Five Ways to Avoid Burnout
by Thao Nguyen
Work, work, work, work, work, work. Contrary to the stereotype of the fat, lazy American, the employees in the US spend more than half of their waking hours working. Chances are, the actual number of hours the average American works is even higher than what the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, if we take into account the rising trend of having a “side-hustle.” Here at Polarity, our entire staff either works or goes to school full-time, works on our magazine, and has millions of other responsibilities (one of us is even a single mom!). Doing all the things we have to do and dedicating time to Polarity has been difficult, but we’ve been able to do it thanks to all the support we receive and because we’ve taken the steps necessary to take care of ourselves too. After all, getting to the top isn’t worth it if you collapse once you get there! Try following some of these tips to make sure you don’t burnout from all that you do!
1. Schedule downtime. It can be easy to get wrapped up in your work and responsibilities, but don't forget that you need to rest and relax too. Make it a habit to add some “me-time” to your schedule. Whether it’s half an hour a day, or a few hours at the end of the week, having time carved out to do something unwind will give your brain and your body the peace it needs. Running on all cylinders at all times will lead to you losing speed much faster.
2. Treat yo self. Take a little of your hard money and get yourself something nice. It doesn’t have to be grand or extravagant. Just something that will show you that you have worked hard for everything you have. Every time you look at the gift you get yourself, it’ll be a happy little reminder that your efforts are paying off. But be careful not to over treat yo self!
3. Eat and drink well. One of the first things to go once we get super busy is eating. Make sure to get three healthy meals in and to stay hydrated. Your body and your brain need the nutrients, and you’ll get tired and sick if you don’t eat. There are tons of benefits to eating healthy, from increased productivity to a better mood, eating well will only help you in your hustlin’.
4. Get active. Sitting at a desk all day does nothing good for our muscles and bones. Being sedentary will quickly lead to a decreased metabolism, terrible moods, and fatigue. Even if you aren’t working a desk job, working out for yourself (instead of doing manual labor at a job) will help get your endorphins going. These feel good hormones will give you what you to keep you going. Like eating well, there are plenty of advantages to working out that will make you work better and smarter.
5. Quit. If your job is just draining and not bringing you any joy or fulfillment, consider moving on. Working somewhere that makes you depressed and weary instead of proud and satisfied is the quickest way to burnout. Obviously, quitting isn’t always an option in this economy, but do make it a point to look for another job. The search will give you hope and drive to continue on. The idea of finding a career will be enough to get you through a mundane work day.