How to look after your wellbeing when working full-time

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Cases of work burnout have been growing around the world, with as many as 10 million said to be suffering in recent UK studies. This has been exacerbated over the last two years by the global Covid-19 pandemic and reinforced by The Great Resignation, where burnout is cited by employees as the main reason for leaving their workplace.


Whilst many of us thought that hybrid or remote working would offer a remedy to burnout, it has in fact highlighted other challenges that need to be considered. Many companies have been spurred into taking action by the ongoing wave of resignations, and are making serious efforts to remedy employee burnout, as is their duty.


We as individuals also need to take steps to ensure our well-being in the workplace.


Even if you’ve never experienced work-related stress before, burnout is something that can creep up on you so it’s important that you set an intention to look after your wellbeing at work. Below are our tips to combat burnout when working in a demanding, full-time role.


Listen to your body.

We often feel pressure to tick every box and fit everything into our already busy lives. If you wake up feeling tired, you don’t have to drag yourself to the gym and you can give yourself that extra 30 minutes in bed. We don’t have to be everything all the time. Do what makes you feel good and don’t feel guilty about it.


Set aside planning time each morning

A regular morning routine where you spend even 5 minutes to plan your day can do wonders. This will help you be more mindful of your time and set yourself up for a successful day. You could spend this time setting your goals for the day, or prioritising your workload, be it over a cup of coffee, or during your morning commute.


Take regular breaks

Yes, you should regularly take 5 minutes away from your computer to rest your eyes, grab a hot drink, or get some fresh air. That’s a given, but it’s not what we are talking about here. We mean regular holidays, even if it’s just a long weekend when you do not look at your work emails and truly take some time to switch off. Plan your annual leave throughout the year to give yourself time to recharge the batteries.


Get some fresh air and don’t forget to breathe

Getting fresh air every day is essential for our mental and physical wellbeing, especially when many of us spend extended periods of the day inside busy offices. If you don’t have a morning commute, get yourself outside for a walk when you would be commuting, or take a walk on your lunch break. While you are out there try practising conscious breathing which can really bring you to a state of calm.


Ask for help

If you are feeling overwhelmed and overworked, turn to the leaders in your business for support. All too often, we feel we have nowhere to turn when the pressure is on at work and many of us resign when things have gone too far without asking for help. This need not only apply in a work setting. Do reach out to friends, family or a professional if you don’t feel you can tackle things alone.


Set boundaries

Unless agreed with your employer for particularly busy seasons in your line of work, working overtime shouldn’t be the norm. Ensure you’re intentional about setting boundaries with yourself and others so that you’ll start and finish work when you’re supposed to. All of us understand there may be a need to keep an eye on emails at certain times out of hours, but it’s important to find the balance if you are working out of hours and make sure it doesn’t become a habit.


Stay connected and don’t forget to have fun

We are social creatures so even the simple act of feeling connected to our colleagues makes a huge difference. In addition, when you are busy with work is when it’s most important make time in your social life for friends and family whose company makes you happy. Plan a work brunch, a pamper session with a friend, play sports, or send a feel-good gift to a friend.


Finding a balance between work and your personal life is possible. Try implementing just one change to ensure you look after your wellbeing.


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Author Rebecca Siciliano Tiger Recruitment Team

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