Feeling Burned Out From Work? How To Put Your Health And Happiness First

Covid-19 has brought countless changes to the traditional work climate, and some of these changes have led to burnout among professionals and entrepreneurs. Work-related burnout and stress has become a popular topic of discussion as workers experience the physical, mental and emotional impact of burnout.

Many members of the Young Entrepreneur Council are aware of burnout and have come up with some strategies for dealing with it. Below, eight of them give their suggestions for professionals who want to start putting their health and happiness ahead of their careers.

1. Take a vacation

Take days off even if you’re not going anywhere. We’ve seen that people who have taken time off have definitely decreased in the past 18 months when people were less likely to travel during the pandemic. We encouraged the staff to keep taking days off even if it was just sitting at home and doing nothing. Everyone needs time to rest and recharge, but remembering to do it when things get stressful is tough. Talk to your direct support about when it’s a good time for you to take a week off, and then commit to actually taking that time off. – Kelsey Raymond, Influence & Co.

2. Make the activities you enjoy a part of your routine

Avoiding burnout means putting yourself first. One way to do this is to schedule one activity in your daily or weekly routine that gives you pleasure and recharges your batteries. For me, that means setting a time to exercise every day for an hour — even if it means going for a long walk. Missing a day of exercise doesn’t change your life, but you will soon be missing out on two, three, and four days. You drag yourself into work, you’re disappointed with your job, and you don’t sleep well. I’m starting to feel tired. And after that, I find it very difficult to get back into the routine of taking care of yourself. Instead of making time for yourself, set that time on your calendar at the beginning of each month and schedule work-related activities around your personal time. – Jared Weitz, United Capital Source Inc.

3. Track progress towards three personal goals

Write down three primary life goals that you want to focus on over the next few months that have nothing to do with work. Keep it in a diary that you look at first thing in the morning, as well as every night before bed. Write down, each night, how you’ve progressed toward achieving those goals. If you begin to prioritize your personal life, you may notice a significant shift in your sense of well-being over time. Although it may not happen overnight, leave it on a few weeks. I bet you’ll feel more motivated and satisfied than when you were exhausted. – Tyler Gallagher, Regal Assets

4. Adopt a 10/10/10 routine

I own a criminal defense law firm, and when the pandemic and stay-at-home orders came in, I had to do a lot of pivoting in my work. The pressure was enormous, and so I had to change the way I approached life and work into this new way of life as we stayed home more. I started a 10/10/10 routine where, before I start my day, I do 10 minutes of guided meditation and 10 minutes of blogging – which includes three things I’m grateful for, three things I love about myself, the three things I want to accomplish in it Today and some free writing to jot my thoughts down on paper (pen on paper hits differently than a keyboard). Then I finish by reading 10 minutes. I find this practice keeps me down to earth. I tend to feel relaxed when I skip a day, even on the weekends. – Jevel Lamano, Lamano Law Firm

5. Separate your work from your personal life

People need to make more effort to separate their work and personal life. This is becoming more and more difficult with the influx of remote work at home. Professionals need to try to keep a separate portion of the day for work time and another for family or relaxation time. For many, this requires a home office setup, where you’re at work while you’re in the room, but drop it when you leave the room. Sometimes you may need to leave the mobile phone behind in the home office as well. All you can do to ensure your brain is given plenty of time to relax is a big help. Doing a sport like Jiu-Jitsu can also be an excellent way to force your mind to switch poses for a few hours a day and to do the physical exercise necessary for mental health. Salvador Urdurica, Spanish Group LLC

6. Avoid putting too much pressure on yourself

If you’re starting to feel overwhelmed, you’re not alone. We all feel it to some degree. I think the most important lesson you should learn is this: Don’t get upset because you need a little time to rest. If you keep pushing yourself when you’re already feeling overwhelmed, you may be putting yourself in a situation where you have to take a long time to recover from literal exhaustion. Don’t let it get to that point. Once you start to feel the twinge of exhaustion, consider taking a long weekend away. – John Turner, SeedProd LLC

7. Make the most of getting away

Make your time away matter. Burnout is something I’ve had personal experience with. My journey as an entrepreneur began fairly young. Although I built something I was proud of, I had a time in life when I was depressed by missing out on my “normal” high school experience. So I did the hardest thing a business owner could do: I backed out. It wasn’t easy. However, when I came back with a fresh mind, I was able to take the business to bold new heights. You don’t need a lot of recovery time. If you do it right, two weeks can be more than enough. If you only have a couple of hours on the weekend, make it count, whether it’s a run, a deep tissue massage, or two hours with the most important people in your life. Things will get better and you will be sane again. – Tyler Bray, TK Trailer Parts

8. Learn to say “no”

To prevent burnout and put your mental health first, stick to saying “no” anymore. You may feel pressure to always fit in and meet others’ demands, but this can put you in a stressful situation. Instead, setting boundaries can be healthy for your mental well-being and a good work-life balance. If you are asked to take on a new task or project but you know you don’t have time on your schedule, don’t say “yes” in order to please others. It will only hurt you. Be honest about your abilities and stand up for yourself when you need to. This will help you set a standard for how others treat you so that you are not taken advantage of in the workplace. – Stephanie Wells, awesome shapes

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