Ever feel that deep sense of emotional and physical exhaustion that makes you feel like you just can't do your job anymore? Job burnout is an all-too-common occurrence in the workplace, and, according to some experts, it may be on the rise. A child care training provider should prepare you to overcome workplace burnout.
"There's no question that we're at greater risk of burnout today than we were 10 years ago," Ron Friedman, author of "The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace," told Harvard Business Review. "In large part, it's because we're surrounded by devices that are designed to grab our attention and make everything feel urgent."
If you're worried that you may become burned out at work, perhaps due to the stressful nature of your position, try the following tips to keep yourself physically and mentally healthy:
1. Exercise regularly
When you get busy, trips to the gym are probably among the first things to go. However, regular exercise has been shown to reduce stress and decrease tension, which is exactly what you need to avoid burnout. Put aside some time each day to walk around the block, practice yoga or participate in any other form of physical activity that you enjoy. Even if it's only 20 minutes, you'll likely feel the difference.
2. Engage in self-care
During times of stress, it may seem selfish to stop all of your many tasks to make time for yourself. But whether it means taking a half day to go get a massage or heading outside to read in the park, self-care is critical for avoiding burnout.
Indulging in the occasional massage, facial, manicure or other form of pampering can help prevent burnout.
3. Develop hobbies
Sometimes the best way to get your mind off of work is to focus on something else. In an article for Psychology Today, Paula Davis-Laack J.D., M.A.P.P., wrote that having a creative outlet can help you stay motivated and engaged at work.
4. Take breaks at work
When you're on the job, make sure that you take regular breaks.
"Stepping away from your computer gets you out of the weeds and prompts you to reexamine the big picture," Friedman said. "It's often in the intervals between thinking really hard about a problem and then stepping away that solutions becomes apparent."
If the weather is nice, consider walking around the block to get some fresh air.
5. Use your vacation time
There's a reason that you have vacation time. A few days away is good for your mental and emotional well-being. However, your paid time off doesn't do you any good if you don't use it. If you feel that you can't take a whole week, sometimes just spending a long weekend away every once in a while may be enough to help you feel refreshed.
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