Beating Burnout: How to Get Motivated at Work

By Genevieve Cunningham

Becoming unmotivated or even bored at work is a natural phenomenon. It doesn’t mean you’re bad at your job or even that you’re at the wrong job. It just means you’re human. While we all have bouts of super motivation and productivity, we all suffer from that burnout on occasion, as well. In order to stay happy and healthy physically, emotionally, and mentally, it’s important to keep the burnout to a minimum. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed at work, take a look at these tips for beating burnout and getting motivated all over again.

Take Time Off

A huge percentage of American workers don’t use their vacation time regularly. In fact, more people are likely to hold onto their sick days and vacation days until they’re in a use them or lose them situation. If you’re feeling down about work, take a day or two off. Work will survive without you, and honestly, you completely deserve to enjoy your life. This might give you a chance to rest, relax, and get your mind ready to get back in the game.

Add Movement to Your Day

Sitting or standing in the same position all day long can contribute to that burnout feeling. Not only will your body get tired and sore, but it can make the day feel longer as well. If it’s possible, add regular movement in your day. A walk around the office or the block, a five minute break for stretching … this kind of activity can help recharge your batteries, loosen your muscles, motivate your mind, and break up the day into smaller parts.

Stay Positive

Don’t forget that you have a job in a time when many others don’t. Make a list of the things that you like about your job, and focus on those to help you get back on track. It also helps to stay away from the negative people in the office. Every office has them, and they will only bring you down and make you feel worse about life. Instead, hang out with those who speak and act in a positive manner, or even better, be that person for someone else.

Getting down and out at work is normal, but it doesn’t have to last. With a few minor changes to your attitude and lifestyle, you may be able to find your motivation and improve your productivity. Not only will you enhance your efficiency in the office, but you’ll also improve your mental, physical, and emotional well-being in the process, leaving you healthier and happier than ever.

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