The pandemic has certainly had far-reaching consequences for everyone across the globe. It has definitely impacted small business owners and large corporates around the world too. If you find yourself working harder than ever to achieve the same results pre-pandemic, you may feel that you are heading to an unhealthy space mentally and emotionally. Following these few guidelines can bring back a sense of normality and organization that can assist you in avoiding burnout during a pandemic or time of crisis.
Find an Activity to Get Your Blood Pumping
Exercise or moderate activity does so much for stress. It circulates oxygen, improves concentration, gives you a natural endorphin boost and channels unwanted stress into a manageable situation. You may feel more tired than usual if you are on the brink of burnout, but adding a brisk walk to your day of even only 20 minutes will improve your physical and mental health. The ability to think clearly when you are under immense pressure is aided by moderate exercise, quality sleep and a balanced diet.
Get in Quality Sleep
Sleep is underrated; the mantra of ‘sleep when you’re dead’ is one that should be carefully examined as sleep is the body’s way of healing, resetting and resting to work optimally. Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep. Upgrading your current bed with a quality option can ensure that you wake up refreshed and ready to tackle the day. Although beds can be quite expensive, you can save cash with the Cyber Monday Mattress sale and get the bed you have always wanted. Quality sleep is enhanced by a supportive mattress, a dark room and avoiding screen time before bed. Avoid checking emails on your smart device in bed when you are retiring for the night. Similarly, having a TV in your room is not conducive to a good night’s sleep either.
Spend Time Outdoors
Transform your mood by having time outdoors weekly. Exposure to fresh air and sunlight is healthy and takes your mind off pressing issues long enough for you to unwind. Finding the time get outside for even 10 minutes a day can assist you in staying focused and energetic. Sitting in front of your laptop or computer for 8 hours or more a day takes a toll on your mind, your eyes and your posture. Reenergize yourself by changing your view every once in a while, even if it is only to take a call outside of your work space. Dedicate an hour or two once a week to do an activity you enjoy that involves being outdoors. The benefits of doing this are priceless.
Connect with Family and Friends
If you are feeling stressed and close to the brink of burnout, spend time with a relative, friend, colleague or counsellor that can give you a different perspective on things. You may even find a solution to a problem that you have been grappling with. Reach out to your nearest and dearest and keep the conversation lines open. Human connection is vital to a person’s wellbeing.
Organize Your Time
Create order from a place of chaos. If you find yourself living and working amongst clutter, take the time to get rid of things that are not adding value to your life. Spending valuable energy on constantly searching for things, documents or belongings is energy wasted. Once you have got rid of clutter, start with the mental clutter. Evaluate things from a personal perspective and work on the things you know need attention. Things such as a healthy balanced diet, exercise, sleep and good relationships deserve the same energy as your business does. Once you find this work-life balance, the benefits will be numerous.