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8/4/2020 9:46:31 AM

How to avoid remote working burnout

Even when working from home it’s really important to occasionally check in with ourselves - don't believe all the Insta-hype you've been seeing over the last few months. If you’ve been remote working during lockdown, the endless stream of emails, Zooms and conference calls can cause a burnout just as serious as any office-based burnout.

It's widely agreed, most remote workers are more productive than their office counterparts. Working from home means fewer distractions, more flexible working hours, and less time commuting and getting ready for work. There are no traffic jams or office dramas to contend with either. Sounds like a perfect arrangement, so why do we sometimes hit a remote working wall? 

Remote workers can - and must - turn just about any spot into an office. While that's its own form of liberty, working while traveling the world, visiting your folks or propped up in bed in your pyjamas also means that there’s no commute, no titillating gossip and no chatting over coffee with your favourite colleagues. On top of that, remote working blurs the lines between work and personal life, often leading to working too much and too long. If there’s nobody around to tell you to take a break, chances are you won’t figure it out until it’s too late. 
 

Symptoms of burnout 

Here are some common symptoms of burnout to look out for:
 
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Low mood
  • Irritability
  • Gastric unrest
  • Headaches
  • Poor job performance
  • Inability to focus or self-motivate

What to do

Know yourself

Something as simple as taking a day off, going for a bike ride or having a fun night out with friends can help to take the edge off, so schedule free time on your calendar, as you would schedule a meeting. Stick to it, too. It's crucial to take the time you need for yourself and you need to learn to recognise when to take it. You'll return to work refreshed and energised.
 

Focus on your passion project 

There's no two ways about it, your job is an all-consuming endeavor, so it’s important that you’re passionate about the work you do. The more successful you are, the more time you will be asked to contribute toward your enterprise, so keep focussed on the aspects of your work that you find rewarding.
 

Play hard

Avoid burnout by discovering a hobby you can immerse yourself in for a few hours a week, preferably out of the house. When enjoying yourself doing something completely separate from your work day, you’re not thinking about your job and are, instead, finding therapeutic release.
 

Sleep it off

If you aren’t confined to an office, have a 20-minute nap if you’re feeling overworked. It’s far better for you than a caffeine hit. Naps have been proven to improve concentration and productivity so there's not need to feel guilty about catching some Z's either!
 

Don't got it alone

If you're worried about your mental health, read our recent blog for some helpful tips on balancing working from home with your mental wellbeing. Don't be afraid to seek help either; sometimes talking to someone is all the help we need. Follow this link for NHS resources on mental health. 
 

Best avoided

Speaking of caffeine, combining it with stress and sugar are a bad idea. Caffeine can make anxiety exponentially worse and cause havoc with your digestive system, which can result in increased sweating, urination, and so on.

Energy drinks are the worst offenders as they contain alot of sugar and caffeine, both of which can have unpleasant side effects and compound stress. 

When it comes to alcohol, what about a glass of wine or two at the end of the day? Well, a couple of drinks is fine, especially when enjoying it over a nice meal. Moderate alcohol intake can even be good for you.

However, if you are beginning to burn out, alcohol temporarily masks your symptoms and lulls you into a sense of wellbeing. Habitually having a drink at the end of the day might not be in your best interest. 
 

We're here to help

If you have friends, family or loved ones worrying about work and income, please pass on our contact details. We can help them find work now, along with securing work for them once the virus passes. 

This is a challenging time filled with uncertainty and anxiety but we have the capability, procedures, systems and technology to help. 

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