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Burnout When Working From Home

Burnout When Working From Home

Working from home does not necessarily mean we are enjoying life and can’t be in stress. Work can feel dull and monotonous as there is comparatively less movement or change of scenery.

With most interactions becoming virtual, one can feel trapped in this scenario with nothing to look forward to.

Burnout And The World Health Organization

  • According to the World Health Organization, Burnout is classified as an occupational phenomenon, also known as vital exhaustion.
  • It is a syndrome resulting from chronic workplace stress and anxiety, causing physical and mental problems.
  • The symptoms include energy depletion, exhaustion, increased mental distance, a negative outlook towards one’s job and diminished productivity.

Set Boundaries Between Work and Personal Activities

  • If possible, have separate places for work, rest or discussion when working from home.
  • Make yourself a mini work area in the corner of the room rather than working all over the house on your laptop.
  • Set boundaries with your family and loved ones, letting them know the times you would be working.
  • Have a ritual like doing some exercise, going for a jog, followed by a bath to set your mind in ‘work mode’ while establishing a time gap, to transition yourself to work. This emulates the office commute and gets you in your mental work zone.

Recover From WFH Burnout

If you already feel burnt out:

  1. Go for a walk and sit alone for a while.
  2. If that is not possible, go take a shower and provide your thoughts with some space.
  3. Turn off the screens around you and do something that brings you joy.
  4. Avoid smoking/drinking.
  5. Connect with your loved ones.
  6. Get some exercise
  7. Do a self-care activity.
  8. Try to work smart, not hard.
  9. Practice mindfulness.
  10. Do a gratitude exercise that focuses on the positive.

WFH Burnout Symptoms

Burnout is experienced in a different shade at home, where the symptoms tend to be tiredness, confusion, forgetfulness, frustration and anger. As the mood starts to dip slowly, the mind reaches a low state, from which it is hard to climb back.

Taking a vacation is a great idea, to begin with, even if you don’t really go anywhere. The idea is to take a break from your work.

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