The lockdown has blurred the lines between work and home, making it harder to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Here you’ll find some tips to avoid burnout!
This year has been tough for everyone: whether you’ve been working like dog or mentally exhausted due to the well-known circumstances we all had to go through this year, you need a break. We all deserve to unwind and actually make use of the holidays to relax, but I know this doesn’t come easy for some of us. For this reason, here’s some advice from experts to actually cool off and start 2021 with renewed energies and enthusiasm.
Reconsider your work-life balance and set some boundaries
In the digital area when we seem to be available 24/7, it is often difficult to take a break from work. Make sure to establish your schedule, create a separation between work time and home time –if possible, use a separate area to work at home. Don’t answer work-related emails or calls during the leisure time you have established and let your coworkers know when you can be contacted.
Stay away from electronics
A couple of weeks ago I went to have dinner with a friend and I decided I would leave my phone at home so I couldn’t be contacted. I was actually able to connect with my friend, the food, the place and it felt liberating. I wonder why we don’t do that more often. Switching off from technology helps reduce stress and it gives you the opportunity to notice your feelings and listen to your thoughts. Constantly checking our phones only creates anxiety and dependence. Whether you want to have some reflection time or you prefer to spend some quality time with your loved ones, experts recommend trying to schedule some time off your phone and laptop a day. Make a list of the things that you’d prefer to do and stick to your new routine.
Connect with nature
Spending time outdoors is an amazing way to unwind. If you are lucky enough to be near nature or have a garden, breathe some fresh air, listen to the sound of nature –the wind, the birds, the trees–, try to concentrate on the little things that go unnoticed like the smell of grass or the sun on your face. If you live in a city, you could try going to a park and sitting on the grass for a while, take off your shoes and feel each blade of the grass on your skin. Nature has a restorative effect that we often forget in this technological world where everything fast and shallow.
You won’t appreciate how precious the time we spend awake is, unless you have slept well. We seem to forget that the whole point of sleeping is to repair and recover our bodies and minds. What’s more, not sleeping enough goes against nature –human beings are the only animals in the world that willingly deprive themselves of sleep and we underestimate how prejudicial this is for us. Make sure you schedule your sleep and get at least 8 hours of shut-eye.
Inhale through the nose slowly and deeply and hold your breath for one or two seconds, when you exhale count to four. Do it several times until you stop breathing in quick shallow breaths, this will reduce your anxiety.
Feel at home
Make your home as warm as you can: include decorations, get some candles, use bath bombs, put your favorite record on. This will make you feel more comfortable if you are spending Christmas at home.
We all deserve to unwind after such an eventful year, so do your best to relax and start the year with new goals and full of positivity.
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