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How to prevent a pandemic induced burnout

Published: Wednesday 24th June 2020

Since the Covid-19 pandemic started bringing about the quarantine and subsequent lockdowns, many resources have surfaced talking about productivity and motivation. Yet while juggling restrictions and guidelines with remote work, childcare and constant changes in our daily life, we’re being exhausted in a whole new way. Here’s how to prevent a pandemic induced burnout and keep it at bay.

Set a new schedule to avoid a pandemic induced burnout

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When working from home, work is always there. Although commuting comes with certain drawbacks, it at least gives you the opportunity to decompress after work. However, as companies have now moved to working remotely, many of us are just getting up, walking a few feet, and begin the workday straight away.

To prevent a burnout, instead of starting your workday straight away, try to form a new schedule considering all the recent changes. Make any necessary adjustments to see what works bests for you and do work in a defined space, not the entire home. Moreover, make sure to define your actual working hours and communicate them to your colleagues, line manager or boss. This will help you establish a new routine, while feeling more positive and organised.

Get your priorities right

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As businesses furlough or lay off staff, employees often have to pick up extra tasks and duties. A pile of workload combined with not knowing how or where to start with can quickly stress out an employee. In this case make sure to talk to your manager and ask for clear priorities. Most managers do not want their employees to burn out, so they’ll try to be accommodating and understanding. Time management tips and tricks can also prove of great help to help you set your priorities straight.

Take care of yourself

When managing stress and anxiety, exercise along with a healthy diet can go a long way and help you maintain your work-life balance on a certain level. Exercise and a healthy diet are always good ways to ward off stress and burnout. However, remember that in times of stress it’s absolutely fine to indulge with comfort food every once in a while.

Have a change of environment

Even small changes can help keep you from feeling overwhelmed. A short walk around the block or to your nearest park can help you unwind and get back to work feeling recharged.  A small change of environment will go a long way toward helping you feel mentally refreshed.

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Shift your standards to prevent a pandemic induced burnout

It is okay to cut down on the number of tasks you’ve been working on or to say no at work regarding extra duties. As much as we might want to do everything, there’s only so much we can do within 24 hours. Therefore, it’s important to be selective about what you take on and realistic in terms of what we can achieve given the circumstances.

Power naps are rejuvenating

Twenty minutes are ideal when it comes to power napping. It will boost your energy as well as your productivity and concentration levels. Find a quiet spot, set the alarm and try to relax. Of course, if you’ve got a full one hour and thirty minutes to take a full nap, that’ even better, but also harder to achieve with most workday schedules.

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