Maintaining a healthy work-life balance has never been harder. We’re expected to devote a third of our lives to work, and technology means that we are able to – and encouraged – to carry our work with us everywhere we go, 24/7.
It’s no wonder that so many of the workforce regularly experience signs of burnout. We live unhealthy, stress-ridden lives, in which we worry about our jobs, the future of our company, even the industry we are part of.
That is why it is more important than ever before to find ways to identify and prevent burnout before it can even occur. Because if burnout does happen, it can do irreparable harm – not just to our careers, but our long-term mental and physical wellbeing as well.
Stress, dissatisfaction, depression, and much more – these are some of the early warning signs that can be a prelude to burnout. We have to take care of our minds, and this can be achieved in several ways: meditation, taking the time out to devote ourselves to our hobbies and favorite pastimes, and, most importantly, talking to professionals who understand the goings on of the human mind.
We all have issues we are struggling with, and it is vital to talk them out with someone who understands and doesn’t judge us. Thankfully, psychology and psychiatry are no longer associated with negative disorders of the mind – it is now common practice for people to visit therapists.
Taking Regular Time Off
It can be difficult, especially for workaholics, to realize that they can – and should – take time off from work. No matter how important they are to the company, it will somehow still find a way to survive without them for a week or two.
This doesn’t even need to be a full vacation – a weekend, or sometimes even a single day off can be enough to recharge. You don’t even need to have a plan or activity lined up for it – a quiet day of binge-watching your favorite TV shows, or going out with your friends, can suffice.
Exercise doesn’t necessarily mean going to the gym five times a week to get ripped. Taking a stroll around the block, getting up from your chair to stretch every hour or so, doing light morning calisthenics can also help us keep our bodies fit and healthy.
Our minds and bodies are naturally intertwined, and if one of them suffers – both of them do. Exercise prevents many problems, but it also helps us keep our immune system up, feel better about ourselves, and it is a great activity where you can easily track your progress and feel genuine pride whenever you reach a new milestone.