you can do to keep yourself sane and maintain your mental health at work:
1. Use Those Sick Days
We have normalized only taking time off if we are super ill or taking an out-of-town vacation. The pandemic and working from home has changed this, and as a result, many people have PTO and sick days piling up. You don’t need a tropical cruise to take a day off. A random Wednesday or Monday for a long weekend can help you avoid burnout. Take time to schedule appointments, cook meals for the week, run errands, or finally finish that book you’ve had for months. Taking time for yourself allows you to recharge and come back to work refreshed and with a clear mind.
2. Ask For Help
Don’t be afraid to reach out for support! Thinking about what tasks you can outsource or have someone else take off of your plate is essential for your wellbeing and your company’s growth. At AdvantEdge Workspaces, becoming part of the shared workspace community means you gain access to different types of support. From simple administrative tasks to tech support and mail services, the AdvantEdge team is here for you. Help your business and yourself by working in a space with built-in support systems and other amenities that will make the workday easier.
3. Turn Off the Computer
Without long commutes or activities going on, it can be too easy to work into the night, wake up earlier, or answer emails after dinner. Notify your colleagues about what time you plan to go offline each day. Fully shut down your computer, or move it into a room where you won’t see it after work hours. Try to still take a lunch break, and go for a walk or read. Working in these unusual times doesn’t have to mean working more- it just takes a bit more effort to balance.
4. Small Moments of Self-Care
Taking even five minutes for yourself during the day can be the difference between burnout and staying in the right mindset at work. Put reminders on your calendar every few hours to take a small chunk of time and do something for yourself. It can be anything from a walk without a phone to a short meditation. Click here for seven simple ways to practice self-care throughout your day!
As we make our way through the winter months, do not forget to focus on your wellbeing at work! Burnout is not the sign of a hard-worker. The best employee is someone who is balanced, productive, and ready to work each day. Find out how the AdvantEdge community can help you avoid burnout by clicking the button below!