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Burnout, work-related stress and the art of self-care

  • Publish Date: Posted about 2 months ago

The way we work now has given employees more autonomy over how and when they work. But with technology added to the mix, some will inevitably feel that they are permanently in work mode, adding to existing stress and pressure at work.

Work-related stress and burnout can occur when someone has felt under a lot of pressure at work for a sustained period.  It can display itself in a number of ways, but the most common symptoms include a lack of energy, feeling anxious and physical symptoms like headaches and stomach aches. 

Learning how to manage your stress is key, together with prioritising time to care for yourself and your mental health. 

April is stress awareness month – The Stress Management Society advocates ‘Little By Little, A Little Becomes A Lot’ so making some small changes can help towards improving your overall wellbeing. 

Here are a few self-care ideas you can adopt to help reduce your stress levels: 

Take your annual leave
It’s important to have time away from work when you can slow down. Try not to answer emails – it can be hard, especially when you’re always available and contactable (in theory) but you’re not switching off from work mode if you continue to engage with work communications. If you must check your emails, try and set aside a dedicated 10 minutes or so per day to check for anything urgent and then switch off your phone! 

Get some sleep
The importance of getting enough sleep can’t be underestimated. Zzzzzz….

Move around
Movement and exercise is known to release ‘feel good’ chemicals that can help improve your mood. Improving your fitness is always a good thing too. It can also distract you from negative thought patterns. Even a small amount will help…

Try and do something for fun
Do something that makes you happy, whether that’s baking, bike riding, meeting friends or curling up with a good book. Make time for you. 

Ask for help
Probably the most important – ask for help. Find support from your HR team, line manager, partner, family, and friends. 

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