Returning to work after the holidays is a little difficult for most people. It’s hard to return back to work after spending time relaxing with family and friends, eating too much, and probably sleeping in. It’s normal to feel a little sluggish after the holidays, just be aware of signs of burnout. Workplace burnout can occur for a number of reasons. You may not feel connected to coworkers or valued. Perhaps you work long, stressful hours, but you don’t feel your dedication is noted or appreciated. The best way to fight workplace burnout is to avoid it altogether.
Be Punctual In Arriving…and Leaving
You may feel tempted to get to work early and stay well after everyone else has headed home. As much as your boss may appreciate your commitment, this may also be seen as a sign that you aren’t being productive during business hours. Focus on arriving to work prepared, on time, and with a positive attitude.
Get moving and get some exercise! Even a quick 15 or 30-minute jog is enough to work out some tension you may be feeling. Even if you take the stairs instead of the elevator or park a little further away, working in exercise is possible and necessary. Making time in your daily routine for exercise is sure to uplift your mood and release stress.
Pay Attention to You
If you aren’t sleeping but a few disturbed hours every night, or if you aren’t eating well then your health and productivity are going to suffer. You can’t do good work or expect to be positive if you’re hungry or exhausted from not sleeping enough. Focusing on you, by keeping your body and mind healthy is one of the best ways to prevent burnout. Take time to eat a healthy lunch, exercise, and go to bed at a reasonable hour.
Make a point to unplug from technology when you get home from work. Take some time to not be on the computer or your phone. Many people like to mindlessly scroll through their social media as a way to relax, when in fact they are stimulating their brain. Give your brain a rest, go for a walk, cook a tasty meal, or meet friends for dinner. Spend time away from your technology. If you are getting cold sweats at the thought of disconnecting, take a breath, you don’t have to disconnect for the whole evening just give yourself time to decompress.