Are you feeling burned out? You’re not alone! A new Visier survey showed that the pandemic created widespread remote work with employee burnout at epidemic proportions (89%), driving a major resignation rate as a result. Whether it’s because you’ve taken on more work or are having a hard time shutting down for the day—know that what you’re feeling is valid. Often it’s more of the emotional toll it takes on us versus the physical. Here are some fun ways to combat that emotional fatigue:
Get Some Vitamin D
There’s nothing like Vitamin D to help lift your spirits. Make it a point to take some time to step away from your computer and go outside daily. Go for a walk or even sit outdoors for a bit. During Daylight Savings, this will be important to stay mindful of as many will end their workday once the sun goes down after being inside all day. Make it a point to go outside (pending weather conditions) daily. Schedule it into your calendar if you need to. You’d be surprised what a difference a bit of sunshine can do for you after a difficult task or stressful meeting.
On top of sunshine, releasing endorphins is a great way to keep your spirits high. Not everyone can get a workout in daily, but one or two a week are better than none! Exercise looks different for everyone, so find something that works for you! Whether it’s running, walking, group exercise classes, or lifting weights—move your body. If you struggle with consistency, consider asking a coworker or friend to be an accountability partner.
Another important way to improve your mood is to express yourself. When we keep our thoughts to ourselves, it’s easy to spiral and amplify the situation into something bigger than what it is. If you need someone to vent to, make sure you do so. Set boundaries with your friends and family that you can vent until “x” amount of time passes so that it doesn’t consume your entire day. If you are having legitimate problems in the workplace—either with your workload or a coworker—make sure you communicate that to the appropriate party. If nothing is said, nothing will change. Remember—you must be your own best advocate to live the life you want to live.
“Our fatigue is often caused not by work but by worry, frustration, and resentment.” –Dale Carnegie