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September 5, 2017 By Raph DaCosta

How to Avoid Post-Summer Burnout

September 5, 2017

By Raph DaCosta

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September 5, 2017

How to Avoid Post-Summer Burnout

By Raph DaCosta
Social Media Specialist

As summer draws to a close, it’s a great time to consider how you’re going to keep that chilled out attitude going now that you’re back at work. Workplace burnout is a serious issue. The Labour Force Survey found that stress accounted for 45 percent of all work days lost due to ill health in 2016. Thankfully, we have some handy tips to help you bounce back when burnout strikes.

Take a break between tasks

When you’re working non-stop all day it’s easy to feel burned out. Instead, take a five minute break between tasks to recharge your batteries. You can use this time to get a drink or a snack and stretch your legs so that you’re pumped up and ready to go when it’s time to get back to work.

Another advantage of taking breaks between tasks is that you get a little bit of time to just sit and think. When you’re away from the distraction of smartphones and computer screens, your brain comes up with its very best ideas. One study found that participants who had spent time becoming bored came up with more creative solutions to a puzzle than their non-bored counterparts. Try to fit moments of ‘scheduled boredom‘ into your working day, and watch your creativity soar while your stress levels plummet.

Reevaluate your goals

A brilliant way to avoid burnout and reset for the fall is to remember why you’re working so hard in the first place. Once a week, sit down in a quiet spot and make a list of the things you’d like to achieve both personally and in the workplace.

When reevaluating your goals, remember to be kind to yourself. Big steps like landing a promotion are long term goals, so stop berating yourself for not achieving them quickly. Instead, break those big goals down into smaller, manageable ones. For example, you can break down ‘landing a promotion’ into more achievable goals like ‘help my teammate learn a new skill’ or ‘put myself forward for an important task”. You’ll find that when you achieve these smaller goals, you’ll get a boost to your self-esteem and avoid burning yourself out on an insurmountable challenge.

Ask for help when you need it

For remote workers and digital nomads, the biggest risk to their wellbeing comes from a lack of communication. A lack of feedback from your line manager in a regular office would drive you absolutely nuts, so why subject yourself to the same issue while you’re working elsewhere? When help and reassurance isn’t easily accessible, employees can become frustrated and end up feeling burnt out.

Make sure you find a tool (like join.me!) that bring the connectivity and social atmosphere of an office to any location imaginable, from professional co-working spaces to cosy home offices. You can relax in whatever environment you choose without sacrificing the ability to check in with your line manager whenever you need their guidance on a project.

Returning to work after a summer full of long weekends and relaxing days at the beach can sometimes seem daunting, but with the right tools you can avoid falling back into the burnout cycle for good.

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