No, we’re not talking about the fully sick doughnuts you do in your mate’s Commodore (not that we condone that type of behaviour…).
The type of burnouts we’re focusing on are the work-yourself-into-the-ground, all-consuming commitments, no-time-for-yourself kind of burnout.
You don’t have to whisk yourself away to an exclusive Byron Bay yoga retreat to slow down and take a time out from your busy schedule.
Here’s why you don’t want to burn yourself out:
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, full-time and part-time working Australians are working longer hours than ever before, with overtime and overworking becoming the norm.
Let’s get real – burning yourself out makes you less productive, less happy and could even lead to health risks (and a higher dosage of prescription meds – ew).
To save yourself from taking on too much, here’s some quick and easy tips to make sure you’re not going to overdo things:
- Have a routine – create manageable task lists – it’s so satisfying ticking them off! Set aside the time and stick to it and don’t let yourself be distracted by other jobs that need doing, just jot them down on paper and get to it later.
- Practice meditation – it doesn’t have to be the ‘om’ type either, grab a colouring in book (have you seen the new adult ones? Amazing! We’ve recently acquired a Harry Potter one…) or simply listen to your favourite music – let your mind wander and relish the time out. Check out Headspace and download the handy app to get you on your meditation journey.
- Sleep – get at least 7 hours a night to increase your health benefits. You wouldn’t expect your car to run with no fuel, so you shouldn’t expect your body to run efficiently with no sleep.
- Set boundaries – you have the power to say no (to that social outing you don’t want to go to, to covering a colleague’s workload while they duck out to get their nails done, or saying no to your in-laws adding people to your wedding list).
- Know when you need support (and ask for help). Talk to your friends, boss, human resources team or even a counsellor (this can be done through your Employee Assistance Program at work). You’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel after talking aloud to someone about your stress levels or needs.
- Press pause and have alone time after you leave work. Even if it’s for 5 minutes before you get dinner ready or play with your kids, wind down after you leave the office. Dr Adam Fraser has some really good points about The Third Space here.
- Do something completely non-work related (read that book, play that sport, see those friends) after you leave work. Join a netball team, take up boxercise or simply go for a walk to clear your head.
- Take a holiday! We’re given four weeks’ paid annual leave a year for a reason. Don’t let your accrued leave build up so much that you’re too worn out by the time you realise you need a break. To stay on budget, check out promotional flight deals at Flight Centre or have a look at The Hitlist to plan your trip. If you’re just after accomodation, good ol Airbnb or Stayz has rooms to suit any budget.
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