Avoid Office Burnout for Better Health

Feeling burnout from your job? A burnout is not just a sign that you need a vacation, but it also is a bigger sign that you need to slow down and change your health habits. Try these changes to prevent burnouts.

What Are Your Expectations?

Sometimes it is our own expectations that get the best of us. When our own expectations do not meet our realty, then we allow ourselves to stress out and burn out more easily. Remember, everyone has to start somewhere, and it is better to remember this then to stress out about it.

Just Say No

If you are one of those people that say “yes” to everyone and everything, then you are going to burnout. If you say “yes” to too many things, then you will stretch yourself thin. Also, by committing to too many activities, you are limiting yourself to taking on the very best activities that will get you noticed for raises and promotions.

Stop the Compare Game

It is so easy to compare yourself with others. This is unhealthy on so many levels, and will cause you to stress out more than you need to. Quit comparing yourself to be better off financially, and to enjoy more happiness. If you try to keep up financially with your co-workers, you will soon find yourself stressed out from not having enough money.

Take Your Vacation Days

It is important to take your vacation days. Americans will give up roughly 226 million vacation days each year. That is a lot of missed opportunities to relax and recharge. One report even found that 48 percent of workers were happier and more positive about their current careers after taking a relaxing vacation. Don’t feel guilty about taking a vacation, and don’t let any boss or co-worker make you feel guilty either.

Get a Life Outside the Office

Don’t let your self-worth and identity be found jests in your workplace. It is important to set time aside to develop your interests and hobbies. Join a recreational sport’s team, take a fun class, or help others through volunteering. All of these activities can refresh you and help you get your mind off of work.

Take Breaks

Every day you need to set time to recharge and relax. If you are at the office all day, try to work in a walking break at your lunch to reduce stress or catch coffee with a co-worker to establish a positive relationship.

Office burnout is best avoided. Take time for yourself and prevent stress for your health and happiness.

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