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How to Prevent Burnout

The work/home balance is a tricky one. However, when you’re working as a senior, it takes on a whole new level, especially if you’ve stepped into a position that’s relatively new for you. As you get older, your priorities may shift. By the time you reach your golden years, personal relationships are usually at the top of the list.

In a society that often values production over happiness, the pressures of a job can take their toll, resulting in burnout. This is a collection of symptoms that can affect you when you’re overworked and overstressed, such as mental, emotional, and physical exhaustion. By making your home and work life more enjoyable, you can avoid burnout.

Co-Worker Relationships

Yes, you still care about a being productive worker, but you may realize that the best way to be productive is to build relationships with others and work together to succeed as a team.

Building relationships with your co-workers can bring new meaning to your life. Their work life is in part defined by your presence, and vice versa.

In positions where the relationship-building opportunities are kept to a minimum, employees are at greater risk of experiencing burnout. One of the best ways to prevent it is having control over your interactions with co-workers. When you’re able to build and maintain relationships with them, it makes the job more enjoyable and helps you maintain a positive workplace culture.

Workplace Culture

Preventing burnout depends on the workplace culture. Therefore, it’s crucial to consider this factor before even accepting a position. When you have a job in which you feel valued and are recognized for your efforts, it helps keep burnout at bay.

Before you make a decision, chat with some of the employees during a daytime visit and just look around. This is especially valuable when your visit is unannounced, so no preparations are made for your arrival, and employees aren’t necessarily on their best behavior. It can give you a good idea of what it’s like to work in that culture. Do people look stressed and overtired? Is everyone rushing around, or is the work done at a comfortable pace, with employees encouraged to move around and stretch every hour? Pay attention to the little things, and choose your workplace carefully.

An Even Life Balance

Finally, a good way to prevent burnout is to maintain an appropriate balance between your work and home life. That means keeping your work at work. If you work from home,  set definite hours and stick to them. If at all possible, set aside a space that’s just for your work, so when you leave that room, you’re officially off the clock.

Maintaining a healthy work/home balance can help you be more productive and able to relax when you get home, thus making you happier overall. Burnout can affect you physically, so it is best to prevent it. If you feel yourself becoming stressed from your job, consider taking some time off. Spend time with friends, get enough sleep and exercise, and eat a healthy diet to prevent the stress that snowballs into burnout.

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