It’s important to make self-management a priority as sorting out mental health issues with others may not always be possible during these times. Here’s what you can do to Recover from Mental Burnout and make sure it doesn’t rise again.
Organize your Work Environment
Whether you’re heading for burnout or you’re already amidst it, organizing your work environment could do wonders for you. Taking a moment to clean up your work environment ensures that only the required material is accessible and removes unnecessary distractions. Assigning a specific place at home for work & leisure can improve your productivity levels drastically. Allotting specific places for work and play signals your brain when it’s work time and playtime.
Furthermore, if you’re at your wit's end, struggling to get up and start working, cleaning up & organizing your workspace, study or computer could help you break away from Inertia by adding momentum.
Fixed Work Schedule
Have you been mixing up work & leisure since the beginning of work from home. If yes, then setting boundaries could make a night and day difference for both, your productivity at work and stress levels throughout the day. Plus, adding little breaks in-between work can keep you refreshed and motivated.
Breathe & Be at Ease
Can’t work anymore? Exhausted? But still, have work remaining? Give yourself the gift of relaxing with activities such as meditation, yoga, and listening to music. Taking a break to relax can boost your productivity levels and help develop healthy coping mechanisms. If you’re running out of time, an instant relaxation technique you can try is box breathing (Inhale- Hold- Exhale)
Exercise does well not only for your body but for your mind too. It releases the feel-good chemicals in your brain and reduces your cortisol levels. Taking short breaks for exercising can be refreshing. Working from Home you can opt for exercises like Stretching, Bodyweight Exercises, and Walking around the house.
Pay Attention to Sleep
Sleep deprivation has been linked with impulsive decision-making and increased negative moods. Getting a good night’s sleep can help you feel more motivated, relaxed, and fuelled up for the day. Set a fixed schedule for sleep and avoid screen time at least an hour before sleeping.
Communicate & Socialize
Taking some time to talk to family members, co-workers and friends can be quite helpful and de-stressing. May it be through video call, phone, or in person. Also, who knows, maybe you could be doing a big favour to other co-workers by talking about the excessive workloads. They might be going through the same as you are.
Adopt an Optimistic Mind set
Taking on a task with an optimistic mind set increases the likelihood of completing that task. Staying indoors and working for days together can take a toll on any person after a point. But approaching work with negativity is not going to make the task at hand any easier, on the contrary, it could lead to more frequent burnouts.
Working from home can be quite beneficial if done properly and could improve your work quality and add extra time for yourself. After all, you’re saving all that time taken to get ready and commute. By inculcating self-management & self-discipline in your lifestyle you end up with time for things that matter in your life. Remember, Balance is not something you find but rather create.