How to Avoid the Work From Home Burnout
How to Avoid the Work From Home Burnout
The work from home burnout is real and much more common as the majority of us have been working from home since March 2020. The struggle comes from the lines being blurred between work and home. It can be very difficult to separate the two. Especially if, like me, you’re not really leaving the house and you tend to work in either the living room or the kitchen and then try to relax in the same room once 5pm hits.
To help you avoid the work from home burnout, I’ve put together a list of my top 5 tips that are manageable to achieve and have helped me during the 3rd lockdown.
1. Work from different rooms in the house
I find sitting in the same room day in and day extremely dull. I mainly work in the kitchen, so not only do I eat breakfast, lunch and dinner here but I also work here and I’ll sit in the same spot on weekends to blog too. So, a change of scenery is almost always needed and really helps boost my productivity. Spending a couple of hours working in the living room or even from my bed helps me to relax a bit more and get more done too. Then, afterwards, I can head downstairs and actually relax in the kitchen rather than the room reminding me of work. So, if you can, switch it up and work from different places for a bit of variety and avoid getting stuck in a rut.
2. Take regular breaks
This is something I, and many others I’ve spoken to, really struggle with. But, taking regular breaks throughout the day is essential and normal too! I don’t know why, since working from home, people think that if they take breaks then they’re seen as lazy. If you appear offline for a few minutes, I doubt your boss is going to care or even notice. Or, if you don’t respond to a message or an email instantaneously, again, no one is going to care!
If we were all at work as normal, you wouldn’t be glued to your desk for 8 hours a day. You’d have bathroom breaks, coffee breaks, socialising breaks, long lunches and even trips to the pub. So, make sure you take your full lunch break every day, away from the computer, go outside and get some fresh air, take the dog for a walk, watch an episode of your favourite show and give yourself a well-earned break.
3. Plan something for the evening
Planning something for the evening is super important as it’ll give you something to look forward to throughout the day! Whether it’s trying out a new recipe, reading a new book, having a pamper evening, getting a takeaway or binge-watching your favourite show having a plan to do something you genuinely enjoy really helps you to keep going.
4. Get in some form of exercise
Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve got back into doing my virtual PT. And, while it’s usually the last thing I want to do after a long day, I always feel so much better for it. Don’t take me wrong, I really have to push myself to do a workout. I moan about it the entire time, cursing my PT whenever he makes me do a burpee haha. But, the benefits I feel after definitely makes it worth it. So, try to do some form of exercise every day. It doesn’t have to be a gym/PT session. It could be a walk, a run, a fun Youtube workout, a dance routine, anything that just gets you moving and active.
5. Avoid working out of hours
I’m sure we’re all guilty of this one…working outside of our normal hours to just get a task finished off. Or answering and email late in the night or a message from a co-worker. While it may seem harmless, all those extra, unpaid hours or minutes add up. And, it just means that you’re not switching off. As soon the clock hits 5, or whatever time you finish, switch off the computer, leave it in a different room and relax. Overworking yourself won’t produce better results, it’ll just make you more stress and more tired, leading to burnout.
I hope you found some of these tips useful to avoid the work from home burnout. Let me know in the comments if you’ll be implementing them in your daily life. Of, if you have any tips of your own to avoid the burnout.