You should feel proud of the time, effort, and discipline you put into your work. However, if you start to experience serious fatigue, increased negativity, physical deterioration, and the other telltale signs of burnout, it could bse an indicator your body is telling you to take a break.
When you work too many hours or experience too much stress without tending to your mind and body at some point, you increase your risk of burnout. Burnout can leave anyone unable to work and function at their best for days and possibly weeks or months.
Signs that you are not giving your mind and body adequate care can include:
If you’re having trouble concentrating, consider taking a short break. Go for a walk; assess if your body would benefit from a meal, healthy snack, or additional hydration. If this issue continues, ask yourself if your mind requires better fuel, or a break or two more in general. Reduce distractions and give yourself the space you need to stay focused and succeed.
Aches in your neck, shoulder, hands, or knees can indicate that you have been sitting, typing, or repeating an action for too long. Try to take time throughout the week to stretch, move, and maintain your physical well being. If you don’t care for your joints and muscles, a medical issue might force you to take time off for recovery instead.
If you are experiencing fatigue during the day, assess your regular habits. When you don’t get the doctor-recommended amount of seven to nine hours’ sleep every night, over time, you may experience both less energy and more stress during your day. Likewise, if you don’t fuel your mind and body with adequate amounts of calories and nutrition on a regular basis, you will be putting yourself at a disadvantage. You cannot perform at your best when your fuel tank is running low.
Changes in Mood.
If the stress you’re experiencing is affecting your mood, it may be a sign that you would benefit from tending to both your mind and your body. Increased anger and negativity at work or home are both signs of impending burnout. As stated above, strive to get adequate sleep each night. Exercise on a regular basis. Self-care is an important part of maintaining both your health and productivity. Strive to strike a balance between maximizing your professional progress and protecting yourself from burnout.
Burnout can be a sign that you are not managing your time effectively. When you see the symptoms of burnout, review your work habits with a mentor. Their tips for increasing efficiency and reducing your distractions will help you work smarter, not harder.
If your body is giving you signs that you need to take a break, listen. Stay mindful of your work habits; consider consulting with your mentors to determine how you can stay both healthy and productive in the long term.
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