Here are some self-care tactics that will help you stay on track and not develop a chronic stress disorder.
As banal as it sounds, your body needs a clear schedule in order to function properly and cope with outside factors. Healthy diet and regular sleep – instant remedies for a lot of problems. Getting enough nutrients for your body is key. Think about it – if you only sleep a few hours and don’t eat as much or as varied as you should, you are easily irritated and moody.
From there, it is only a short way away from going down the route of negative coping strategies – too much caffeine, sugar, alcohol or even drugs.
Think about your evenings – are you spending time scrolling mindlessly through social media?
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"I found myself scrolling instagram stories when I suddenly felt starving. I realised I'd been sitting like that for 4 hours"
What if you spend that time meal-prepping in advance? Is there anything that is actually stopping you from going to bed early enough to get 7-8 hours of sleep?
Be honest with yourself because sooner or later, your body will demand rest. It is better to be proactive about those little things that seem insignificant, but actually impact how you function on a day-to-day basis.
With the constant pressure coming from all around you – deadlines at work, news stories in the media, expectations of having a buzzing social schedule – it is easy to feel like everything is out of your control.
The remedy here is simple – take a deep breath, relax and learn how to switch off. The world will not fall apart if you miss Wednesday night’s news, nor when you miss Saturday drinks with your mates. Schedule some you-time which you can spend on meditating, journaling, catching up on your favourite book or going out on a nice walk. However, try not to treat it as another task on your to-do list. Start with one thing that is the easiest and most natural for you. It is all about building up healthy habits that will make you feel relaxed.
Remember, you are just a human being – not a machine. You are meant to take appropriate breaks to do something comforting, fun and relaxing.
It might not be so obvious, but how you feel around other people can decrease or increase your stress levels. Think about your working relationships. How do you feel when you have to jump on a Zoom call with your colleagues? Are you dreading going to the office? Are you going to make a cup of coffee only knowing that everyone is busy, so you won’t have to chat with them?
If you dread contact with your colleagues, it is worth assessing why that might be.
Is it because you feel a bit ashamed that you haven’t been supportive enough? Or maybe you were so busy, you ignored your colleagues and now you developed a coping mechanism that their personalities do not match yours, so you don’t enjoy spending time with them anymore?
The truth is, in order to feel good and supported in the workplace, you need to have good relationships with your colleagues. You may not always see eye-to-eye, but staying connected through regular check-ins, mentorship and collegial support are all great ways to keep your spirits up and your stress levels down.
They are your closest network when it comes to work-related problems. Therefore, if you start having symptoms of burnout and want to talk about the stress you are experiencing in the workplace, your colleagues are the ones who will understand your feelings the most.
Whilst it might be difficult at first, try and respect the differences between you and them. Recognise that some people need to talk, while others need to be alone, and accept it.
There is no easy fix to prevent or recover from burnout. It is all about working on yourself, implementing healthy habits and building stable relationships with other people. It is a journey that must start from within. The first step is to recognise that something is wrong – which is often one of the hardest. Then, you have to tell yourself that you want to do something about it. It is your mental well-being that is on the line, and therefore, there are no interim solutions.
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