We have all been there. The breaking point. That moment where a request from a colleague – menial or major – can lead to throwing my computer out the window, hide under your desk, or even throw darts at a certain bosses picture.
So we all know this phenomenon as “burnout,” currently defined as a "physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress…” and unfortunately all too common in the 9-5 workplace.
Employees that strive to be team players and overachieve can find themselves fighting for a minute to breathe, allocating their time to helping their colleagues or their firm achieve the best possible outcome. As a woman, such a feeling pervades even more given the already burdensome task of thriving in a male-dominated industry. Even the slightest display of selfishness or individual contribution is met with those judgmental looks.
The results can be detrimental mentally, emotionally, nutritionally and will ultimately claim even the most vigilant of employees.
Sound familiar? Regardless of your gender, are you ready to stop the cycle?
The key is hard and fast prioritization. What do you value most as the clock strikes 9AM? How can you accomplish your own objectives with the constant asks from colleagues for your assistance? The good news is there is hope! Here are some things to start incorporating into your daily schedule:
Meditate: Sigh. This is a tough one to get into. You don’t need to do a three hour session. To start: try setting aside even 5 minutes in the morning before you leave for work. 5 minutes to close your eyes, focus on your breathing and acknowledge your presence. “Daily declarations:” like repeating “it’s going to be a good day” “I am capable.” These help you get into the right mindset.
Exercise: Who does that? Just kidding. For everyone it is different. It can be yoga, run/ walk to start or end the day-maybe a dance party in your living room. Some form of activity with help with your heart. Body and mind health need to take a front seat to that 100th burrito of the year. Even getting some vitamin D outside for 25 minutes can help recharge those batteries in ways a cup of java never can.
Unplug: This one is important. If you’re like me and at the computer or on the phone dealing with high stress/demands—be sure when you go home to find a way to not be attached to your phone. Put it aside or turn it off. Try not to be “on” at all times.