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Burn-out | Tips and prevention

Since the beginning of time, but especially since the pandemic, some employees feel overwhelmed by their workload and by the changes they have had to make or must make every day in order to comply with health regulations. Although we are beginning to see the end of this pandemic, there are still many people who are not able to pull themselves up by their bootstraps.

Burn-out is synonymous with professional exhaustion. The risk factors vary from person to person: too much stress, not enough separation between family and work, overloaded schedules, etc. But how can burn-out be prevented?

Here are 10 tips to help you:

  1. Remember that no one is expected to do the impossible: If your work pace seems to require you to be superhuman, it's probably time to slow down.

  2. Decide on a work schedule that doesn't interfere with your personal life: Working is good, but not at the cost of your personal life. We need to know how to set a schedule that allows us to have a life outside of work and stick to it. After a certain time, the work is over and you can take a break.

  3. Learn to say no: Learning to say no to tasks that don't suit us can mean learning to say yes to ourselves :)

  4. Delegate: Knowing how to delegate what can be delegated can help you free up the time you need to complete your most important tasks or just take a moment for yourself.

  5. Take care of yourself: Taking care of your physical and mental health is absolutely essential. Regular physical activity, eating well, avoiding alcohol and drugs all help us to be at our best mentally and physically.

  6. Have breaks: No human being can function without breaks. We are not robots. We need to stop to eat, rest and relax.

  7. Have moments of pleasure: Life cannot be summed up in work, even if it is an exciting job. It is essential to have moments of pleasure where we can turn off our brain and recharge our batteries. Strolling in the park, reading a book, doing an activity that we love is essential to feel that we have time to enjoy life and not feel frustrated.

  8. Identify what stresses us in our work: Although we can't control everything, there are probably some adjustments that can be made to improve our quality of life at work. We must ask ourselves questions: What is it that makes us feel stressed? A schedule that is not adapted to our reality? A workload that is too heavy? Poorly defined responsibilities? Understanding the source of our stress allows us to find solutions to remedy it.

  9. Sleep well: Getting enough sleep is essential. Between 7 and 9 hours is the minimum recommended sleep for an adult. It is important to understand that we are not more productive by sleeping less. On the contrary, fatigue always catches up with us.

  10. Cultivate your social network: Having time with friends, talking about your feelings, being able to relax in good company is essential to feel good in your daily life.

Don't forget to watch out for signs of exhaustion: persistent fatigue, irritability, physical pain, anxiety, etc. And when in doubt, you can always consult a doctor, a psychologist or call Info-social at 811.

Sometimes it is better to reduce the pace than to have to stop completely.

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