‘Burnout’ is the word on everyone’s lips right now- especially after the recent Buzzfeed article which went into great detail about why Millennials are the burnout generation, and how common it is for us to feel depressed, exhausted, and disengaged with work and life.
If this sounds like you, here are some top ways to avoid burnout in 2019:
How much time do you spend inside every week? If you’re like most people, you probably wake up, drive to work, spend 8 or so hours in an office, and then drive home. You may stop at the gym, but by the time you get home, it’s often already dark. This problem is even worse for people who work at home- especially during winter when most of us could use more vitamin D.
If you’re hoping to avoid burnout this year, make sure you spend more time outside enjoying nature and the fresh air. Look for fun activities- try searching for whale watching near me, and switch your treadmill workout for a run outside whenever the weather allows.
Prioritize your relationships
Often, we get so wrapped up in work and day-to-day life that we forget to prioritize the most important people in our lives. Before we know it, our romantic relationships are turning cold, and we haven’t seen our friends in months.
This year, make a conscious effort to prioritize your relationships. This may mean setting a coffee date every week with your bestie, working out with a close friend, or choosing a date night with your significant other.
Leave work at work
How are you supposed to stay fresh and motivated if you’re still replying to work emails as you go to bed? It’s crucial that you set boundaries around when you will and won’t interact with clients, your boss, and your coworkers if you’re going to avoid burnout.
Resist the habit to check your work email out of hours, and if you’ve got your work email connected to your phone, now’s the time to disconnect it.
Speaking of leaving work at work, when was the last time you took a vacation? Now’s the time to consider how you’ll use your paid time off this year, so start planning some great holidays so you’ll return to work feeling refreshed and relaxed.