Strategies for avoiding burnout

If you’re working more than 40 hours a week while balancing family and social commitments,stress management may become a major issue in your life. And if you’re constantly feeling overwhelmed, odds are you’re not going to be able to offer your best performance at your job.

To help readers out with this issue, Huffington Post scribe Carson Tate – who’s also a prominent member of management consultancy Working Simply – offered a few tips for workers who are having difficulty staying excited about their jobs.

Take a day off 
Tate notes that working every day of the week – and by “working” she includes checking email and attending to household chores – may increase you’re odds of becoming overwhelmed and disinterested in your daily life. If you take a proper day off, it’ll help you get the mental and physical rest needed to be more engaged with your professional life during the other five or six days a week you’re focusing on getting things done.

There may even be health-oriented reasons for taking a so-called “mental day,” according to an article in Fox News. If work stress is preventing you from getting a good night’s sleep, or you’re feeling excessively moody or indifferent, it might be a good time to ask your boss for the type of day Tate describes.

Change things up a bit
If the way you’re currently going about taking care of work and other matters is leaving you stressed and moody all the time, it’s possible that a rearrangement of your schedule may help reduce stress. Tate notes that If your way of maintaining your schedule isn’t working, “challenge the status quo.” She specifically notes that if a weekly staff meeting has been traditionally held with all the participants seated in a conference room, there’s no reason not to change that up.

Even Wired magazine recently proclaimed that “sitting is our generation’s smoking” in light of the fact that the average American currently spends more time sitting than he or she does sleeping. The source encourages people to take what it calls “walkntalks,” to decrease the amount of time managers and employees spend on their tooshes. So-called “walkntalks” could resolve the conflict between the need to be productive and taking actions that may be beneficial for the health, notes the source.

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