Feeling burned out at work? Here's how you can take back your life.
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If your only friends are your friends at work, it'll be more challenging to avoid work on evenings and weekends. If you do have coworkers as close friends, consider setting some boundaries around work talk.
Try to avoid getting drawn into office drama, as it will increase the time you spend talking and thinking about work.
Speak up when your workload is too much. Tell your boss if you are stretched too thin or when you regularly work too many hours. Talk about what you can reasonably get done in a week.
Also, don't say yes to everything. If you have a hard time saying no, don't respond immediately. Instead say, "Let me get back to you", or, "Let me think about that."
If the nature of your industry is causing daily stress or you're putting in 80-hour weeks, and you still can't manage to complete your work, it might be worthwhile to change companies or careers. And that is fine.
Think about what you want your life to look like in a few years. Consider how you would feel if nothing changed.
After a productive and long day of work, remember to say yes to the activities that contribute to your overall well-being.
Eat something nourishing, move your body, do something relaxing to make you feel more human.
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If you’re actively feeling overwhelmed you first need to calm down. Close your eyes for a minute. Focus on breathing deeply. Count your breaths. An alternative is to get a little physical exercise. Take a walk.
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Start by finding a high-priority task that you feel you can complete in a short period of time. Clear the decks for action and put away any other distractions.
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