HUMAN RESOURCES / JAN. 30, 2016
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5 Ways to Solve Workplace Problems (and Avoid Burnout)

Burnout is a very serious reality for many workers out there. In fact, 41 percent of the U.S workforce support that work is the number one stress factor in their lives. And stress is the number one culprit of stress.

See Also: How to De-Stress at Work

Work problems are a major cause of stress for most of us. If you’ve caught yourself ranting about work even when you are not at work, if you’ve been checking your emails as soon as you wake up in the morning and if you’ve been terrified at the notion of getting back to work every morning then you are probably in the verge of a burnout. The only way to stop a burnout from happening is by finding distractions for your mind and fighting your stress.

Here are a few ideas on how to do that. 

1. Binge-Watch Something

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All hail Netflix! You can now sit in front of the telly for hours without feeling guilty about it because you are watching Netflix. Find a show that speaks to your heart; comedies are a good idea because they can take your mind off work while having a few laughs. If, on the other hand you are more of a drama kind of person, then find a new drama to obsess over; this way you might even forget about your own drama for a while.

2. Talk to Someone

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Sometimes all you really need is a bit of human interaction. So, get someone to lend their listening ear to you and speak to them about what’s on your mind and how you feel. People want to help by nature so, you might find comfort in their effort to help you. You might also hear a few good ideas on how to deal with your problems at work, while you might also realize that your problems are not as grave as you thought they were when you hear them out loud.

3. Plan Regular Breaks at Work

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Your brain needs to rest so make sure that you plan regular breaks while you are at work. Find something exciting to do over your break so that you’ll look forward to them- this should also help you stick to them. You can treat yourself during your breaks with chocolate, or you can treat yourself to a nice chat with your colleagues. Regular intervals will help your brain be more productive and they’ll keep the burnout away.

4. Create a Balanced Schedule

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Sometimes our work problems stem from the fact that we try to multi-task. However, research has shown that multi-tasking is in fact not effective and that it should be avoided if your main goal is to be productive. What you really need in order to be more productive is a balanced schedule. Write down your tasks and responsibilities and tackle them one by one. You’ll find that this will make your work more efficient.

5. Plan for a Vacation

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There’s nothing to make us more excited than the prospect of travelling, so book yourself a vacation away from home. Even if the next available slot you can take your vacation in is months away just do it; it’ll still be worth it as you can do your research on your destination during the months that lead up to it.

See Also: Stress and Work: How Harmful Is It to Your Career?

Burnout is a serious issue and lots of people have lost their work and their lives because of it, so make sure you find what remedy suits you best and apply it sooner rather than later.

How do you deal with problems at work? Let us know in the comment section below.

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